This work was inspired by a trip to The Met when it reopened for the first time since the start of the pandemic. I found myself drawn to ancient talismans, amulets, and clothing intended to keep the wearer from harm. Given reality, these held a strong attraction. Back in the studio I began making objects designed to lend strength, to protect, to alter reality. Scavenging and foraging was an important part of the process as it took me into the woods and away from the daily COVID horrorshow to a more peaceful physical and mental space.