I met this lovely woman who is not quite a maiden any more, and yet is not a mother - she is in that in between stage of life that I don't know the name of. In a sense, I've heard women in this time of life (late 20s through early 40s) called Mothers even though they do not have children, with Mother referring to how women birth projects into the world.
Each of us is called to mother certain products/assignments along, and create new things, etc. This lovely woman arrived in my studio and we talked about her design ideas - snakes, mountains, ocean & ocean creatures, henna jewelry.... as we explored it all the design unfolded. This lovely woman made it clear that these were just ideas, not requirements, which made it easier to create... Near the end I realized I never found a way to incorporate ocean and ocean creatures. As I gazed at the work of art, I realized it didn't need them any way.
I had begun with the chest piece, sketching out the necklace, then feeling out the mountains above. This lovely woman had recently spent time in California and requested more California type mountains.... we talked and shared stories as the design unfolded. The herbs on her shoulders fell out of my henna cone with ease, gracing her shoulders and upper arms with a blessing of nature... The snakes found their way into the design on her hands, one light snake, one dark snake.
She returned to my studio and told me how much she enjoyed having reptiles on her body. Wearing an image of your spirit animal is a powerful thing! You become more aware of the qualities you admire in the creature. We had a sunset photo shoot on a trail near our home in Louisville, Colorado. It was a fabulous clear, warm day in July and I loved photographing her as she danced in the grass, moving the the energy of her henna intentions.
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