Thursday, October 16, 2014

Of Hand, Spirit & Earth Studio in Jersey City!

SilkWire Jewelry & O! Jolly! Knitted Design have joined forces to present the Of Hand, Spirit & Earth Studio in the rapidly growing Downtown Jersey City.  We are now available by appointment only.
Of Hand Spirit and Earth Studio Jersey City home of SilkWire Jewelry, O! Jolly! Knitted Design
The Forces behind Of Hand, Spirit & Earth Studio Olgalyn Jolly & Jacquie Bird/SilkWire Jewelry
The Of Hand, Spirit & Earth Studio is a hop, skip & jump on the PATH train across the Hudson River from NYC to Grove Street, then minutes away.  We launched October 18th during the Jersey City Artists Studio Tour Saturday and Sunday from 12:00-6:00.  

From Sophisticated Ladies to Of Hand, Spirit, & Earth Studio. Jacquie Bird and Olgalyn Jolly. Two Friends, Dancer/Singers, fellow tour buddies and Artisans join forces to offer a new studio showcasing their creations known as SilkWire Jewelry and O! Jolly!

SilkWire Jewelry 'Individuality plus Wellness in ONE' combines the conductive energy of Copper wire with the Healing power of Gemstones to create JewelryArt that is Beautiful and Spiritual. My Creations are Handmade using 100% silk, copper wire, gemstones, shells, pearls, bronze or silver. My JewelryArt is adjustable, bendable, washable, and can be molded to the wearer’s body. One-size-fits-many Conversation Pieces. I also do custom work consulting on the stones used. Vegan JewelryArt upon request. www.silkwirejewelry.com
There's a Healin' from the Earth y'all!

Olgalyn says this about her O! Jolly! Knitted Design:





"No More Boring Knits! Plain knits will be relegated to utilitarian purpose only. Fashion knits will have bold poly-textures, compelling structures. This is my mission. I want to take you there!

It was on a trip to Japan in 1983 (performing with the Broadway show "Sophisticated Ladies") that I first became aware of the sweaters of Kansai Yamamoto. These were like no sweaters I had ever seen before: intricate stitches, bold fiber combinations, surprising accents. By 1984 I had my very first knitting machine, a Bulky 8, which I dutifully packed and brought with me on the next road trip. I began designing and knitting my first sweaters while on tour, inspired by the wild designs I had seen the year before.

The next twist of my showbiz career, as a member of the electronic music group Silicon Soul, brought new development to my knitting. Between gigs, I studied draping, pattern making, machine knitting technology and design at Parsons School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology, at home in New York City.

O! Jolly! gradually evolved in the late 80s, alternately as a line of "fashion forward" knitwear, a creator of fiberart, and a source for knitted textile design. With the new millennium came my knitting/design hiatus in order to have the time to homeschool my son. It was also a time for much virtual design and reflection on what was to come.

January 1, 2011 marked the reestablishment of O! Jolly! I have an abundance of designs that are being realized. I am eager to collaborate with others, to teach, and to learn. I share tips, tools, and techniques on Crafting Fashion www.craftingfashion.com. To see my fabrics, please visit the O! Jolly! site."

  
To set up an appointment  you can holla at us on our Facebook wall or message us  www.facebook.com/OfHandSpiritandEarthStudio or pop me an email on my SilkWireJewelry site


Neckpiece of Red Silk & White Opal by SilkWire Jewelry/Jacquie Bird ©2014




amber ring, copper wire, SilkWire Jewelry

 Amber Ring of Wire for Men by SilkWire Jewelry/Jacquie Bird ©2014



Silk Necklace with Ametrine by SilkWire Jewelry
  
Ametrine Necklace of Silk & Copper Cord by SilkWire Jewelry/Jacquie Bird ©2014


Opal ring by SilkWire Jewelry

White Precious Opal Ring of Copper Wire by SilkWire Jewelry/Jacquie Bird ©2014



Silk Bracelet with Onyx and Cowrie Shells by SilkWire Jewelry


 Onyx & Cowrie Shell Black Silk Bracelet by SilkWire Jewelry/Jacquie Bird ©2014

Thank you Gaia for the Air I Breathe, 
for having me as a guest on Your Wonder.


