Dear Diary…

Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.  ~From the television show The Wonder Years

I used to write in a journal (diary, whatever you want to call it) fairly religiously. It set my mind at ease to be able to write everything down on paper, get it out of my head. I store all these journals in a box in my room. Between the pages of each of these books are my inner most thoughts, my deepest secrets, my happiest moments, my biggest regrets. I like to go back every so often and have a read of these journals. Sometimes the things written on these pages seemed so important at the time but seem so trivial now. Sometimes the things on these pages seem like they happened just yesterday. As I read through these books I can still remember smells, tastes, the way things felt, what they sounded like and how they looked. I have been thinking lately more and more about how maybe I should get back into journal writing so that I can clear my head and sort through all that is going on up there! I also think I may want to start writing again so that I can keep everything fresh in my mind and to document all the things that will soon be only memories.

“Wear your heart on your sleeve” cufflinks. Sterling silver and Jax.

I have also been thinking about how I can take these memories and translate them into jewellery. I have recently been designing a series of lockets that will engage the wearer with one of the 5 senses.  I want the pieces to elicit the memories of the wearer also. I like the way lockets can hold your memories for safe keeping. They can help to show off your memories or they can disguise them, or keep them secret. In the past I have played with these ideas of personal experiences or memory and I want to move forward with this idea.

Keepsake Pendant – Sterling silver, Baby blanket.

I will post some images soon of some of the ideas/sketches I have come up with! I can’t wait to make these pieces! I am excited to be making some more one-of-a-kind pieces as opposed to my production pieces which I have been working on lately!

Are there any smells, tastes, etc. that you associate with particular memories? I’d love to hear about them!

I will keep you posted on the progress of this project!

~Sarah Ana


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