These beautiful Bowen Flower Stud earrings are made of Cherry wood and sterling silver findings. The design is based on a traditional Finnish tablet weaving pattern - these motifs have survived through time, over a thousand years.
This design comes from a well-known symbol, the Bowen knot, or Käpälikkö or Hannunvaakuna in Finnish. It's an ancient symbol that was carved or painted on houses, tools and utensils to protect them and their owners from evil spirits and bad luck. May they bring all who wear them good luck and protection!
This is a part of the Peilikuva Collection, made in collaboration with my sister, Sara Thornton. We are thrilled to be combining my love of wood, with her tablet weaving to bring these designs to life.
These are light-weight wooden earrings and 0.35 inches diameter.
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Words From Jessica Thornton:
“I work and live on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Denai’na and Ahtna peoples. I acknowledge this not only in gratitude to the Indigenous communities who have held relationships with this land for generations but also in recognition of the historical and ongoing trauma of colonialism. I am guided by the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing and the values and principles of Defend the Sacred AK. While I am a so-called “self-taught” artist, I recognize the contributions of a lineage of artists and teachers who have influenced and encouraged me along the way. I am accountable to my community and am committed to the lifelong and multi-generational work of dismantling white supremacy, colonialism, capitalism, and all systems that oppress our communities. I guide my work in our visions for a Just Transition and our collective liberation.