"Glinda walked to the canopy and parted the silken hangings. Then she bent over the cushions, reached out her hand, and from the couch arose the form of a young girl, fresh and beautiful as a May morning. Her eyes sparkled as two diamonds, and her lips were tinted like a tourmaline." - The Marvelous Land of Oz, L. Frank Baum.
Go with me here.
I’ve posted a few Ozma’s before but didn’t really connect with them or see them as part of my set here on The Magic Picture. I had to really go back and think about what my connection to Oz was/is and when I really thought about it, it all clicked.
I did not enjoy growing in up in Boise Idaho, especially after being exposed so much to Mexico and visiting my family there. Boise was brown, gray. Mexico was so vibrant and full of color and culture that I connected with Dorothy’s story in such a similar way. In the books, Oz eventually becomes Dorothy’s home and she ends up living there.
So Oz, for me, is directly tied in to Mexico and how wonderful that country and my experiences there have been. My set of characters will be inspired by that, Aztec patterns and design, Mexican architecture and clothes, all of it.
Ozma is the lost princess of Oz. She was stolen as a baby by The Wizard and given to the evil witch Mombi. Mombi enchanted her and transformed her into a boy she named Tip.
For this reason, I like the idea of her wearing a helmet. To protect her from enchantments and spells. A lot of Mexican jewelry is silver and turquoise so I went with that. I also like the idea of her poppies being part of the helmet. She’s got a cool pattern on her dress which is inspired by a Mexican wedding dress.
She’s got on a large red belt with silver on it, since she wears The Magic Belt which used to belong to the Nome King.
Lastly, her staff is inspired by an Aztec weapon, and I sort of like the more angular Oz markings on it.