Cut Glass and Thread
When I chose to combine copper and glass I wasn't thinking about any classification of my work such as "multimedia" or "cross over" art. I just thought the pieces looked best that way.
The next development was a background for the glass cut-out figures. I didn't want it to be glass. Paper and drawing was not an answer and even copper wire seemed clunky. Instead I began to consider thread.
Out came my old sewing machine rarely used since I made clothes for my daughter. It took weeks of trial and error but during all that, new possibilities for color, texture and especially line, opened up. I've been missing linear elements since I started using glass.
I learned I could stitch on a water soluble plastic material and when done with all sewing I could dissolve the plastic and only the threads would be left leaving an open, delicate looking background panel that complements and comments on the glass shapes which are mounted slightly in front of it. The glass and the threads are so fragile in different ways.
The first piece to come into being was "Dancer One". The woman in the spotlight throws off lines of action in red and gold as she dances before an audience of an old goat, hound dogs, a pig, an ass, a Tom cat and a cock. Their colorful, or off- color, yells are represented by red, yellow and purple diagonals.
Then came new interpretations of The Princess and the Pea, and Jack and the Beanstalk.
Now work with thread and glass is dominating my imagination.