Artist Spotlight – January 2013
Katherine Ruth Lasilla was born in Michigan and moved to Texas at a very young age where she tells me she was one of the GRITS “girls raised in the south.” She says she has always been inquisitive and would frequently get chastised in church for asking too many questions. She distinctly remembers wondering aloud to her father “what if the world (earth) was just God’s eyeball?” Growing up she would frequently go into the woods and lie down on the ground and just look at the sky with wonder; “the trees talk to you” she says. Kate also says that from a young girl she has been fascinated with braiding. She would braid blades of grass, scraps of material, hair and string. In school she loved art class and attributes this to a teacher that allowed her to explore art. Kate says she still has a green rock with a red pebble embedded inside of it that her teacher gave her. She found it fascinating that two solid rocks could meld together that way; Kate carries the stone as a talisman.
Kate’s father used to tease her about eating like a bird and fondly used her middle name to dub her “Rootiebird”, and the name stuck. Rootiebird’s is the name of Kate’s Jewelry business but she has not always made jewelry. Kate moved to Nebraska after the birth of her son and while working as a janitor, a woman who was making elastic bracelets asked Kate if she would like to help her and Kate’s journey began. Shortly after this encounter Kate got her hands on a string of black onyx beads. She said that she immediately felt that gemstones were “our connection to the earth, the energy of our ancestors.” The first bracelet she created was a braid, but it was when she created a combination of gemstones she calls “CagedBird” that she knew for certain that working with gemstones to help others was her destiny. It consisted of Labradorite, iolite and rainbow moonstone. During this period of time, Kate was making jewelry and bracelets as a hobby for friends and had not considered turning it into a business.
Kate was working full-time in what she says was “a very good job.” As most ‘Lightworkers’ will tell you, there comes a defining moment when you must follow your destiny. The universe has a way of letting us know when we are not following our path and the universe spoke loud and clear for Kate. She was suddenly propelled into making a decision and found that in order to live true to her integrity she must leave this position and move on. Kate started formulating a business plan and took a position as a part-time caregiver and was going to school for communications when she injured her shoulder and was unable to continue in this profession and Rootiebird’s was born.
Kate adamantly insists that she is not a metaphysical expert or a gemologist, “I take information and translate it to patterns and colors in jewelry. I have never taken a jewelry making class I started stringing beads on elastic.” Kate stated that braids create a malleable strength and “when you braid or intertwine spherical gemstones, it takes that gentle emission of energy and creates this vortex removing the space so that the energy of the beads interact with each other.” Kate lives in a world of fascinating patterns that come to her by bizarre means. She will get sick, sometimes violently ill, and while in a bath images will come to her. She will create the image within the jewelry taking guidance through divine means.
She says that “sometimes the information is coming so rapidly I have a hard time keeping up creating the piece.” Once a piece is complete she will research the properties of the gemstones and the patterns. This is how she has learned about sacred geometry, planets, astrology and numerology. When she initially looked into the properties of the gemstones she found that each gemstone had multiple layers of information. That each gem vibrated to a numerical frequency and when combined with other gems the piece of jewelry took on a vibration of its own. Kate repeatedly insisted she is not an expert, however, when I gave her certain numbers from within my own numerology chart, she created a bracelet that mirrored my life; the colors of the gemstones a duplicate of the colors within my home and my closet. Reinforcing my own belief that we attract to us certain vibrations by the vibrations put out.
One of Kate’s signature designs that she calls ‘Orbital Resonance’ refers to the gravitational pull that orbiting planets have on each other. RootieBirds Orbital Resonance design is a reminder of the influence we have on one another as children of the universe. Kate says that it is to remind us to “always act out of love to keep ourselves in balance.” She also says that Orbital Resonance looks like Age of Aquarius. All of her pieces are given names and frequently she is given a vibrational number that the piece resonates to. One of the pieces currently in her Etsy store is called Bagua. Bagua translates from Chinese to eight symbols. The bagua are trigrams used in Taoism to symbolize the eight fundamental principles of reality. It represents Yin and Yang. The design represents such in that there are 3 strands (lines) two are ‘broken’ (different sized beads, or broken with a sterling silver bead) and one is ‘unbroken.’ Another of Kate’s designs ‘Awakening’ symbolizes Universal Enlightenment and how all paths converge at one point.
Regardless of the fact that Kate had a physical experience with a ghost in her twenties and that she channels her jewelry designs; Kate does not see herself as a psychic, healer, empath or an expert on metaphysics, she just loves making jewelry. She also contributes a portion of all profits to a special Depression Support Fund dedicated to assisting people with depression who may not have access to benefits. She feels strongly about helping this group of individuals and at one point had considered a career in psychology. Kate shared with me that she was once told by someone that they were not eligible for benefits because they needed too many. She has made it her mission to make benefits available for those who need them through the sales of her jewelry.
Rootiebird’s recently gave away many pieces of jewelry during her 12 Days of Christmas giveaway. Kate says that “giving these pieces has so many factors mixed in.” One of them being, the more she gives, the more room there is for her to create with fresh eyes. The more feedback she receives the more the ideas flow whether through pictures, a connection to someone or through suggestions made by others such as researching further into numerology. Another theme of RootieBirds is religion. Kate makes beautiful Rosary’s for Catholics. Challah, a five strand braid, is braided just like the traditional Jewish bread, challah. It represents how we should all combine our gifts and talents to create a strong world.
