Project 6 – stage 2 – developing ideas

Small collages as further development for project 6, stage 2, developing ideas:

After quite a bit of playing with the fabrics I matched to my development pictures, I have come up with a few small collages that I feel worked well as a basis for ideas for fabric manipulation and applique.

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The first collage developed from the diamond shaped motif taken from the fairground based artwork. It is made from Hessian, scrim, netting, poly cotton and some small pieces of red silk. The textures of the fabrics are varied and produce an interesting surface texture to embellish further with stitch. It creates a lively colourful mood tying in nicely to the original artwork.

 

 

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My second collage uses the colours from the fairground inspired artwork and relates well with the feeling of movement and liveliness of the original images. Again the textures of the fabrics create a lively fun background for further embellishment.

 

 

The following two samples relate well to the ‘trees’ artwork I keep returning to.

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Threads were removed from the hessian fabric in this first collage to create areas for the background fabric to peep through, creating a subtle striped design. It also reminds me of bark on a tree when seen from a distance. It is a simple design which is quite calming from one viewpoint yet also a little sinister from another.

 

 

 

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This picture doesn’t do the sample justice really but layers of hand dyed silk, scrim, chiffon and frayed cotton combine to hint at the simple striped design suggested by the trees.

 

 

 

This small collage relates strongly to the skin pattern of the tropical fish from which the colours of fabrics were taken. The smooth texture of the sheer fabric over the felt ground adds a good contrast. The orange net bag used for the other stripes creates added interest.

 

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I loved the textures of the pineapple skin and tried to hint at them using fragments of roughly cut and torn fabrics. This collage would look great with some surface embellishment and possibly beading to further accentuate the pattern.

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About Julie Hooker

Having recently returned to my roots in Surrey, I am currently studying a BA Hons degree with the OCA. My work is often inspired by the local countryside in the beautiful Surrey Hills area and the wild rugged nature of the North Cornish coast. Steam engines and abandoned industrial history are also recent themes. A free machine embroiderer and felt maker; I like to explore the use of natural, found materials to create my art, whether that be as raw materials to stitch or weave with or as a material with which to produce dye or print with. Previously, I completed City and Guilds parts 1 & 2 Creative Embroidery at the East Berkshire College in Windsor in 2007. I was also awarded first place in the wearable art section of the National Quilt Championships 2008 and 2009 held annually at Sandown Park.
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