Past as Prelude

The inspiration for Past as Prelude came as I was working on an entry for another SAQA exhibit, Musica! That piece included copious amounts of metal leaf. I ended up with a pile of lint roller sheets flecked with gold, silver, and copper leaf begging to be upcycled. Two lint roller sheets combined nicely to make a square, and the squares a grid. Each block presented a design challenge and functioned as containers for personal artifacts.

This piece and the project for Musica! will always be linked in my mind because the scraps of one became the foundation of the other, but also because the little constellation of artifacts adorning the surface look to me like musical notations on a grid of golden memories.

Materials & TechniquesLint roller sheets, gel medium, muslin, silk, paper clips, packing materials, paper palette, painted/printed fusibles, fabrics, button, orphaned earring, postage stamp, yogurt lid, and photo transfers. Fused, stitched, embellished. Silk border and backing.DimensionsH:43” x W:43”Price$1,200.00Date2019CommentsOn tour with the exhibition Upcycle! Through 2023. Can be purchased through SAQA.

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