This is my mixed media's interpretation of the theme. Since I like to work with different materials, I thought that my art quilt should reflect those differences. Since I had never tried free motion machine stitching before, this was a good time to try it. The white and black swans were done with free motion stitching. The copper metal sheet was metal embossed, hand sewn around the edges of the swan,and then the threads painted. The fourth swan was a collection of fabric scraps sewn together to reflect how I try to be "green" as possible with my materials. The window frame is a combination of paper and black felt. The crackling was done with Tim Holtz crackle paint.
The entire white part of the swan was done with free motion stitching on my Janome. I used an awl to punch small holes in the sheet metal and hand sewed the edges of the swan in the sheet metal swan above. I hand painted the threads in acrylic paint to contrast against the copper sheet metal.
The black swan was free motion stitched on my Janome machine. I tried out different types of stitches on my patchwork swan at the bottom.