Inspired by the art in the “Wake Up” story arc of Volume 2, by Brian M. Bendis and David Mack, I was working through the personal grief of having to place my dear mother in a nursing home when I composed this panel. I dedicate it to my late mother, Ruby. She encouraged my dreams, and will always remain my life’s hero.
David Mack’s water colors in this story are echoed here with fabric, some hand dyed by my friend, Cynthia Hebbard. The thread used is Sulky rayon, and Swarovski crystals are used for the Braille dots, which read “touch the sky”. This was my first use of crystals for Braille, as this was the first panel in the series that I made. I wrote Mr. Mack for permission to use his art as the basis for this work.
Rubber stamps were used to add the kanji characters, and I hand-lettered the piece with a Sakura Micron Pigma pen. I designed and hand beaded the fringe.