I've just finished "Groundhog and Green Bean", one of the works in my new Flora and Fauna series. You're getting a first look at it here, as it's not on my website yet. The cyanotype prints on cotton are from photographs I took of a groundhog skull that was found in the woods locally. The lace along the left and bottom is vintage hand crocheted lace that I painted, from a pillowcase found at the flea market. All of the fabrics in this one, with the exception of the wonderful gray hand-dye at the bottom, are ones I painted or printed. The finished dimensions are 46"high x 50"wide.
Above is the view looking up into the top portion of the skull, with the molars, the eye sockets, and the two large incisors. I think it looks a bit like an alien life form. Below is the side view of the two parts of the skull. It doesn't seem like there's a lot of room for the brain, but groundhogs are very clever in their fashion. I've been telling people about my work, and shown the work in progress to a few, and I am delighted that it seems to spark in everyone a desire to tell me about their groundhog encounters and experiences. I think this is going to be a really fun series to exhibit.
And here is the green bean portion of the piece. I am pleased to report that the adolescent groundhog I spotted in the yard previously seems to have moved on to greener pastures, or at least pastures further from my neighbor's dogs, and my vegetable garden, knock wood, has been spared for the present.
I've actually taken a bit of time to relax and enjoy the summer this year--imagine that!-- but I'm gearing back up again and will be stitching away rather intensely in the coming weeks to ready more work for the debut of the Flora and Fauna series in October.