New Inflatable Works

Month: May, 2016

Rotifers invade the Children’s Museum

Rotifers are appearing in all shapes and sizes in my studio at the Children’s museum.

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My inflatable rotifer in the studio at the Children’s Museum

The first rotifers I create at the children’s museum are based on my sketches inspired by the tiny creatures.  As I work in the studio in the children’s museum I collect children’s interpretations of the microscopic rotifer.

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Children’s drawings of rotifers and fabric collage.

 

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Children’s drawings

 

As time passes the children’s drawings begin to influence and change my designs of the inflatable rotifers I sew.  Just as in nature the rotifer is influences by the DNA of it’s surrounding, in the studio the rotifer is influenced by the children it interacts with.

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The first inflatable rotifer.

 

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My rotifer drawing

 

 

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Child’s rotifer drawing

 

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My inflatable based on child’s drawing

 

The final resting place for the rotifers is flying up into the air near the climber.  As the children climb up to the top of the climber they will share a space with the flying rotifers

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My concept for climber/rotifer installation.

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The Story of the Rotifer

The Rotifer

Rotifers are fascinating  and whimsical creatures, evolutionary mysteries that survive through endurance and adaptations. 1015c131e8026134304acbd67ab9794e

When the rotifer is attacked by predatory fungus it dries up and is carried away in the wind to a new safe environment.  While it is dehydrated the fungus cannot survive.

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Rotifer overcome by fungus

When the rotifer dries up it shatters it’s DNA allowing it to pick up DNA from it’s surroundings.

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My drawing of flying rotifers

 

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Ernst Haeckel’s rotifers

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My rotifer.

These amazing creatures are the inspiration for my new body of inflatable work.  One installation will be permanently displayed in the Children’s Museum, and the other will be displayed in a festival in Europe.