I decided to use Popsicle sticks, since I’ve never worked with pop tabs before, and I’m not familiar with pipe cleaners either. I love Popsicle sticks, so this challenge was fun!!! This is also my first challenge.
The first part of my project was inspired by the lacquered fans that I would always see in Chinatown. I’ve always wanted to have one, but I thought it would be more fun to make one…out of Popsicle sticks! The lacquered, handpainted fans are expensive, and the cheaper fans are just made of wooden sticks anyway, so I was glad to make my own rendition of a traditional craft. The second part of my project consisted of another wall hanging, or maybe two wall hangings (if I decide not to use the frame I made).
Here is the final "popsicle fan", as I would call it, which I can now hang on my wall-
I wove magenta yarns with the cross-sections of the popsicle sticks to decorate the fan. Up close, they look like little roses.
Here is the other wall hanging, a woven impression of a garden in the spring-
The concept was a green cornucopia with flowers coming out of it. The flowers are actually Ojos de Dios (eyes of God), a craft from the Hispanic tradition. Normally, wooden dowels are used to make these, but I've always had trouble with those because of their round shape. The yarn would keep slipping, and I wouldn't be able to keep everything straight and tight. Using a frame of popsicle sticks arranged in a wheel shape helped me a lot. They're more bendable and sturdy, and while I glued together many popsicle sticks, the transitions between popsicle sticks can't be seen. While splinters do happen more often (I got a bad one this morning), they actually help the yarn stay in place. I chose the title "Popsicle Swirls" because everything in my projects seemed to be arranged in circles, and I had to keep turning things clockwise and counterclockwise over and over again while weaving.
I was thinking of hanging it vertically, for a new POV.
I can also remove the ojos and just hang them up individually.
This is the larger one, which, to me, represents flowers at various times in the day, including sunrise, midday, sunset, and in dreams-
This is the smaller one, which represents the various states of water and how the world is connected and woven by water in all places-
For the fan, I glued popsicle sticks together in the shape of a spiral of triangles in which the hypotenuse of each triangle is perpendicular to the shorter leg of the next triangle in the spiral. All of the shorter legs (the outer rim of the fan) are the same length, while the length of the hypotenuse and the longer leg change with each triangle. I started with an isoceles right triangle, the smallest triangle that can be seen in the frame of the fan.
The same spiral of triangles was used to make the frame for the Ojos de Dios, except that instead of keeping one leg of the right triangles constant, I made the spiral a series of isoceles right triangles that kept growing larger and larger.