We first learned about this project when professor handed out sheets of paper with seemingly random objects sewn onto it. I received one with the bandage.
Professor then told us that we had to make something soft and sewn. I could be anything, any size, any material, it just had to look soft and some element of sewing. Since I like to sew, specifically hand sew, I was very happy. I brought my sewing kit and a box of bandaged to class and got to work on it as soon as I finished my table.
I’m a huge klutz. I always get hurt. I’ve hurt myself at least 6 times this semester. I do have photos of some of them, but I’ll spare you the cuts and bruising. Anyway, because of that I am very use to bandages, I use them all the time, so I started to think of a memory of an injury to give me inspiration on this abstract project.
Then I noticed the lose way the bandage was sewn onto the paper. It looked like it would flutter when placed in the wind. There was my inspiration.
I love the wind, I always have. There is nothing better than feeling a nice breeze. Sometimes when it really is blowing hard I find myself laughing just because it is so much fun to be in the middle of it. However, I am very well aware of the dangers that come with wind. I am terrified of tornadoes. One thing that I know is also dangerous are kites.
When I was little, about 5 or 6, my dad, my sister, and I were playing in the wind. They were flying a kite as I ran around in circles with me head up and facing the sky. I didn’t see the string of the kite in front of me that was as sharp as a fishnet line. I ran right into it and it sliced into my neck. I don’t remember much of what happened next. All I do remember is hearing my doctor say how lucky I was because if the string went a little deeper or cut a little higher I would most likely be dead. It was not traumatizing or anything. I don’t even have a scar from it because it was cut so finely. Still, I was a good source of inspiration.
At first I just started to sew the bandages together. You always have to start with something, so I made a little hallow rectangle. I then remembered I had bells in my sewing box. When the wind goes by they will sing like chimes. So I added that. It needed something to help balance the bells, so I added more bandaged to the top of the piece. It still felt incomplete though.
I also had a few scraps of leftover see through mesh. It was so fine and pretty that I knew that when the wind catches it that it would be beautiful and ethereal. I added that to the bottom and wrapped it around the piece, almost like I was trying to bandage up a bandage. I added felt and buttons to the bottom to get stability. The plastic flower was honestly an after thought. I didn’t even think of putting one on there, but them my very dear friend of mine just happened to hand it to me while we were out on an art project. How she found them in the middle of the woods, I’m not sure, but I decided to keep it. The piece is about memory and something I love, so it made sense to put something from someone I love on it.
I was very excited to present this to the class. Luckily the day of class was fairly windy. I set up the piece with more of the white and black mesh on one of the old chairs. Not only would it present the piece, but it would frame it and give it an almost old and forgotten feeling, like something that was dear to someone but was lost with age.
I was pleased with the class’s reaction. They said it was nostalgic, ethereal, and worked with the environment.
After I told my inspiration, Professor said that I needed to progress with the piece more. It did not scream danger and death to her. That is true, I also don’t see it. That was not my intention, I wanted to create something peaceful, like sitting on a hill feeling the wind blow by as you watched the clouds. However, I can not help but to be intrigued to see what a danger version of my abstract piece would look like. If I were to continue this, I would love to create one with more of Professor’s mindset and set them side by side. I want to see the difference. Also, it would just naturally fit in with the framing due to the other chair next to the one I used. I would change the mesh color, something to make it bold and strong to counterbalance the sweetness and softness of the already created piece. It will be an intriguing sight.