Seeing as its been the school summer holidays, the days have been spent out of the studio, but you know that inspiration is everywhere! I had the pleasure of meeting, and feeding, this amazing creature yesterday, a veiled chameleon. I knew Linda loves chameleons so I tried to take a few photos for reference. It reminded us that we’d never shown you a box that she made, many moons ago, inspired by chameleons.
Here’s the box, as you can see it’s quite large! We’ve cast our minds back and Linda thinks she made this 27 years ago. It’s a mixed media piece and heartening to see that it’s survived studio life for all that time.
It was designed to store threads. The form is a hexagonal pyramid mimicking the shape of the chameleon’s eye. The box is constructed from pieces of heavy card cut to shape and covered with stitched fabric and paper.
Here’s a closer look showing the stitching. It’s worked freehand by machine in a circular pattern referencing the shapes in the scaly skin of the chameleon.
The surface is quite textural as you can see with a combination of fabrics including nets and scrim. There is also paper some of which Linda hand painted.
The central lid has a handle formed of machine wrapped cords twisted into a spiral suggesting the curl at the end of the chameleon’s prehensile tail.
Here’s a look inside. The lid sections flap open to reveal the compartments inside where the threads can be arranged by colour. The inside is lined with hand dyed and painted fabrics.