I am working on a line of “Healing Necklaces” meant to inspire, heal the spirit and help Americans get health coverage.
With the way things have been in the world lately, I need to do this for me, the maker, and anyone interested in having my art dangle near their heart.
The necklaces will be hatched from poetry, which I have not written in years. It is nice to get back to this part of my spirit, however I am writing in Haiku form, which I have never done before. Haiku’s are an ancient form of poetry, originating in Japan, but practiced all over the world. It is a zen-like form of writing. Simple and spiritual in a natural way.
Here is a sampling of my haiku’s.
Ponder the ocean
The vastness – the emptiness
It always heals me
Touch is devotion
Human hand to human heart
Gives meaning and life
You always guide me
You go by different names
My prayers are with you
The heat of a storm
Rises up and overwhelms
But always passes
This is a preview into the form my necklaces will take, although this is a themed piece that I came up with in June while thinking about all the June weddings out there. The “Healing Necklaces” will be made with my handmade mixed metal pendants strung on natural hand-dyed silk (using thousand year old recipes) and threaded with gemstones.
In addition, after reading the book “This Land is Their Land” by Barbara Ehrenreich, which I recommend every American citizen read, I have come to learn that 18,000 people die every year in the U.S. because of being uninsured, or are turned down by the Health Insurance companies because of prior conditions. Eighteen thousand men, women and children die every year!
I am originally from Canada and grew up with universal health care. I currently am uninsured along with tens of millions of other people and had to undergo an interview process to purchase my own health care recently. I am extremely fortunate, I am not sick, so I have a good chance of being accepted. However, feeling myself becoming increasingly more angry about the injustices out there, I have decided to donate 20% of each sale of a “Healing Necklace” to Families USA, The voice for healthcare consumers.
So, with that said…Look for the “Healing Necklaces” soon on my website at:www.janiceartjewelry.com