Relics are valuable materials such as the bones of saints, or cloths that had themselves come into contact with the bones. These relics were then distributed to the faithful, allowing them to carry the treasures with them every day.
As the popularity of relics increased, individuals began to design and use reliquaries to preserve these tokens and momentos of the saints, their loved ones, and the dearly departed.
It was these historical treasures that inspired Alley to create these beautiful, wearable art pieces.
Alley's RelicWare line allows her clients to partake of this tradition. Using found materials and unlikely treasures, Alley creates stunning, wearable, still lifes.