The other night I was watching a movie while making dinner. A few days earlier I listened to an episode of Fresh Air where Terry Gross interviewed Wendy Whelan and it inspired me to watch Restless Creature, the documentary about the dancer on Netflix.
I noticed that in the movie Wendy Whelan was wearing a pair of Ted Muehling earrings. Ted was a good friend of my aunt Jessica. His jewelry designs are beautiful and deceptively simple and I see them in magazines and films on a regular basis. It always makes me happy to spot them.
I was having a good time, slicing an onion, when I looked up to see Wendy Whelan wearing a pair of my earrings!
They were unmistakable. There she was, chatting to a friend in a diner, wearing a pair of black pearl Daisy earrings.
I screamed! And then I called a friend. And then I watched scene after scene in the documentary where Wendy Whelan wore the earrings, including while she rehearsed.
My job is bizarre. I sit in my quiet studio in this old farmhouse and I make things with my hands that get sent out into the world. People that I've never met exchange their money for these pieces that I've made, and then they wear them on their bodies. This never stops feeling like a magical process.
It's wonderful to see someone wearing my jewelry. I love it when I see customers and friends wearing my designs and it's exciting to see my jewelry in publications. Seeing this incredibly talented artist at the peak of her career wearing my earrings was a gigantic thrill.
Our choices of accessories are intimate and personal and it's always an honor when people choose to wear what I've made. Thank you, Wendy Whelan, for rocking the Daisy earrings!