The wild strawberry or "heart berry" is a sacred fruit. The Strawberry Moon is the common name for the month of June when the berries are ripe and the moon is full. The Iroquois ceremonial cycle includes a special festive event known as Strawberry Festival to celebrate the arrival of the first fruit of Spring and to show our thankfulness to the Creator.
The sweet juice of the early strawberries is a powerful medicine.
"She Reads" is a hand-wrought, cut copper assemblage welded in hard silver and given a verdigris patina. The polished strawberry pattern on her shawl is a traditional Oneida raised beaded design. Each hair was individually welded on and then styled and trimmed. She has 13 moons on the top of her parasol to honor Grandmother Moon, as there are 13 full moons from January to December.
"She Reads" was inspired by my granddaughters' love of books and may be placed on a fireplace mantel, bookshelf, bench, or table.