“Nature’s Medicine” soft sculpture collection is delicately detailed, hand-dyed, upcycled fabric modeled after traditional medicinal plants, fungus and botanicals.
Hand dyed textile waste, reused fiber-fill, thread, watercolor, embroidery floss,textile stabilizer.
Base-ocean recovered rubber dog toy,shredded textile shoddy.
Endangered beach Jacquemontia or beach cluster vine is the rarest plant found at many FL beaches. It is federally listed as endangered, as a large portion of its barrier island habitat has been destroyed by development. No more than 1000 individual plants of the species remain today. These plants represent both the beauty and fragility of nature, and our own role in determining the future of native Florida plants.
Working with non-traditional media, I create a natural environment that warns of a future in which we can no longer heal or provide humans with the same emotional release and spiritual communion that it has for millennia. My soft sculpture fabric plants made of hand dyed upcycled textiles, embroidery floss, repurposed fiber fill and discarded medicine balls depicts a landscape that may not exist in just a few short lifetimes. The sculpturally enhanced medicine balls create an artistic representation of non-traditional medicinal practices that can help heal both humans and the planet.