Unwritten Stories #3

The Unwritten Stories chapbooks contain original writing based on or inspired by individual pieces of jewelry that I have made - or in this case, the other way around. Each piece of named jewelry that I make is shipped with a fragment of either poetry or flash fiction tucked into the package. I never reveal the full text of the fragments online; each one can only be read by the person who purchases that piece of jewelry and anyone they choose to share it with, or in these mini chapbooks.

These collections are published under a Creative Commons license, and the fragments may be used as writing prompts or in any other form of creative work. 

Issue #3: couplets. Lots and lots of couplets. 37 of them, to be precise, which form a poem about... well, I'm not entirely sure what it's about. And don't ask me how I managed to get 37 couplets when there were 48 pieces of jewelry involved in this issue.

(Please note: digital copies are only available as an accessibility accommodation; I am intentionally keeping this a print-based project as an experiment in tangibility. Print run limited to 50 copies.)

49 fragments, 12 pages, 2.75" x 3.75". One interior photomanipulation.

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My silver wire is .999 fine silver over a copper core, encased in a durable clear enamel coating. (My gold, bronze, rosegold, and copper wires also have the clear enamel coating, unless otherwise specified.) I have been using this wire since I began making jewelry in 2003, because it is extremely non-reactive - people with metal allergies can wear it! - and it does not tarnish. It is also easier for me to manipulate than solid sterling wire, which allows me to hand-sculpt it into the intricate fwooshiness of my trademark style despite the extensive hypermobility caused by Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

In the interest of being environmentally friendly, I keep my packaging as minimal as possible while still protecting the contents. Most orders are shipped in small kraft boxes inside bubble mailers, with items packed together whenever possible rather than using a single box for each piece of jewelry in an order. (Gift bags are available!) Larger items are usually shipped wrapped in tissue paper in a Priority Mail box.

I am transitioning away from using packing slips or other paper inserts; while many small businesses like mine routinely include handwritten thank you notes in every order, I feel it is more environmentally responsible to express my appreciation for your patronage via email rather than contributing to the contents of your recycling bin!