Wolves and fairies

Arizona

With a case of Native American-inspired buffalo, wolf and eagle heads already made and some dyed-up painted silks, we headed to Arizona. Our first visit was to the Navajo's, to receive a blessing from the best people in the world and leave some wolf heads, then on to the Red Rocks. On the way, we are told we are fairies - some of the silk gets ripped up and fairy dresses are made. The first person we meet and the last person we meet on this trip are called 'Joy' and everybody in-between is full of joy.

Arizona. We are sitting on the rocks and  burning sage that David the Shaiman gave us. It's a fabric blessing. From the mountains across the way, we hear a pack of wolves start howling and drums beating... 

Arizona. We are sitting on the rocks and  burning sage that David the Shaiman gave us. It's a fabric blessing. From the mountains across the way, we hear a pack of wolves start howling and drums beating... 

Some ripped up fairies going to make friends in the rocks 

Some ripped up fairies going to make friends in the rocks 

Berta the iconic-music goddess. MOTHER, foundation and rock bed. She was Janis's best friend in the 60's , survived it and went onto marry the amazing Mr Benally, the Medicene Man. 

Berta the iconic-music goddess. MOTHER, foundation and rock bed. She was Janis's best friend in the 60's , survived it and went onto marry the amazing Mr Benally, the Medicene Man. 

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Mr Benally, The Medicine Man. We join the family for a couple of days. We watch them tame wild horses, go to markets and spirit dances. A hummingbird  visits Sasha whilst we are in the canyon. Later that evening at the dance, Don the Apache tells us this is the hummingbird's way of checking out we are okay before we come to the dance. 

Mr Benally, The Medicine Man. We join the family for a couple of days. We watch them tame wild horses, go to markets and spirit dances. A hummingbird  visits Sasha whilst we are in the canyon. Later that evening at the dance, Don the Apache tells us this is the hummingbird's way of checking out we are okay before we come to the dance. 

This is Mr Benally and Berta's beautiful home. This is everybody's home.

This is Mr Benally and Berta's beautiful home. This is everybody's home.

Mr Benally  blessing the wolf. 

Mr Benally  blessing the wolf. 

Howling Wolf Dress, Arizona 

Howling Wolf Dress, Arizona 

Her name is MT, She is a MUSE. A young Navajo woman and the most beautiful girl in the world EVER to be making a dress for. 

Her name is MT, She is a MUSE. A young Navajo woman and the most beautiful girl in the world EVER to be making a dress for. 

We walk out into the warm  night and take some fabric, MT becomes wolf. 

We walk out into the warm  night and take some fabric, MT becomes wolf. 

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MT, Wolf dress.

MT, Wolf dress.

Wolf dreams.

Wolf dreams.

Wolf dreams 

Wolf dreams 

The next day we head out again, as fairies ....

The next day we head out again, as fairies ....

A white horse 

A white horse 

The Whitehorse above my bed

The Whitehorse above my bed

Walking on the Mesa we entered a scared space of a woman

Walking on the Mesa we entered a scared space of a woman

We meet River in the cafe where everything is magic and healing. He comes up to us fairies and asks us to make something white for him. We sew together a white buffalo. Oh River of hope, yours was a fine heart.

We meet River in the cafe where everything is magic and healing. He comes up to us fairies and asks us to make something white for him. We sew together a white buffalo. Oh River of hope, yours was a fine heart.

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We meet a fairy godmother. She makes a beautiful breakfast and we make a fairy dress. 

We meet a fairy godmother. She makes a beautiful breakfast and we make a fairy dress. 

She is our fairy godmother in Arizona. She feeds us well.

She is our fairy godmother in Arizona. She feeds us well.

We then meet a mermaid and make her a dress. It is the most private and delicate of moments. She says she loves red and gold. She is a modest mermaid.

We then meet a mermaid and make her a dress. It is the most private and delicate of moments. She says she loves red and gold. She is a modest mermaid.

The Collection 

The Collection 

No sleep

No sleep

We are feeling very blessed by everybody. 

We are feeling very blessed by everybody. 

Angel sleep

Angel sleep

We meet the most amazing woman. She tells us an incredible story about her husband who has passed but is still here. She dances with him. We make her a gold wing and she dances and sings for us all evening, So beautifully. 

We meet the most amazing woman. She tells us an incredible story about her husband who has passed but is still here. She dances with him. We make her a gold wing and she dances and sings for us all evening, So beautifully. 

Sash - that's a Yoji Hat (Wow) and a Wolves shoulder..... She drives to Vegas.

Sash - that's a Yoji Hat (Wow) and a Wolves shoulder..... She drives to Vegas.

We meet Lisa in Vegas. We make her a dress in the car park. It is our last dress of the journey. She has introduced us to an incredible group of women that get me thinking about the women back home in Essex.

We meet Lisa in Vegas. We make her a dress in the car park. It is our last dress of the journey. She has introduced us to an incredible group of women that get me thinking about the women back home in Essex.