Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
×




Details

Submitted on
May 6, 2012
Image Size
537 KB
Resolution
1000×750
Link
Thumb
Embed

Stats

Views
10,218
Favourites
1,172 (who?)
Comments
110

Camera Data

Make
SONY
Model
DSC-H50
Shutter Speed
1/13 second
Aperture
F/8.0
Focal Length
10 mm
ISO Speed
100
Date Taken
May 31, 2010, 2:28:06 AM
Software
Adobe Photoshop CS5 Macintosh
×
Empowerment by wylieblais Empowerment by wylieblais
I met a woman through a friend one evening because I was told she needed some jewelry. She came in with some extensive slashes to her left forearm and a sad story. The easy solution would have been to make a large cuff or fashion some arm bands in fabric for her to wear to cover the injuries; I wondered if one should ever really cover a suicide attempt or should the body instead be celebrated for the fact that it still exists? With simple piercing techniques I crafted a set of earrings, a pendant, ring, and cuff to suit her daily needs. The designs reflect her sensibilities and interests and will serve as a constant reminder as to who she is and why she is worth living for.

Sterling silver

(Normally I love critiques, but I will likely ignore them here. This is a commission and the work made for her isn't questionable.)
Add a Comment:
 

Daily Deviation

Given 2013-07-18
Empowerment by *wylieblais The suggester wrote: "The story behind the piece is amazing to say the least. This artist needs to be commended for giving life to beauty through a touch of class, with silver and love! " ( Suggested by DAnnsCreations and Featured by maytel )
:iconcazil:
Cazil Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist
the jewelry and the story are beautiful :D 
Reply
:iconthepathofdreams:
ThePathOfDreams Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
This looks beautiful! :-) And I'm sure it will look lovely on the lady!
Reply
:iconvirginiapk:
VirginiaPK Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Beautifull!

Reply
:iconsitaart:
Sitaart Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Just awesome!!
Reply
:iconbeltaneh:
Beltaneh Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
This is gorgeous :)
Reply
:iconvalhallia:
Valhallia Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
Love this :nod: the cuff in particular is a stunning piece 
Reply
:iconhollowheartlessizsak:
hollowheartlessIzsak Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I absolutely love the cuff!! >.< If you made more of this stuff I would buy it!
Reply
:iconsilencelabyrinth:
Silencelabyrinth Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
They are beautiful pieces, and that's a powerful story.
Reply
:iconuneide:
Uneide Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
Utterly beautiful. <3
Reply
:iconkorinotsubasa23:
KorinoTsubasa23 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely breath takingly stunning. I love butterflies and anything to do with them. This is a wonderful set of jewelry that anyone who loves butterflies would love to own.

And the story behind it makes it even better.
Reply
:iconangelusnoir:
AngelusNoir Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013   General Artist
:wow:great work and even better with the powerful story behind it:hug:
Reply
:iconperilsofrosella:
PerilsOfRosella Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
I love your design- the open, airy feel reminds me of a butterfly's wings. Appropriate, given the story behind the piece. Thank you for sharing!
Reply
:iconharl3y-thejok3r:
Harl3y-TheJok3r Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
That's very sweet and the thought just makes it even more beautiful! Great job you're a wonderful person ^_^
Reply
:icondjmadamenoir:
DJMadameNoir Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
wow, gorgeous pieces, and a great gesture!
Reply
:iconhopedrop:
Hopedrop Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think I'd be the sort to normally say this, but there is just pure elegance and depth in wearing this. u w u
Reply
:iconsir-herp:
Sir-Herp Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Student General Artist
What an amazing piece of work, both the piece itself and the story behind it.
Congrats on the well-deserved DD, and have a nice day~
Reply
:iconsparklefairymangofsh:
SparkleFairyMangoFsh Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Student General Artist
The world is beautiful, the story is amazing
I hope she continues to see the joys in life
Reply
:iconpotatocandy:
PotatoCandy Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is simply stunning. :heart:
Reply
:iconkuroui-mei:
KuRoUi-MeI Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the rings! <3
Reply
:iconslight-obstruction:
slight-obstruction Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely gorgeous. I like that it's delicate and elegant rather than being like an overbearing shield of metal or fabric.
Reply
:iconsydnut:
Sydnut Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
Absolutely stunning <3 What a brave woman.
Reply
:iconskyfyr:
Skyfyr Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Beautiful sentiment and Beautiful work for a Beautiful Human I am Happy to share this Beautiful world with :)
Reply
:iconsynesetheticsymptom:
SynesetheticSymptom Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i  love the butterfly motif...it's just so stunningly appropriate and reaffirming.
Reply
:iconnonier:
NonieR Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
Celebrated--YES!!!

