There are times we need support, and the spirits out there are just not specific enough. That is when I need to invent my own goddess.
This is a goddess I drew to support ADD and ADHD, which is a full time experience at my house. I call her “Addy”. She is a fold out in one of my journals. She is made of disjointed and wandering maps, a piece of “Harmony” sheet music and she holds a small card from Saint Francis, patron saint of animals (pets that love us).
This week I made another goddess for a teacher of mine.
Years ago I took my first book making class with Bonnie Stahlecker, who I would highly recommend as one’s first book arts teacher. The class was at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. If you ever have the opportunity to go there, DO IT!
If you are a bookmaker, you know that gluing is your enemy. That is the final, scary, irreversible part of making books that none of us love. Bonnie had a glue goddess she would take out of a box and prop her up when we were launching into this dark territory. A student made it for her, and she still has it.
A few weeks ago on Facebook Bonnie posted some other goddesses she made, and I offered to make one for her. She said she needed the Goddess of Misplaced Tools.
Here she is. I call her “Miss Laid”
I made her body out of an awl handle that lost its needle. Her face is polymer clay. My mom sent me a bag of small tools she uses with her doll making, and the rest is stuff I had lying around.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of hanging out with my special pal, David Ashley, who is the box genius of the world. He helped me make her special box.
I am going to put a title block on it and send it off. Hopefully Bonnie won’t lose anymore tools!
What kind of goddess do you need?