Hello Art Friends,
The year's biggest art news for me was showing the Jungle installation at the Percolator Art Space here in Lawrence. Three years of yarn and fabric collage transformed an art space. Follow this link to walk into Jungle and look around.
Let's leave the Jungle and move into more delicate work: the Delicate Plants series, fabric appliques on netting. There is depth here.
Minneapolis artist Mimi Holmes (my art mentor) and I exchanged visits and completed some of our collaborations. Watch the website for the new collabs we have started.
Off and on there's time for somewhat traditional quilts: Surrealistic Purple, Apple Valley, Earth Amoebas, and Bling Amoebas.
Holiday yarnbombing with public help enhanced the Lawrence Art District while the Sacrifical Plant and Random Objects pop-up installations made Final Friday open studios worth attending.
Pieces are coming together for an ice, snow and water installation with the working title Avalanche.
Visit me at the lively SeedCo Studios at 9th and Delaware on the last Friday evening of any month. It would be great to meet you and talk about art.
And of course there's Facebook. Find me as Catherine C. Reed.
Best wishes for all your projects,
Catherine C. Reed aka Bouteloua
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 made a Jungle using cloth, yarn, paint, lights and sounds.
Moving in from the garden, we're surrounded by jungle. An overgrown path leads to a shining pond. Trees support flowers, leaves and the vines which creep up from the luxuriant jungle floor. Snakes and insects live here.
The analytical view shows an installation about 8 feet across and 7 feet high, with a 4-foot long entrance. Twelve panels make up the walls: they are made of painted netting appliqued with fabric tree trunks and yarn flowers, leaves and vines. Twelve knitted and crocheted pieces (including some found items) form the jungle floor. The pool is a metal-lined basket topped with lace and brightened with lights. Yarn vines connect walls, floor and pond.
As always, my goal was to make each component worth looking at by itself. Here are some panels and the leaves, flowers and vines that make them up.
Local crafters enhanced the Jungle with their unique work.
Jungle was exhibited at the Percolator Art Space in Lawrence KS during June and July 2017, and is now available to travel to schools and events, or to be sold.
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,
All work copyright Catherine C. Reed except as noted.
Photos by Sri Prabha, Priscilla Otani, Norm Westhoff, and Ann Dean.
Web site design by Jay Senter; maintenance by David Otto.
Jungle Items by Yarnbombers
From the Jungle series
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