Handmade and conjured by Old Growth Alchemy, the Boundaries reliquaries are for protection, developing strong personal boundaries, strengthening internal and emotional boundaries, and for supporting inner strength. The rose thorns are a reminder that although you can be soft, there are thorns that can be used to protect you from the outer world. Also featuring thistle thorns and yarrow. Please note this batch of reliquaries are all slightly different and have a wax seal on the top.
And what are reliquaries? From the Catholic tradition, reliquaries were vessels which held holy relics from saints or pieces of them. Well, while I am not of that tradition, the practice and concept intrigued me. What if we see Nature as Holy? What would the relics be if not Nature themselves? Nature as an animist being or collective rather than a thing or object? That is the spirit to which I created my Animist Reliquaries and to which I shall continue to make them.
The Boundaries collection still looks to Nature as a method of exploring larger narrative themes: these focused more strongly on energetics and ways in which we interact with ourselves and the world around us through connections, superstition, belief, and practice.
Photos by Ashley Nunez.