Finally sorting myself out after summer school (my excuse for being so tardy is running up two more of these dresses for our youngest dancers, and taking orders for more). It was lovely to see everyone and meet new friends, but so sad to be leaving Urchfont Manor for the last time
We were in two groups this year, and I was with Dawn Thorne who introduced us to working with transparent layers and using acrylic sheet. By the end of the course, we had each made a sample piece based on an image of landscape.
Mine was inspired by this photo (in keeping with my theme of industrial landscape).
During the course, we made drawings and monoprints on paper and fabric, then played with a small piece of acrylic to learn how to handle it, before starting on the final piece. Techniques covered included etching, screenprinting, bending and cutting the acrylic and drilling holes. Then we planned how to interpret our ideas into a dimensional, layered design.
Some of my drawings, picking out lines and shapes from the photo
and the trial piece of acrylic, etched, bent, shaped and stitched
The final sample – impossible to photograph clearly of course – which has five layers in total. At the back is acrylic, then monoprinted fabric, stitching on acetate, 3d pieces of stitched acetate and in front another sheet of accrylic, painted and etched. All joined with wire which keeps the layers separated so the stitching appears to float. The size is about 300mm wide x 125mm high and 50mm deep.