Me an My Muse
From the artist Anita Gallagher

I became enchanted with illumination from medieval manuscripts at an early age. I was fascinated by the beauty, imagination, and intricacy of these designs. I developed a particular interest in Celtic manuscripts from Ireland and the British Isles dating from about 500 AD to 1200 AD.

As artist, ancient images and techniques fascinate me. Before the use of the written word became widespread, images were the keepers and communicators of history, tradition, and spirituality.

I find that I most enjoy the older, more traditional processes and hand working the metal. I studied Hopi and Zuni American Indian piercing techniques and found that I loved the challenge of intricate piercing with a hand saw.

In 1990, I began to contemplate combining my love of illumination and piercing to create jewelry that had the feel of the medieval manuscripts to which I am so drawn. I found that I had to teach myself to hand engrave to get the effect I saw in my mind’s eye.

Finally, in late 1991, I had acquired the skills to start on the work that I still love to do today. I find inspiration from the old manuscripts, Celtic myths and legends, and the natural world around me. I have developed a special interest in working with figures and engraved fabric patterns on their clothing. I hope to offer several pieces with intricately engraved clothing in the future.

I strive to infuse each piece with a spiritual power through the crafting process. My goal is to bring beauty and mystery together in a way that intrigues and inspires.

I am always gratified by how many of my customers call or email to let me know how much they love their piece.