Laurel Ann Peterson, Hampshire, IL
Recycled knitted wool vest-felted, glass beads, and copper wire.
Caterpillar Munching on Leaf plainly represents the interdependence of our ecosystem. The felted leaf is recycled from a wool sweater that belonged to my father, James O. Umbaugh, who was an artist and art teacher. This represents the interdependence of family and of teachers and students. Without his influence on my life (and without his sweater!) this leaf would not exist. The leaf is submitted in his honor, a symbol of legacy he left not just with his artwork, but by the influence he had on his children and the though-sands of students whom he taught. Through him we all learned to appreciate the beauty around us and to discover the creativity in our souls. Thanks Daddy!