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Set Design/Artist Silas Stoddard, Writer Riji Suh
Maxmillion Rosario, Studios LIC
Alpha Pavonis: the brightest star in the Pavo (peacock) constellation.
With every collection I aim to convey messages that are the result of months of creative explorations. At times the messages are literal, but very often they can be found in subtle design gestures and in details; An a-symmetric pair of earrings, a sturdy cuff made of delicate feathers, hand woven bangles and gems faceted to catch even the smallest light in the room.
Alpha Pavonis, my latest collection, is a part of Dream Phase Series. Inspired by the peacock and our own innate brilliance; this collection centers on natural colored metal, warm hued gems and fluid yet bold structures. Historically the peacock has symbolized divinity, immortality and renewal. I discovered that the Greeks dedicated the peacock to Juno the Goddess of the sky and the stars. Writer Flannery O’Connor raised and was obsessed by peacocks and they are the subject of one of O’Connor’s best known works “The King of the Birds”. Quan Yin the Goddess of compassion and mercy is found in Japan and China and it has been said that she wore a dress of peacock feathers and sometimes rode a dragon. Shiva is at times pictured surrounded by peacock feathers. The peacock’s beauty mesmerizes because it displays its innate brilliance nothing artificial has been added. This collection symbolizes the acceptance of our inner brilliance that leads to outward majesty.
“The peacock jumped onto the hood of the Buick and once more spread its tail, sending the flashy Buick into oblivion” –Toni Morrison