This year we seem to be having a true winter, a rather cold and at times biting winter. It is a time to snuggle in, to slow down and to reflect. The landscape here in Queensland is still green but there are some quite chilly nights when Jack Frost wanders about the countryside painting ice pictures and scattering his gossamer blanket made from ice lace across the ground.
As a child I came across a poem about Jack Frost who drew magickal ice pictures, inspired by the dreams of children, on the window panes. This story really impressed me and I can remember getting up on Winter mornings and pulling back the drapes to see if Jack Frost had decorated our windows, hoping I would actually see the artist at work. This clasic poem, titled Jack Frost, is by Gabriel Setoun. With immense joy I found the poem again today at http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/winter/poems-rhymes/jack-frost.html
With this memory still vividly playing again in my mind earlier this month I created a Winter Scape with Jack Frost hanging out icicles. Although similar to one made last year for Fingerprints, in the intervening year I have learnt a more and practised a lot more so that this Jack Frost differs in having perhaps a little more shimmer and shine .
Jack has a needlefelted face and a wire frame so he can be posed. His clothes are handsewn from felt and embroidered with metallic threads. His hair is from a fine spun mohair. The landscape has a wet felted base and a tree made from a wire frame wrapped in wool yarn. Clear glass beads are randomly scattered on the ends of some branches to represent dew drops. There are felt rocks and various types of fibre for dried grasses. There are also some tinycrystals of clear quartz, amethyst and tiger eye scattered around the rocks and the base of the tree.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I did in creating, reflecting and remembering.
- Detail of Winter Scape