Exploring Ideas – Project 3 – Stage 3: Reviewing materials & Processes

Stage 3 required us to review our experimental samples and try experimenting with them to create more ideas.

I tried illuminating them from the back with natural and artificial light, combining them on a light box and shining light on to some of them. Here are some of the results:

2015-04-19 09.26.45 - Copy 2015-05-25 10.35.40 2015-05-25 10.35.34 2015-05-25 10.35.21 2015-05-25 10.35.03-1 2015-05-25 10.34.53 2015-05-25 10.34.45 2015-04-30 07.59.18 2015-04-30 07.41.12 2015-04-30 07.41.06 2015-04-23 07.09.20 2015-04-23 07.09.03 2015-04-22 22.44.26 2015-04-22 22.43.30 2015-04-19 11.51.49 2015-04-19 11.39.27 2015-04-19 11.38.31 2015-04-19 11.37.37 2015-04-19 11.36.54 2015-04-19 11.36.26 2015-04-19 09.31.16

It is amazing the difference the different lights made on the samples. They changed completely. Colour was mainly lost with the exception of the laminated cellophane samples and they all took on a life of their own. Some became a little disturbing, some almost ethereal.

The bonded sample in particular looks quite fragile when lit from behind whereas laid on a piece of paper it appears quite sturdy!

I really like the knitted structures still and the laminating process has me enthralled.

We are asked at this stage to ask ourselves how we could introduce some visual sources to take our ideas further, add interest and give a more personal vision to the work. I have to admit I am not keen on this idea as I have really enjoyed creating without the need to relate it to something visual.

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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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