Gallery much more to come...
A Digiri Queen passes on the role to a newborn ruler.
Polymer sculptures depicting the Ambassadors
The artist typically produces watercolor and colored pencil illustrations.
The Digiri have four arms, and put this gift to good use in archery.
Bee nannies are among the most important in the hive culture.
The defining item in this found object collage figure (depicting one of the Acappappa People), was an exceedingly weathered leather gardening glove, spied in the grass along a roadway.
The sculpted figures and collage works were an early exploration, and collaborative works with other artists led the artist down unexpected paths: gourds as homes for the creatures were a delightful addition.
The articulated figures began with armature wire and polymer, with glass eyes and many found objects and fabrics incorporated into their forms. Many of the early figurines included chop sticks bound in nylon, upon which their arms and legs were constructed.
Some of the illustrations and sculptures led to companion works that displayed well in tandem, as though the borders of the images blurred, and the characters were engaging across a shared space.
Sketchbooks led directly to finished paintings, with amusing anecdotes, names of trees and Miriconian numbers crowding the page.
Some figures are fully sculpted in polymer with a wire armature for support, while others have soft body segments and clay heads, hands and feet. Since the stories and two-dimensional images came first, it was an interesting challenge to 'flesh out' the characters. Polymer worked best, with larger pieces filled in with aluminum foil to create girth without weight.
Some of the ideas for characters were a little more out there than most, and probably won't be prominently featured, but exist in their own right.
Artifacts, tools and daily objects, including a fire speech mirror (useful in translations for students of the craft), various lanterns or 'pirns', and a collection of Amnamaran implements.
A 'pirn' or lantern dancer, and a 'razzle tree', an unusual plant yet undiscovered by Iridians, which grows fur to keep itself warm. The fur can be gathered and used for lining boots and jackets, and makes the use of animal fur in garments unnecessary.
Both the Shelkie and the the Mantisora people, who have fairly limited range and habitat, also have limited contact with human beings. But both are patient with newcomers, so long as they prove willing to listen to the Earth as the Ambassadors do. Some of the most gifted students of Earthspeaking have arisen from the Mantisori and Shelkie Schools.