I was fishing one day about six years ago (or more???) and found myself daydreaming about the fish rising up out of the water to eat the bears -- to consume their troubles, to gobble them up whole! And so this series depicting the bear in the belly of the trout was born. I had a lot going on at the time. I had a long, drawn-out "single white female" situation with another smokejumper wife that was extremely creepy, a permanent part of my social life and very isolating for me since we were living on base half the year. I had another individual turn into a malicious stalker who did terrible, awful, ruinous things to me over a span of 2.5 years -- the situation finally fizzled out with the help of law enforcement. Both those situations changed how I interacted with people -- I felt safe when I was alone. I quit trusting others. I grew very sick with an autoimmune disease that I continue to carefully manage to this very day.
Those times redefined the word "friend" for me and redefined many of my friendships. I let a lot of people go. Those times tore me down and rebuilt me. I learned how to be a good friend, a better human, and eventually, I learned to trust again. I'm glad to take a second stab at this design, to build these necklaces as a human who was delivered from her troubles and reformed into a new and better vessel for light, joy and hope.
RISE UP FROM DARK WATERS AND EAT THE BEAR
Heavily textured and layered sterling depicting a bear in the belly of trout. A piece to remind you to take heart and to live with courage. You will survive and you will thrive.
Chain length: 18 inches with my s-clasp.
+Built To Last+
+Made With Love+
+Of The West+