The Protector

September 16, 2014

Lisa joined in the Assemblage Challenge in the Spring, sending these yummy goodies for me to create with:

SO many lovely things ... but it was the treasures in the little box that immediately grabbed my attention. Their juju was unmistakeably saying, "Us! Us! Use us!"

I do not look vibrant juju in the mouth. Yah. Okay. HORRIBLE paraphrase.
How about ... when the Universe sends me a strong sign? I listen.

I also fell completely in love with the little doll at the top ... something about that face, that missing foot spoke to me. And so I started playing around with this:
I glued on the wing-like sea glass to her back and removed her arms and legs. Surrounded the upper bits of sea pottery with copper tape and solder and the lower pieces I wrapped in gold. Found just the right chain and.... voila... the necklace emerged!

Now to create something that would hold the necklace ...hmmm... I moved things around, grabbed containers, laid this on that. It just wasn't gelling. Nothing was speaking to me.

And then I happened upon an old assemblage of mine called Firebird:

... and the pieces fit into place. I grabbed a box that could hold the skull as head but large enough inside for the little frozen charlotte. I contemplated which items would adorn the outside ... certainly some of those MS medallions and maybe I could figure out a way to incorporate the clicker too!

Only. The piece had other things in mind.
Try as I might, that frozen charlotte baby just did NOT want to be part of this assemblage.
But. His little suit? Yep!

And those removed arms and legs screamed to be a part as well.
Again. Who am I to argue?!?

I covered the box in aluminum tape (to ward off bad juju dontchaknow?!) and the body took shape inside.

Something was missing though and I tried all the items presented to me but it felt too open and I realized at that moment that the piece was called The Protector.

Found some screening and attached with handmade staples fortified with old tacks.
And a crown of dangerously sharp brass tacks.

The Protector:

The Protector holding the necklace:
This might have been the fewest contributed items I've used in one of my Assemblage Challenges and I hope Lisa doesn't mind TOO much. It sure wasn't for not trying however. And in the end, I think it turned out just as it needed to!

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  1. I love this. I swear I was hearing footsteps upstairs in my new house and since "The Protector" things have settled down. It seemed to me a peace came into the house with its arrival and then when you told me his name, I thought, "Ah". I call him Dawson the Protector. I hope you don't mind my adding a name. I only call him that in my own mind. To everyone else he is "The Protector". He is awesome no matter what he is called and I think you used the perfect amount of parts. Sometimes art needs less not more.
    I love Firebird. If you ever want to get rid of Firebird, please trade or sell him to me. I love him. Now, that is a watchful fellow there. Thank you so much for this chance to participate in a challenge. I would do it again in a heartbeat. You make fabulous art!

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    1. *finally* getting around to responding ... apologies Lisa!
      I'm glad Dawson is doing his job.
      Alas, Firebird flew the coop many moons ago ... but I've had talisman/symbology on my mind of late so there may be similar ones in my future.

      Thanks so much as always for your kind words and support! xo

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    1. Karen forgive my late acknowledgement of your kind words! xo

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  3. I love Dawson. He seemed to pick the spot he wanted to hang in. I decided to move him to another spot. The clock I put in his original spot stopped working immediately. The battery died. I am not sure if that was a coincidence, but I moved Dawson back to his original spot. My husband just stared at me when I said I thought Dawson needed to be put back where he wanted to go. hahahaaa

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