This small piece, 8.5” total height x 8.25” wide, was created in response to a reader challenge contest by the magazine, “Cloth, Paper, Scissors”. The requirements were that the piece had to be fit into a 10” x 10” box, weigh no more than one pound, and use a mask or a stencil of a flower. I love doing gardens, both outdoors and on my art quilts, so of course, I wanted to do something for this challenge. However, I felt that since I usually do very soft looking gardens, I wanted to have something that would be in a very different direction for me. I also love tigers and had a large roll of old Kenneth Cole “Le Tigré” labels, so I used three of them to have them romp through my garden.( I have permission from the company to use these old labels.)
Working on such a small scale was challenging for me, as I’m used to working on much larger pieces, so every object on the piece had to work in the composition. Usually, I have a much larger amount of space to lavish my beads, buttons, and other treasures on, so this was indeed a challenge to make the surface visually interesting for me, and still be able to see the original stenciled, flower mask that was required for the contest. It’s faint, but its black outline is there.