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behind the quantum collection

kaliska sweetwater

       From sketches, to prototypes, to a finalized collection with images, pricing, and systemized production (which often is me on my floor, working through the night). I love designing, and for every collection the inspiration comes from a different source. Our SS17 collection was birthed from the minutiea of our universe- the beauty that hides in plain sight all around us.


       For me, science and magic have always been intrinsically linked. As a born and raised witch, I have always known that nature is bigger than we know. Vaster, wiser, and cleverer than we believe. When I stumbled on a physics book and began reading, I became mesmerized. The things I was reading sounded like magic, not science. Teleportation across space and time, particles and waves swirling together to form the world we see around us, simultaneous realities?!  Insane!! It reminded me how to view the world how I used to- when everything I saw was new and constantly mind-blowing. 

       This year has shown me that the world isn’t what I thought- that the ground is a lot shakier than it seems. Reading about physics brought me a great deal of calm, mostly because irrationality is baked right in. Reading about quantum physics, and the unseen laws that govern our existence, became a powerful metaphor for me. That metaphor became this collection. The curves of space and time, history as we view it- as we experience it- is it as it is? We may have lived this life before- and physics says so. Though the pieces I put forth are far from microscopic, they represent the beauty of chaos, and the calm that can be found within it. The waves that symbolize the ebb and flow of time, and space, and matter. 

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       With serious implications in the future of technology, potential teleportation technology, as well as the implied existence of parallel realities, quantum physics is nothing if not mind bending. And you know what makes it all even more incredible? There have been no experiments able to disprove the theories. Regardless of what you believe, our world is indescribably vast and beautiful. The coming months and years will challenge our ability to remember that, and I hope that in some small way, jewelry can help us scramble through. For me, I always feel a little stronger, a little smarter, and sometimes even a little taller when I put on the perfect pair of earrings and a necklace (or four). 

 
 

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