'Her braids were made by fairer hands as they played beneath the safety of the sett.' Thankyou to everyone who commented on my post yesterday I'm just so touched you have been moved by my grandmother badger. I thought I'd share some really important parts of her creation with you today.
A few years ago I found a badger skull near my local setting and the idea was sparked. Since then I have been dreaming her creation. Alot of her elements come from near the sett itself, used with permission and respect obviously.
The staff is ash from a broken branch above the sett. Ash is about connecting the upper and lower kingdoms. I carved it's details delicately. It's painted with elderberry ink that I picked in the autumn.
The beads are also dyed with elderberry but also (something I'm so excited about) a dye from the red earth that the badgers had excavated. The earth itself came from within a badger print
Her moth cocoon pouch is made from materials dyed with nettle from the pathways around the sett. Inside is a bundle of roots from the entrance tied with elderberry dyed silk, a bluebell and a snail shell I found in the pathway.
I braided her hair and also added some of the beads into the weave.
So my question is do these elements make a difference to you? To me she feels magic, sat in front of me now I can almost imagine her breathing. Can you feel the magic via the big world web? I'm hoping to make more of these intuitve and intense characters but getting that feeling onto a screen is a challenge.
Its my hope to offer slots for custom intuitive totem animals, what do you think? Would you be interested? X
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