It reminded me of 2005, when they installed "The Gates" in New York City. The gates were curtains of tangerine fabric hanging from metal arches placed throughout the pathways in Central Park. The installation lasted for only 16 days. At that point in my life, I was an avid walker. I had lost a lot of weight (over 100 pounds) walking my feet off everywhere we travelled. I would put on my headphones and joyously walk to the beat of happy music for miles and miles. I so wanted to walk with my music up and down and around Central Park through all of those gates under the billowing fabric, but we lived in Philadelphia - about 2 1/2 hours away.
My husband was a workaholic back in 2005 and spent the weekdays working or traveling many, many hours a day and then spent the weekend recharging. I mentioned how much fun I thought it would be to see the gates. He surprised me by saying, "let's go". And so we did. It was a beautiful sunny winter's day. There was snow on the ground which made the curtains glow even more. I walked and walked and walked, And then took tons of photos. There were even people in the park handing out 2"x2" pieces of the tangerine curtains. My husband and I each took one.
Of course then I had to make my own art. The piece I made was 8"x11". I printed one of the photos in black and white on fabric. I then stitched over the branches of the trees with brown thread, the metal posts with orange thread and then I added 3-D orange fabric curtains. It was embellished with buttons and beads. I called it "Joyous Gates".
I also made a few ATC's (Artists Trading Cards) using the same technique. For these small pieces, I actually used the pieces of the tangerine fabric that were being passed out. (Since I needed more little squares of fabric than I had, I was able to buy more on e-bay.)
I sold my larger piece during a quilt exhibit, but framed some of the ATC's to preserve my memory.