Lichenology - Accumulated Deposits Tamarisk Earrings
Tamarisk is an ornamental species turned invasive, dramatically altering riparian ecosystems in the arid west. The Forest Service has had a long, fraught fight with these trees—but for all the destruction they’ve caused, tamarisk have also had a notable positive impact on migratory bird populations. Learning where and how to mitigate tamarisk continues to be a difficult exercise, with so many complex relationships to weigh.
I love the evolving story of tamarisk, for it forces us to look at the long view. Each of us holds the capacity for both destruction and creation, and we live in the space between. We must choose our partners wisely and encourage one another in what nourishes the greater good—which can often be an elusive exercise.
May these earrings help you lean into nuance, humility, and the long view.
These earrings are made from a brilliantly vivid branch of tamarisk gathered in the Utah desert. Each earring is accented by a large inlay of rock posy lichen from the Colorado Rockies.
Each earring measures just over 1” wide by 1.5” tall and hangs from a 0.5” hypoallergenic titanium ear wire.
All materials are preserved for longevity of wear using non-toxic products. As these are natural materials, please refrain from submerging in water.
Pickup in West Seattle, WA or free shipping