My latest dragonfly is wee in size (4.5″) and is an exploration into the mythical possibilities inherent in this ancient creature. For example, in Japan the dragonfly is a symbol of early fall and of courage, strength, and happiness. Incorporating trinkets and beads that are personally meaningful to me adds my personal touch to the symbolism and it becomes a story-keeper entity.
Notice in particular the golden rose on the dragonfly. My Grandmother, who lived to 99, was intrigued by my doll making and on one of my last visits gave me a small box of one of a pair, bits of broken jewelry that she couldn’t bear to throw away but was glad that I could transform into something new. This rose was one of those pieces. What a gift to have had such a warm, caring Grandmother for so long and to continue to keep her memory alive through my art!