There is something about Queen Anne’s Lace that draws me. This being the second image of the flower I have posted here, (See Blue Flower), I have to say it is probably one of my favorite “weeds” or wild flowers or better yet, “wild weeds”. It is an extremely invasive plant on a lot of levels, so most avid gardeners consider it a weed. I find it to be gorgeous, so delicate looking. The roots at early stages are in fact edible, but will turn bitter quite fast.
I don’t really know a whole lot about it other than, it is not native to this area, it was brought over during European settlement. However, with my attempt to maintain the connection to my self-portrait work… It is the aspect of lace that I want to talk about. So soft and so delicate, yet sturdy and stronger then it appears. I plan on incorporating some lace into my encaustic work very soon. Collage it, wear it, drape it over myself… I like the aesthetic lace gives off. The design and texture speak to me. It also lends itself very well to encaustic work.
Furthermore, there is something about Queen Anne’s Lace that resonates strongly with me. I see myself in this wild and carefree species of plant life. Delicate, yet strong, wild and attractive, soft and bitter all at the same time. I am a soul that dances along the wind and ends up exactly where I’m supposed to be right when I need to. I would not want to live any other way.