Thursday, October 14, 2010
I worked on this project for more than two years; however, all but the last two months or so was worked out in my mind and in my sketchbook. The goal was to create a checkerboard and checkers that would be attractive as a wall hanging but could be easily disassembled for a game of checkers.
The material used is roving, yarn and pre felts from my own flock, hand-dyed. There is a piece of fabric interfacing between the weaving and the background to give the piece a more board-like feel. The work includes weaving of the strips to create the checkerboard, embroidery, and needle felting. They don't show up well in the photo, but bright poison-green beads are placed regularly to add contrast in texture, hue and value.
Many decisions were made as I worked, including the idea to hang the checkerboard from a corner and how the checkers would be incorporated into the hanging. I tried several designs for the checkers and found that needle-felting was most effective.
This piece was entered in the Creative Arts exhibit (mixed media) at the Eastern States Exposition where it was awarded with an Honorable Mention. Lots of fun to make but I was glad to be able to move on to other things when it was complete. And a weight was lifted when I was able to get the concept out of my head and into material existence!