adornments of disturbance
Some of my own ecological expression in this world is through disturbance.
Disturbance - Disturbare (Latin) - Turba (tumult) - Tumult as disorder
Current cultural systems such as Industrialization (which I have been understanding as ecological functions in their own right) rely upon the imposition of "order." Or as Bayo Akomolafe might speak to it, such systems require "fixing things in place" so as to avoid decay, compost, rot, birth, death. One might say, emergence. The ongoing-ness of trans-formation.
To disturb is to unsettle, rustle, excite ("tumere" - Latin)... move things about; to feel the way "objects object to their fixity."** To disturb could be understood as being in allegiance with tensioned chasms, thresholds of uncertainty, fecund ecotones, vulvan portals filled with blood and birthing fluids, mycelial magik breaking apart stone, lion teeth sinking into the warm blooded scream of deer in the night.
Disturbance can be a dislodging of certainties within narratives - the storyings that speak of eternal un-changings. It can be awe-full and blood curdling. Exciting and terrifying, the scream in the night reminds us of the vast relational possibilities our forward thinking gaze has turned its back on.
When I'm beading, I feel myself participating in the emergence of patterns that will eventually adorn squishy earlobes. Patterns that are infused with the worlds on-goings. These beaded beauties do not and cannot sit still. The moment their hook slides through that fleshy hole, they begin to dance, sing, swish, and rattle about. A cacophony of beads knocking against one another. As if slipped in alongside the thread that gathers them together in colorful plays of art lives a whispered prayer from the regions of my stormy and canyoned soul.
My prayer is that they conjure even the smallest of disturbances within the souls of those they adorn. Disturbances that stir the depths of ones immense possibility that lives as a gift for the world inside the marrow and bone of their emergent earthen body. As if incantations of disturbance are woven through every stitch and every bead.
And when they hang from ones ears, those incantations are whispered all day long to them. Slowly slipping down into the heart, to the place where we yearn to be dislodged. Set loose like a feathered seed from a long-since-luminous flower that has already dropped its glorious petals to the ground of generativity. Carried by winds of change to other regions of entanglement where the soil has different minerals, and sun shards cut through thicker clouds. Where rainfall is invoked by different months, and curious paws pluck at the possibility of your nourishing delight.
These times are pulsing with disturbances. And I can't help but love (with respect and attentiveness) the bulging belly of such a pregnant time. For such times seem to be asking for vigil-ance - to remain awake and present in these sacred hours of love and loss. To tend these holy days with care and curiosity. To say yes to being disturbed as an act of devotion to our world.
**quote above is also from Bayo Akomolafe
Earrings Sold by Commission
Every earring is stitched bead by bead. Ranging in size and length, each pair of earrings has a life and soul of their own.
If you would like to invest in a pair, there are several things that you might consider:
Are your ears sensitive to weight? If so, the bigger the earring (naturally) the heavier the earring.
What colors call to you or bring you alive? You can choose a color pallet.
Do you want a replicated pattern or an emergent pattern? The replicated patterns cost less (as they take less time). Emergent patterns (what the unseen ones, ancestors, land, myself and more) bead into being without a pattern cost more because they take more time.
What is your budget for a pair of earrings? Earring price depends upon the size, length, pre-designed pattern or emergent pattern.
Below you will find a guide to earring sizes and prices (based off of size). If you would like a particular size earring with an emergent pattern there is an additional fee which is determined by the size of the earring.
Emergent Pattern Fees:
Small - $50 additional fee
Medium - $60 additional fee
Large - $75 additional fee
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EARRING PATTERNS & SIZES
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