November and December leaves

Monday, December 27, 2010

I didn't get as much finished on these two as I had intended, but they're mostly done.  November is the Dia de los Muertos piece.  My leaf for this one is Cheiranthodendron pentadactylon - Monkey Hand tree - a truly unique and wondrous tree with a long spiritual tradition in its native MesoAmerica.  The leaf is small, in the lower right corner, but just to the right of that I beaded a seed pod from the tree.  The rest of the beadwork is pretty much just following the design of the fabric - I meant to add more, but didn't!  December brings out the Madrone (Arbutus menziesii) berries.   The madrone is beautiful at anytime of year but stands out on the hillsides at this time when covered in bright red berries!  December 18 marks the feast of la Virgen de la Soledad de Oaxaca.  I depicted her with a madrone leaf on her skirt!  She's still missing her crown and I wanted add some madrone berry clusters and attempt some bead depiction of the bark - that what's missing there.  So now I'm on to next year!


Anonymous said...

The fabric and beading on the first one are so unique and meaningful. The second one also has it's own meaning, but reminds me of every nun I ever had in school! So many things were always hiding in their habits, and I wouldn't have been surprised if there was a madrone leaf in there somewhere. LOL Very, very pretty, congratulations for finishing. I'm on my last one, the off I go to next year as well. Happy New Year to all!

Marty S said...

Very nice. Your pieces have such interesting stories, and you depict them so well with your beading.
Marty S
Crackpot Beader

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