I owe a big thank you to Pamela for suggesting that I might like to make an ibis. She said she thought the long beak looked like it would be fun to make with fabric, and she was right.
At 18" tall this bird is one of my taller ones.
As you can tell, my brown floral tape arrived (gotta love eBay). And I used some Paperclay again, this time underneath the floral tape to create knees. I really liked this technique. The knees dried super hard and were easy to wrap.
He is made from white linen, flour sack and red-orange and black muslin with lots of contrasting stitching in red.
This bird has toenails, like the raptor.
Speaking of toenails, Charlie took the girls to the playground yesterday morning so that I could walk into town and get a pedicure. So nice! And today I woke up to two lovely presents – Roxanne make me a handprint in clay at school that she painted with gold "freckle" paint and although she claims she is hanging it up in HER room, I am actually going to hang it up in my room. And Charlie and Stella got me an iPod. Oh my. I feel so high tech! I am so excited to be able to listen to podcasts and This American Life in my studio now, far from the computer.
We spent the morning in Framingham at the New England Wildflower Society and then went out to delicious dim sum brunch at Uncle Cheung’s. And the weather is just perfect today – cool and sunny. I will be in the shady part of the garden this afternoon planting the mayapples and jack-in-the-pulpits we bought this morning. Happy Mother’s Day to you and to your mom, too!