I love words – not only for the meaning and use, but for texture, syllables and tones. A word can set moods such as playful, morose, exciting, or secretive and our challenge word, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (s32s), was a good example of that; it is fun and frivolous, uncommon as far as use, but yet known by all.
To visually describe s32s, I chose the parrot head umbrella that Mary Poppins used to transport herself. I decided my umbrella would be a transport of a different sort - a boat floating in a pink ocean of pink flowers. “Carried Away” is the title of my piece. I guess we are punning on this one as we drift away into fantasy.
The background is a hand-dyed cotton that was quilted in lines to create the ocean waves. The fabric was too dark and the quilting did not show well, so I dry-brushed two layers of light pink acrylic paint over the quilted background. I drew the parrot umbrella and fused/stitched it on. The paper flowers were purchased and I reworked them by taking out the plastic centers and thinning out the petals. I stitched square beads and painted batting into the centers to tone down the commercial look of the flowers. The edging is something I call carnival prairie points because it looks like little flags hanging from the edges of circus tents. The edging is made from fused squares from the same hand-dyed fabric.