One of my Barnyard Series, which focuses on country women and their critters, this chicken lady is wearing her best apron to feed her hens. Her head and the lower parts of her legs and arms, as well as the hens and the base, are polymer clay. Her body is made of soft fabric and her features are enhanced with a light acrylic wash. Her hair comes straight from a Vermont sheep. I designed and hand-sewed her dress out of pure cotton. The apron, made from an antique linen tea towel, incorporates an embroidered motif on the pocket. The hens, painted in acrylic, are the portraits of my own faithful layers. Because the figure is articulated at the knees, elbows, hips and waist, you can change her pose at will, or even remove her from the base altogether.
I make these figures entirely by hand in my workshop in Vermont. Each is completely individual, reflecting my changing moods and inspirations, just as the fields and mountains outside my window change with the hour and the season. (Scroll down to see close-ups.)