Irish fairies are the aos sí, a diminutive supernatural race on "the Other Side" driven underground by human beings since "the start o' the world." This piece has been built by hand to depict a forest scene during Beltane, when the faeries emerge above ground once again. The tiny dress titled The Spring Maiden is handmade from tulip petals, birch bark, moss and hydrangea. This fairy is the reveler in the rath with a gown of tulips to welcome the green grass and new buds on the trees.
Tonic of the Woods
the inspiration behind the creations
Photos, stories and concept ©Kay Stephens
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