Fashion Illustrations

May 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Stephanie Randall used some of my lace and crochet pieces in her fashion illustrations for her GCSE exam by scanning and photocopying them to add details onto her outfits. I’m glad my students  are making good use of my find too.

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Pitt Rivers (again)

May 22, 2011 § 1 Comment

I took Ellie Evans, who was visiting from Chesterfield, to the Pitt Rivers today. Even though I have been there on many occasion with various visitors I enjoy the way each person will find different things interesting that I may have not even noticed before.

Ellie was particularly interested in some Victorian pin cushions on display as she makes bespoke pin cushions, as well as other textile fine art pieces. I discovered in the same area used lace pricking cards that were tucked away under the lace making display. I have been trying to get hold of some used cards as I think they are such an interesting piece of the process of making lace in this way: strips of card with intricate patterns littered with tiny holes where the needles that dictated the direction of the thread were placed.

Lace making paraphernalia

Making Time

May 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

I have put half term aside to have a stretch of five days to develop my work. I will be focusing on refining the materials that I have been using as suggested in my critique with Tiffany Black, sourcing appropriate paper (a friend has suggested print making paper for it’s flat surface) and fine pens that will allow me to draw the minute detail of the textile pieces. Tiffany wants me to “take people’s breath away” with  these drawings. I’m hoping to achieve this by spending more time on each piece in order to provide more detail. I also want to work on a bigger scale using projections to help me do this.

I would also like to continue to experiment with the link between the making  (instructions) of these pieces and the output (the actual textile sample). I have ordered a few more books about tatting and lace making to aid this investigation.

Thank you

May 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

A big thank you to Tess Wyatt for her continued making and collecting to aid my studies into crochet, tatting etc. I have a precious collection of the aforementioned that can’t be messed around with too much. So, to have the flexibility to ‘play’ with non relation based pieces is a great relief (to my mother too).

hand made and collected from Tess

I would like to have a go at drawing them while unraveling some of them, a similar idea to Ann Wilson’s work who I have explored in a previous post. The process of taking apart the pieces would be a relatively quick activity in contrast to the making (or drawing) of them. It could also allude to the unraveling of histories, with seemingly random and repeated kinks and twists in the yarn being the manifestation of the process that was once applied to it.

Whole Again

May 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

I am working on a large scale drawing that incorporates a series of recorded tatting and crochet on one sheet of tracing paper.

Fine liner on tracing paper

Previously I have recorded only parts of the crochet and tatted pieces with my drawing, here I have drawn the whole piece and will be presenting a series of whole pieces making up a series.

Fine liner on tracing paper

Raising the Surface

May 2, 2011 § 2 Comments

I have been trying to create a raised surface through using various pastes and polyfilla. My previous work has been quite flat and graphical but I now feel it is important to explore more than just myself translating the patterns and techniques of crochet, but to have it directly impact the work itself.

New Work

May 2, 2011 § 1 Comment

Working on developing techniques exploring the process of creating crochet through drawing.

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