During the winter, I began photographing the tree branches as they appeared against the backdrop of the winter sky. The intersecting lines and shapes attracted me. I wanted to translate this imagery of the trees into shape that “cast shadows” on the wall in the same way the tree branches cast shadows on the sidewalk. Starting with the photographs of the tree branches, I began playing with the images. I manipulated the images on the computer exploring the shapes and simplifying them to create a pattern.
I have used this shape, inspired by tree branches in winter, as a graphic element on paper, an art installation, and a necklace. Seeing the shape as a successful design that could be used in many different formats was very exciting to me. I am continuing to question the line between different design disciplines as well as the material choices that we automatically associate with different fields.