I am absolutely delighted to be one of the artists featured in this regional Surface Design Association show which opens in just a few days. When I got the announcement of the exhibition call for entry, I thought the concept was intriguing.
The intention of this exhibit is to illustrate things that are transparent, translucent, and/or transformed in this world, OR, things that should be (i.e. government, politics, fundraising, banking, corporate power, policy decisions, healthcare, etc.). You can go for the literal meaning of the words transparent, translucent, transformed… or, you can go with a more conceptual or abstract meaning of the words. We invite both the literal and wide view of this theme.
The piece I made for the show is called “Permafrost”. We got a great photo (I think) and they must have loved it too because it is there on the flyer.
To me, the word translucent can be described by layers; something you can see through, but what you look at changes based on the layer you are looking through. This design was created using layers of images: fern frost on a window and a chain link screen. Separately, the two don’t have an obvious relationship, but combined they become a new idea and allow you to see one as it is influenced by the other. “Permafrost” is a geologic term for soil that remains frozen for consecutive years, bound or locked up as ice, and as the title of this piece, describes the connection I see between these two images. The lines of the dress give the feeling of emerging from this image of everlasting winter. The sleeveless style and broken neckline suggest the wearer is cracking and shedding away the ice.
The fabric is digitally printed, naturally. It’s a lovely drapey silky faille from Spoonflower. This fabric has a nice weight to it so it hangs well. A little challenging to sew as it is a bit slippery and tends to shift off grain if you let it. Hand beaded with vintage flat sequins from Etsy. Both photos for the design were taken on trips to my hometown. The frost (which is actually 6 images put together) was on the windows at my mother-in-law’s house. The chainlink was in a public art space called “Art Alley” and although I faded a lot of the color out for this piece, the fence is painted bright blues and pinks.