Surface Design Challenge 2015 :: Peaks and Valleys 2017-08-02T16:58:06+00:00



Jennifer Osborn

Inspired the paper wasp nest, a structure of extremes and beauty. When imagined in the context of peaks and valleys I get the impression of isolation and separation. But whiten a closed structure, such as the wasp’s, nest peaks and valleys can be comforting, inclusive, and safe. I will explore this more.

Jennifer Osborn


Susan Lime : The Lost and Found Heart

The heart is spiked on the outside, with a secret inner color. It’s reversible! I found a doodle that I drew last Valentine’s Day, of a spiked heart being held by a hand and then the words, “not lost…but found”. My son wants to cut off the spikes (he cried I wouldn’t let him). My […]


Sonia McLellan : The Coral Sea

The Coral Sea is the theme in my head this Spring as I am collaborating with a friend in an outdoor installation for our local arts trail. The piece is only softly felted as I want to give the impression of looking through water. I used merino, silk, beads, & stitching.

Sonia MacLellan


Katy Delau : Watershed

Peaks and valleys are so present in my life, especially this year. In my piece, I wanted to illustrate the snow melting up high and the big run-off of water nourishing everything below it. This is a metaphor of what is happening in my life…Winter was a time of big reflection, garnering strength, gathering courage […]


Deb Koester : Transformation

“Transformation” has the feeling of being constantly on the move. There is no one focal point. It depends where you are looking if it is a peak or valley, a beginning or an end, a high or low.

Deb Koesters

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Carmen Ditzler

This is a small scale version of a shroud that I am planning. The theme of peaks and valleys for me brought up the journey of life and how many valleys and peaks and bumps and detours we go through. How sometimes we want valleys and they’re great and sometime we head for peaks that […]


Barb Matousek : Sisyphus and the Rock

“In Greek mythology Sisyphus was a king of Ephyra (now known as Corinth). He was punished for chronic deceitfulness by being compelled to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, repeating this action forever.”

I was thinking about Sisyphus and his rock and decided that variation one would be […]


Barb Matousek : Waves

My ups and downs became soft waves as I attempted to be purposeful about the design. Made using prefelt and silk habotai.

“The wave is the signature of every experience of life. By understanding the nature of waves and their characteristics, and applying that understanding to our lives, we can navigate life with a little more […]

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