Greeter #l - 15"x41" - woven, crochet motifs - Materials: Tansey stems, linen, hand-spun wool, cedar bark
Greeter #2 - 15"x56" - woven - Materials: Tansey stem, linen, hand-spun wool, cedar bark
Greeter#3 - 10"x67 1/2" - woven - Materials: Horse hair, linen, cedar bark, acorn caps.
Greeter #4 - 19"x65" - woven - Materials: linen, sisal unbleached torn cotton, cedar bark, cedar root, acorn caps
Greeter#5 - 16"x77" - woven - Materials: goat's hair, linen, birch bark
Five Sisters - 15"x69" crochet - Materials: linen, maple stems
Still Point I - 11"x73" crochet - Materials: linen, acorn caps
Still Point II - 12" x 71" crochet - Materials: linen
"From whence had the seed been planted from which my imagination birthed the idea?"
Approximately three years earlier my niece, close friend and confidante Chloe, had gifted me a beautiful golden brown magnolia leaf she had found on the way to my place. The leaf was completely dried, maintaining its beautiful shape, curling a bit at the edges. It looked as though it had been carved from leather. The leaf was displayed in various places around my home, as many found objects which I call "nature's gifts". The leaf was admired and interacted with in various ways, often experimenting with placing different small objects on its surface, finally deciding on a beautiful Flicker tail feather. The combination became the study for a small water colour painting. I was always amazed at the leaf's durability over the years.
Then one day I started a collection of magnolia leaves that would start falling in July. I soon discovered the advantage of rubbing them with oil. Fortunately, I had made a salve from various oils & beeswax using the balm of gilead which comes from the cotton wood trees in the spring. The fragrance adding to the total effect, transporting one to the natural world. I suddenly wanted to be able to hang the leaves and so the stitching began, using embroidery threads at the beginning and experimenting with stitching ideas, soon discovering my preference for the gold metallic thread. I remember clearly one day running out of thread before I had made my way around the leaf to discover how in so doing, the leaf would then hang on a different angle, a small but exciting discovery and what fun to play with hanging them in various places around my household including the Xmas tree one year.