Swarm

Detail of a large fabric art installation piece by MJ Seal made from chartreuse green faux flokati fabric that resembles a swarm of giant acid green caterpillars
overhead view of a large fabric art installation piece by MJ Seal made from chartreuse green faux flokati fabric that resembles a swarm of giant acid green caterpillars
“Swarm”- Original art piece by MJ Seal. Faux fur fabric, paper ephemera, nylon thread and animal bone, approximately 9′ x 6′. C. 2021
Detail of a large fabric art installation piece by MJ Seal made from chartreuse green faux flokati fabric that resembles a swarm of giant acid green caterpillars
When I first saw this acid-green, faux flokati fabric I knew I had to figure out some way I could use it. I had this idea for some kind of fabric art piece that would look like giant clumps of moss and decided this material would be perfect.
Detail of a large fabric art installation piece by MJ Seal made from chartreuse green faux flokati fabric that resembles a swarm of giant acid green caterpillars
Partially inspired by a constantly expanding colony of moss clumps growing outside of one of my apartment windows I wanted this piece to in part illustrate exponential growth. So I stitched up these caterpillar like shapes in three distinct sizes. The largest which is about 2′ long followed by a second generation of 12, 1′ long forms. Next I stitched up a third generation of forms each about 6″ long- 144 of them+ 12 more+ a few extras- all hand stitched.
Detail of a large fabric art installation piece by MJ Seal made from chartreuse green faux flokati fabric that resembles a swarm of giant acid green caterpillars
The simple, ovuline forms I stitched together look very animated with their synthetic fur. Kind of like some of the caterpillars I have found around here- caterpillars that are very poisonous.
Detail of a large fabric art installation piece by MJ Seal made from chartreuse green faux flokati fabric that resembles a swarm of giant acid green caterpillars
A close up of the center
Detail of a large fabric art installation piece by MJ Seal made from chartreuse green faux flokati fabric that resembles a swarm of giant acid green caterpillars
The gathering swarm from another angle
Detail of a large fabric art installation piece by MJ Seal made from chartreuse green faux flokati fabric that resembles a swarm of giant acid green caterpillars
This grew to be quite a large piece- I don’t even have a backdrop large enough for it. The nice thing about making this up out of many smaller pieces is that it’s very easy to transport and I can manipulate the swarm to fit into whatever installation area is available.
Detail of a large fabric art installation piece by MJ Seal made from chartreuse green faux flokati fabric that resembles a swarm of giant acid green caterpillars
Detail of a large fabric art installation piece by MJ Seal made from chartreuse green faux flokati fabric that resembles a swarm of giant acid green caterpillars
Detail of a large fabric art installation piece by MJ Seal made from chartreuse green faux flokati fabric that resembles a swarm of giant acid green caterpillars
I’m debating on including bits of animal bones I’ve found on my hikes. I kind of like the idea of setting them about the edges of the swarm- like remainders of whatever they’ve gathered to feed upon.
Detail of a large fabric art installation piece by MJ Seal made from chartreuse green faux flokati fabric that resembles a swarm of giant acid green caterpillars
this deer (?) jaw bone had been heavily gnawed upon long before I found it just sitting in the leaf litter
Detail of a large fabric art installation piece by MJ Seal made from chartreuse green faux flokati fabric that resembles a swarm of giant acid green caterpillars
Gathered together- a mother and offspring?

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