Copper Turquoise Beads with Vintage Silver Cross
by Jane Beeder
To say Jane Beeder travels the world is an understatement. From her years in spent in the Middle East buying antique strings of hand carved gemstones to her upcoming trip to Russia, Jane never misses a chance to search out the most exquisite and exotic beads for her original jewelry.
Crosses, whether they are antique Navajo sterling silver, gem studded artifacts from Morocco or hand crafted by local Colorado Springs artists, are combined with the rough-hewn gemstones, hand-forged crosses and elegant silver findings that are a hallmark of Jane’s work.
Many of her recent pieces combine Coptic (Ethiopian) Crosses with turquoise beads.
Ethiopian crosses are made from elaborate lattice or filigree work in a baroque style. The artists designing the African crosses take great delight in creating ornate decorative patterns. They embellish a simple cross with trefoils, flared arms, fanciful projections, complex openwork and intertwined patterns of lines that symbolize eternity.
Traditionally worn around the neck on a deep blue cotton cord, the crosses are given to children when they are baptized and they become one of the most prized of all personal possessions.
Jane Beeder combines a hand-carved Antique Lapis Lazuli and Sterling pendant with oversized Lapis Lazuli rondelles and hand made sterling silver beads
Jane’s studio at Cottonwood Center for the Arts is an out-of-the-ordinary voyage. Crammed floor-to-ceiling with Chinese antique cabinets full of exotic beads just waiting to be turned into collectible, wearable works of art, Jane can be found working surrounded by overflowing baskets of chunks of amber, strings frosted 1930’s lucite and tribal beaded headbands
For more of Jane’s necklaces, check out photos of her work here on Fresh Ink.
Jane’s studio, #103, is at 427 E. Colorado in downtown Colorado Springs at Cottonwood Center for the Arts. For more info about Jane’s workshop, call (719) 520-1899. Her work can be purchased at Cottonwood on Tejon or The Boulder Street Gallery in Downtown Colorado Springs.
Nambe Pueblo, New Mexico
I shoot a lot of cemetaries. For heart-rending, technicolor boisterous displays, you just can’t beat a New Mexican cemetary on Easter, Day of the Dead or Christmas. I’ve made it to my favorite, the Nambe Church cemetary in Nambe, every Boxing Day for most of the last 20 years. I follow that up with New Year’s Day in Acoma. It seems to make the perfect emotional double-header.
I found this small, weathered cross tucked away in a far corner surrounded by tumbleweeds and scruffy dead plants. The new flowers shows that this lonely hidden grave hadn’t been forgotten.
Church Tower with Cross, Chimayo
Chimayo, New Mexico
Karen Rivera 2007
Church at Sanctuario, 1950’s
Chimayo, New Mexico
Scanned Vintage Postcard
This vintage postcard of Sanctuario left me stunned. I’ve shot hundreds of photographs of the church but I never saw it as a real small Northern New Mexican town chuch like those scattered all over the state until I found this postcard.
The small villages along Highway 55 have always held a special place in my hard-scrabble New Mexican heart. Using the few resources available in the barren, harsh acres early settlers recycled the ever-present rocks into homes, walls, and churches.
In Punta de Agua, the rough-cut stone San Antonio Church stands as a monument to an earlier example of sustainable and green building.
If you’d like to walk through Punta de Agua at street level, click here to go to Google Maps, then click satellite.