“Mossycoat” : paper, moss, snail shells, gold thread.
“Mossycoat” is a gypsy version of Cinderella: however in this story the heroine, Mossycoat, has a mother who makes her daughter a magical coat from moss and gold thread which can transport her to where she wants to be. The mother instructs her daughter to wish herself to be at a grand house and seek work: on arrival at the house Mossycoat is given the most menial jobs to do because, although liked by the mistress of the house, she is resented by her fellow servants. She wears a dress of feathers to a party at the house and the owner’s son falls in love with her: she has to magic herself via the mossycoat back to the kitchen at midnight.She loses a slipper and as with Cindrella is found to be the love of the son when trying this on.
In the original text , which is written in wonderful Northumbrian dialect, Mossycoat’s feet are described as being only six inches long- the size of my daughter’s feet aged around 3. Accordingly I made the moss coat to fit her at that age.
handwritten transcription of “The Story of Mossycoat” formed into a unique artist’s book
Dress of feathers: made from manipulated paper and found feathers
Crown constructed from daisy petals and paper
Crown constructed from paper and dandelion petals