Flowers in the Sky

“Flowers in the Sky”, 9”W x 8.25”T x .25”D, was created and accepted into the  sixth international biennial exhibit, of the World Textile Art Organization. The subject for all of the five exhibits was “Aire”, and were held, along with countless lectures and events all over Mexico in May, 2011. This piece was displayed in the Salon for Small Textiles. For more info, see


I adore flowers and gardens and wanted to simulate how they might look if they were made of air. Since the work was restricted to a small size, every element used had to count. My usual way of working is to just piling on buttons and beads until it looks right, but for this work, I needed to keep the transparent quality of the overall look. I used 2 pieces of clear plastic and sandwiched some motifs in between, along with some air, of course. Clear plastic thread was used to stitch the two layers together. Clear and white buttons, sequins, and beads were used to simulate the flowers. What’s interesting is that when the thread is taken out of the needle on the sewing machine, patterns are made by the holes made by the needle piercing the plastic layers. The whole piece shimmers when held up to the light, which was exactly the effect I wanted. I hoped that the piece was displayed against a window, as that’s when it’s appears its most ethereal.

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