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This original collage is No. 2 in the togethering series, which explores the quiet strength of lily pads as a symbol for community. The way lily pads float together in a cloud reminds me of the beauty to be found in sharing the ebb-and-flows and rise-and-falls together; in sharing the responsibility of caring for and healing our planet, banding together, demanding the improbable, and turning hope into change.


The original (No. 1) in the series is currently on view as a wall mural in the virtual reality gallery of textile upcycling artist, Mira Musank, and part of the A Study in Artivism exhibit at The Climate Gallery. Along with a group of inspiring collaborators including Cynthia Anderson (fashion photographer), Jesus Romero (fashion designer), Starry Eyed Cadet (indie band), Richard Inkyu Kim (violist), and Veronica Cipto (graphic designer), our collective work explores important, climate-centered themes. Watch a hyperlapse video of Kimberly Kuniko assembling the original.


▻ One of a kind original hand-cut + hand-sewn collage assembled by Kimberly Kuniko on a 5"x5" wood canvas that is 0.7" thick

▻ ♻ Collage is made from repurposed & recycled materials including:

  • Base: Recycled chipboard on wood canvas
  • Lily Pads: mix of print catalogs, the translucent wrapping that my iPad arrived in, and thread was passed down from my Japanese American mother and aunt

▻ White lines on some of the lily pads are hand-drawn with a Sakura Gelly Roll 08 pen.


▻ Signed and numbered on reverse


All designs, photography and graphics are copyright registered and may not be reproduced, altered, or used without written permission from the artist. © Kimberly K. Taylor-Pestell / Lacelit

togethering, no.2 | 5 x 5 collage on wood canvas

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