Detail of the “Growth” textile which originally began expanding in 2010.
The felted landscape, or Growth mural, focuses on the intense tactile qualities of fibrous elements. Using natural fibers of wool, various animal hair, and immersion dyes, I aim to replicate the natural development of traveling plant life. The process is parallel to the slow, natural progression of growth in mosses, lichen, and fungi when it explores a new environment. Like plants, human growth is a slow and laborious process in which we intuitively adapt to our surroundings; leading to continual transformation. The underlying layer is our unconscious development in which we store our memories and resilient capabilities. The continual growth of new colorful flora is shaped by our experience that we share with others. The embroidery of our thoughts represents the choices that lead to different paths we take in life. This is a body of art that hovers over the surreal, between the reality and fantasy of human cognition and its amazing ability to adapt to any environment.
Hopefully this piece will make it to the Bridgeport Artist Competition. More photos and work to come! Textile installation by Stephany Latham.
Sempervivum tectorum Always living..
I purchased a succulent yesterday at the Detroit farmer’s market. I’m so excited to raise one of my own. To my surprise this plant is also a dye plant when it produces flowers. They also store water in their leaves, hence their name Sempervivum (always living). This act of strength is what allows them to live in difficult places such as sunny rocks, alpine belts, and mountainous cliff sides. I love this plant and the adoptive botanical name it was given. I appreciate the metaphor behind it because it reminds me to embrace that about life; always living.…
This photo is part of the Patternbase web blog. They are holding an amazing “kickstarter” campaign to release their new book of patterns. These patterns were submitted by artists all over the world. Please check them out by clicking on this image. Patternbase has an extremely phenomenal web presence, idealistic for many textile lovers.
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All plants spiral upwards in either an S twist or a Z twist. Every single plant.