I Wish You Wings

I’m delighted with the photography of Josh Wells.  Josh took my piece “I Wish You Wings”, with its moiré effect from a double layer of silk, and made it look just as it does when hanging!

I Wish You Wings, Silk fabric, silk thread and found objects, 2012

I Wish You Wings, Cambodian hand woven silk fabric, silk thread and found objects, 2012

Toby's hanging high mag detail

Detailed shots, also taken by Josh Wells, are on my blog.

My grandson, when eight and nine years old,  was fascinated by, and devoured, the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson in which children could grow wings.  “Grandma, I wish I had wings!”

Basically the work celebrates the close bond between me and my grandson, whose little “gifts” to me as a toddler were all saved by me and are stitched into the work to represent the things I in turn wish for him as he becomes an adult.  Seeds represent fertility.  Money (20 cents) represents a wish that he have enough to meet his needs but not enough to skew his morality. A maze represents the life challenges he will have to navigate; while an apple segment signifies a wish for his health. The shells he gave me each time we went to the beach  stand for his  love of swimming.  The feather  that encases these objects, and the feathers he also found and presented to me, represent his longing to “have wings”. Finally, the words down the side of  the feather are from a song by Mark Harris.

Mark Harris’ words are: So let my love give you roots and help you find your wings.

I Wish You Wings was exhibited at the Nyisztor Gallery in the Designing Women  (http://designing-women-wa.blogspot.com.au) exhibition last year.

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