Part one…….. Let me start from the beginning….
There was a little girl (Cindy Eastwood) who loved to catch bees in a mason jar. She would take the jar and lid and capture the bees flower, leaves, and stems into the jar. Cindy was never stung but did enjoy viewing the bees safely in the jar. You see Cindy’s Dad and Grandpa were Entomologists. So having beetles pinned in boxes and labeled as to what species they where was quite normal. My Dad showed me how to catch bugs safely in a butterfly net. Cindy’s backyard had a giant willow tree which always had monarch butterflies. Cindy with Dad’s help made a cage for the caterpillars out of an old oatmeal tub and some wire screen. Cindy collected the gentle monarch caterpillars, placed them in the cage and off to school they went for a science project.
The reason why I picked beetles for my jewelry line was because my Grandpa studied beetles that would help with prickly pear in South Africa in the 1940’s. He worked for the United Nations and United Kingdom studying insects. He was even asked to work for the Smithsonian. He has written 3 books and they are in the Smithsonian today.
Stay tuned for more childhood stories as I share my artistic journey creating my very first jewelry line.