tomato cage, fabric, plastic, zippers, embroidery floss, pencils, needlepoint canvas, buttons, cable ties
This is the biggest basket I have ever made.
It stands almost as tall as I am and it took the longest time to make of any of my pieces….7 months of steady work. It uses all my favorite colors, especially a lot of purple."
The ordinary beauty of the structure took my breath away. My inner voice began asking questions: "What could I do with that?", "How could I break up the space?", "What techniques would I use?", " What materials?".
I let it sit in my studio for a few months while my ideas percolated.
To begin, I added “spines” of hot pink plastic tubing, separating the tiers into more than 50 sections. One by one, I filled the sections using different fiber techniques and materials.
My concept was to put all these patches together into a quilt-like 3-dimensional piece.
The process was all about what I like to do the most.
I used my favorite fiber techniques as well as some other methods that I've experimented with in the past.
I used a lot of embroidery and weaving. Even macrame showed up in some patches!
The piece took on an autobiographical flavor as I worked on it.
I LOVED IT!
It all started with a
hot pink tomato cage that I found at the hardware store.