For the last few weeks, I've been stringing beads in the evenings, creating a small gathering of necklaces so I could bring back the 1993 Collection. Something tells me I'll be doing this most evenings this summer, because I just can't stop myself. I love these colors! And this time, I've added some gemstones to a few to add another layer of intention for these Soul Mantras.
Here's the story behind this collection:
When I was in high school, I listened to Lenny Kravitz sing "Flower Child" on repeat, longing to be that girl "dressed in purple velvet with a flower in her hair" who "speaks of liberation on the land and on the sea" living on the West Coast and standing up for what I believed in. Even when I was wearing my boarding school uniform of plaid kilt and button down white Oxford, I wore layers of beaded necklaces that I made sitting cross-legged by the lake behind my dorm. And then in the summer when at home, I'd add a few more layers on my wrists and ankles.
Recently I unearthed these beads in my studio and decided to play with them again after an almost 20-year break. And as I listen to Lenny and Mumford & Sons and Paul Simon and string bead after bead, I'm spending a little time with my 17-year-old self and remembering her dreams and realizing that she would be very proud of me and where I am as I tell the true stories over here in my corner of the world.
The 1993 Collection is filled with the energy of summer and mixed tapes and afternoons full of hope and secret dreams and the belief that one girl just might make a difference in the world. As you wear your necklace from the 1993 collection, I hope you will reconnect and listen to those secret dreams inside you.