I really struggled with the "POSSIBILITIES" challenge. It's so all-encompassing, I had no idea where to start. All the what-ifs swirled in my mind, almost to the point where it paralyzed my creativity.
Having an active imagination in this case was almost a curse, so I decided to look for ways it could be a blessing.
I remembered a poem my mother wrote years ago, after watching Luka playing in the backyard. The poem is called "What a Stick Can Do". In the poem, a child's imagination turns a small branch into all kinds of wonderful things.
It seemed like a perfectly fine way to begin, so I created a "stick quilt".
Here's a small excerpt (- What A Stick Can Do by Kathleen O'Brien 2011)
Sticks transform to magic wands
for casting spells on unsuspecting toads.
Toss a pinecone in the air and the stick
becomes a baseball bat.
Sticks fit junctures of saplings
whose silver leaves loosened in November winds.
Use your stick to rake the leaf-littered trail
then shuffle through like a train.
Stand on a fallen log;
paddle your pirate ship around moss islands.
Turn the stick into a weapon and sword fight
until the "STOP" order of grown-ups..."
Finished size 18"W x 36"L
hand-dyed fabrics and cotton muslin
hand cut, raw edge applique, hand-guided machine stitching