A Mermaid’s Crown

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My mother beaded my crown by hand. Do you recognize the patterns?

Diatoms

Diatoms! They’re snowflakes in the ocean, microscopic organisms built from opal, the most beautiful phytoplankton (in my opinion) you’ll ever see. Many of the diatoms in the photograph above (captured by Dr. Robert Berdan) inspired my mom. Just look at the details below!

Princess Crown Details

I was 2012 S.T.I.D.A. Princess during the Twenty-third Annual South Texas (Way South) Pow Wow. At the time, I’d just received a bachelor’s degree in oceanography; my thesis work involved Trichodesmium-wrangling on the blue Sargasso Sea. The crown represents my passion for the ocean – it’s my hope that other pow wow princesses will wear scientific motifs on their heads in the future :3 Hey, maybe some already have! Give me a call, if that’s you …

Here I am with my beautiful mom and grandmother. Check out that cell phone pic quality!

2012 STIDA

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Sir Bregga Trains for War

Bregga Laydon

Behold, the first color concept art of Sir Bregga Laydon and her massive sword, by the exceptional Nick Robles!

In the upcoming Shining Ascension comic book series, one encounter with the strange divine pulls Bregga into a world of danger, intrigue, and adventure. Can she survive?