When I first heard of the mythical creature called Georgia Pellegrini, I thought “NO WAY.” It was as if someone took all the things I wanted to be in an alternate life and made them into her. Does that sound creepy? I hope not.
I came into contact with Georgia through her brother, whom I met via mutual friend. He told me (and rightfully so) that somehow, someday, our worlds should collide. So I looked her up. DANG. She hunts. She prepares exquisite meals out of what she hunts. And she looks amazing while doing all of it:
While so many of us (myself definitely included) are experts at talking the farm to table, local slow food talk, she is living it. And writing about it. Her first book, Food Heros, details the noble endeavor of 16 food artisans from around the globe striving to honor their respective culinary traditions. Her second book, Girl Hunter, is out now and in it she shares the stories of sourcing all her own ingredients for a great meal. I am starting to feel like a sixth grader writing a book report so I’ll just sum up my geekery with a simple “Shes rad.” I hope someday to do some of the things Ms. Pellegrini is doing, with as much gusto and panache.
Another great thing about this gal: she’s approachable. When I initially contacted her about this project, she was completely receptive and eager to participate. I knew she would be a bit different to design for, given that she is constantly on the go and leans toward all things practical. What I’m trying to convey is, Georgia isn’t wearing a large feathered headpiece out in a field while trying to shoot a turkey. So I made her a brooch, imagining that she could pin it to the lapel of a blazer or on the band of a small, sensible cap.
The foot is from a chicken which was once part of my friend Bailey and Thomas’ flock, and it’s wedged tightly into the brooch base along with feathers of pheasant, chicken and peacock. There is also the tip of a red squirrel tail in there, just for fun.
The puffy soft feathers are from the tail area (read: butt) of the chicken; these have been a favorite of mine lately because they have a fur-like appearance and move so nicely with the wearer. I’m constantly astounded by the range of color, shape and texture of the fathers all coming from one bird.
For an embellishment on the brooch base, I found an old pin from my street gift collection that apparently was some prize or medal for 25 years of faithful service in the state of Georgia. Perfect! I filed down the back, bent it to the correct shape and attached it to the brooch.
I left the talon colors as is and didn’t fuss too much with the natural state of the elements in this piece. Although we’ve yet to meet, Ms. Pellegrini strikes me as a true creature of her own element, grounded and proud of it.