Circles of Life rings

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The journey of the rings ..

Circles of Life

The idea for the Circles of Life rings as rings with words to mark times in our life, first came about in 2006, the year my son was born and the year I created ‘Vortex’, a large immersive sculpture as part of the 2006 Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi.

My partner in life and work made me a memento ‘ring’ from the sculpture from a slice of aluminium tube.  It was engraved with Vortex 2006, and felt like a beautiful, simple and meaningful memento. I wore it as a pendant, and it felt like a simple but elegant piece of jewellery. 


Inspired by the idea of this ring marking the journey of life I offered to make similar pieces for friends.  Due to various issues the idea kept not happening, but Circles of Life remained on my to do list until the idea was revived and realised in 2016 when I bought a ring stamping machine for stamping stainless steel and started to source stainless steel rings that fit with the simple, minimalist, unisex style that I love. 



In 2015 I purchased a ring made from a typewriter ‘SHIFT’ key.  I saw the word ‘SHIFT’ as a reminder to look at things from a different perspective.  My focus at the time was a dream of creating Cloudscape, a large, immersive public sculpture sculpture piece inviting all ages to explore, connect and play.  The piece was accepted to be in the 2016 Sculpture by the Sea exhibition and I was determined to make it happen.  I still yet to make this sculpture piece happen, though the dream is still alive.

In 2016, with renewed focus I made the Circles of Life a focus.  I sourced some stainless steel rings that I loved and a way of stamping words into them, and the first Circles of Life rings were created.





The idea of Circles of Life as a piece of memento jewelry was born in 2006 with the completion of a large interactive sculpture, Vortex, envisioned, created and erected on Tamarama beach, Sydney as part of the 2006 Sculpture by the Sea exhibition.  This was a beautiful and amazing time in my life, and realising the sculpture felt like a miracle along with the miracle of my newborn son, Joey.  Joey’s father created me a piece of jewellery from a piece of aluminium tube used in the sculpture, and engraved it with the words ‘Vortex 2006’.  I wore the piece as a pendant and loved both the piece itself and what it represented.  I called it a Circle of Life.  When two close friends lost people they loved, I offered to make them one as a memento.  But various challenges meant those pieces were never completed and ‘Circles of Life’ sat on my to do list for many years.

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