This is a challenge piece I did in 2007, made of fabric I created using surface design techniques. The challenge, given by Melly Testa following a class I took from her, was to cut into two pieces of fabric created during the class or one of the play-dates that followed. I had brought some fabric I dyed using low water immersion techniques, then used a hand made stamp to apply dishwashing gel with bleach as a discharge agent. On another piece of dyed fabric, I sprinkled sequins around, then sprayed on a bleach water mixture. Those two pieces of fabric were used for the main portion of this piece. I might also add that I really had no plan in mind when I began to cut the fabric and compose the design. At some point, I realized I had created a 'creature', and decided it must be a 'Sea Pear', cousin to the sea cucumber… not really! Just in my imagination! At any rate, I hand-sewed the pieces, added beads and vintage lace to enhance the composition, then bound it with more hand-dyed fabric from my stash. Finished size is 12" x 12".