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You make the world a better placesomething special$27.00Description
“The gesture of something special is one of protection and caring for something precious... our children, our earth, our natural resources. I see it as a hopeful piece about possibilities… about every child, doing his or her share.
“The rock is etched with words and images. The puzzle pieces allude to how we are all inextricably linked together… they’re also symbols of children with autism. 'special' can mean many things—the special responsibility to care for our planet—and to nurture ALL our children to care for their future. 'Something' can be interpreted on many levels. The little sprout is an unknown. What’s it going to become? And the boy is a sprout too… what’s he going to become? He could represent hope for the future… This piece could be a symbol of newness and beginnings.
“For many years we’ve wanted to experiment with environmentally friendly packaging that wouldn’t increase breakage. We’re excited to try it with the packaging of something special. The inner shell is made from biodegradable paper pulp, so now both shell and box can be easily recycled”
FREE to sing, laugh, dance... create!Happiness$22.00Description
“I hope this piece is very open to viewer interpretation. For me, it is the pure joy that comes from creating — in all of its forms. A side note … I love bluebirds.”
a time to reflect, a time to soarSoar$21.00Description
“The gesture of the figure and the bird communicates forward movement... being uplifted, moving onward; a release of hopes, dreams and spirit; of new beginnings and of endings; in celebration of a life... or in anticipation of a life together.
“This piece could be a way to express best wishes to someone who is taking a new path in life; on a road to recovery from illness or toward self-improvement... A hopeful symbol of peace for military families awaiting the return of their solders... An expression of sympathy to someone who has lost a loved one.”
“The sentiment refers to the song Turn, Turn, Turn, written by Pete Seeger in 1959, adapted from the Book of Ecclesiastes. In the song, there’s a contrast in each example...‘A time to be born/die, plant/reap, laugh/weep’ and so on. I like the lyrical, repetitive nature of the phrasing.
“At significant milestones, we often pause and reflect before moving forward, so ‘a time to reflect, a time to soar’ seemed like a nice expression for this piece.”
Hold close that which we hold dearAngel's Embrace$23.00Description
“This piece can be about the feeling you get from holding a child, or the child can represent something you want to protect ... a person, a memory, a relationship, a dream, a belief. Thus, the sentiment ‘hold close that which we hold dear’ can refer to someone or something tangible — or intangible and ethereal.”
Always there, listening with a willing ear and an open heartAngel of Caring$20.00Description
Love is patient, love is kindPatience$32.00Description
"Patience is about inner reflection, peace and calm. Her coloring is very soft, very quiet. I wanted the viewer to feel the weight of her leaning on her hands. To feel the passage of time—when everything stops—to be in the present.
"It's a reminder to take a moment to breathe."
For those who give comfort with caring and tendernessAngel of Healing$20.00Description
“This was the first piece that I sculpted in the summer of 1999. It came about intuitively, and so it was natural that the result ended up being very open to interpretation. The bird can be protection, comfort or healing. When I created it, I was thinking about the idea of fragility and how we sometimes need to heal our inside — our soul. A bird is so fragile and vulnerable … a metaphor for our inner feelings. This piece helped define Willow Tree.”
Above all, kindnessKindness (girl, lighter skin tone and hair color)$20.00Description
"I really like the simplicity and truth of this sentiment, Above all, kindness. Kindness is a virtue that gives us so much reward, and one we aspire to. The animal that the child holds can be metaphorical (who better to teach us about kindness than animals?) or the figure can simply represent a loving relationship with a pet.”
Protecting that which we love
The gesture of this figure is caring and protective. The small baby bluebird could be a metaphor for something precious—perhaps someone we love, perhaps our environment, perhaps our own inner happiness...
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Submitted by Paula Ridgway in Bracknell, Berkshire, England, January 2017
I 'retired' from being a volunteer with the children's work at the Kerith Community Church, in Bracknell, England, after more than 30 years of service and I was presented with the Nurture figure as part of their thank you. It has been a joy to nurture children from birth up to 11 years of age over the years and this will be a constant reminder of that privilege. I would suggest it is something special to give to people who have been nurturers in your lives.Read More >
- Name: Nurture
- Materials: resin
- Measurements: 5.5"h
- Interior packaging: recyclable paper pulp
- Sentiment: Protecting that which we love
- "Dust with soft cloth or soft brush. Avoid water or cleaning solvents.",