Raeus Jae Cannon
Fiber Artist, Author, Speaker
Invisibility Cloak
The Spiral: The double helix that spins out of the center is made up of hundreds of small 3/4" squares, knitted rings, and yarn fringe.  The spiral is on a 1-3 pitch with each color blending into the others.  This spiral is the only part of the invisibility cloak where colors are blended.  The spiral represents the ever changing, evolving attempts to reach the center (balance).  No matter how hard we try we'll continue to spiral in and out of control; in and out of favor; in and out of love.  

My son passed away 2 weeks before I finished the Invisibility Cloak.  I completed it the day of his memorial.  He was 1 of 3 siblings and he was half of a set of identical twins.  The spiral represents the twins, the 1/3 pitch representing the children.  After completing this piece it was quite obvious to me the mathematical meanings here (although they were not pre-planned).

Cliff's passing gave the "Invisibility Cloak" another aspect of being invisible - there is no greater invisibility than death. 
Talpa Sculptures:  each of the seven talpa sculptures were created individually combining small 2" pin loom squares and triangles and knitted I-cord. Once each of the Talpa Sculptures were completed, I really didn't know how they were all supposed to go together.  I kept seeing this spiral swoosh shape but none of the Talpa Sculptures have that shape - I was confused for quite a while.  
Viewers have a variety of reactions from each of the Talpa Sculptures - everyone seeing different things (they're similar to rorschach ink blots).  My son, who passed shortly before I finished the Invisibility Cloak was able to view most of these sculptures.  He was an avid fisherman - he saw two fish (blue and pink), and a duck (green).  Viewers are encouraged to share what they see in each of them.
The large knitted black background.  I had to calculate the height and width of each stitch and multiply it times pi in order to get the circle I needed.  I picked up 195 stitches from the center circle and had to increase one stich every row until the final row of 1,000 stitches.  The last row was finished with a 4-stitch I-cord bind off of 4,000 stitches.   There are 9 sets of 18 rows which is significant in Judaism.  The number 18 represents 'chai' (Life) - the background represents the '9-lives' some people seem to have.  People that seem invisible to our society (homeless, addicts/alcoholics, mental health issues, disabled, and more).   There are 100,600 stitches in the black background.
The background contains Morse Code:  In many wars throughout history, women and their knitting have been used in espionage.  But few people know about the well documented older women that were used as spies in both WWI and WWII.  
What's more invisible than a little old lady, knitting?  These invisible women would sit near strategic locations and simply sit and knit.  Their knitting contained within it messages about the comings and goings of the enemy.  What could be more invisible and yet, more informative?  These women could put almost any information in the code in their knitting.  Then, when they're finished, they could easily pass through any security check point.  They had nothing to hide - after all, the information they were smuggling was all hidden in their knitting!  
The Morse Code is best viewable from the outer edge.  Look for stitches that have bumps in the black knitted background. Each 'dot' is represented by one bump (purl stitch).  Each dash is represented by two purl stitches together.  Each row of Morse Code has 5 repetitions except 'I AM' which is repeated continuously.  It is the code closest to the edge.
• Love: • __•• __ __ __ •••__ •      
• Hope: •••• __ __ __ •__ __ •
• Trust: __ •__• ••__ ••• __     Each are repeated 5 times
• I AM: •• •__  __ __   (Pictured above)  
2021:  Artfields, Lake City, SC
2022:  The Fabric of Memory, Oak Ridge Art Center, Oak Ridge, TN