Cherry Grove thread sculpture
Old meets new in this fiber art wall piece, showing ancient blossoming cherry trees over an art deco sky of re-purposed CDs.
Old meets new in this fiber art wall piece, showing ancient blossoming cherry trees over a sky of re-purposed CDs. It is inspired by the beautiful cherry trees that bloom around the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC, near my home. This is one of my signature “thread sculpture” artworks.
The trees are made entirely of machine-stitched cotton threads. They are rooted in a ground of my own handmade silk papers. The sky is composed of CDs, some cut into wedge shapes reminiscent of art deco arches. The artwork may be simply hung on a nail or hook through the central CD opening.
Dimensions are 11 inches high x 21 inches wide by about 1 inch deep.
After many years creating landscape art quilts, I realized I love thread so much, I dropped out the fabric. So many of the items you will see in my shop are stitched entirely of thread. Currently my work focuses on exploring what makes fiber art so unique: texture, freedom of shape of the "canvas" (not limited to a rectangle), and employing three rather than two dimensions. Fiber art appeals to me because my hands are always touching my materials; it is a completely tactile experience. My favorite technique is “thread painting”, where I move the fabric freely beneath the needle while machine stitching (being very careful not to stitch a finger!). Think of it as drawing a picture with the pencil held still and moving the paper; something that takes a lot of practice to do well. Thread painting is particularly well-suited to creating animals and foliage, allowing for shading and texture. I have a vast collection of threads, which are my “paintbox”.