My Winter Swims at Sandy Point has Earned an Award    :)

My Winter Swims at Sandy Point has Earned an Award :)

In February I posted about the necklace I had recently completed honoring my winter swims through the pandemic and I am thrilled share that my necklace was awarded 2nd place in the CCC metal category of the 2021 Creative Craft Council Biennial exhibition held at the Strathmore Mansion in Maryland.

This necklace was inspired by my open water winter swimming at the Sandy Point State Park this past season. Seeking to capture the essence of my swim spot this abstracted form alludes to the waves, the sunlight, and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in sterling silver and karat gold. I applied a variety of textures to reference water, sun light reflecting on the ripples, and sand in this pendant and chain-even hammering beach sand into some of the sterling elements, while playing with the dichotomy between the natural environment and the constructed bridge.

While this necklace references the place it does not reference the handful of swim friends that socially distanced dipped and swam with me through the winter. This is a special group of friends, and I am ever grateful for sharing this experience with them. It has been hot here in Maryland and we are already looking forward to 2021/2022 Winter swims :)

Sandy Point State Park image of water and bridge