Guardian No. 116

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Guardian No. 116…unrealized childhood dreams become a beautiful possibility…

There once was a happy little girl who had a wonderful dream for her life, but an unhappy big girl told her it could not be so. One day the little girl was big and brave and she could not be so easily fooled….

This Guardian’s long legs launch her upward toward her dreams. A carved butterfly bead symbolizing transformation is stitched with rhinestones onto hand-dyed lavender vintage linen fabric for her beautiful glowing face…beaming with hope. Unspun dyed wool was hand felted to create a wavy mop of hair along with long curled reclaimed sari ribbon. Her spiraling locks dance in the breeze around her…

Purple and orange fabrics were selected to represent a sociable and fun-loving Guardian. She wears a chunky beaded necklace for a night on the town and a golden twirly skirt for a romp on the dance floor where her tender heart is freely shared.

This Guardian takes flight on a repurposed bed spring emerging from a hand-painted reclaimed wood block base, standing approx. 20 1/2″ tall (with stand) and 6″ wide and 6″ deep. Sewn to the back of the Guardian’s right wing is a tiny bell, representing my mother’s playful spirit. Its gentle sound is a reminder to listen to the whispers of your heart.