Wednesday 9 November 2011

The Guardian of the Garden!

A couple of weeks ago I visited the Harrogate bead fair and although I didn't really need any more beads, I was on the look out for some unusual components that I could perhaps incorporate in the Midnight Garden exhibition.  One of the things that caught my eye was a little Amazonite owl from Meena's Gems.  I was drawn to him immediately, but as he's a carved ornament and not a bead, I wasn't sure how I could combine him with my beadwork - but I gave him a home anyway, just in case.  As soon as I'd finished the Dragon's Egg ring I set to work on creating a piece that my owl would be happy with.  I imagined him nestled in a hollow in an old tree, snuggled deep inside, half hidden but still able to peer out of the foliage to keep an eye on what exactly goes on in the garden at midnight.  It was also important to me to make sure that he would still be able to fly whenever the mood took him (when I'm not looking of course!) and so here is the result of my work for the last 2 weeks - Asio, Guardian of the Garden!  I think he looks right at home, what do you think?