I am very happy to unveil my latest work, "Squirrel and Locust", part of my newest series, "Flora and Fauna". I began by photographing a squirrel skull found in the woods and using those images to make cyanotype prints. These were combined with heliographic prints of the leaves of my locust tree that the squirrels take refuge in while raiding the bird feeder, along with a print from the fern beneath the tree. I added a vintage embroidery panel and handpainted fabrics. It's very extensively stitched and hand beaded, and I added some painted highlights at the end of the process.
The cyanotypes came out particularly crisp and detailed. Above is the view looking down on the inside of the top portion of the skull. You can see the sockets for the grinding teeth in the middle of the picture, inbetween the eye sockets, and the huge incisors, pointing inward, at the bottom of the image. Below is a side view of the top and bottom halves of the skull--look at the size of those incisors proportional to the rest of the head!
Below is the vintage embroidery panel, half of a former table runner. It's one of my all time favorites--such a beautiful pastoral scene, with squirrels inexplicably floating on lily pads, rafting out to a tete-a-tete with the twinkle of romance in their coy little squirrely eyes. Anthropomorphism at its finest!
Here is a detail of the locust leaf print, made on white cotton, heavily stitched and then beaded. The leaves on the left side of the work were drawn with freehand stitching, then painted and beaded.