ann jenkins jewelry
When the ancient Zen tea masters contemplated the world around them they often chose ordinary natural
objects as their subjects in the belief that everything was of equal importance in the cycle of life. The term wabi
referred to the elevation of common things to a place of reverence and respect. Nature at hand could unveil the universe.
My current work has developed from an exploration of the vast richness of the natural world. Leaves, shells, stones,
seeds, bones become the jewels in a wearable piece intended as an object of contemplation. Each fragment is remarkable.
All are connected by systems and relationships that underlie the importance of the natural world on our lives and spirits.
The jewelry reliquaries contain precious natural objects that I have collected from my garden, neighborhood and travels.