Spring Summer 2021
Dreams of mothers and grandmothers
My mother gifted me a shell bracelet from Rapa Nahui, her favorite place on earth, made by a local friend. She is good at giving gifts. The shells were the start of the collection. In early January we were unaware of what the future held. Then the wave came, and we all stayed home. My grandmother visited me in my dreams, and in it, I made a dress on her, by knotting cloth on her back. The feeling of reassurance.
My subconscious started to speak louder as the brain was challenged to process. My instinct kicked in and it was drive to survive. Drive to survive kept my adrenalin flowing, similar to the feeling as a child when the horse takes off and you must choose not to panic and give into the force. The strong feelings kept coming. Then I knew it was about speed...
If we have what we need to confront climate change, the question is can we do it fast enough. What is clear from the pandemic is that we can change our behavior fast. The collective consciousness and policy has to go with it.
Subconscious took over fully in the conception of this collection. The shells took me to golden spirals and ratios: the signature of our maker in the material world. But the conscious goal was for the crisis not to stunt our creative growth. How can we push ourselves further even with the current limitations? The craft of the hands, our Northern star. - Gabriela