Ahimsa Designs – Artisan Vegan Jewelry Designs by Kristen Anderson

A Thanksgiving Gift For You!

I’ve been thinking lately about the collective sadness of the world. I have felt powerless in the midst of incomprehensible suffering. Maybe you have felt that too?

I have been inspired by stories of courage and hope and find myself wondering…what can I do?

As a mom I know I have the ability to create great […]

By |November 22nd, 2015|Free Jewelry, Giving Back, Gratefulness, Holiday Gifts, Holidays, Miscellaneous, Musings, Parenting, Personal, Thanksgiving Sale, Vegan Issues|Comments Off on A Thanksgiving Gift For You!

Burning Things

I’m watching the leaves fall today. Is it the act of letting go or being released? Each burst of wind brings an ephemeral dance, with the leaves, trees, air and other unseen elements at play.

I’ve been cleaning out lately. Deciding what is essential. Understanding why I hold onto things. Objects tied to happy memories, significant […]

By |November 17th, 2015|Artists, Awakening, Ego vs. Heart, Family, Gratefulness, Musings, My Family, Personal|Comments Off on Burning Things

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

The Seduction of the Sun

Sometimes there is a beauty that just leaves me speechless. No words adequately express the stirring, the knowing, in a place so deep within me that, for a brief moment, I feel certain of my connection to the whole.

This afternoon the sun flirts with me. The leaves dance so that the sun shimmers, touching my […]

By |October 3rd, 2014|Miscellaneous, Musings, Personal|Comments Off on The Seduction of the Sun

Back To School

The beginning of this new school year is having to pry each of my fingers off of my firm and phantasmal grip on summer. My baby goes back to school this week. Ok, he’s not a baby. He is starting 4th grade, but when I look into those eyes I still see that beautiful baby […]

By |August 8th, 2014|Children, Family, Miscellaneous, Musings, My Family, Parenting, Personal|Comments Off on Back To School

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

17 Day Design Challenge: Day 16

IT’S DAY 16!

Check out today’s design here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/165501466/unisex-recycled-sterling-silver-copper

Being Vegan is about love. Love for animals, love for the planet, love for all.

This necklace reminds me that veganism is more than a political agenda, or a way of eating or even a lifestyle. It is about the principle of ahimsa, doing no harm and loving one […]

By |October 11th, 2013|17 Days 17 Designs, Awakening, Design Challenge, Miscellaneous, Musings, New Designs, New Work, Promotions|Comments Off on 17 Day Design Challenge: Day 16

17 Day Design Challenge: Day 13

IT’S DAY 13 of my Design Challenge!

Check out today’s design here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/165155146/recycled-sterling-silver-zen-yoga-vegan

Curvy and Colorful. Perfection. The curves of this handformed shape are accented with small round pieces of faceted lapis, winding down into a beautiful turquoise briolette.

Recycled sterling silver wire is handshaped into a series of curves, hammered and textured before I handwrap each stone […]

By |October 8th, 2013|17 Days 17 Designs, Design Challenge, Hot Off The Bench, Musings, New Designs, New Work|Comments Off on 17 Day Design Challenge: Day 13

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
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