Shadow curtains in process at the studio of Gerhardt Knodel, Pontiac, Michigan. Knodel on the stencils in his shadow curtain design: "I decided to respond to the financial crisis through fabric. ... And especially problems that are being faced by a lot of individuals are really important to me. So the financial crisis happened in the later part of the 2000s when I was doing this work and I did a lot of work in response to that. I happened to discover an old box of Victorian stencils that show children playing with one another and in that relationship of two girls playing hide-and-seek with a chair between the two – one girl is blindfolded and the other is coming for her – I realized that the blindfolded girl could fall over the chair and break her arm. So they are playing the game but there are other unexpected risks involved. I associated that with the general crisis so many were facing as the economy was crashing in the United States."