Food Chain 250X

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.