Metalsmiths for Change

Lisa Taglialavore - @lekitchenwitch

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✨AUCTION✨ This 24-hr auction starts November 6th at 10am PT and ends November 7th at 10am PT. Auction proceeds benefit National Black Justice Coalition (95%), and the Metalsmiths for Change Fund (5%).

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ARTIST: @lekitchenwitch

ITEM DESCRIPTION: My work is for Fifty Bandz, as is the poem card print by @lindoyes, which accompanies these pieces. Fifty was killed one week before her 22nd birthday, by her former boyfriend, shot to death in Baton Rouge Louisiana. Like so many of the trans lives lost in 2021, she was mis-gendered and dead named in police reports. Fifty was greatly loved, and is very missed by her friends, who describe her as being "keenly self aware, & also highly aware of the differences between reality and social media "appearances." I chose the blue butterfly symbol in the jewelry,  to represent her, because she used a blue butterfly avatar, on her own social media pages. I found in  the Herder Symbol Dictionary, that the blue butterfly is seen as a symbol of great transformation and peace in the afterlife, which I hope for her. Fifty had beautiful blue hair and took some of the most beautiful self portraits I have ever seen, with butterflies painted on her face. In those posts, she ALWAYS credits her hair stylist. The gratitude spirals in my work, are meant to reflect her gratitude, as does Lindo's poem for her. She was quoted on her last Thanksgiving day, as saying she was "Blessed and Highly Favored." Fifty's life mattered and may we learn always, to reflect her gratitude, for life itself. Please keep her memory alive. 

This pendant and earrings are made with soft solder and moonstones. The butterfly photo is an original collage, bezeled under resin. Earwires and chain are sterling silver plated. The earrings are 2 inches long from the bottom of the wire. Pendant chain is 8 inches long, with the full pendant drop measuring 4 inches. The poem print is 6x6 and is printed on photo paper. 

Thank you for remembering Fifty Bandz.


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