Why We Love Fairy Tales
If you are familiar with my jewelry, you know I usually have a story that goes with many of my one-of-a-kind designs. And, many of these stories are either based on, or are my own versions, of fairy tales. I give nature's little woodland creature's voices and thoughts, and bring to life mythical fairies, sprites, and dryads. Even the moon, that quiet glowing nighttime orb, is given center stage, and has conversations with tiny flying owls while watching over the sleeping earth.
So why do I, and many others, like fairy tales so much? Well, I think there are many reasons, but for me two really stand out. First, for me fairy tales take you to a place you want to believe exists. It is a nice escape from the "real world" and all the responsibilities that come with it and with being an adult. Fantastical beings live there, woodland creatures can talk and act like humans, humans can pretty much be whoever they wish, and most importantly magic happens all the time. It may not be a simpler world than the one we live in, but it is certainly a nice escape from the world we call reality.
The second reason I like fairy tales so much is because in many of them the underdog usually wins as good triumphs over evil. And let's face it, many of us can relate to this because at some point or other, we've all been in the place of the underdog. The underdog never has it easy, and always has to work through something to get the oh-so-wished-for end result - whatever it may be. Take the story of Cinderella for example. She is a servant to her evil stepmother and step sisters. She is put down and taken advantage of numerous times. Yet magic happens, she goes to the ball, loses a glass slipper (if you ask me the slipper could have been made out of something more comfortable than glass), and in the end she is reunited with her prince. And you want her to be with the prince because not only do you want the underdog to win, but you know the ones who held her back will lose. It's a very gratifying feeling.
So, why is a jewelry artist writing about fairy tales? Well, it's because for the past few years I have been planning on coming up with a jewelry collection based on fairy tales - some existing fairy tales and some of possibly my own creation. I want to make the jewelry designs wearable but yet when you look at them, see that they tell a story. These designs will mostly be all one-of-a-kind pieces, and I plan on working on them through the summer and debuting them in the Fall. And as I work on their stories, sketches, and fabrication, I'll be posting here.
Oh and by the way, earlier in this post I referenced the fairy tale of Cinderella. I know many people love the Disney version of Cinderella, and yes it's very nice, but my favorite version of Cinderella is a movie called "Ever After: A Cinderella Story" that came out in 1998 starring Drew Barrymore. The reason it is my favorite is because its heroine doesn't wait for someone to save her, instead she saves herself, with the prince showing up later asking for her hand in marriage. I like a strong heroine who is intelligent and takes care of herself. And that is how the heroines will be portrayed in this new jewelry collection.