About the Work - Laurel Witting Designs

Protect the Living. Honor the Dead.
Objects that connect the living and the dead, mourning and remembrance, both past and present. All of my work has an element of commemorating death in some way. Some aspects are very subtle, others with purpose. My Guardian Eye pendants are not only to be viewed as protective talismans for the living, but to honor the death of animals they represent. By using the same glass eyes as taxidermist do to preserve the animals life after its death, we are reminded that these animal lives are fleeting and need to be protected, just as the talisman may protect the wearer. The Memento Mori pieces also carry the same reflection of life and death through use of bone, claw and skull using small reliquaries to contain and honor the bones. Reliquaries were thought to provide a spiritual link between life and death, and have often been used to hold holy relics such as the bones of saints. By using and wearing these animal bones we signify the love of Nature and the need to Protect all Creatures.
In my Modern Mourning pieces, I use beading patterns of the past and antique beads when possible,  mirroring shapes and sizes of beadwork as well as playing off mourning fashions of the late 1800's and early 1900's. The gemstone beads I use in my work are believed to have protective or healing properties, giving aid in the grieving process and bringing harmony to us in times of sadness. I believe that death should not be shunned but embraced, we as a modern society have lost an integral part in our ability to process death, dying and mourning. With my work I would like to contribute to bringing death and mourning back to a comfortable place in our day to day lives.

My work has been featured on Death and the Maiden. Read more about my Modern Mourning Jewelry at https://deadmaidens.com/2016/05/16/modern-mourning/

About the Artist - Laurel Witting

"Different, dark, unique and peculiar, these are all words that have described both art and artist. Laurel has always appreciated the odd and unusual in life and that has translated into her art and photography. Both curious and provocative, her wearable art as well as her figures have been inspired by Victorian era Mourning jewelry as well as Victorian taxidermy. The imagination in her work and the attention to detail is mesmerizing, their uniqueness creates a category of their own."

About Me

I feel it is important to give back to what inspires my art, so a percentage of All Sales from my work go to Animal and Environmental Charities. I also am a proud supporter of small online business. Over 80% of my supplies come from small shops like my own. Not only does this help fellow small businesses, but it keeps my work individual and my designs fresh. This has also allowed my work to be showcased at shops like Necromance in Hollywood, CA., Bizarre Bazaar and The Weeping Glass in Pittsburgh PA.   Shopping small and selling at small businesses is an integral part of my business philosophy.


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