There's a Healin' of the Earth y'all,
Let us be Mindful in Word & Deed
Be kind to Yourself & to Gaia.
Thank you for reading ♡

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Quartz, Quintessential Magnificence

Came across some Colombian Quartz at the Sunday market in Usaquén.  OH. MAH. GAWD! !!! Quintessential MAGNIFICENCE!!!!!! This beauty comes from Santander, Colombia in the central northern part of the country. 



quartz crystal Colombia
Quartz Crystal on matrix
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While I couldn't take the above magnificence with me, I did make sure to get a couple beauties...

quartz crystal Colombia
Tantric Twin Quartz Crystal
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Quartz crystal Colombia
Quartz Crystal
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Quartz crystal Colombia
Quartz Crystals
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How Fierce is Clear Quartz? It powers your cell phones, computers and watches. It is called The Master Healer. Clear Quartz also posseses the properties of piezoelectricity which Wikipedia says it is the electric charge that accumulates in certain solid materials (such as crystals, certain ceramics, and biological matter such as bone, DNA and various proteins) in response to applied mechanical stress. The word piezoelectricity means electricity resulting from pressure. 

And the ENERGY! OHMYGOSH!  If you find one you connect with it is a most beauteous thang!  Holding my Quartz Crystal after a yoga practice is just Divine and they are crazy awesome for Meditation.  If you're like me and find it challenging to turn The Chatterbox app off in your mind, just staring into these babies noticing as many things in it as you can see--the markings, any rainbows and how the light reflects off the Gem--if you truly observe your Quartz Crystal you could find your breathing has slowed and that you have entered the realm of Peace.

Clear Quartz keywords: Power, (the beautiful, enpowering kind) Energy, Clarity; called The Universal Crystal because you can use it for so many things and you can program them with your desires and dreams.  They also enhance the energies of other stones. Clear Quartz Crystals transmit and store information--Lemurian Seed Crystals for example, are said to carry info programmed by the Lemurians, a lost civilization in the Indian Ocean.  Reality to some, fantasy for others, but whether you swallow it or not, Clear Quartz Crystals are AH-MAY-A-ZING to have around if for nothing else than to gaze at and into.  Chakras: All.  Element: Storm containing the 4 Elements of Earth, Fire, Water, and Wind {The Book of Stones by Robert Simmons and Naisha Asian}

Clear Quartz is found the world over. Other Quartz stones are Amethyst, Rose Quartz, Smoky Quartz,  Citrine (natural Citrine is rare),  Tiger Eye, Jasper, Agate, Bloodstone, Chrysoprase, Onyx, Opal, and many others. It also makes up Granite.  It is the most abundant mineral on the planet and makes up roughly 12% of the Earth's crust. Now if it's good for Gaia, it's good for me :-)


Thank you Gaia for the Air I Breathe, 
for having me as a guest on Your Wonder.


There's a Healin' of the Earth y'all,
Let us be Mindful in Word & Deed
Be kind to Yourself & to Gaia.
Thank you for reading ♡

quartz earrings handmade copper wire wrapped
Quartz Earrings of Wire  2014 SilkWire Jewelry/Jacquie Bird 


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Friday, August 22, 2014

The Power of Gemstones

I blab the merits of Gemstones and Crystals to anybody who would even remotely listen and am always intrigued by people's experiences with them. I am most humbled and honored by these comments in regard to a piece of my work:

"Jacquie Bird I've been SO eager to share my testimony with my new Epidote ring!  Besides adding beauty to my life :) I have noted increase on several levels.  Whether it's been a financial increase (part of my hesitation on making the purchase was  tied to the fact that I am unemployed and on a tight tight budget on paper, but I know my Source so that doesn't usually hinder me from giving and trusting from a place of lack.  I had about $25 in my pocket on the way home.  Today is a week later and the Universe has returned what I spent and more. 

But that is small potatoes compared with the increase in strength that I have post separation from my partner, I'm feeling graced not to relapse like usual, and I'm finding the strength to facilitate the change I've been longing to see.  Slowly but surely, just for today I can say old habits that no longer serve me are dying.  (We'd just separated the previous Monday).  Though I've talked and reminisced with him since then, I have not allowed him back in.  That's major considering the rollercoaster these past four years have been.  We need a new intention either apart or within our relationship.   Sometimes change only happens with stillness.

There's more!  I also found out about a Scholarship that will help me receive Doula training.  So there's evidence of an increase in available resources for me that will support me in becoming who I'm am being called to be in the world. 

Lastly, I just had a revelation about what is happening in my life=increase in understanding.  My energy, confidence and focus to get things done and show up fully is blossoming before me.  The assistance/energy my Epidote stone is giving me (via the Grace of God) could not come at a better time as I return to college and complete my degree as a single mom.  I am grateful for its service! 

