New Material

June 1, 2011 § 1 Comment

I have experimented with combining instructions with my drawings  by using collage techniques, however I would like to start drawing onto the actual pages of the manuals I have. Recently I have successfully bid on a tatting magazine and a pillow lace book in order to do this.

The tatting magazine has these graphical pink hands illustrating the various moves. I hope to further cement the link between the drawing and textile process by juxtaposing my drawings with these visual instructions.


I was also inspired by a recent trip to the Pitt Rivers  to buy this book by Margaret Hamer and Kathleen Waller. 

It includes an A3 point ground lace pattern which I will draw over once I’m brave enough. It has lots of these crazy dot to dot type illustrations on it:






March 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

I have discovered Sam Winston’s work. It is utterly compelling and beautiful. I think the idea of paring down a book/text/ theory into circles/lines/ doodles is really interesting. There is something about the process of the drawings and the outcomes themselves which look fragile and delicate – like the textile pieces I have been studying.

Sam Winston, Birth-day, detail


March 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

I have purchased the following books:

The Subversive Stitch, Rozsika Parker

This one is for me – I’m becoming interested in the role of women in the textile traditions, and this seems a book that should help my become enlightened about these issues. I’ve been meaning to read it for years.

By Hand, The Use of Craft in Contemporary Art, Su Hung and Joseph Magliaro

This one’s for me and the kids. It looks like it’s got an interesting introduction essay that I’ll read.

Radical Lace and Subversive Stitching, David Revere Mcfadden

For me mostly although will be useful for the students, particularly at key stage 5. An exhibition catalogue from a show of the same title at the New York museum of Art and Design. I wish I had seen it, the book is incredibly inspirational and really quite humbling – so many of the ideas I’m working through have been explored here.

Of particular interest to me was the work of Ann Wilson who’s piece Topography reminds me of my fractured drawing of crochet patters.

Topologies, begun 2002 (detail)

Topologies begun 2002 (detail)

She uses fragments and deconstructed pieces of lace to create an entirely new composition. Topology is described as “spatial properties that are preserved under continuous deformations of objects” which seems apt when applied to the process Wilson undertakes. There is something lovely about the black lace too, perhaps because it is in such stark contrast to the typical white, clinical doilies we are used to seeing. It makes it seem more serious.

Great Grandma’s Collection

March 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

Explaining my project to my mum she said I could borrow  my great grandmothers collection of tatted and crocheted pieces as stimulus for my work. 

I am very much looking forward to ‘unpicking’ the methods of construction with drawing. I might start off photocopying the pieces and inverting the negative/ positive space.

Punch Cards

March 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

I have bid on these punch cards:

selection of punch cards

fingers crossed I win them as I want to have a go at drawing over them. I was also tempted by an actual puncher for the cards… but maybe next time.


Jacquard Loom

March 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

After showing my boyfriend my work he said it reminded him of books of software code for his Commodore 64 computer. The programme was copied out into the computer in order to play a game or run a software application.

He then went on to tell me about the  unusual overlap between textiles and computers. Some of the earliest programmable machines were used in textile factories, notably the Jacquard loom from 1801. The looms used punch cards as instructions for the weaving. The punch cards worked much the same way as the crochet instructions; the crochet instructions are like a programme for a human to make a piece of textiles.

punch card

The punch cards look so utilitarian and yet they create highly decorative textile pieces. The difference between the technology and the final piece is of great interest to me and something I would like to investigate further in my own work. Perhaps I can find some punch cards to experiment with?

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