Here is a starfish I made in honor of the living creatures and plants in the Gulf of Mexico. I want to continue making more representations of sea and wetland life forms, sending my hopes and prayers for ecological recovery to that area.
The starfish is made of brown linen and gold dupuoni silk (on the back side, which I haven't shown in my photos) with wool and crochet pieces appliqued to the top surface. I also sat down over the last couple of nights and crocheted the starfish pattern to cover a beautifully smooth stone found in the Deerfield River in Charlemont, Massachusetts. The smoothness of the stone reminds me that nature has a very long view of things. How many eons has that stone tossed along in the waters? This oil spill is a blip for nature. The greater impact of our gross negligence is on the long term survival of our own species, and our accustomed lifestyles.