Tussie Mussie Lapel Vase Pin V
A small flower bouquet is usually given as a gift.
This custom has existed in some form since medieval times when it was worn on a band around the head or on the bodice to mask the unpleasant smells of the times - literally to keep the "nose gay." In its current form, it rose to popularity during the reign of Queen Elizabeth, from 1837 onward. The Tussie Mussie became a popular fashion statement.
This version is made from a vintage knife. Put water in the floral foam within the knife, add fresh flowers or herbs.
Mary Ellen Shank of Maybloom discussing her work:
"For the past several years I have been focusing on dichroic glass, in particular, engraving on several layers of glass and placing the layers together then firing it in a kiln. The result is a three-dimensional design that allows the viewer to see through all three layers.
Each piece is completely different and has its own beauty, color, and style. This is my unique way to draw on glass and because it fires in a kiln the results are somewhat what I planned with that element of surprise that firing glass always produces."
Location: Huntington, WV
For more of Mary Ellen's work visit here.