I started making this a long time ago. I had this pink fabric from a dye gradation that had an area that looked to me like a splash in a pond. Never mind that it's pink.
I made a couple of frogs á la Christie Friesen to complement the little frogs stenciled on the fabric. I made some (out of scale) lilypads and flowers for the frogs. Then I got sick of beading and sick of the pink, so I put it away.
Fast forward to last week. I have been working on a piece for a show in Beaver Dam, WI -- the "Waves and Water Exhibit" at the Beaver Dam Area Arts Association. It wasn't going well and with all the horror happening in the Gulf, I remembered the pink thing. I had wanted to make a statement about disappearing wetlands and how frogs are the cave-canaries of the marsh. But short of "Toxic Swamp" or "Marshy Mess," I'm not coming up with much. Nothing with even a whiff of elegance. Or at least something that would let it stand on its own. "In the Pink," "In the Drink," "Everybody into the Pool," "Swamp Gas," "Wetland Witness," nah...
I took it to a meeting of Madison Contemporary Fiber Artists. I had been asking about methods for hanging pieces, but when I set this out and arranged the polymer clay bits, everybody said, "you should display it flat -- just like that." Apparently there is space for a 3D horizontal work. Cool. Now if I can just come up with a title.