Photo credit: Laura Lobdell
Time and patience, it's said, turn mulberry leaves into silk. For designer Laura Lobdell, whom we first met at Designers & Agents in May, this aphorism is physically manifested in her vividly hued hand-knotted silk bracelets, made by and to benefit disadvantaged young women in Cambodia.
"Knotting the silk," says Lobdell, "is a light and healing meditation, which becomes part of the rehabilitation process for these remarkable women, along with the empowerment of earning her own livelihood. Each knot is like a seed."
A rich latticework of deeply colored woven silk threads, Lobdell's Seeds of Silk are garnished with cultured pearls, gemstones, and handsculpted sterling-silver embellishments shaped like surf-weathered seashells and irregularly formed seeds. Seeds, for the artist, are a poweful metaphor, one that embodies the "essential beginning of change and growth."
To purchase the $85 bracelets, call or e-mail Lobdell through her Web site.
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