One thing that supposedly-sane people don't realize is that cutting is often a SURVIVAL trait - it's something you're strong enough to do to be willing to keep living.

I don't happen to be a cutter, but several of my friends are/have been, and I want to slap silly ANY outsider who thinks it's just a weakness or showoff emo rather than a survival strategy. And sure, we all know there are better ones, but you have to survive long enough to LEARN those, or to reach the point they're enough to help.

I love your insight here, as well as your beautiful and wonderfully supportive jewelry!

--Nonie
Reply
:iconagonizingswordfish:
AgonizingSwordfish Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing story and work!
Reply
:iconhauntedqueen:
HauntedQueen Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful
Reply
:iconsorbetberry:
SorbetBerry Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist
wow...that is just... beautiful. 
both the work of art and the meaning behind it...
<3
Reply
:iconnorthernwolf22:
NorthernWolf22 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The fact that you could make that it amazing (I wish I had such a gift) and the reason and person you crafted it for makes the story and art even more astounding. 
Reply
:iconrinkamari:
Rinkamari Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
These are beautiful! And the thought behind them... Even more beautiful. :) 

Love the fact that the pendant and earring actually form a butterfly wing! :heart:
Reply
:iconsupersweetsugar:
SuperSweetSugar Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
:iconamgtouchplz:
Reply
:iconkasukabe12:
kasukabe12 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
:iconfabulousplz:
Reply
:icond1v1de-by-zer0:
d1v1de-by-zer0 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That is a fantastic story and wonderful jewelry, thanks for posting!
Reply
:iconrmacdhai:
RmacDhai Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
Beautiful work.  Love the pieces and thank you for sharing the story behind them.
Reply
:iconsaelok:
Saelok Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wonderful work!
Reply
:iconmindart-ftw:
MindART-ftw Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
these are so beautiful :D
and by reading the description and hearing the story i think this was a thoughtful thing to do for the woman.
the designs are most beautiful and very well made.

this is such a wonderful piece of work.
and also congratulation on being on the front page of daily deviations! ^^ you deserve it!
Reply
:iconlovelyangel846:
lovelyangel846 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing :D
Reply
:icondannscreations:
DAnnsCreations Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Congratulations Wylie!  :happybounce:  You are on the front page of Daily Deviations!  :blowkiss:  Soo very happy for you!  :squee:

Congratulations!   Well deserved, my friend!  :glomp:
Reply
:iconwylieblais:
wylieblais Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Before I can respond to anyone else, I have to say to you first: THANK YOU! I never thought I would get a daily deviation for my work and it has really made my day/week/month/long while :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
Reply
:icondannscreations:
DAnnsCreations Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:blowkiss:  You soo deserved it for this, the art, your Work, speaks for itself, I did nothing more than point that out!  :blowkiss: Love this place!  :glomp: :icondelightfulplz:
Reply
:iconmisbehave:
Misbehave Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist
I saw this as a DD (Congratulations!) and thought it was a beautiful example of artisan craftsmanship. :) Then I read the description and I fell absolutely in love with the deviation! I think as a commission piece, it exemplifies a simplistic beauty with refinement and skills, so it is very well portrayed. And the fact that you took into consideration the person they were made for really says a lot more about it as well. Great job and congratulations on the DD again, it is well-deserved! :)
:+favlove:
Reply
:icondiamond-stud:
Diamond-Stud Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Student
This is gorgeous!
Reply
:iconmargaretto-ri:
Margaretto-Ri Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
I love this! You should be proud of this creation!:3
Reply
:icondreamer-of-magic:
Dreamer-of-Magic Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013   General Artist
They're beautiful :clap:
Reply
:iconasjjohnson:
AsjJohnson Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww. I hope it's working the way you've mentioned.
It's some pretty stuff. ^_^
Reply
:iconmaestrander:
Maestrander Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful!
Reply
:iconrainydayfun:
RainyDayFun Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very admirable!
Reply
:iconopalskye:
OpalSkye Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Noble and gloriously beautiful. You have the heart of a true artisan. Bravo! :heart:
Reply
:iconhiland-rose:
Hiland-Rose Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
It takes a special desire to understand other human beings to create something for them.  There are commissions and then there are things like this... it takes heart and compassion to read a client so well.  I think this is a fantastic example of the power of art and the ability to move beyond the surface to touch the life of someone else.
Reply
:iconfractaldragon:
Fractaldragon Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is lovely. I am glad you were able to do something for the woman that would actually celebrate her. Congrats on the DD!
Reply
:iconlostgryphin:
LostGryphin Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful!
Reply
Add a Comment: