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November 07, 2017
I am very excited and happy to launch our latest collection - Metamorphosis. This is a very personal collection inspired by the dramatic process of metamorphosis in nature. This process which turns egg into caterpillar, into chrysalis, into adult and along the way creates such peculiar and transient beauty is a metaphor for our own life journeys, from infant to child, from girlhood to womanhood.
I was strongly influenced by the Victorian zoological drawings of Ernst Haeckel (1834 - 1919). Haeckel was a German biologist, naturalist, Darwinist, philosopher, physician, professor, marine biologist and artist who produced incredibly accurate and beautiful illustrations of everything from single-cell organisms to large animals. His book 'Art Forms in Nature', is simply STUNNING. Some of the beasts within it are at once grotesque and indescribably beautiful, just as they are in nature. His work has proven to be an endless source of inspiration for me as it has been for countless designers, architects and artists.
For Ella Green, my metamorphosis is that I am becoming braver as a designer and actually talking about some of the things that are important to me - before it is perfect or 'just the right time' to do so.....
I work hard to make beautiful jewellery which enriches the lives of my clients because I love everything about the process. I consider myself very fortunate to be able to do this. Ella Green is giving me the chance to prove that a creative life can be authentic and viable and support my family into the future.But I want to help more than just my family. We are so fortunate and I know many people feel the same way about their own circumstances. Our families are stable and loving and we have enough to eat. This is why, from October 2017, Ella Green is very happy to be devoting 10% of the profit on every piece sold to the Emerging Voices foundation in Colombia.
Colombia is rich in minerals and gems, producing the finest emeralds in the world. But what good is the extraction of a pretty stone from the earth's crust unless some benefit accrues to the communities in the country the gem was mined in? Emerging Voices sets out to care for those that others have forgotten through food, education and volunteer’s time. I chose the Emerging Voices foundation after reaching out to one of the gem trade’s most outspoken and trustworthy figures, Yianni Melas, GIA and advisory council member of Ethical Metalsmiths (@gemexplorer). Yianni constantly travels to gem centres and mining communities all over the world so I knew that he would be able to tell me about charities working directly with the poorest communities.
After speaking with the foundation’s director Monica Sepulveda and satisfying myself that this is a good fit for Ella Green, we agreed to move forward together. This opportunity is very important to me. I love that every purchase of Ella Green will do some good in the world outside of me and my clients. This is the core of Ella Green's value system of beauty with impact.See the new collection here and more about Monica Sepulveda and the Emerging Voices foundation here.
With love and thanks, Eimear
Photo: Emperor Gum Moth by Fir0002 via Wikipedia
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