Tread Lightly with Mother Nature
By: Mali Fischer-Levine | malifischer.com
Mali Fischer-Levine takes us back to her roots and shines some light on her biggest source of inspiration: Mother Nature.
I grew up on a small, secluded island in the Pacific Northwest, so nature has always provided me with a vast source of curiosity and inspiration. As a kid I was taught what plants we could eat, and which ones to avoid; a fact that comes with the understanding that Mother Nature is a powerful source that can offer sustenance and beauty, or discomfort and a trip to the doctor. With forests and beaches as my playground, my respect and excitement for the landscape was endless.
Naturally, a large part of my drawing work as an adult focuses on women and plants, supporting each other and identifying with one another. Although I never directly considered these women to be Mother Nature, I seek to express the same delicate strength that lies in both species - a quality that I certainly see as being true to Nature and its Mother. This was a notion that I wanted to impress in more literal terms with my patch design. Sadly these days, when I think of nature I can’t help but consider the perils that face it.
My goal with Tread Lightly is to depict that Mother Nature has the strength to hold us up in her hands; yet awareness must be drawn to the perilous situation we are in. Hands are not without their weak points and can only hold up so much before they slip apart.
We converted Mali's piece Tread Lightly into an embroidered patch!
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Maker’s Patch Project is a collaborative collection of patches designed by artists from around the world and sold through Maker’s Movement. A new batch of limited edition patches drop in our shop on a quarterly basis and we're always accepting new designs, so the collection keeps changing and growing.