Dig into the textures and colors of your home to create a decorative tassel inspired by Brindaban Pink by Louisiana sculptor Lynda Benglis.
Adults, this one’s for you! All-ages art-making activity
Sculptor Lynda Benglis is best known for her pioneering abstract works that capture materials in action like poured latex or dripped wax, pulled and shaped by gravity. Her work Brindaban Pink, inspired by her travels to Brindaban (also known as Vrindavan), India, also celebrates materials and textures: small decorative elements are beaded, twisted, woven and tied on a fan-like structure. The work is adorned and embellished, vibrant and celebratory!
In this activity, dig your fingers into fibers and strands of string, fabric, or plastic in your home to create a charming, decorative pouf of bound strands known as a tassel! Seen in different variations around the globe & typically abundant atop graduates’ caps in the spring, tassels have embellished and distinguished furniture pieces, costumes, and uniforms for centuries.
- Yarn, string, ribbon
- Other flexible materials like plastic bags or fabric from old clothes (cut into long strips)
- A book or box for wrapping
Create a few tassels to string into a garland, embellish a costume, or incorporate into a weaving or fiber-based artwork.