Ahimsa Designs – Artisan Vegan Jewelry Designs by Kristen Anderson

Wonder, Wildness and the Pursuit of Making Things Happen

I have much to be grateful for this New Year. More than most people realize. More than I can even fully comprehend. I have a chance to start over. To gather up all of the dark corners, the rivers of panic and disbelief that once looked like fear and despair but are now courage and […]

By |January 5th, 2015|Awakening, Ego vs. Heart, Family, Kristen's Process, Miscellaneous, New Year, Parenting, Personal|Comments Off on Wonder, Wildness and the Pursuit of Making Things Happen

Art, Connection and Fighting My Ego

I am fighting with my ego. Again.
During what should have been a productive day in my studio, I decided to ramble on in my own mind about what defines art. I started piecing together snippets from different conversations with people I admire, creatively and personally. I am trying to make peace with this girl in […]

By |October 20th, 2014|Awakening, Ego vs. Heart, Kristen's Process, Miscellaneous, Musings, New Designs, New Work, Personal, Production Process, Yoga Festivals & Events|Comments Off on Art, Connection and Fighting My Ego

17 Day Design Challenge: Day 17

IT’s DAY 17!
Check out today’s design here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/166086135/zen-chainmaille-hand-woven-4-in-1

A dramatically stunning bracelet that contains over one ounce of sterling silver. Each jump ring is handwoven into the weave one ring at a time.

Chainmaille can be a teacher of culture, history, math, art and technical skill. And yet, what continues to draw me to this art form […]

By |October 17th, 2013|17 Days 17 Designs, Earth Friendly Design, Kristen's Process, Miscellaneous, Musings, New Designs, New Work, Promotions|Comments Off on 17 Day Design Challenge: Day 17

What I Learned From The Flu

What I Learned From The Flu

This has been a strange week, lived in a haze, yet lived in unusual clarity. Every member of our household has had the flu. It knocked everyone of us out for a full week. Many days at least one of us was unable to get out of bed. Our youngest […]

By |October 5th, 2013|Awakening, Design Challenge, Family, Kristen's Process, Musings, My Family, Parenting, Personal, Sacred Other|Comments Off on What I Learned From The Flu

17 Day Design Challenge: Day 11

It’s DAY 11 OF MY 17 DAY DESIGN CHALLENGE!

HOT OFF THE BENCH! – Please check out today’s design here.

Artsy, colorful and curvy. I love the interplay of the orange in the copper with the tones in the turquoise centered with the cool calming sterling silver.

Down to earth, organic and unlikely to go unnoticed.

I’d love to […]

By |September 29th, 2013|17 Days 17 Designs, Awakening, Design Challenge, Hot Off The Bench, Kristen's Process, Miscellaneous, Musings, New Designs, New Work|Comments Off on 17 Day Design Challenge: Day 11

17 Day Design Challenge: Day 10

It’s DAY 10 OF MY 17 DAY DESIGN CHALLENGE!

HOT OFF THE BENCH! – Please check out today’s design here.

The copper yin yang bracelet…one end moving outward, the other moving inward…in the middle balance. The sterling silver coil in the back has 7 loops, grounding the bracelet in the symbolism of spiritual awakening and consciousness. The […]

By |September 28th, 2013|17 Days 17 Designs, Design Challenge, Earth Friendly Design, Eco Consciousness, Hot Off The Bench, Kristen's Process, Miscellaneous, Musings, New Designs, New Work|Comments Off on 17 Day Design Challenge: Day 10

17 Day Design Challenge: Day 8

Whew! Finally finished… Now I can enjoy the Decatur Jazz Concert tonight with my family and amazing village. Of course now I have to stay up all night coming up with a design for tomorrow. Self discipline is hard! 😀

It’s DAY 8 OF MY 17 DAY DESIGN CHALLENGE!

HOT OFF THE BENCH! – Please check out […]

By |September 26th, 2013|17 Days 17 Designs, Awakening, Design Challenge, Eco Consciousness, Kristen's Process, Miscellaneous, Musings, New Designs, New Work, Personal, Promotions|Comments Off on 17 Day Design Challenge: Day 8

17 Day Design Challenge: Day 7

DAY 7 OF MY 17 DAY DESIGN CHALLENGE!
HOT OFF THE BENCH! – Please check out today’s design here.

Chainmaille can be a teacher of culture, history, math, art and technical skill. And yet, what continues to draw me to this art form is the idea of connectedness. Placing each ring in one at a time becomes […]

By |September 25th, 2013|17 Days 17 Designs, Hot Off The Bench, Kristen's Process, Miscellaneous, New Designs, New Work, Personal, Promotions|Comments Off on 17 Day Design Challenge: Day 7

17 Day Design Challenge: Day 6

IT’S DAY 6 of my 17 Day DESIGN CHALLENGE!
Please check out my newest design: YIN YANG RHOMBUS UNISEX NECKLACE – https://www.etsy.com/listing/163672336/eco-friendly-recycled-oxidized-sterling

The rhombus, commonly referred to as a diamond shape, contains two triangles that are joined together…one pointing upward, the other pointing downward. This expression of Yin Yang reminds us of our ultimate task, to find balance […]

By |September 24th, 2013|17 Days 17 Designs, Design Challenge, Earth Friendly Design, Eco Consciousness, Hot Off The Bench, Kristen's Process, New Designs, New Work|Comments Off on 17 Day Design Challenge: Day 6

17 Day Design Challenge: Day 5

IT’S DAY 5 of my 17 Day DESIGN CHALLENGE!

One of the most primordial shapes, the spiral is a globally positive symbol that is often associated with our spiritual journey. This ring features two hand forged spirals that converge into one in the center. It reminds us that life does not happen in a straight line, […]

By |September 23rd, 2013|17 Days 17 Designs, Design Challenge, Hot Off The Bench, Kristen's Process, New Designs, New Work, Personal, Promotions|Comments Off on 17 Day Design Challenge: Day 5
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