~ c r a d l e b o x e s ~
The cradle boxes are in collaboration with JwP Design,
a unique jewelry design company in Portland, Oregon.
Together they worked to unveil and celebrate the individuality, uniqueness and strengths of women.
JwP Design mission statement:
"This is a one-of-a-kind JwP design carefully handcrafted
to make you feel beautiful. With every purchase of
a JwP design you are affecting change, one woman
at a time through female employment opportunities
and generous charitable donations.
Thank you and enjoy. Live the love."
~JwP Design Founder, Rkay Pagh
~ The Concept~
It's an honor for otonome to have taken part in this movement -
The concept for JwP design celebrates the Woman's Body.
Rhonna seeks to demonstrate what makes all women the same and
what makes each of us woman unique. She chose to construct the concept
with four essential ingredients; Structure, Heart, Skin and Touch.
Structure (reclaimed wood):
Starting with the structure, wood pieces reclaimed from around the world is
the structure frame of each cradle. The first group is made of wood milled
directly from the northern island of the Philippines. The structure is supported
by a one inch module that interlocks to the different lengths that fit the necklaces.
Inside each cradle box is a musical movement specially picked to greet each
woman with a melody that speaks the language of the necklaces.
Each cradle box is wrapped with two layers of skin. Expressing the skin of the
human body is resilient canvas clothes for the exterior helping to shelter the cradle. Inside, each fabric and unique hand stitching celebrates many characters and
presonalities each of us have.
Touch (antique buttons):
To complete each cradle, enduring antique buttons embrace the fabric together and is the prelude to JwP's exclusive way of latching the necklaces.
The outcome of each product is always a pleasing surprise to each involved.
Each cradle carries inside not only a beautiful ,striking and unique JwP necklace but also a story about each person who helped and made it all happen, one cradle at a time.
To everyone who helped me in this exploration,
You are a social worker, a nurse, a factory worker, a corporate manager, a wife, a grandmother, a single mom, an artist, a college student, a teacher, a day dreamer, an accountant, a real estate agent and the list goes on. You all are "the hands that made the cradles."
Also, many thanks also Terra Mai for your generous donation of the beautiful reclaimed wood. I am excited to develop a concept using wood that once gave flavor and character to wine.
Wine Stained Oak - (Photos provided by Terra Mai)
Such character and story all on it's own. The next group of cradle boxes is sure to hold true meaning as well.
With Respect andGratitude,
Rhonna del Rio-Ascolese