Thank you for your creativity AND collecting it from the shop just for me! ♡"

(I had just retrived the ring from a shop where the ring had sat for 8 months.  Jonae bought it at the 1st event right afterwards)

​​​​​​​​Some of the properties of Epidote: Release of Negativity, Embracing Positive Patterns,  Attraction of What One Emanates, The Stone of Increase.  Earth (Grounding) and Water (Emotional Body) Elements.  Chakras: All.
Reference: The Book of Stones

​There's a healin' of the Earth y'all.
Let us be mindful in thought, word and deed.
Be kind to yourself, others and to Gaia.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Amber Connection

"I'm looking for Amber," I say to my friend as we walk down the brick alley in Usaquen, my favorite part of Bogotá, Colombia.  I was hoping to come across some vendors selling Amber as I had last September, only problem was that was during the holiday season in anticipation of Christmas.  About 25 vendors were out at that time, otherwise the big days are Sundays when the Mercado de Pulgas Carpe Diem is in effect [an AWWWWWWESOME Flea Market].  And of course when I am in Bogotá choreographing I am tied up with all day rehearsals.  On Sundays.  And though this is on a Tuesday in May, I am on a mission.  But ain't much happenin' maybe 2 vendors sat on the alley ledge with their wares.  However, the two year old in me repeats: "I'm looking for Amber," like my friend didn't know exactly why we were there lol!  And as I say that, we are walking by a very scraggly looking man sitting next to his jewelry laid out on cloth on the concrete who says in perfect English: "I know where you can get Amber..." and I blurt out "YOU SPEAK ENGLISH!" [not "OH GOODY, HE'S GOT AMBER INFO!"]  I have just met Armando, and immediately my brand new friend and I start chattin' it up and he tells me about José, the Amber Connection.

Moments later, as if on cue José walks up and does indeed have Amber, just not on him.  But he can go home to get some. "oh cool, ok, how long?" "3 hours."  3 hours????  I'm waiting for the 'just kidding' line but boyfriend was straight up serious, he lived 1-1/2 hours outside of Bogotá.  So there was to be no Amber for the BirdGirl this day, but true to his word, on Thursday he had some bee-YOO-ti-ful pieces and it was soooooo hard to choose!!!


amber

You may say, 'OHMYGAWD BIRD! YOU BOUGHT AMBER GEMSTONES ON THE STREET????!!!!' And I'd say,   'Eee-YUP!'  You'd retort, 'HOW DO YOU KNOW IT'S REAL????!!!! You yourself wrote a post called Oh, Those GemStone Shysters! how can you justify buying on the streets, you know some sell people plastic Amber ripoffs!!!!! You took a HUGE chance!!'  And I would giggle and say 'nahhh.'  1st off, Amber is not a Gemstone but fossilized tree resin and it is very soft--about a 2-2.5 on a scale of 10 [with Diamond being the hardest at 10, Quartz is 7]. Ranging in color from shades of yellow to brown to reddish brown, it can contain bits of plant material and/or fossil insects which can date as far back as 120 MILLION years.  But here's where it gets dicey--there is Amber that is classified in some circles as "Colombian Copal."  The distinction being for it to be true Amber, it must be at least 100,000+ years and that "Colombian Copal" is less than 1000.  Hmm...I dunno, I did some more research which basically says that the Amber vs. Copal stuff is a commercial ploy perpetrated by the sellers of Baltic and Dominican Amber--that the distinction "is lost on many geologists and paleontologists who are aware that scientific data is unavailable to determine the age of fossil resins from this region.  The consensus age estimate seems to be Pleistocene [up to 2 million years old] but estimates range to the Lower Miocene [about 20 million years old]"  [http://www.fossilmall.com/Science/FossilAmber.htm if you want more info on this].  I also read the word 'Copal' is Aztec and was used for all resins with no distinction.  I mean really, the only way to have an idea on age is to get it tested.

'But Bird,' you say, 'that's all cute and all but let's back up--YOU BOUGHT THE STUFF ON THE STREET, HOW DO YA KNOW IT'S REAL????!!!!!  Amber, like Clear Quartz, exhibits the piezoelectric property and by rubbing it with silk, wool or between your hands [in some cases, quite vigorously] it will attract tissues. [Quoting Wikipedia here: Piezoelectricity is the electric charge that accumulates in certain solid materials (such as crystals, certain ceramics, and biological matter such as bone, DNA and various proteins) in response to applied mechanical stress. The word piezoelectricity means electricity resulting from pressure. It is derived from the Greek piezo or piezein, which means to squeeze or press, and electric or electron, which means amber, an ancient source of electric charge. Piezoelectricity was discovered in 1880 by French physicists Jacques and Pierre Curie]. 

