Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Wrapped and Nailed
(Above: Wrapped and Nailed.....unless someone has a better name! Please help name is piece. It's about nine or ten inches long....a big nail!)
While waiting for an opportunity to buy yet another bolt of Wonder Under (Bond-a-Web), I turned my attention to a really large, old nail given to me by my neighbor Gita. I loved it from the moment I saw it and knew that I wanted to wrap it in fibers. I've wrapped all the old roof nails from Gita's house....thousands of them. Some were in a juried show in Texas at the same time as another group was on display in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. They've graced the cover of a local magazine when CYBER FYBER was a feature story. I adore old, rusted nails. I also had an old peanutbutter jar of rusted, square nails.....so I started wrapping....and nailing...and this is what resulted.
For now, I'm calling it Wrapped and Nailed. It isn't a very original name but I can't think of the term for an animal symbol...I've played around with words like bestiary, petroglyph, pictogram, hieroglyph, figure, sacrifice, totem....but I just can't seem to settle on anything. Any suggestions? And I really don't want to call it "porcupine" or "hedgehog" even though I really think those names might suit it! I'm looking for something sort of ambiguous....something that will allow a variety in interpretations. Nails are my favorite symbol: sacrifice, unity, precision....but if you get "nailed", it's generally not a "good thing"!
The other rusted nails are wrapped now....but I'm planning on stitching into the fibers and making these "special".
Posted by Susan Lenz at 9:38 AM