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….

A long legged figure standing approx. 20 1/2″” tall (with stand) and 6″wide. 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 long curled locks of hair along with curled reclaimed sari ribbon. I wonder if she envisions her long curly locks dancing in the breeze behind her…

I selected purple and orange fabrics to represent a spirited 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 re-purposed bed spring emerging from a hand-painted reclaimed wood block base. Sewn to the back of the Guardian’s right wing is a tiny bell, representing my mother’s playful spirit. It’s gentle sound is a reminder to listen to the whispers of your heart.