Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Silk Carving from the Hawaiian Symbols Series - Lost Treasures

Lost Treasures belongs to the series of Hawaiian symbols. With their wealth of endemic plants the Hawaiian Islands belong to the most precious natural places of this world.

At the same time Lost Treasures is also an "environmental" piece and dedicated to the rainforests, the green lungs of our world. It is a reminder of what we are currently doing to our own life because what is lost for profit and "civilization" is part of ourselves. When we continue to kill our trees and the living beings in our world we will finally kill ourselves. Hundreds of specimen are extinguished daily and never return not to speak of the inumerable acres of natural forests which are lost daily.
In order to increase the impact of this art work I burnt holes into the fabric and added some cork pieces to "imitate" the ashes that remain from burnt forests...

Lost Treasures incorporates a technique called "silk carving©", which is a development by me and was born out of the trapunto techniques but uses multiple layers. The intent of this technique was to create a symbiosis between carving and fiber art. The surface of the fiber was transformed completely into a relief. The upper layer of this piece was made from one single piece of silk - nothing was sewn on top to add depth.

"Lost Treasures"
66" x 17"
silk carving, stitched

Here are some more details from this piece:


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