Story telling from Australia
I’ve just come back from two days in Tasmania to discover birds have pecked at the 19 figs I’ve been jealously guarding for the past four months.
I should have had one of these.
Canberra-based artist Wendy Moore made this extraordinary scarecrow to protect her newly planted vegetable patch, and Wendy would be the first to point out that you can make one too.
The metal steamer that forms her head was scavenged from the tip shop at the edge of Broken Hill. Perched on top of her head is an old plant pot, in which ‘hair’ will soon be growing.
The discarded bird feathers were found on walks through the bush and the red-hot chilli peppers and capsicum draped around Warrior Woman’s neck were another tip shop find. The canny Wendy was convinced she would one day find a use for them.
Look closely and you’ll see Warrior Woman wears a headband woven from old Nepalese saris, and the white silk scarf tied around her neck is a khata, a gift traditionally given to visitors to Nepal. Wendy has worked with women at Samunnat for many years, helping them create and make exquisite jewellery that sells like hot cakes around the world.
Warrior Woman’s skirt is made of prayer flags that Wendy produced years ago, printed with words of blessing and inspiration.
PS. Wendy runs inspirational polymer clay workshops, so if you’re anywhere near Canberra you should look her up. You’d be in for a real treat.