Barbara Matthews, Glacial Forms
Forty-some years ago on our honeymoon, my husband and I hiked six-miles from Many Glacier Hotel in Glacier National Park to the edge of the Grinnell glacier. Standing atop the glacier looking deep into the crevasses, I could not have guessed how the glacier would recede in the years to come. Now, rocky rubble remains where I stood.
These glaciers have existed for thousands of years, so why not expect they would last forever? Yet even though they carry such magnificent bulk, they still fall to the hand of comparatively insignificant humans. Their mass belies their fragility.
The glaciers' massive structures consist of such compacted ice that squeezes the air bubbles out leaving the most beautiful cerulean blue. As glaciers progress across the rocky surface they bring shades of blue grey that with the pristine white of ice present a wonderful palette of colors.
Materials: hand dyed silk, embroidery floss
Techniques: hand dyeing using shibori and printing methods, hand
stitching, and fabric collage
As an alternative to connecting the squares as one cloth, these squares are each finished separately with a rigid interior. These attach one to another—all twelve squares can be connected or any combination of at least two to stand upright. These can stand on a table or can be attached to a wall.
All the squares are inter-changeable giving endless possibilities for display.