This week's project was open-ended as well:
BELTANE or May Day is a celebration of the Spring Solstice, the beginning of new things, and the end of winter. Common May Day traditions include dancing around a May Pole, bonfires, making garlands and hairpieces out of fresh flowers, laughter, love...and sex.
In Minneapolis, there is quite a large May Day celebration and I was inspired by the costumes I had seen at the parade, and I wanted to prepare for next year. Oftentimes, a King & Queen are elected to oversee the May Day festivities: a Green Lady & Green Man, respectively. Also, deer are a common theme in a lot of May Day lore - it is customary to honor the deer and wildlife that sustained you and your family throughout the winter.
I had actually first became interested in this tradition when I was 12 and read my favorite book, The Forestwife. It's a sort of historical fiction Robin Hood story - I highly recommend it for any reader or fan of historical fiction. In one chapter, on the brink of starvation, the characters kill a deer on the King's Forrest, and then the antlers are saved to afix to a young man's head in the spring for a May Day celebration. It struck me as quite respectful and reverent to thank an animal for being beautiful and providing for you when you need it most.
My vision was to create a golden goddess deer headress, full of magic and wonder. Let's see how I did it:
Cardboard Antlers: FREE
Already owned, I bought a paper mache antler bust at Hobby Lobby, tried "stylizing" it but it kept falling off the wall, so I decided with the time constraints to use it as a base
Wire: FREE (Already in craft supply arsenal)
Metallic Paint: $2
Metal Chains (2): $6
Twine: FREE (Already owned)
Odds n' ends jewelry: FREE (already owned - why is it that I always lose ONE FREAKIN' EARRING! I used these to kind of "dress up" the headdress and make it look more elegant. Thank you cheap Target jewelry for always saving the day!)
Pinback Buttons: FREE (already owned, I painted and repurposed these to cover up the ugly wires on the side of the headbands)