"Cascade" Vertebrae Pendant (Choker)

"Cascade" Vertebrae Pendant (Choker)


In my work, I often use bones that I have collected over the years. I find them all over the world, and sometimes fans will send them to me. These pendants feature the small vertebrae of an unknown animal, as well as antique lace from my grandmother, and some beautiful feathers gifted to me from the daughter of a lifelong fly fisherman. I like to tie the souls of spirits past together in my work, with reverence for all.

Each pendant sits in a metal pendant casing. White leather choker with lobster claw fastener. Adjustable by clipping the lobster claw around both chords and tightening the bead to the desired length (see photos). Necklaces are delicate.

Now you can carry one of my larger works with you…where ever you go!

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These handmade works are small, wearable vignettes. The materials in the pendants are the same natural relics, painted imagery and plastic that one would find in my larger works.

By placing them in a medium of clear plastic, I am pointing to our dangerous addiction to petroleum — specifically single use plastics. I am concerned over the amount of plastic entering the land, air, oceans, and bodies of animals (including us). The issue is not the plastic, but it serves as a metaphor for the background of mania that drives our consumption.

Our beautiful world, with all of its diversity and splendor, is what I lay in this material… a hopeful triumph over madness, a focus on what matters, a reminder of generations that have both come to pass and are yet to be born.

A portion of each purchase goes to supporting Albatross, a gorgeous and brilliant film by Chris Jordan, which touches on the larger themes behind our consumption, our collective consciousness, and our inextricably deep connection to both the beauty and diversity of the Earth.

I also make crematory amulets. If you have the ashes of a loved one, I would love to help you keep them close to your heart. Nothing means more to me than to honor the ephemerality of life. People and pets are welcome.

Thank you,

Regan Rosburg