When Massachusetts-based artist Janet Echelman was preparing to head to India for her Fulbright Scholarship, she wrapped up and sent over painting supplies ahead of time. Unfortunately, upon arriving at her destination, she discovered her art equipment never made it. So instead she drew creative inspiration from the local scene, particularly the fishing nets employed by workers of the village she lived in were of a startling quality, and she couldn’t help but wonder what those nets would look like brilliantly colored, floating in the sky.

Her innovative visual artistry has resulted in worldwide acclaim and a spot at the 30th anniversary TED Conference. She plans to debut her grandest work yet: a 700-foot-long visual piece that is a collaborative project with the Burrard Arts Foundation, which she has a Kickstarter for. Support that.

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[via ThisIsColossal]