In the two months since our last reveal, I didn't spend much time thinking about the upcoming theme. I was busy with the excitement and stress of moving from Texas to Maryland. I knew I would have time to focus on my lorikeet quilt after the kids went back to school on August 24.
It felt refreshing to set aside creative commitments and wait for the looming deadline. When I began to generate ideas for this round, several thoughts ran through my head. Inexplicably, I thought of the ladder sculpture at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. It just popped into my head and said "use me."
Funny. I've only been to the Modern once. The ladder wasn't even my favorite piece. I didn't know the artist or the title. But the image was so strong. Why? I'm still wondering. But, I embraced it and cut out a yellow ladder.
I debated keeping the composition very spare versus adding mixed media elements that I love: hand stitching, sheer layers, hand writing, etc. I decided in order to incorporate the full collection of colors from the lorikeet theme, I would need to add more elements. Plus, that's the kind of fiber art I like to create... layers and variety and dissimilar elements that complement each other. The ladder was just the kernel of inspiration.
The sheer section is some kind of non-woven polyester fiber. (Similar to what you'd find covering the base of your mattress box springs.) I wanted to explore using a heating tool to burn through the fiber to reveal the fabric underneath. I really like the effect. I'll explore this in the future with other fibers.
In the inspirational sculpture, the ladder is floating off the ground. In my piece I wanted to refer to the feeling of floating with the gap between the bottom of the ladder and the blue felt piece at the base of the composition. Sometimes you have to take a big leap before beginning an assent. Or get someone to help you up.
(I did learn more about the ladder piece in Fort Worth. You can read about it here.)
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