Sunday morning, after bidding farewell to our boys at Sky Harbor airport's terminal 4 A gate, we headed toward the food court Starbucks for a caffeine fix.
Along the way, a display titled Fiber Art Unraveled: Material and Process caught my eye, and I went for a closer look.
In a huge glassed-in case were a number of diverse and interesting fiber works. Most fascinating to me were the small, intricate pieces by local Tempe artist Carol Eckert.
Unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me Sunday, but the above photo (from the Jane Sauer Gallery website) is an example of Eckert's work. She uses cotton DMC embroidery floss, coiled over copper wire and somehow stitched together, to create magical structural compositions of mythical creatures.
Here's another piece, photo also from the Jane Sauer Gallery website.
The form and detail of Eckert's pieces really dazzled my imagination. Such utter magic from copper wire and embroidery floss!
If you have some time to spare, you can read more about Carol Eckert in this 2007 oral history interview for the Smithsonian Archives of American Art.
At a time when airport visits generally promise more stress than inspiration, discovering this Sky Harbor exhibit was a treat.