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My Lady Ctenanthe



Odd name for a lady, right? Well she's named after the genus of flowering plants called Ctenanthe. They are evergreen perennials native to Central and South America. I've just learned that the specific plant that inspired me from this genus is the Ctenanthe burle-marxii, commonly known as the Fishbone Prayer plant. Nature has so much variety.


The soft sculpture is made of fabric, rhinestones, yarn, wood, crepe paper, polyester filling, cardstock, felt, thread, glue, dried petals, and paint with a wooden machine-carved and hand-painted base. She is roughly 14" tall. She is currently on display at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond, Va. in the library until September 2021.






"Ctenanthe" is a lovely lady modeled after the costume I wore as a part of my residency at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.


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