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Title: Red Gold Flight
Name: Textile Sculpture
Date: 1977
Medium: Acrylic fabric, machine and hand stitched
Dimensions: 55 x 30 x 18 in. (139.7 x 76.2 x 45.7 cm)
Classification: Sculpture
Credit Line: Funded by Carole and Roger Custer and purchased by the Alumni Center. In the Art on Campus Collection, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Location: Iowa State University, Alumni Center
Object Number: U2010.3
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"The Flight series had its basis in the natural forms found in my flower garden. The geometric organization of the petals of a single poppy, a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis or lighting on a stamen, the cascading of wisteria, and the unfurling of an iris blossom all were indirect influences on this work. For the final Flight sculptures, I would construct full-size paper models, suspend them with masking tape, then trim and refine until the relationships of the forms were balanced. The fabric pieces were cut from the paper patterns, machine-stitched, stuffed with polyester fiberfill and stitched back together like a puzzle to create the whole form. Patterns for the interior spaces would also be drawn and cut from the paper. This labor-intensive construction technique allowed open spaces for the webs of stitching. The final sculptures were very personal and often large, 4ft long by 3ft wide by 3ft deep." -Priscilla Sage