I was told to make it 8 feet long, 16 plait with a 12 inch handle base. Jennifer gave me a list of 10 colors and said I could use any or all of them I wanted and had complete creative freedom over the design. Also, there was no time crunch, so figure it out and have fun.
WoW!! Are you kidding me? I may never get another chance to express myself like this again. I was super excited to do this project.
I took a while to think about using all ten colors. I have done some patch work whips with every strand a different color and they do look cool... but the plaiting is lost in the sea of color distraction. I decided that, in this case, less would be more and settled on a 5 color pattern that would be both classy and surprising.
As an artist, I am really inspired by what I see around me. The rock that I take the whip pictures by was found in a canyon next to my house and I carved an ammonite on it because fossils are everywhere here and I thought it was a little funny to carve one when you can pick them up off the ground.
I was setting on the back porch thinking about whip colors and patterns and watching my flock of ravens fight over a pare of sunglasses that they has stolen from some poor tourist. I suddenly heard the peacocks go off in the the creek bottom and it hit me. A Peacock-Raven whip would be Amazing!!
So with out further adieu.... here it is!