The human being is not the lord of beings, but the shepherd of Being.
–Martin Heidegger

With the latest Pocket Spirit, I went back to a familiar style. Assembled within 2 venetian blind boxes, a figure came to life. First, let’s take a look at the parts:

Shepherd Parts
Somewhere in here there is a shepherd

I forgot to take a picture before I started painting the pieces, so what you see is the stage where I had put everything together, started to paint, and then took it all apart. The box at the top of the photo is in fact two venetian blinds connected together by rivets, and this marks the first piece that I have started using this process. The gold latch near the upper left of the phot is to become the head, and this was another gift in the package left to me by neighbor Alana. I found the long curved piece that would be the crook at a thrift store…it is some kind of kitchen appliance.

Here is the final product:

The Shepherd
The Shepherd

With recent pieces I have been trying to use more permanent methods of attaching. In this one, a screw connects each pupil through the latch mechanism to the boxes, and another screw keep the torso in place, and the legs are secured under the body.

The Shepherd Angle View
The Shepherd (Angled View)

Simply “The Shepherd.” this stalwart fellow watches over his flock from atop a rocky crag. he benefits from keen eyesight, as well as a remarkable sense of smell.  An observant protector, he will keep any home safe from the more nasty spirits. A hanging sculpture, this piece is 5.5 x 4 x 2.5 inches.

“The Shepherd” is available for sale for $75. Feel free to contact me as well as see other available pocket spirits.

The Uncommon Herd
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2 thoughts on “The Uncommon Herd

  • June 28, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Awesome! When you create items like this, did you have the composition in mind for the shepherd, or did you find some parts and then decide to make a shepherd thing out of them?

    • June 28, 2011 at 9:50 pm

      Thanks Julie! In the case of these pocket spirits, I usually let the materials guide how the piece will turn out. In this case, I both saw a face in the latch, and the curved piece of thin metal really seemed to work as a staff. From there I worked the other objects around them until it came to life as a shepherd.


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