Lichenology - Hope’s Native Home Tamarisk Necklace
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 this piece help you lean into nuance, humility, and the long view.
This necklace is made from a brilliantly vivid cut of tamarisk gathered in the Utah desert. Its detailed grain is accented by a magnificent inlay of peach-colored rock posy lichen from the Colorado Rockies.
The pendant measures 2” wide by 1.25” tall. It is designed to sit at the collarbone and hangs from a 16” of quadrupled red waxed linen cord that is secured with a lobster clasp.
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