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Meet the Artist: Sara Silvio

Sara Silvio - as inspired by Guanyin

Title: A Glimpse of Openness (left)
Materials:  24k gold, glass beads and red jasper
Inspired by Bodhisattva Guanyin on Mount Potala, Southern Song Dynasty (right)

Inspiration and bio:
In my career, I’ve worked to address a single, elemental question.  How can I be vivid in my expression of who I am while creating jewelry that helps other women do the same thing?

My life is challenging, thrilling, mundane, unpredictable, regimented.  All the paradoxes that define womanhood.  But every morning, I want to feel special, beautiful and rooted.

My jewelry embraces those same values.  Many descriptors apply to it –Mediterranean sensuality, an ornate classical Russian aesthetic.  I create it from well-traveled gems and metals, striving for balance and tone.  Though for me, labels that may apply to my work are much less important than the inspiration behind it.

The first reason why I make jewelry is to help other women feel luminous and whole every day.  Modern femininity is complicated, for sure.  Why not celebrate it?  Why not choose jewelry that radiates your joy, strength and memory every day?

I am fascinated by the entire idea of adornment –the ritual, the emotion, the intention.  It’s a dialogue that crosses borders and embraces possibility.  Through my jewelry, I hope to expand the conversation.

I chose the bodhisattva because to me it serves as a reminder of what it is to enter the creative process… openness with braveness.

It’s often that I ask: how can I keep a sense of softness and open myself with an attitude of fearlessness? Creating as is the spiritual path requires that we continuously take some type of leap. It is said that a person who takes the bodhisattva vow is willing to settle down and make themselves at home. I do believe it is in this place where the potential is unlimited and you just may experience a glimpse of openness.

Comments

Comment from susan mitloff
Time: February 21, 2013, 11:26 am

awesomely expressive. Sara, your work is spectacular

Comment from kate sonnick
Time: March 5, 2013, 11:56 am

absolutely beautiful…just like the woman who created it. congratulations, sara!

Comment from maryellen giese
Time: March 5, 2013, 2:34 pm

That necklace is TRULY a piece of art, Sara! Your blog is equally expressive and unique. Kudos to you for BOTH of those demonstrations of beauty!

Comment from Pam Powley
Time: March 6, 2013, 8:59 pm

I wear your jewelry every day because it makes me feel complete. This new piece is yet another inspiration for your new season. I love the stone and gold detail. Gold is back! Delicate, yet earthy.

Comment from anne procopio
Time: March 10, 2013, 7:38 am

Sara, thank you for creating stunning pieces that are also very affordable.

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