Tuesday, April 05, 2016


A vintage velvet leaf had a nice gradient of brown to green on it. It was rolled around foam with a wire core and steel wire loops were quickly added and then clipped into legs. Built up with glue and bent, the legs were painted burnt umber. Flower pips and seed pods made up her features and party hat.

Decorating her hat are the finest clear seed beads that came in the treasure box Maggie Rudy gave me. They came from her great grandmother's wedding dress, for goodness sake. To me, they look like caterpillar eggs that usually decorate the underside of leaves.

I think that's why her expression is so bewildered. It's as though she's just looked for her eggs where she thought she left them on the leaf, not remembering she used them around her hat.

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