A beautiful reminder of youth for the wearer, running through fields, getting the wee legs stung of you! This piece brings a smile to the face and is a talking point when worn.
The story card accompanying this 'Docking' pendant reads:
A traditional Irish cure for stinging oneself with a nettle was a simple yet effective one and is still used today. It was believed that rubbing docking leaves on a nettle sting, repeating 'Docking in, nettle out, would relieve the pain. The nettle side on the left has seven stings, seven being a lucky number in Irish culture, the docking side on the right, seven holes where the stings have been soothed. The two grow in fluidity, side by side, as their organic forms do. The remnants of the stings can be seen on the back of this adornment'.
Materials: Sterling silver, Sterling silver snake chain
Thinking and Process: This unique piece uses traditional jewellery making techniques such as piercing, soldering and oxidising certain areas to highlight the three dimensional areas. The nettle side with the seven 'stings' joins the docking side where they disappear, depicted by the holes remaining. Nettles and docking leaves tend to grow near each other, handy if you are unfortunate enough to get stung!
Dimensions of pendant: Snake chain 1.9mm x 18", Pendant 55mm x 28mm