The introduction to this part of the course stated that it ‘looks at what textiles reveal and what they conceal’. We were to ‘look at the effects of space and light, both natural & artificial, and how these interact with the materials you use to reveal particular effects.’
Instead of starting with an external visual source for inspiration, our creative stimulus was to come from a ‘materials led approach’ This really excited me and as I started to work through the workshops, I really enjoyed using materials in a different way.
I started with Workshop 2 – Knitted nets:
Knitted coloured wire with beads, knitted on different sized needles, I really like the ethereal feeling to this sample. The lighweight wire combined with the beads creates lovely delicate shadows on the background.
Knitted string, worked on very large, medium and small needles to create differing spaces between stitches. This sample reminds me of fishing nets and lobster pots.
And my favourite: Knitted strips of packaging, worked on really big needles to make different textures and levels of transparency. It is particularly effective when back lit adding a completely different view.
Knitted plastic packaging, carrier bags, polythene and plastic strapping. One of my favourite samples so far as it is lovely & chunky, uses recycled materials that were destined for the bin and looks particulary effective when back lit.
I then moved on to:
Workshop 3: Stitched nets
I only worked a couple of these, I began to get a bit bored as I have done a lot of stitched nets in the past, however I do like the couple I did.
Workshop 5: Using a laminator
I really enjoyed this workshop, I nearly broke the laminator by trying to put too thicker threads through, but it did create some interesting results!
Workshop 6: Bonding techniques
Bonded & stitched Angelina fibres & chiffon. This is quite an exciting sample it catches the light beautifully a bit like wet rocks.
This sample has some interesting lines and texture created bu the embroidered appliqued feather and the recycled scarf used as a background.
Bonded chiffon & stitched feather on open weave fabric.
Stitched & layered Angelina fibres in bubble wrap, heated to make it melt back, then stitched. A really exciting texture. It is a little like fish or cast off snakeskin.
I am looking forward to adding to these samples over the next few days. They are certainly quite exciting.