3 mm 100% Merino wool felt, 2 mm 100% Merino wool felt, unbleached muslin24" x 32"
More comfortable with a pair of scissors than a pencil or a paintbrush, my early interests in origami and paper craft evolved toward a more enduring medium, pure wool felt. This age-old material is reimagined through my graphic, minimalist style and the application of paper engineering techniques. Transferring a tab-slot construction method to this sound-absorbing, organic material, I replaced stitched seams with interlocking joints. I call the result textile joinery - fresh fiber design with an edge, that appeals to the eye as well as to the touch.
My fascination with paper cutting, confectionery arts and the interplay of botanical shapes and textures resulted in the development of this soft sculpture vertical garden. Stylized oleanders, phloxes, Cahaba lilies and other flowers are suspended at the peak of full bloom, stripped of color and fragrance. The geometric floral shapes are inserted into the slotted background canvas for a singular effect; no stitches or glue are required. The lush surface of this organic fiber assemblage absorbs sound, and, like indoor plants, the wool material improves the quality of the air. Appealing to the eye as well as to the touch, this profusion of normally ephemeral life forms is a celebration of the enduring vitality and abundance of the natural world.