(Dried manna grass bodice, hobblebush skirt)
Sentinels are, like the Amazons, a tribe of warrior females who protect the raths or "forts," the ancient fortifications in fields encircled by ditches. The Sentinels are always watching for human interference. They are most keen to keep Man away from the sacred fairy dens, so beware.
I'm going back to my roots on this creation as it is more earthy than the other prettier ones. But these are the true fairies, the elemental ones.
Adorned with hydrangea and a bit of bleached out tree lichen and Usnea.
Sitting pretty here on a frozen clump of evergreen.
I'm experimenting with lovely two-toned dried rose petals. This one was photographed the day after an ice storm turned all branches into brilliant icicles.
The bodice is made from several layers of birch bark, the outer and inner layers.
The applique is a dried petal adorned with a purple bud.
These are so fragile that I'm looking into special deep shadowboxes to contain them.
Wreaths are associated with the pagan rituals of the changing seasons and here are a few tiny fairy wreaths to hold you over until spring.
These ones are handmade from pine branches, dried fern, flowers and berries.
These are also from dried and pressed fern from our property and dressed up with flowers and buds and usnea
I shot these days after an ice storm which made all of the iced over branches sound like tinkling chandeliers.
Tonic of the Woods
the inspiration behind the creations
Photos, stories and concept ©Kay Stephens
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