Collected shells suspended on a twig branch with a sprig of green from a Redwood tree in our yard and a few red berries from a California Pepperberry tree found while walking in my Sacramento CA neighborhood.
My son and I found a freshly fallen White Oak. The wood was hand-sawn and whittled flat into 2 small planks. On one side are quartz pebbles and pink Tennessee sandstone we found in a stream nearby. The other side has a 350 million-year old plant fossil in shale and is topped with a red garnet I mined in North Carolina. We began using pine pitch glue but that got messy fast so we tried beeswax from our neighbors hives and that worked fine. The string is English Ivy. I braided 3 strands of it together to make the bow. Lastly, I had my son char the bottom to add new color but it also gave the sides an interesting pattern. It is about 4 inches tall and hangs nicely on our tree!
brown rhododendron leaves for path.
Green rhododendron leaves for river.
Duwamish head clay for form.
Rose thorns attach the leaves.
Pampas grass for hanger.
The key = ?
One young bucks antler shed I found while searching for Mr. fenn’s trove, a pine tree branch, a hawthorne berrie cluster, a pheasant feather and I braided some cattail husk to wrap it up around the shed with some pine tree pitch that I’m still trying to get off my hands.
Pine twig for body, milkweed pod for big wings, leaves from Plantain Lilly for little wings, pine needles for legs, small pine cones for eyes, locust tree thorn for proboscis, WWWH (wild western weed hemp) for bindings, and pine sap to glue proboscis
Sycamore tree seed pods on branch I tied into a closure with horse hair. Additional twig to hold the small stone found on a search – also three strands of horse hair tied to the center to be used for attachment to a tree branch. The rock it rests on is a prop. The turkey feather also was found on a search
Pine bark in its natural shape as found on the tree, carefully extracted so it wouldn’t break
Snowboard – locust tree pod
Snow – golden doodle fur
Bindings – weed stalk strippings
A large brown egg. Mixed, red pepper flake, ground ginger, chili powder, paprika, ground mustard and mint flakes together in a bowl. Brushed egg white, (for glue) over outside of egg, then rolled the egg over the mixture of spices, for color. Added a little sprig of bitter sweet berries around the opening of the egg, again, used egg white as glue. Inside the egg is a nest of sphagnum moss and saffron. The little “golden nuggets”, are made from sea salt, turmeric, garlic, basil and chili pepper. The ornament holder is made from a bitter sweet vine. It was attached into a hole, at the top of the egg.
Hazelnut shoot, deer tail hair, bird wing feathers, rattlesnake skin.
The hazelnut is from my backyard. The other materials were collected from the road.
The little green man is provided for scale, he is just under two inches in height
Corn Husk (body), Milkweed pods (ears)and stems (front
legs), Concord Grape leaf (cape), Neighbors Sheeps wool washed and
carded (covers neck nose and front legs), Turkey feather (what’s left of
dinner), Echinacea flower head and stem (de seeded and pedaled for the
nose then covered with wool),paper wasp nest (face mask),Maple leaf
(hood), pine needles (whiskers), small leaf from mock orange tree and
tree bark (for the two eyes)and delicately held together with mucus.