Exploring Ideas – Project 1 – Interpreting Cultural Sources – Stage 1, Research

After reading the course introduction I had a look through some old world textile books for ideas on which culture’s textiles I would like to investigate. I studied the history of world textiles (especially embroidery) when I did my C&G qualifications in stitched textiles. I really enjoyed that aspect of the course and found it fascinating so I would like to look at a different part of textiles rather that centring on embroidery this time. 

The cultural textiles I would most like to learn more about are those produced on the islands of the Pacific. I have seen ‘Tapa cloths’ available for sale in the past and really love the patterns and symbols painted and printed on them but know little of their origins and the techniques used to make them or the cultural significance of the patterns or techniques used on them.

I have started to have a look online for examples and have set up a Pinterest board to help me keep track of any information I find. You can find it here. I will keep adding to this as I go. I have also ordered some books into my local library for reference.


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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