|Christmas 2009 Nana and my cousin Bella|
For me the most influential person in my life was my grandmother, or as I called her my "Nana". She was the one who always told me never to give up on myself and I was always happy to teach me something new in art or just to talk. She was more than my grandmother; she was a mentor, a friend and a hug whenever I needed it. Unfortunately, About 4 years ago she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The doctor's said that because of her old age she wouldn't live six months, she passed away a month before my high school graduation in early 2012. The Harmers' were always stubborn my mom joked. I had lost my closest friend, and I was ashamed that I hadn't even been there. We once had plans to go to New Mexico for the Balloon Festival; I did end up going but without her. She would have loved it. I decided to make this bracelet in honor of her, in some way I feel like I'm trying to atone for the guilt of not being there for her. The bracelet is based off the desert and the Native Americans of New Mexico. Two strings; one of Navajo sliver beads and the other a mix of sliver, turquoise, cat's eye, lapis, redstone and green and black stone, disk beads that I don't know their official names blend together one shiny and bright, eager to learn and the other a mix of experiences willing to share.
Close ups of the sliver beads details.