Here are all 8 panels together in one shot. Ron Freudenheim did the photography work. See individual entries by clicking on this link for Trajectory: Escape Velocity.
Here we are, the end. The last panel of Trajectory: Escape Velocity. Starting from the beginning of time, we have skipped and hopped, stroboscopically, from the Big Bang through early life and some key points of evolution (at least from the human perspective) to the future. Or one possible future.
In this panel, rockets are leaving earth, heading for the depths of outer space. This panel differs from the others in that it was hand dyed. As soon as it was done, I knew it would be the last panel. I never expected it would look like this. I will have a post about that issue in the future.
This picture was also taken by Ron Freudenheim.
Here’s a picture I took yesterday which shows how much warping there is. I sewed 16 gauge wire to the each edge to get that effect, among other things. Again, more on that later.
— Textile Wrangler (@artcollisions) October 18, 2015
Panel 6 brings to primates. I attempted to arrange them in some semblance of evolutionary order, although it gets tricky as a lot of them are more parallel in development, rather than linear.
In this panel, you’ll note that the animals get more numerous at the top and also a bit more rambunctious, looking almost as though they might leap off and into your hand (or perhaps onto you heard) to go exploring.
The title of this panel comes from a line in a song by Dillon Bustin. I’m not sure of the actual title of the song, but it is a song about evolution and he refers to his “grandpa in the tree” in the last stanza. I’ve always been charmed by that and was pleased to be inspired by it here.
This picture was actually taken my by someone who knows what he’s doing, so Ron Freudenheim gets the credit here.
Here I’ve created a slice of a cityscape (most likely in the United States). It is so full of people, they can’t all fit in the buildings any more. They are pushing out the tops, like little pieces of popcorn bursting forth.
The panel is called “Scorched Earth” because it hints at global warming. It’s done on red background, which is mostly obscured by the buildings, but you can see a few glimpsed between a couple of them.
(I know part VI got skipped. I’m working on it and hope to have it done in the next day or so.)
I know some time has elapsed since I posted about the last panel, but fear not, I have been working away! I finished panel IV this week. I’m calling it “The Oceans are Teeming.”
This is a story told in stroboscopic post hole moments. I hope the leaps I’m making aren’t too grand. In this panel, there are some small fish at the bottom, but as your gaze travels upwards, the number and complexity of organisms increases. Note that the fish don’t fit tidily. They are pushing out of the boundaries of the space they are allotted.
Most of the fish on this panel were cut out (during my daughter’s swim lessons, which I found rather apropos), but I did create a trio of jellyfish, one lone octopus, and a little squad of cuttlefish. A treat for someone who stays to linger a moment or two extra.
Next up: dinosaurs and an abstract allusion to evolution. Hopefully that will be done much more quickly.
I was reminded the other day that I had not posted this yet. Sorry! Family life overtook me for a while there and I forgot to blog.
This panel represents black smokers, where early life was thought to have originated. I felted roving on top of silk to create the black smokers which I then appliqued onto the background. Then there was white silk sticking out, so I painted around the edges with a metallic blue fabric paint. I also put a big plume of smoke in the middle, its base hidden.
The ribbon that is couched on represents streams of smoke or bubbles. I fused some very small metallic pieces I picked up at Scrap DC to represent those early single celled organisms. They start out small in number, but as they rise to the top, they become much more numerous. Look for this theme in future panels, as populations rise and create tension over habitat space.
These are tweets of the black smoker in progress:
— Dragon Smith (@artcollisions) May 11, 2015
— Dragon Smith (@artcollisions) May 20, 2015
— Dragon Smith (@artcollisions) June 2, 2015
— Dragon Smith (@artcollisions) June 16, 2015
Last month I brought you the Big Bang. The next phase in my story is a little quieter, but equally as dramatic. Primordial Soup is where elements appear and combine and DNA pops out! The DNA is made of wire and beads and really does stand out from the quilt base. All the crystals represent different elements and some molecules. I lost count of how many crystals I used, but I’m pretty sure it’s over 400.
I have started a new project I’m calling Trajectory: Escape Velocity. It is a story of evolution, beginning at the very beginning (let’s ignore what quantum physics tells us in favor of telling a more linear story for now) and ending with people leaving the planet. I don’t know all the steps in between. I won’t know until I’ve created them. I post pictures of things in progress, if you are interested in those. I am going to attempt to post as each phase is completed. So, here is phase 1.
In the beginning, there was darkness:
And then there was light:
Next up: The Primordial Soup. See a teaser DNA picture on Twitter.