The Walking Seeds

I’m not sure what it is about felters, but they certainly tend to like seed pods, and I am no exception. Even as a youngster, I was fascinated by the shapes, textures, size and complexity of the seeds I could find in my own backyard. Even now, I have a pretty interesting array of seeds and seed pods in my studio, some found, some gifted and inherited from others. For me, the seed is epitome of latent energy and if you’ve read any of my blog posts, you know my energy is usually latent.

Seeds, by their nature, have to be carried away by wind, water, in the poop of birds and other seed eaters…all to find a place to grow. But what if a seed could transport itself to an ideal growing patch?  What would it need? What would it look like?

Two pieces have emerged so far – Heliotropia and Hydrotropia. One carries its own sun, the other its own water. Next, a dirt carrier!

“Heliotropia”. Wool, wire, LED unit, glass beads. 10″ x 4″ x 9″. 2012.

 

“Hydrotropia”. Wool, wire, seashells. 15″ x 6″ x 7″. 2012

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