This month we are thrilled to feature
our "Dyed and Gone to Heaven" contest entries.
On the lookout for needleworkers
who incorporate our threads and contest motif into their work in innovative
and serendipitous ways, we have a real "find" in our first place
winning entry by Roxanne Barkofsky.
"Caron Kelp and Critters"
To call her entry a work of needleart does not
do justice to Roxanne's vision and execution. She has created a
work that is breathtaking in its harmonious combination of thread, fabric,
shells, mettalic charms and coins simulating ancient buried treasure with
the actual flora and fauna of the sea. Using the tecnique of collage, she draws us into
a magical underwater realm that combines the perpetual motion of the creatures
of the deep with the serenity of the most placid tropical lagoon. Her threads
bring to life a class of invertebrate animals called Anthrazoa which means
"flower-like". This class includes corals and anemones. In Roxanne's
opinion, the Caron threads, with their extensive, but subtle color variations
perfectly represent the enormity of colors found in this sea life. As an
example, she has used the color "terra cotta" to match perfectly
with the shell fragments in the top right hand corner of her design. Part
of her work is stitched directly onto kelp (a type of seaweed). The uniqueness
of this background enhances both the beauty of the threads and the other
embellishments she has included.The overall format Roxanne has employed
is circular and was specifically chosen to resemble what one would see
looking through a porthole or down into a tidewater pool.Get ready to dive
in! We're only sorry that this photo doesn't do justice to this large (20
inch) collage shown at the top, but the inset, left, helps.
Below other outstanding
entries we received.
"Lily of the Valley"
By Cindy Swafford
"Heavenly and Earth"
By Stephanie Novatski
"Alien Creature with Flower
By David Huber
By Tara Dewdney
Many thanks to all who participated in our Contest.