Calling on Grandmothers Medicine

Grandmother Altar copyright Gloria Gypsy


Calling on Grandmothers Medicine (an Altered Art book)
Circling In + Calling on the Grandmothers
with Hali Karla, facilitator of Spectrum
A Spectrum 2015! course

This one is for my Maimeó (Irish for grand mother), who passed away in 2013. I was her live in care-giver and death midwife. The Book that I am altering is Reindeer Moon by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas (one of her many favorite writers). I acquired my love of reading (and my love of art and herbs, among other things.... from my grandmother - who raised me most of my childhood. 

The page with the boat is from her last few days. She was both in this world and the other, and she would tell me of her progress of building her boat (her father built boats) and stocking it, and getting it ready for her journey and for those she was taking with her. It is a re-remembering not only of my grandmother but of myself through her, of the medicine she brought (and continues to bring) to me, to our family, and to all whose lives she touched. I have 330 pages to go! phew.



Calling on Grandmothers Medicine (an Altered Art book) copyright Gloria Gypsy
The inside front cover, not yet complete but already perfect.
Calling on Grandmothers Medicine (an Altered Art book) copyright Gloria Gypsy
Maimeó loved all birds and flowers.

Calling on Grandmothers Medicine (an Altered Art book) copyright Gloria Gypsy
I am creating a garden in her memory as she loved to garden and have her flowers, herbs and plants around.
Calling on Grandmothers Medicine (an Altered Art book) copyright Gloria Gypsy
My grandmother loved flowers and herbs and gardening. She was friend to butterflies and said the Kingfisher brought abundance.
Calling on Grandmothers Medicine (an Altered Art book) copyright Gloria Gypsy
In her last days she told me her story. She was building a boat for her journey and stocking it for those who were traveling with her.






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