Metalsmiths for Change

Ashley Eaton - @ivyandgoldhandcraft

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  • Regular price $260.00

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This auction starts September 2nd at 10am PST and ends September 6th at 10am PST.



Item description:

Oluwatoyin "Toyin" Salau was a 19 year old student and black lives matter activist in Tallahassee Florida. On June 6th Toyin took to twitter to post about her experience of being sexually assaulted. She was reported as missing on June 7th by family, while friends and members of the activist community searched for her. It wasn't until June 14th that police searching for another missing woman stumbled upon the body of Oluwatoyin Salau "by accident". The woman that Tallahassee Police were searching for was Victoria Sims, a 75 year old local white woman. Toyin's disappearance was clearly not met with the same urgency and her murder magnified a larger issue at hand, that black women and girls experience a disproportionate amount of violence, are frequently devalued and are not prioritized. This piece entitled, Dreams, was inspired by a post from Toyin's twitter feed. She tweeted on April 18th, 2020 "My dreams are my reality" and @womanifestomag, featured this tweet in their Instagram feed. The quote is featured within marigold floral design and was hand sawn in solid sterling silver. Each earring measures 2.5” x 1” and features two pear labradorite cabochons. Labradorite protects and grounds the spirit. It is a stone that is helpful through transformative change while providing strength. Marigolds are known to represent grief and are used to celebrate those we have lost.