The ‘Circles of Life’ story

The idea for the Circles of Life rings as rings with words to mark times in our life, first came about in 2006, the year my son was born and the year I created ‘Vortex’, a large immersive sculpture as part of that year’s Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi.

My partner created me a memento from an offcut of the aluminium tube used in the sculpture which he had engraved with the words Vortex 2006.  This ring, which I wore as a pendant, served as a memory of the piece and of that time in my life .. and so was born the concept of ‘Circles of Life’.

Inspired by the idea of this ‘ring to mark the journey’, I offered to make similar pieces for friends, but for a variety of different reasons they never came to be made.  But, not one to renege on an offer, ‘Circles of Life’ sat on my ‘to do’ list for the years that followed.


This past year I have been exploring life in different ways, and have been present to the power and beauty of words.

My word for last year was ‘breathe’ .. a prompt to bring myself to the present moment, but one that also saw me come back ‘to life’.


The follow up to breathe, was ‘release’. One that I am bringing more consciousness to.


And the word I have chosen for this year is ‘Presence’.

**The journey**

I love to look on life as a journey that is calling us forward to evolve. In this way challenges can become opportunities for growth or for a deeper experience of life.


I seem to have an almost obsession with circles as a clear expression of life. Even my chosen martial art, aikido, is filled with circular movements. I love the idea of our life journey being a circle, in the same way as the hero’s journey of evolution that is the essence of so many inspirational stories. And in such a way I see the creation of these rings as a sort of ‘simple breakthrough’ in my life, in the way that they offer the opportunity to live the meaningful, connected and independent lifestyle I have been seeking after.


My journey has very much been one of both confusion and of intrepid exploration .. and of attempting to separate myself from the world .. and also of feeling completely lost. I felt lost for so long I thought that I just loved the feeling of lostness .. it had become my comfort zone and my excuse to stay uncommitted and free. Yet I have been on a constant quest for clarity .. and the Circles of Life are a powerful step on that journey.

_We shall not cease from exploration
_And the end of all our exploring _
_Will be to arrive where we started _
_And know the place for the first time. _
T.S. Eliot

For me this quote reflects my journey toward clarity, and the spiralling journey of evolution. Your word chosen is an opportunity to reflect on your life at different times in your journey and to become more present to how you perceive and experience life.