|Fiori Fun, based on Fiori Boat by Dale Chihuly, seen at Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas|
|A close-up of some of the stitching, painting, beading, and trims I used to capture the curves and colors of the original.|
My piece is based on Dale Chihuly's Fiori Boat, which I saw at Crystal Bridges in Bentonville, Arkansas, when I was there two years ago.
Usually when we travel, it is for my husband's business. I get to sight-see, but he is busy with work and doesn't get to come with me. But on this trip, all we had to accomplish was meeting an auctioneer, to hand off a collection of artifacts my mother-in-law wanted to sell. We had lots of time to see all the sights, and were happily surprised by how many of them there were! I have contented memories of strolling leisurely at Crystal Bridges, taking in the art.
To capture Chihuly's flowing glass forms, I used a variety of techniques, including quilting and then painting the quilted areas, raw edge applique, beading, and embroidery. In the areas of the background trees and foreground grasses, I added some big stitching to suggest highlights and shadows.
|Ribbon, embroidery floss, and paint add shadows and highlights.|
It was fun to pull lots of trims and ribbons from the stash I inherited. The little boat was quilted as a separate piece, because I wanted it to look really three-dimensional. The blue borders are from a piece that I hand-dyed a few years ago.
Chihuly put about 150 glass forms into his boat -- I don't have near that many! But I enjoyed capturing my impressions of his fabulous piece.