Mood:

Bella Ballerinas

Since I was a little girl, like most little girls I’d imagine, the concept of growing up to be a ballerina was something which entertained my thoughts on a regular basis and evoked a feeling of wonder and delight within me.

So when my Mum enrolled me in ballet class at the age of 6 or 7, I will never forget the throat constricting excitement mixed with fear which consumed me on that day of my first ever ballet class. I remember holding Mum’s hand and walking down the path in my pale pink tights and podgy little bottom held snugly in place by my pink cotton leotard with every step I took towards the front door.

I also remember my nasty ballet teacher, who took an obvious disliking to me, telling me constantly that I was frumpy and heavy footed and in no way built to be a ballerina. Continue Reading →

Restlessness

‘There was a time when I was so restless… I didn’t realise I was looking for peace’

“Have I gone mad?” said the Mad Hatter… “I’m afraid so”, said Alice, “You’re entirely bonkers… but I’ll tell you a secret, all the best people are.”

Belief of the Banjara

Exclusive one-off piece of wearable art handcrafted in our Byron Bay studio.

  • Antique silver-alloy coin pendant/rattle from the Banjara people of Rajasthan, India.
  • Old barrel key and coins from India circa 1970′s.
  • Antique silver alloy triangular telsum prayer box pendant from Ethiopia.
  • Silver alloy cylinder pendant from Tibet.
  • Silver alloy ‘bug’ beads from Ethiopia.
  • Cowry shell clusters from East Timor.
  • Wooden and brass beading with knotted navy blue cotton and brass chain.
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Helen Mirren

Young Helen Mirren (1969).
Photographer Neil Libbert snapped this fabulous shot inside her flat. At the time she was playing Cressida in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Troilus and Cressida.

‘Always be yourself unless you can be a unicorn… then always be a unicorn’ – unknown

‘You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore’ – Christopher Columbus

Mannequins. Eyes that Follow You.

Mannequins freak me out little, particularly ones from the 1930s to 1980s. Those succeeding and preceding those times seem to be fine. I’m not sure if I’m weirded out by the eyes which seem to follow me around the room or down the street, or if it’s that stupid placating almost dreamy expression on their faces.

To be honest, their proportions kind of annoy me also, for no other reason than women in today’s society are made up of a plethora of varied and equally beautiful body proportions, not just the stock standard 36, 26, 26 (or whatever it’s meant to be). Continue Reading →

‘Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened’ – Anatole France

 

By the Deep Sea

‘By the Deep Sea’ – Lord Byron 
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar,
I love not man the less, but nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne’er express, yet can not all conceal.

 

Exhale

Sometimes you just have to blow off a little steam!

Together in Time

Exclusive one-off piece handcrafted in our Byron Bay studio.

  • Antique ‘Illinois’ sterling silver etched fob watch from the United States.
  • Old Tibetan coin pendant found in Nepal.
  • Antique hand-cast brass ‘bug’ beads from the Igbo Tribe of Nigeria, Africa.
  • Antique silver alloy fertility bead and ‘telsum’ prayer box bead from Ethiopia.
  • Cowry shell cluster from East Timor.
  • Brass, coconut and miniature glass beading with knotted and waxed hemp detail.

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Available exclusively at ‘Elements I Love’
Shop 2/276 Devonshire Street
Surry Hills, Sydney
NSW 2010
Australia
Phone: +61 (0) 2 9698 8884
Email: mail@elementsilove.com
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Don’t Be Fooled by Me

‘Please Hear What I’m Not Saying’ 

Don’t be fooled by me.
Don’t be fooled by the face I wear
for I wear a mask, a thousand masks,
masks that I’m afraid to take off,
and none of them is me.
 
Pretending is an art that’s second nature with me,
but don’t be fooled,
for God’s sake don’t be fooled.
I give you the impression that I’m secure,
that all is sunny and unruffled with me, within as well as without,
that confidence is my name and coolness my game,
that the water’s calm and I’m in command
and that I need no one,
but don’t believe me.  Continue Reading →

Bygone Blue

Exclusive one-off collectible piece handcrafted in our Byron Bay Studio.

  • Antique royal blue embossed glass perfume bottle from India circa 1890s.
  • Antique keys from France and India.
  • Solid brass cowry shell pendants.
  • Solid brass elephant charm from a Buddhist Temple in Thailand.
  • Small snake vertebrae trade beads from Kenya.
  • Antique decorative glass beading from Nepal.
  • Wooden and brass beading on knotted hemp and brass chain.

SOLD
Available exclusively at ‘Elements I Love’
Shop 2/276 Devonshire Street
Surry Hills, Sydney
NSW 2010
Australia
Phone: +61 (0) 2 9698 8884
Email: mail@elementsilove.com
Online: www.elementsilove.com

Music Speaks Louder than Words

‘When words fail… Music Speaks’
- Hans Christian Andersen

 Photographer Herbert Behrens | Kralingen Music Festival | The Netherlands, 1970

Inner Peace

“HURRY UP INNER PEACE… I DON’T HAVE ALL DAY!”

Beverley Hills 1977

This candid series of photographs was captured in 1977 by a young man, Brad Elterman at a private party behind the Beverly Hills Hotel:

 

“I think John Rockwell invited me to this party. Behind the Beverly Hills Hotel is a huge mansion owned by David Lane. I knew many of the guests, although an older crowd for me because I was just out of my teens. It was a warm sunny afternoon. I was standing next to the bar trying to get a Seven-Up. Suddenly, this lovely girl started to strip down right in front of me. I only had a wide-angle 28 mm camera lens, not really wide enough for the moment, so I backed up as far as I could, almost knocking over the bar. You have to do the best you can in these situations.” – Photographer Brad Elterman

Marilyn Monroe. Rare Images

John Vachon only had the opportunity to photograph Marilyn Monroe once in his lifetime. It was August 1953 whilst she was off-duty due to a broken left ankle on location during the filming of ‘River of No Return’ in Banff, Alberta, Canada.

L I F E

Running away from your problems is a race you’ll never win.
Wherever you go… you will always be there.
Be strong. Face fears. Trust.

Nautical Necessities

To accompany this theme we decided to showcase one of our
more nautical inspired one-off collectible pieces.

‘Our Lady of the Vast Ocean’ is a stunning exclusive piece handcrafted in our Byron Bay studio. Featuring a vintage nautical brass pendant, ostrich egg shell disk beads from Kenya, cowry shell clusters from East Timor, solid brass cowry shell pendants, antique decorative glass beading from Nepal, with wooden and glass beading on knotted hemp with an adjustable brass chain.
AUD $369
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If Nothing Changes, Nothing Changes.

The only thing which remains constant in life,
is change. – Unknown

‘The Adventures of Skull Island’

One-off collectible piece handcrafted in our Byron Bay Studio.

  • Naturally shed deer antler tip pendants in their natural form with brass mountings.
  • Skull pendants hand carved from naturally shed deer antler using a 300-year-old design passed down through a family of Indonesian carvers.
  • Cowry shell clusters from East Timor.
  • Wooden and brass beading on knotted hemp with an adjustable brass chain.
SOLD

‘Our Lady of the Vast Ocean’

One-off collectible piece handcrafted in our Byron Bay Studio.

  • Nautical brass pendant.
  • Old Ostrich egg shell disk beads from Kenya, Africa.
  • Cowry shell clusters from East Timor.
  • Solid brass cowry shell pendant.
  • Antique decorative glass beading from Nepal.
  • Wooden and glass beading on knotted hemp with an adjustable brass chain.
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B A L A N C E

“I know I have ‘balance’ in my life,
I see it every time I swing past it”

- unknown