The Goal: To create one piece of art for 365 days in a row
As I rummaged around the house yesterday I came across some screen that I had used for a sewing project awhile back. I have quite a bit of the screen left over because the sewing project was never completed. Turns out I am not a real strong seamstress. But pulling the material out made me remember why I think screen is great:
1.) It filters light in a way that, when you move from side to side, seems to move the light too – kind of hologram-ish.
2.) It lets in fresh air while keeping wasps out. Wasps make me nervous.
3.) Unbeknownst to me until yesterday, screen is really fantastic for weaving patterns into.
4.) On a more abstract level, it acts as a metaphor for the filtering we do in our own life with words, people, perceptions, etc.
Using some thread I happened to find with the screen (again plenty left) I began weaving organic and geometric patterns. Initially I added a bunch of green beads that came from some napkin holders I found at a garage sale, but I soon realized they were overkill. I took the majority of them off by crushing them with a hammer on the sidewalk.
I have to say I really enjoy this piece. I was sucked into this 43” x 9” puppy for the better part of yesterday. I’m not certain how I’ll finish the uneven edges or if I even want to. I do know I plan on hitting the Habitat Re-Store up to find some framed screens to do more. Next go-round I think I will use embroidery thread so that the lines are a bit stronger.