The Bone Collection: The Dichotomy of The Female Warrior

The Bone Collection tells the story of the woman with a warrior spirit. A woman is made up of many complex facets and the collection serves to represent both the warrior spirit and goddess spirit within each female. Certain pieces evoke the raw fierceness of a warrior and others the evoke sensuality and tenderness of a goddess.

 

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In designing this collection we hoped to represent and engage the complex woman through the blending of seemingly inconsistent textures. The woman who wears these pieces layers her fierce pieces with her goddess pieces to find a balance.

 

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The bone that inspired the collection has smooth sensual aspects and fierce angles, portraying the dichotomy of the female warrior. We incorporated soft sunstone and raw, rose cut diamonds combining strength and gentleness; secrecy and openness. Conflicting but balanced qualities that represent the Colby June warrior woman.

Creative Process at Colby June: It Takes a Village

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One of the best parts of my job is opportunity I have to work with other ardent creatives. I truly enjoy working with impassioned professionals who really consider their work a life-calling. It is inspiring to be in their presence and collaboration with passionate people always has an enormously positive effect on the creative process at Colby June.

 

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However, the initial stages of the process are incredibly personal and solitary. In those initial weeks, words cannot describe the collection yet. I’m simply evoking a feeling or a sense of something through my physical pieces. It’s a highly visual and surprisingly non-verbal process.

Once, that phase is complete, I get feedback from my partner Amanda on the final designs and we dive into the story creation. The collaboration of a brilliant group of creatives, brings the narrative of the collection to life. From our photographers and videographers, to the models, our PR team to the stylists, each person tells the story through their own lens. The collaboration of everyone makes the whole greater than its parts and I am incredibly grateful to work with the team I do at Colby June.

 

Film – Vital Films
Photographer- Natalia Mills 
Hair Stylist- Carina Redmond
Makeup Stylist- Vanessa Leighton

Finding Inspiration: The Bone Collection

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It’s no secret that Colorado wildlife inspires my work and the Bone Collection is no exception. I can point to the exact moment, and even the exact piece of bone, that inspired my newest collection at Colby June.

While walking along the banks of the Crystal River near Mount Sopris, I found a small bone. I picked it up and as I ran my fingers over the soft curved edges, I imagined where the bone originated. Likely an elk or a deer, but it was alone, on the riverbank, washed up and into my path.

The oldest known pieces of jewelry were objects like this piece, with holes drilled in order to wear on string, and in my minds eye, I imagine that this particular piece would have been coveted in primitive times.

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I loved the way the bone was still jagged at the top, with a beautiful but grotesque texture that both pushes you away but pulls you in. The push and pull of nature inspires me daily, and I tried to bring that conflicting emotion of desire into this collection.