Leather, beads, threads, cloth, copper, paper
4.25” x 40” x 2.25”
The inspiration for this piece was a box of copper welding pins that I found at an auto swap meet. The 270 signatures are folded circles of crinoline (super) sewn with black monofilament to pleated guard material (used in the construction of oversized ledgers long ago). The guard material is stitched with waxed linen thread to a strip of leather, and embellished on the outside of the leather with three stacked beads at each pleat. Over 2500 holes were punched in the leather and guard material for the sewing stations.
I had no idea when I started the piece what it would look like or how it would behave once I had sewn it. I love to be surprised by my work. I often feel that the creative process controls me. Sometimes, as in this piece, the materials dictate the outcome of the piece.Peggy Johnston, Des Moines, Iowa