a leaf from queen anne’s lace

August 09, 2011  in  About my art       Related posts:  

While taking my dog for a walk, I noticed that the Queen Anne’s lace was in full bloom all along the side of the road. I grabbed one (literally yanking it out of the ground) and brought it back to the studio. The iconic flower quickly dried and shrunk down to nothing. But what piqued my curiosity were the leaves… simple things that began to curl and take on more and more character as it dried. I also noticed some unexpected details: little spines like shark teeth lining their edges. Quite fun, so I went back and grabbed a few more. I’m sure no one will mind.

Just learned a couple interesting facts about this beautiful weed from Wikipedia:

  • It got its name “because the flower resembles lace; the red flower in the center represents a blood droplet where Queen Anne pricked herself with a needle when she was making the lace”. Its less-romantic name is wild carrot.
  • Its leaves can cause a poison-ivyish rash called phytophotodermatitis, so I’d better be careful!

I was planning on photographing this leaf some more, but queen anne’s lace gets very very brittle when it dries, and the leaf shattered. Ah, the transience of beauty!