SPIRITUAL GANGSTER, BENDING METAL, BODY, AND SOUND

 
Amy Hackerd Jewelry

Enter yoga.

I dove head first into yoga and meditation in search of serenity. I achieved my 200hr teaching certificate from Dharma Yoga in Austin, and currently teach tweens, teens, and young adult women at Austin Boxing Babes.

I am so full of gratitude to be able to teach these young women all the things I needed to hear at their age. How to be confident, authentic, and liberated little beings in this strange and lovely world we live in. It is so rewarding.

As I gravitated towards mindfulness and meditation; I embraced the notion that if we quiet the mind, the answers we seek will reveal themselves.  

Enter Malas.

A mala is a strand of beads strung on a single cord used for prayer. Each of the 108 beads represents a mantra, a prayer, or intention. The Guru bead, a larger stone or carving on the mala, symbolizes the relationship between student and teacher (which we learn, is really one and the same). The strand which runs through the beads represents the ‘source’, or the higher power in which you believe. Lastly, the tassel brings the strands together in unification, signifying the presence of a higher power, which is one step closer to spiritual enlightenment!

In creating Malas I have merged my creative and spiritual universes.

I connected deeply with gemstones, and that each stone promotes positive attributes or can support in times of struggle.

Each mala is a mindful and intentional construction—each is designed with purpose based on the gemstones used in its composition.

I love to engage with my clients to find the best stones for their mala based on what they are seeking (healing, grounding, wisdom, etc). These spiritual touchstones are a way to provide support and inspiration, by way of adornment, and that brings me such joy.

I didn’t find jewelry, it found me.

Raised in Detroit I was a nomadic vocal performer for years until I settled in Austin to be a stay at home mom. I was so lucky to have been able to raise my kids without working.  However as they grew, I felt something was missing.

Enter jewelry.

Mostly self-taught, I began to take jewelry workshops and open studios with local metalsmiths. I will forever be a student. Always growing, evolving, and learning new techniques.

My take on metalsmithing is one of industrial minimalism. Having been raised in Detroit (the motor city) in the 70’s and 80’s, there was a clear undercurrent of division, segregation, and separatism. I began to mix metals as a way to say, “It CAN all work together, if we choose to see it that way”.

It’s all perspective. It’s all about what moves you.

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