My commission went one step further, however: not *just* King Lear, but Sir Derek Jacobi's King Lear!
He's now on his way across the pond to his new home, but I begged leave to share him with you, along with a few of the quotes I learned so many years ago to sprinkle into my essays!
- William Shakespeare, King Lear, 4.6.109
"O! let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven;
Keep me in temper; I would not be mad!"
- William Shakespeare, King Lear, 1.5.51
"Striving to better, oft we mar what's well."
- William Shakespeare, King Lear, 1.4.346
I liked this quote as I'm often guilty of not stopping soon enough, but keeping on and on trying to improve something that is fine already!
For Lear's coronet I used strands of embroidery floss and knitting yarn, some plaited, some woven, with a few autumnal leaf and bloom beads threaded through. I deliberately added in some "loose ends" to add to the rustic appearance and illustrate the unravelling of poor Lear's mind.
Deep, aren't I? ;-)
Many thanks for such a fun commission!