Fairies are a nature spirits and make their home in the woods. They have a strong connection to magic and can alter their physical appearance, like this one, the Tree Shifter, a fey who uses mimicry to blend into the trees when humans pass by. Like the chameleon and the octopus, the Tree Shifter uses her natural ability to hide within plain sight. As a Watcher for the Troop, she relies on this gift to protect The Wee Folk from human interference.
This dress was made from birch bark that was painted to resemble the American sycamore tree, which has bark that looks naturally camouflaged.
Her corsage is a bit of moss and Trumpet Lichen.
The skirt is made from reindeer moss and bits of usnea.
The dress is stitched up the back with green thread.
Summer is the busy time for The Wee Folk. They are gathering and hunting in preparation for the Summer Solstice and sometimes in the midst of their activities, they get hurt with scrapes, cuts, and burns. The Fairy Healer is the nurse of the Troop. She is the herbalist, the medicine fae.
Her dress is made from Usnea, a lichen, which is antimicrobial, antibacterial, vulnerary, and antifungal.
A close up shows a sash made from lichen and fungi, which also contain medicinal benefits.
Her birch bodice is stitched up the back with moss green thread.
There she is...only 3 inches high, sitting in a tree, hanging by a bejeweled fiddlehead hanger.
Tonic of the Woods
the inspiration behind the creations
Photos, stories and concept ©Kay Stephens
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