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Tic Tac Toe
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Tic Tac Toe is based on the strip form, my interpretation of strip piecing. It showcases the topography of my local environment. The hard of the built environment, represented by the metal rods and rubber grommets versus the soft of the landscape, represented by the fabric. As you move away from the suburbs and into the rural areas the rolling topography and changing views come into play as shown in the solids and voids. Changing and moving light and shadow form additional elements. The hand-dyed and stamped fabric adds to the movement of the piece, which is also dependent on the way in which it is displayed – horizontally, vertically or suspended from the ceiling.
A sketchbook and sewing machine are used to sculpt my colorful fabric constructions. Bright colors and movement are predominant elements of the repetitive, open grid-like structures. Light and shadow are allowed in and create new patterns and colors.
I believe my chosen profession of Landscape Architecture influences my work. Landscapes themselves are constantly changing and evolving, never static.
The work reacts to its environment. Viewers can interact with each sculpture; slight movement causes the work to move, changing it ever so slightly. The work is rarely stagnant.
By traditional definition these sculptural, fabric constructions can be labeled quilts – layers of fabric held together by stitch. The hand-dyed cotton fabric along with non-traditional quilting materials is used such as wire mesh, grommets, mylar, velcro, metal rods, metal tubing, and wire.
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