There is nothing I like more than a good challenge! And this week I got myself a great one.. I am playing catch up of course, because it's due next Thursday. But put a challenge AND a deadline in front of me? And well things start happening.
I belong to a group called FANE, spearheaded by our fearless leader Jane Davila and the challenge is this new piece for our exhibit coming up in April. We have to create a piece based on a haiku or a line from a poem, and the piece must have several components. The additional challenge to myself was to make sure that it works with self-imposed personal theme of architecture. And lately I have been working with New York on my mind, so I wanted to stay true to that. Since I am no poet myself and won't even attempt a haiku, I spent time pouring over the poetry books in my library and came up with nothing that spoke to me (heh!). But a quick Google search titled "poems about NYC by women" (yes I decided to add that to the mix) came up with the perfect poem. I especially like the last two lines.
So now we're down to the challenge of components. I decided that layers were the way to go. My first (background) layer is a collage of high rises made out of recycled plastic bags. The second layer is smaller older buildings and here I get to play with my felting machine, an old wool scarf and some wool roving. Weee! There will be a third component, because I like the number three, I am not completely sure of how I will create it yet, but I'd like it to be sheer and light and bold and..... I'll get back to you.
|plastic high rises|
Stay tuned for the final product squeezing in just under the deadline...