And rubbing it to see it slightly pull a tissue is fun too lol!  The Amber José gets comes from the department [state] of Caquetá in the Amazonas region, south of Bogotá.

Amber's properties are Light, Warmth, Solar Energies, Clarification, Healing.  It is said to be a purifier, cleanser, and a protector, particularly when paired with Jet; can stimulate Prosperity when paired with Prosperity Stones like Tsavorite [a Green Garnet], Yellow Sapphire, or Moldavite.  I don't see Amber too often in my neck of the "Concrete Jungle" and was very happy to find such beautiful specimens in my travels :-)

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José, my Amber Connection

Jacquie Bird and José with Amber
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amber necklace of silk by silkwirejewelry
Amber Necklace of Silk by SilkWire Jewelry ©2014 Jacquie Bird/SilkWire Jewelry All Rights Reserved


amber ring of wire by SilkWire Jewelry
Amber Ring of Wire by SilkWire Jewelry ©2014 Jacquie Bird/SilkWire Jewelry All Rights Reserved


There's a healin' of the Earth y'all. 

Let us be mindful in thought, word and deed. 

Be kind to yourself, others and to Gaia.

Thank you for reading :-)
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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Amazing Amazonite

Amazonite is such a beautiful stone!!  Whether a motley pattern, blue-green or green. you are just drawn in by the sheer beauty!!  It just soothes me when I look into it, and as a Water Element Gemstone, Soothing, Calming and Cooling are a few of the buzz words.



Amazonite stimulates the Heart and Throat Chakras [4th and 5th] which boils down to a Gemstone that can aid you to speak your truth--straight from the Heart.  Keywords are Truth, Communication and Harmony.  The name is derived from the Amazon River in Brazil.  The one pictured is from Brazil [and can be made into a beautiful SilkWire Jewelry Silk and Copper Cord Necklace by request].

I had a seeeee-ree-ous rash break out on my forearm with eczemic-like tendencies [like eczema but a made up word, I just love doing that lol heck, it probably is eczema!] and to top it off, I had been having pain in that area as well as in my elbow from jackin' up a nerve.  I'm like, ok, no more sciatica [thanks to Acupuncture, Ortho-Bionomy and my trusty Selenite and Calcite [post coming soon] but now I've got a pinched nerve somewhere in my arm????!!!!  RATS!  One particular night the pain decided to drive itself up from an 8 to a 20 on the Richter Scale.  Started rummaging around in my brain for cooling stones...BING! spotted an Amazonite in my stash and slapped that baby on to the rash.  Akin to pouring water on a fire, it wasn't long before it had chilled out the angry welts AND dulled the pain both there and in my elbow.  I used the Amazonite for a while with nice results but it was a huge challenge keeping it in place, it kept falling out of the wraps and I was afraid it would eventually break so I didn't use it long enough to see whether it would clear up my eczemic issue :-)  However, I am mad-Grateful for the relief it gave me cause there was nothing else on hand that night.

On the physical tip, Amazonite is said to assist cellular regeneration and healing from trauma, gout, and arthritis [the Book of Stones].  Called 'The Stone of Harmony' when in need of a Gemstone to soothe and help to find the Harmony Within and stress-relief, Amazonite is a wonderful choice.

Amazonite Ring of Copper Wire ©2014 SilkWire Jewelry/Jacquie Bird All Rights Reserved




There's a healin' of the Earth y'all. 
Let us be mindful in thought, word and deed. 
Be kind to yourself, others and to Gaia.
Thank you for reading :-)
 
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I love shapes.  As a choreographer, as a dancer, as a singer, as a writer.  It's all about the shape of something.  As a singer, how does the sound shape from me to the audience?  As a dancer, it's all about shapes & creating pictures. As a writer, I shape the story from my inner eye to my reader.  I feel the same way as a jewelry designer & artisan--it's about how I choose & create the shapes to contour to one's body, to accent one's essence.  That's what it's all about for me.  Shapes.  
I create & shape SilkWire Jewelry: Adorn YourSelf with Art & the Power of Gemstones. Unique, one of a kind Wearable Art pieces that assist and contribute to your Health and Well-Being www.silkwirejewelry.com

I also write A Bird Blogs About Gems where I talk about the gems of stone & the gems of Life. www.silkwirejewelry.blogspot.com