Sunday, November 1, 2015

Happy Halloween!

For Halloween this year, I was Queen Amanita (though you may call me Miss Muscaria, since we're friends.) I figured that this mushroom was the perfect thing to honor on a holiday that celebrates trickery, mischievousness, magic, and mayhem. This mushroom is toxic but has in the past been ingested for mind-altering experiences that were often an important component of spiritual practices in many cultures. It's known as "the fairytale mushroom" because of its links to the fairy world, or at least its links to our brains that take us there.

I made my crown out of polymer clay sculpted mushrooms based on the Amanita Muscaria. It was really fun to run around in the woods wearing it and making my patient boyfriend take pictures.

These were samples at the Eugene Mushroom Festival. It was so cool to see these mushrooms in real life!

I hope all of you had a safe and happy Halloween! 

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