I always find January a somewhat difficult month and this one has been no exception. My Baba Yaga for January reflects this with one of her harder and colder attributes, her teeth. Baba Yaga is often described as having “iron teeth”. I had this set of wind-up chattering teeth squirreled away in some craft … More Her Iron Teeth—January
I love the genre of creating little worlds in things like Altoid tins, suitcases, small cardboard boxes, etc. Something about having something that looks like one thing on the outside, but opens to reveal something different or unexpected on the inside, greatly appeals to me. I recently made one such thing in a little 1950s … More Secret Little World
This month’s Baba Yaga was inspired by recent snowfall in my area and also, the Snow Queen, one of my other favorite fairy tale witches. I imagined what Baba Yaga’s hut would look like if she were going on a visit to the Snow Queen. I dismantled a Christmas decoration to get the lovely chunks … More The Ice Hut—December
November’s Baba Yaga was directly inspired by Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican Festival of the Dead, which begins the month of November. A paper mache skull that is typically used on Muertos altars is the base for this piece. One of Baba Yaga’s prime characteristics is her travel via mortar and pestle. I envisioned … More Skull and Pestle—November
This project has been knocking around my crafting table for several months now and I finally got around to putting it together. It’s a simple brooch made of layers of fabric scraps, including a vintage doily, a piece of velvet, a bit of a man’s 70s tie, and topped with a piece of antler decorated … More Velvet Elk Brooch
Baba Yaga is a forest witch and depictions of her often include the ubiquitous amanita muscaria. Here I took the concept of the chicken-legs and put a mushroom house on top of them. This is a deceptively simple looking piece but it gave me no end of trouble. Initially I built the mushroom around a … More Amanita Chicken Legs—October
This is a roughly 6 ft tall scarecrow that I collaborated on with Dver of imWalde for the Mt Pisgah Mushroom Festival Scarecrow Contest. It won in the “Most Original” category. Made of a deer pelvis, burlap, twine, Indian Plum branches, feathers and rusty bells, with a metal and bamboo base. October 2015.
My journey with the Hag begins with this piece. A friend mentioned that MECCA (Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts) put out a call to artists for their “Object Afterlife Art Challenge”in September and I entered, not really knowing what to expect. Each artist was presented with a mystery material that would then be used … More The Turning—A Journey With the Hag