Once Upon a Flower Moon

“The earth laughs in flowers.” 

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

This famous quote birthed my first sculptural formation. From the moment my mind conceived the idea, until the last petal was stitched in, I obsessed about my earth and its flower moon.  

I wrapped two 16-gauge red brass wires around a circular cat toy, cut a square base of 22-gauge sheet, soldered them together, and felt an immediate bond with my new fantastical creation.

Once Upon a Flower Moon is an organized bedlam of flower shapes and textures. The stems fill a sphere fashioned of red brass dominated by a crescent moon. This magical miniature of a world is a tiny 4” x 4” square, a microcosm of reality.

  • Whimsical shapes demand attention and appreciation from every vantage point.
  • Each flower maintains individual depth, yet contributes to the overall charm.
  • As one tries to count, the stems seem to multiply.
  • Different levels of flowers (differing numbers of beads on the stem) add magic to the dimensionality.
  • Multiple components, shapes and textures complete the sense of fantastical wonder.
  • Matte finishes contrast with those that are shiny.
  • Faceted beads sparkle as light bounces off their planes.
  • Flower tips of soft pink grace some stems.
  • Vintage metallic sequins add texture to others.
  • A few strategically placed Swarovski crystals turn up the glamor.
  • Copper, silver, brass and, of course, pink beads are included in the display.

The Bead Society of New Mexico educational exhibit challenge for the Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta called for submissions of no more than 4” x 4” x 4”.  BSNM rules required that each submission be comprised of metallic elements and could include the color pink.

Once Upon a Flower Moon is my fantasy of a magically compassionate and passionately focused world in which each person/flower is appreciated and respected for the beauty of their unique contribution. 




Once Upon a Flower Moon.

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