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And the finished piece - now about 90cm by25cm.
Finally, I made the little piece up into a wobbly notebook.
Just a quick post to recommend this website Zandra Rhodes Digital Study Collection: TUTORIALS -a collection of short videos going through the design process. I like her comments about keeping a sketchbook, even the pages you are ashamed of.
Well, the course may be finished but there is still plenty to do. Next week I am at North Somerset Arts Week with Gordano Textile Artists so I have been enjoying myself making some things to sell.
These pendants combine acrylic with weaving and bonded fibres – I drew the shapes I wanted for the acrylic and had them laser cut by RazorLAB.
And some cards using my machine embroidery designs. The dragonfly is on bonded threads and the heart is tiny strips of fabric with butterflies.
We are showing at Purbeck Lodge, Lake Road, Portishead BS20 7JA from 9-12th May, open 11-4. It is easy to find as it is opposite the cafe and car park, and if the weather is kind we will be serving tea and cake in the garden. Pop in if you are in the area, there is sure to be lots to see. I am stewarding on Thursday and Friday if you want to say hello
Yesterday I went to the showcase event marking the end of these 3 month residencies which saw makers working with technologists to explore ideas which combine craft, culture and technology. They came up with three very different projects that incorporate human/digital interaction in unexpected ways - a flying skirt, a memory box for people with dementia and a hug and pay system. It was fascinating and intriguing, both the ideas and hearing about how the collaboration worked. You can read about the project at WWW.watershed.co.UK/ished and they will be uploading a film from this event soon.
Creating surfaces for stitch with plastic carrier bags. I used a mixture of heavyweight bags and the very thin, scrunchy sort and joined them by ironing between sheets of baking paper.
I scrumpled up two bags and cut strips, letting them fall randomly on the background. The thin pink bag gave the most interesting results as the layers show through.
Shavings of wax crayons were melted in a clear bag which was cut up as before and ironed onto a background. I added a layer of pink on top for more colour. I like the way the hot wax has made the plastic melt and distorted the text, and also made holes in the background.
Strips of lime green and light blue ironed onto dark blue and then cut up and applied to another background.
More of these strips applied to a striped bag (this over heated and distorted rather a lot) and a couple of experiments with folding and ironing the striped bag. (At this point I feel I should be awarding points to anyone who identifies all these well known shops!)
Three samples adding colour with thread ends. On the left, threads ironed between layers of clingfilm then ironed onto the back of the handle from the lime green bag. As this is another thin bag, the threads show through as a texture. I cut circles from the remaining ‘fabric’ and ironed one onto another piece of the clear bag.
Photo 8.6 and 8.7 (detail)
Incorporating stitch onto resolved samples. I noticed that the well worn bag handles are the same ovoid shape as appears in formline art so I made a sample inspired by that style. To represent the grid structure I created a patched background by ironing and emphasised the lines with machining, letting the colours spill over. I ironed the handles on top and machined around the outlines.
Photo 8.8 and 8.9 (detail)
This sample was made with some tiny bits of bags (left over from a previous project) applied to a supermarket bag. I made a patchwork again and machine stitched around some of the shapes. These bags were all very thin so some of the writing comes through from the back and the layers give additional colours. I changed to a thicker top thread and added some of the key shapes used in earlier chapters, taken from a Mexican bag.