"Small, Green, and Froggeous"
5" X 7"
This was created for a challenge to Madison Contemporary Fiber Artists for a piece of environmentally concerned art. It will be on display with others from this challenge at the Madison Senior Center on Mifflin Street, Madison, Wisconsin, during the month of September.
I painted used dryer sheets, then cut them up and fused them to a piece of batting which was stuck to a scrap of stabilizer. This was inspired by Terri Stegmiller's "mosaic collage" technique. I printed the frog image onto a used tea bag, cut it out and stitched it to the collage background. Then I stitched some more and added the little stones that were left over from another project.
In the interest of reusing -- I have to compliment my garden. I planted these tiny yellow light-bulb shaped tomatoes a while ago and every year since, they volunteer. By August, we have to have tomato salad twice a day to keep up with the production. What a problem to have.
The flowers reseed themselves too. Yes, this is the garden in front of my house -- the one where most people grow, um, ornamental items. I grow tomatoes, peppers, beans, basil, garlic chives, oregano, thyme, parsley, cilantro, and flowers. I also grow rosemary, lemon grass, chiles, tomatoes, and beans in pots.
On a good year, I grow zucchini -- for some reason, it's not growing this year. But we did have some kind of pumpkin volunteer -- I must have thrown some seeds there when I did the jack o'lanterns last year. Trouble is, the bunnies keep biting off the flowers. This is the best place on my property to grow things, so I use it. And I think it's all kind of pretty. And even the neighbors would agree -- it's better than the ugly overgrown bushes that used to be here.