Why do we leave our gardens to enter the Jungle? What do we experience on the way? What's at the heart of the Jungle? Do we take anything away when we return to the garden? To think about these questions I'm making a Jungle. The installation will be about 10 feet across, plus a vine-draped entryway, reflective pool, lights and sounds.
The Jungle is made of components organized into panels, forest floor pieces and the pool.
The Jungle starts with components, each one complete in itself: crocheted and/or knitted flowers, leaves, vines, root wads and occasional snakes which climb the panels, form the forest floor and brush against our faces as we walk. A few of the hundreds of components are shown here.
Painted netting represents the sky, forest, and earth backgrounds and supports pieced fabric tree trunks and grass strips, which in turn support leaves, flowers, vines, roots and snakes. Garden panels are light with lots of small flowers and leaves, jungle panels are dark with fewer and larger flowers and leaves. Plants become more animal-like.
Forest Floor Pieces
Yarn leaves, flowers, roots, stones, water drops and streams make up the forest floor, pool edges and overgrown paths.
We follow an overgrown stone path to a pool. Light and water bubble up and overflow. Work continues on this section.
Bouteloua (Catherine C. Reed)
The big project has been the Jungle, in progress for over a year now. We'll walk in: our surroundings becoming darker and stranger as we move from garden to jungle. Walls are made from 12 panels, each about 6-1/2 ft high, with small pretty flowers and leaves in the garden and large strange leaves and flowers in the jungle. Grass, water and stone, all made from yarn, cover the ground, vines and snakes hang from above. Lights and sound enhance the garden-to-jungle experience. Making the Jungle has moved me across the path from craft to art, along the border between facts and imagination, and down the road from California to Kansas.
It's a treat for a fiber artist to make public art. Just for fun I've done some yarnbombing around town.
I'm happy to be working at SeedCo Studios here in Lawrence, Kansas at 9th and Delaware Sts. Come by and see us the last Friday evening of any month. If it has to be virtual, find me on Facebook as Catherine C. Reed, or keep checking here. It would be great to hear from you and wonderful to meet in person!
Best wishes for all your projects,
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