The idea of a waterlily.

My time at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design is winding down. I’ve spent the last four years there: working, playing, becoming. It took me in, an emotional wreck, and spit me out a productive, contributing member of the community. Not to mention happy.

As a sort of homage, my first piece in our Graduate Studies show explores the idea of creativity. How we build it inside of us, like a little embryo. Not alone though, with lots of help from people who have practice.

A Green [Artist] Lily Pattern Design 3D Print

This piece began life as a 3D model, then was printed in plastic. To make a pattern for the full-size textile version, I covered one of the petals with masking tape to steal the form, then blew up the resulting shape.

A Green [Artist] Lily Flower Petals Pattern Sewing

The petals were all sewn up in digitally printed cotton (see Nymph for details)

A Green [Artist] Waterlily Centerpiece Cutaway Sculpture Petals

They were then attached together. When it came time to make the center, I photographed the 3D model and blew it up to the correct proportions…

A Green [Artist] Lily Petals Stamen Design

…and made a flat pattern by tracing it, adding a couple inches for shrinkage, and coating the whole thing in packing tape (my favourite).A Green [Artist] Lily Stamen Felt Flat Pattern

This protects it from the water when wet felting, so it doesn’t all fall apart before you get it sorted.

A Green [Artist] Lily Flower Felt Stamen Rain

Wet felting outside on a rainy day seemed appropriate. You end up soaked anyway. Wool was added to both sides of the flat pattern so that it acts as a resist. When finished you get this:

A Green [Artist] Stamen Felt Vessel

When the felting was finished, the resulting vessel was dyed with acid wash dyes. While it was drying I blew up a balloon in there to produce the rounded shape.

The flower itself is inspired by the water lily. Our college sits right along the river, and our culture is greatly influenced by that connection.

A Green [Artist] Waterlily Flower Idea Cutaway Centerpiece Sculpture

Inside is a tiny green Marimo moss ball in his aquatic terrarium. You may remember these guys from Nesting.

Around him are the protective and encouraging petals of my teachers and fellow students. He is the little embryo, the idea inside the lightbulb. For him this piece is named, Idea.

If you would like to meet him in person stop by the Graduate Studies show, Super Bees. It’s opening 5-7pm on Friday the 13th in The Gallery at NBCCD. Look forward to seeing you there!

To start in the middle is no start at all. But where else?

Yesterday was a good day. Had some help with the making of random weave spheres for the big feature lighting commission. Deadline approaches fast! Never fear, it’s coming along nicely. Soon so soon my work will be a permanent fixture of Jeremiah’s Restaurant in Hartland, NB. I think I’ll keep the concept a surprise until the piece is finished. I’ll give you a hint, it’s super neat.
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Glad my kitchen is no longer filled to the brim with dye baths. Reed is a frustration! But we are becoming fast friends. I was unconvinced for a little while but the colours came out so beautifully in the end. I had to really increase the salt with the ProMX dyes to get the right depth of shade.  Ah, the power of sampling never ceases to amaze me.
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Now it’s just a matter of executing the many hours of hypnotic weaving. A fine way to spend a thousand evenings.
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In other news I’ve been working away on a paper quilt. One of the very most fun projects I’ve worked on in a while. It was for my Evolution of Textiles course at the NB College of Craft and Design. Very interesting project inspired by the Adinkra cloth of Ghana. My piece discusses the three revolutions of written communication. Will delve into the symbolism a little deeper when I have the finished piece returned and photographed. To whet your appetite, here is the quilt in progress.


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Also, this pretty little dollar store crystal tree has inspired me. I’m thinking cityscapes and brains. Oh the humanity!
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À demain!

-Allison Green