Some pieces I'm working on are quite simple. Straight forward without bells and whistles yet with a clear message. Thus without any difficulties in the creation process itself.
However, I've got to say that working on some pieces is not easy at all.
Like for instance with the inscription "I've got Alzheimer's disease". The making of this piece of jewelry was inspired by the movie "Still Alice" with Julianne Moore where she as the affected person got herself an identity bracelet to be able to remember and get help in situations like getting lost etc. My friend saw this as a valuable option and we quickly decided to realize this for her husband. Although I know the family I can only remotely guess what it means to have to deal with this disease. Especially since my friend commented on the movie that it shows only a fraction of the reality.
It moves me that I can contribute at least a small part to keep some dignity in the helplessness, to give some support in difficult situations.
To me it is very brave to make a weakness, a disease visible which is usually not noticable from the outside and which is very difficult to deal with. I wish it was, especially for the affected people, but this time my creation, the bracelet is not a sign of hope nor a source of power. Yet still, hopefully it gives a sense of assurance and possibly orientation in a simple and dignified way.
The design was determined by all people involved, the wearer, the family and me. After finishing it we were all unanimously happy with it and the plain piece of jewelry brought some shine and joy. Although it was und still is not easy.
Outside: "I've got Alzheimer" and phone number of the contact person
Inside: Name and address
Special thanks to my friend and her family for your trust.
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