In the midst of a busier than ever life as summer melts into fall *literally* I have managed to hand stitch the first in a small series of medicine shields. These will be made wearable although I haven't exactly worked out the exact method yet. This is where those lovely hand plant dyed feathers are going. Here is a short description of what a medicine shield is from a native american website.
"A medicine shield is an expression of the unique gifts that it's maker wishes to impart about his or her current life journey. This can be a new level of personal growth, or illustrate the next mountain a person wishes to climb.
Every shield carries medicine through it's art and self-expression. Each shield is the essence of a time and space that carries certain aspects of knowledge. All persons carry shields of the lessons they learned from the four directions on the medicine wheel.
They are the healing tools we give ourselves to sooth the spirit and empower the will. The truth needs no explanation,, just reflection. This allows intuition to guide the heart so that humankind may celebrate more than it mourns."
I realize I have taken artistic license and melded together inuit and native images here but hey this is my art.
This piece is called medicine bundles and depicts a little bear and fox carrying their healing bundles. The eagle feather is a messenger of the spirit world.
Thanks so much for visiting this little refuge of mine that is resurrectionfern.