These pieces were created for the 2010 Plush You! show at Schmancy/Nancy/Fancy in Seattle. They were inspired by a set of “Animal Matroyshka” stickers hanging above my desk. I wanted to take a more literal approach to the concept of animals inside other animals and decided to create a small food chain. I looked up some sample food chains from elementary biology lessons and was most fascinated by the organisms at the bottom of the chain. I started with green algae, then created a predator amoeba, and finally a predator daphnia, or “water flea.” Each organism fits entirely inside its predator, so the entire chain can be contained within the daphnia. These pieces were created using a variety of techniques including hand sewing, machine sewing and needle felting.
Daphnia: clear vinyl sheeting, hand-felted wool roving, wool needlepoint yarn, pipe cleaners, glass beads, clear plastic thread. Measures approx. 7” x 5” x 1”.
Amoeba: acrylic felt, clear vinyl sheeting, glass beads, velcro, polyester thread. Measures approx. 5 1/2” x 4” x 1/4”
Green algae: acrylic felt, polyester thread. Measures approx. 2” x 3/8” x 1/8”. Sorry, piece is sold.