The Katrina Memorial Cube Sculpture is fiber art that contains images of Louisiana that are dear to me. One of the images is of a crab. As I child I remember crabbing with my family, and later 4.when I became a mom I also took my children crabbing in Lake Ponchartrain. I have also included a pelican, cattails, a traditional New Orleans "shotgun" house, a turtle, and a child next to a growing oak tree. I hope each of these images carry messages of resilience for those along the Gulf Coast.
The other important thing about this fiber art is that all of the materials used are recycled. One of the themes in my art is sustainability. This is important to me simply because I believe that it is important to take care of our habitat. But also, I love to think about the history of found objects and materials. It is always more challenging to create a project and seek out the colors and texture you need from what you happen upon. Too, the Katrina Memorial Cube Sculpture seemed to beckon for reclaimed materials. Many of my favorite artists working in New Orleans today use reclaimed materials in their work. This is a tribute to them as well.
1. 4 old t-shirts, freshly laundered
2. cotton thread (I choose a contrasting thread - Black)
3. sewing machine, machine needles, bobbin, scissors, dressmaker pins, pinchusion, pencil/chalk, lint brush, and measuring tools/cutting board.
4. pillow stuffing for memory box - I choose a pillow stuffing that is hypoallergenic. You will need approximately 6 large bags.
5. fabric, found objects for embellishing
6. memories, love, patience, and stories to share
If you look at the instructable tonight, keep in mind that I am not quite done with the instructions. I will finish tonight. Thanks for looking.