It was pouring like a mother outside yesterday, so I couldn't photograph these outside. This one is another version of my Yule Fairy made with reindeer moss an teeny berries.
This one is the Forest Fairy, whose lichen skirt was found on one of my walks through Tanglewood. Her bodice is made from several dried grasses, which give it a nice gradient green color, a bit of usnea and hydrangea for the applique.
This one is a variation of The Queen's Muse, the poet that alights above the rath during the day, to gather verse for the court for their evening's entertainment below.
This one is made from both birch and two kinds of dried grasses with a tawny reindeer moss, a bit of dried fleece flower for the sash and hydrangea for the applique.
All of these were taken to Brambles in Belfast. But if you want any of these custom made for you, request one on our Etsy page.
Here are two new iterations of Lady of the White Thorn and The Queen's Handmaiden
It's several days before the Winter Solstice and they are above ground catching the dawn light, which melds with their creamy, tawny colors.
Each one I make of a certain series is completely unique. It may have the same materials, but each is crafted with a slight variation. This dress has a fern sash, a sepal applique and the back of the bodice is layered with poplar leaf.
And here, you have another version of The Queen's Handmaiden.
Here, I found the perfect curlicue to augment the dress for The Queen's Handmaiden.
All of these new dresses will soon be available at Brambles in Belfast and we will soon be working on an art series of dresses and photos for a gallery. Note: all designs and photographs © Kay Stephens
Fairies don't exist they'll tell you.
But then you've never heard the true tale of the white thorn, a special tree in County Clare that sat alone in a vast meadow of green. Workers refused to cut it down, for it was the site of a fairy dwelling.
This tiny fairy is the protector of such trees, for they are the portals to the Wee Folk. She is their eyes and ears and sits upon the branches of the white thorn, bedecked in birch and the dried petals of a white rose.
Every part of the flower is her garb.
Her skirt is the color toasted marshmallow.
Her bodice is stitched up the back with off white thread. Go to our Etsy page to order a custom Lady of the White Thorn fairy dress for yourself.
Walk deep into the forest on these late days in December and look closely. On the tops of evergreen sit these little wonders.
We are almost upon the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year, a turning of the earth force tides.
If you pay attention, you'll see this fairy, whose reindeer moss skirt and red-berried lichen applique, are a tribute to the season of Yule. The colors of red, white and green, symbolize the merry Meet of the Fairy Gods and Goddesses.
Sewn up the back with green thread, this fairy makes a lovely ornament for your Solstice or Christmas tree.
Another of the Queen's Handmaidens comes up from the rath to sun herself on an evergreen. It's nearing the time of Solstice, when they cling to the branches of pines and sing for the Goddess of Cold Darkness.
This one is made from grass and birch bodice and an underskirt from the palest pink/tawny petals of dried Hydrangea.
"Green is for the newborn Lord of the Forests, the Divine Sun Child who comes once more for the World."
Summer is long gone. The fields are covered in a light dusting of snow. But the Beach Rose Fairy still holds endless summer days within her.
Made from birch bark and dried beach rose buds collected in Camden, Maine by the harbor, the little fairy dress is adorned with other dried tiny flowers.
A tiny unopened bud serves as the adornment. This dress is so fragrant, that even in winter, you can close your eyes and picture the beach.
The dress measures 4 inches, is stitched up the back with pink thread and comes with its own whimsical fairy hanger.
This is the Reindeer Muse, the Queen's own poet. Every day, she alights to a sunny spot to collect the sun and her thoughts for a new verse she'll take back to the Queen and court for the evening.
This one-of-a-kind miniature fairy dress is made from birch bark and reindeer moss the color of toasted marshmallow.
She is adorned with a sash of pale green curly leaf and an applique of pale lichen and a bit of fluff.
And the bodice is stitched up the back with moss colored thread.
Another fall fairy made from red and brown leaves.
Cut along the midrib, the veins of the leaf patterns fit together like a pattern with the blade as the neckline.
I love the way the red and brown intersect and how the "wings" came out.
Each piece is one of a kind and comes with a custom fairy hanger.
The fall fairies are here, adorned in dried leaf with "wings."
She is known as the "fuin" fairy, a symbol of the end.
It is the end of summer, the end of natural light, the beginning of winter's time. The commencement of the dark half of the world.
Her bodice has been made from grasses that were once part of the Green World, but now have dried and withered.
Her adornment is from the petal of a hydrangea bush that has turned purple with the fall cold and a curled dried leaf.
Her skirt is made from the dried bulb of Queen Anne's Lace, brambles and the white fluff of plants gone to seed.
She is a symbol to honor the change of the cold and dying season. It is also the season of renewal for all of the plants that have died and decayed nourish the Earth for May's growing season.
Tonic of the Woods
the inspiration behind the creations
Photos, stories and concept ©Kay Stephens
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