Kate’s son Chance is a large part of Rootiebirds. When clients contact Rootiebirds with questions on the medical properties of stones, Chance is the one who does the research. Kate says he is “pretty much her business manager; he is incredibly intelligent and carries the traits of a starseed.” Kate shared with me as she was exploring numerology and thinking about Astrology that she can custom design a piece that would resonate with individuals’ numerology and astrological chart. Knowing your chart and which aspects you would like to enhance provides Kate valuable information in creating that special piece that vibrates a unique frequency just for you. Kate said “to answer your question, the ideas for Rootiebirds are not mine, the inspiration comes from so many places that they belong to everyone.”
After speaking to Kate I am convinced that she is a Gem of the Universe, a Lightworker who channels healing by bringing together her art with pieces of our ancestral earth to bring you high vibrational pieces of jewelry that are unique and one of a kind. Just as we are each a unique expression carrying a unique vibration, each piece of Rootiebirds jewelry is a unique vibration just looking for a new place to ‘Nest.’ You can find Kate at www.chakrayourkarmagems.com/
Here is a sample of some of her pieces:
In archaic times, dawn was oft times referred to as dayspring. This collection symbolizes dayspring as a new era, the dawning of truth. I made this collection in honor of a dear friend whose mandala artistry is the stuff of dreams. The realization of her voice is her *dayspring*. This gemstone combination cools, soothes, and calms. The ethereal Aquamarine, royal Lapis Lazuli, and crisp Chrysocolla all resonate with the Throat Chakra, in addition, the Chrysocolla aligns all the Chakras with the Universe.
Lapis Lazuli is the stone of royalty and considered sacred to the gods; Isis is this gemstone’s Diety. Lapis Lazuli resonates with the Throat and Third Eye/Brow Chakras, making it superb for discrete, intuitive communication. Lapis Lazuli has been reported to impart ancient wisdom, objectivity, and perspective. It vibrates with Venus and the number three; its element is water. Lapis Lazuli is astrologically associated with Sagittarius and Scorpio.
Chrysocolla can be translated from Greek into “gold glue” and was called the wise stone in ancient Egypt. While Chrysocolla resonates strongly with the Heart Chakra (encouraging trust in self and unconditional love), it is capable of stimulating all seven chakras. Lapis Chrysocolla vibrates with Venus and the number five; its element is water. Chrysocolla is astrologically associated with Taurus, Libra, and Aquarius.
Aquamarine holds the energy of the seas and oceans. It resonates strongly with the Throat Chakra, but will also work on the Heart and Third Eye Chakras. Aquamarine is also the stone of courage, making it excellent for speaking one’s mind without fear, and allowing one to find one’s innermost truths. It vibrates with the number 1 and the Moon. It is astrologically associated with Aries, Gemini, and Pisces. Naturally, its element is water. Centuries ago, seamen carried aquamarine to protect against drowning. Aquamarine can help with throat and pituitary issues, and is also helpful with diseases of the liver, auto-immune aliments, and an over active immune system. Ironically, with its link to water, aquamarine can help with fluid retention.
Together, they challenge you to boldly speak your truth, yet calm and soothe.Philosophically, a Paradigm Shift is a transformation driven by change; changing from one way of thinking to another. Here RootieBird’s Paradigm Shift symbolizes the metamorphosis of individuals that transfers to the Universe.
Chance’s Are is a gemstone combination named in honor of my son, Chance.
Lapis Lazuli is the stone of royalty and considered sacred to the gods; Isis is this gemstone’s Diety. Lapis Lazuli resonates with the Throat and Third Eye/Brow Chakras, making it superb for discrete, intuitive communication. Lapis Lazuli has been reported to impart ancient wisdom, objectivity, and perspective. It vibrates with Venus and the number three; its element is water. Lapis Lazuli is astrologically associated with Sagittarius and Scorpio. Here 3mm Lapis Lazuli is incorporated into the braid.
Red Aventurine resonates with the Sacral Chakra (sacred self) to enable one to *go with the flow* while still honoring self. Aventurine has been used, traditionally, as a healing stone. Here, 2mm Red Aventurine is an orange hue. Sparkling subtly.
Peruvian Pink Opal resonates with the Root Chakra, and possibly the Foot Chakra, for superb grounding to earth’s vibrations. Opal is a stone of manifestation, exemplifying any emotion of the wearer. Here, 4mm Pink Peruvian Opal looks ivory, yet you can see by the variations in color that it is genuine Peruvian Pink Opal gemstone, in it’s natural glory.
Duality design is a reminder that we are not limited to this physical realm. Clients often refer to the design as resembling DNA or a helix. Duality design reminds us that we are not limited to just this physical realm.
What pulls at your heart strings? Music? Art? Animals? Books? Whatever it is do it with all of your heart. Sink into it!!! Let it consume you. Is there any other way to do it?
HeartStrings gemstone combination pulls up all that is you, from deep within. Peruvian Blue Opal cleanses all of the chakras and the aura. It is ruled by Mercury, but associated with all of the planets. It is astrologically associated with Scorpio, Pisces, Cancer, and Libra. Opals vibrate with the 8’s and is associated with all of the elements, however this can sometimes depend on the color. It detoxifies the liver and relieves constrictions in the heart and chest.
Amazonite soothes and resonates with the Throat Chakra, honoring heartfelt communication. How do you communicate? There’s more than one way. Amazonite is Virgo’s stone and also vibrates with 5’s and Uranus. Amazonite encourages self-respect and reduces self-destructive behaviors. Its element is Earth.
∞Tree of Life∞ design ~ as above, so below; symbolizes the interconnection of all life on this planet. Tree of Life is a symbol used throughout many religions.