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dhSeadragon Bachelor Buttons

Bachelor Buttons

A picture of a rhino with a daisy caught in his horn set my mind racing in a couple different directions one afternoon.  First, it looked like a boutonniere, and where did that word come from anyway, and why do guys wear them?  Second, why would people try to glean medicinal remedies from a rhino’s horn?

The first line of questions turned out to have a rather romantic answer.  The English had simply called the adornments buttonhole flowers. Boutonniere is the French word for buttonhole. One theory of origin is that Prince Albert had given Queen Victoria a large bouquet of flowers.  She had picked out her favorite from the bunch and gave it back to him. He then took out a knife and cut a slit in his jacket over his heart to hold the flower.

The warm fuzzy feeling from the romantic gesture was quickly diminished by all the terrible pictures of dead rhinos with their faces cut up in the process of having their horn stolen.  I thought again about the picture with the rhino and the flower and wondered if it was just an isolated incident.  The answer is no, there are lots of pictures of rhinos with flowers and grass stuck to them.  I propose that it is not in fact the horn of the rhino with medicinal properties, but rather the flowers they root around in.

This rendition of a rhino with flowers depicts a handsome boy sporting a Bachelor Button to the left of his horn. Bachelor Buttons (also called Blue Cornflowers) are known to have medicinal properties.  In the spirit of being rhino friendly, this sculpture comes with a packet of Bachelor Button seeds and a portion of the proceeds will go to rhino preservation.

 

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dhSeadragon

  My years at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ provided me with a wealth of opportunity to expand my background in art.  I was no longer confined to a small studio and therefore could make my projects mammoth if I chose to do so.  I was able to try my hand at set design, wood working, lights, etc…but I found that working with metal gave me the most satisfaction.
While in college, we were assigned the task of creating a nom de plume. dh is the first letter of my first and last name. Seadragon is a nickname dubbed to me by my father.
After graduating with my degree in fine art, the name stayed with me. Today, most of my art is signed dhSeadragon.

Affiliations

dhSeadragon Distinctive Designs can also be found at these locations: Etsy, The Gallery at el Pedregal, Sonoran Arts League, The Grill at The Boulders Resort and Spa, Dogster Magazine, The Spoiled Dog Winery.

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