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A lot of people ask me how I decide what to make into jewelry. The plant and animal kingdom, after all, is a large monarchy. Simple, plain old inspiration and fascination; and a phone call from Warrie Price. Warrie is a category of her own. The president of The Battery Conservancy not only knows what is attractive stylistically but what attracts people to a space ephemerally. Yes, as a matter of fact, I can back up those big claims.
I studied the garden at The Battery to find the most botanically intriguing plant in Piet Oudolf’s living oeuvre.
I found my muse: Bowman’s Root.
It doesn’t simply arrive for the party in April, or fashionably late in May, then say buh-bye in October. No, the plant's interest peaks when its neighbors are dying back ... in the winter. That's when the skeletal beauty of Bowman’s Root emerges, morphing into alien-like stalks that catch snow in its empty cups. I love Bowman's Root for its weirdness and heartiness just like my fellow New Yorkers.
For more interest, Warrie and I decided to show all this herbaceous perennials phases on one necklace: the seed head, the flower, the shapely branch.
In the prototype stage:
And the finished necklace:
And, at a recent Battery luncheon, the Bowman made the rounds on necklines and lobes.
If you’re not around to witness the hauntingly beautiful drama unfold at The Battery, the entire story is told in my latest necklace .