Forged out of volatility, violence and struggle
In a pre-historic era where the earth is dominated by extremes – volcanic eruptions turn the sky black and dissect the planet, dense, steaming jungles and raging river systems are teaming with life. It is in this volatile place that powerful elements were forged and courageous warriors were born. Europeans who entered here also had to be courageous to survive.
Crocodile teeth and skin, razorback boar tusk, Spinosaurus dinosaur teeth, shells, stones, precious gems and metals are all symbols of the warrior and reference the battle to survive in an environment and its threatening inhabitants. Struggle and survival are concepts not unlike the world that many women experience in their daily work and domestic lives. The combination of elements, in these one-of-a-kind ‘works of art’ are designed as trophy pieces to be worn by the modern-day Warrior Women.
When you stare into the Warrior Woman collection you can see and sense that these pieces were meant to be worn on the necks of women who see themselves as ‘warriors’. Jane experienced violence and volatility first hand as a teenager growing up in Papua New Guinea.
Jane has personally lived the chilling experience of surviving in an unstable, ethnic environment where ‘pay-back’, mutilation, murder and cannibalism and belief in spirits were the ‘norm’. This (and her personal story) has given her great insight into the pain, fear, anguish and ultimate victory of being a warrior woman.
As a teenager (on a hike with teenager and now Dame Meg Taylor, formerly Vice President of the World Bank Group), and during an encounter with a warrior family they found themselves staring down the length of three spears into the dark eyes of her fearsome aggressors. They understood instinctively that resistance could lead to a terrible death. Meg’s knowledge of dialects and translations allowed them to escape unscathed. Experiences such as this enabled Jane to channel her innate impulse for survival and managed to escape unscathed.
Each piece in this collection is strikingly individual and raw. The owner of a Warrior Woman creation is bold, strong, confident, brave and powerful. She’s a fighter. She, like Jane, may have experienced confronting issuess. Through life’s journey she has earned the right to wear a talisman that says she is to be respected and revered. Warrior Woman is you … Warrior Woman is me!
As these pieces combine a variety of colours, shapes, textures and cultural references they can be worn in a great variety of ways. They can be worn with suits, dresses, long dresses, arty/conceptual clothing, pants suits and shirts, patterned skirt with plain top, winter coats and light summer dresses, cocktails, dinner even evening dress. These necklaces can be dressed ‘up’ or ‘down.’ You will find your own way to extend your wearing of these ‘one off’ designs but support the necklace with both hands when you pick it up. They are not heavy to wear as I have found the weight is displaced across the chest.