Construction: My hand-dyed, discharged fabrics.
Inspiration: Sheela-na-gig is found in carvings in churches throughout Ireland and Wales. This quilted image is based on the Sheela-na-gig found on the outside of St. Mary and St. David's church at Kilpeck in Herefordshire, England. Her image is thought to be either a gargoyle to frighten away demons or a fertility goddess symbol. A lot of the images are over the doorway, turning the church doorway into a gateway to life through the yoni of the regenerative goddess. Usually the carvings are made in a style that is much older than the architecture of the church itself. She is an old hag who squats, grins and holds wide open Her vulva, showing you where Her power lies. Is She an earth mother, giving birth? Does She represent the sovereignty goddess who challenges the man who would be king to mate with Her?
The myth/story is that for good luck, protection and fertility you must search out a Sheela-na-Gig, and rub the vulva area of the carving. Sometimes, as the story goes, Sheela can be hard to find, almost as if She hides from you.