Gravy Stains

Marie Englehart's avatar Marie Englehart

A tie collection, that was started over 55 years ago by my mother, was my inspiration for Gravy Stains. In the 1950's, Mom started saving ties that she found in their apartments after tenants moved out. Years later, when I was home from art school, Mom showed me her collection. The intermingled colors and textures were inspiring. Mom passed her collection to me that day. The "tie project" was put on the back burner for years but collecting recycled ties never stopped. Once the design process started, Gravy Stains was created in stages as the search for color-correct ties continued. I used over 350 ties from my inventory that were selected to create the ombre color pallet and tactile design. I feel this is more than recycled/found object art. It is a tribute to a slice of fashion history and also a collaborative piece with the artists who designed the ties.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: fiberart
  • Width: 54 inches
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 76 inches