Well, to start, this piece was inspired by the variation I started doing on the triple pod earring. I created the first set to go with an outfit I was wearing for the Art Council's Holiday Gala, it sold that week. I made another set and just delivered it to the Lansing Art Gallery last month. As I was making the earrings, I wanted to keep adding pods. The shapes and varying textures in the different beads were calling to me.
I decided that if I got my latest weaving ready to hang, I'd allow myself to start in on this idea. That was the kick in the pants I needed to finish my latest Lake Superior weaving for submission to a Call for Art. This piece was also finished in time for that submission.
Finally, the title....I tend to think of names for pieces either at the very beginning of a piece when I'm working conceptually or as I am working on them. This piece kept making me think of forms and writings I was working on in college. The cleaving of things. When something is being pushed together and split apart at the same time. This is the first of an idea of cleavage, cloven, cleavers in my own work.