Guardian No. 617

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Guardian No. 617…just straddle me in my old saddle…

The cowboy who brought inspiration to this lean figure was one of the last “true cowboys” I would encounter in my lifetime…

A lean cowboy figure standing approx. 20″ tall, 7″ wide, and 7″ deep. The green ears indicate that a male was my inspiration. A spur rowel enhanced with a carefully chosen bead forms his face, echoing his profession where he rides through the wide open country that he loves. Hand-dyed vintage linen green fabric represents the land that he wanders. Felted unspun unruly wool hair rises above the rim of his well worn cowboy hat, created with an old washer.

A variety of chosen fabrics depict the generation of this laboring man who wears a collared pearl button shirt. His suspenders hold up his tough britches that sit in a saddle for days on end. He is a light-hearted man who spends his days freely pursuing a simple life, while gifting the world with his good-natured personality. The Guardian’s vintage square nail legs reflect his bygone era.

This Guardian takes flight on a re-purposed bed spring emerging from a hand-painted 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.