Part five Project 3. Experimenting and taking risks
In this project you’ll translate the qualities in your drawings into material and stitch explorations and further develop your textile and yarn concepts into Textile results.
Your focus in this project is on experimentation, and particularly on taking risks with your method and materials. You may wish to identify a particular focus for this experimentation, based on what you have achieved in Project 2 already.
. Is there a material or technique that you can really take to
In this project I reworked the butterfly sample not being very happy with the first attempt and have chosen stapling silvered card and used netted yarn stretched and glued onto card to describe its body and wings.
. Would a bold exploration on a really large scale of stitch give you a new angle on translating your drawings and marks ?
In preparation for my capsule collection I have painted lines based on a previous exploration of large stitches to describe the directional growth of branches. The markings produce a bold and striking effect, see Textile sample four
. If colour is an area that you really want to push, you can tackle extremes of use and application, whether through pushing proportions and colour placement or your choices of material qualities and how they relate to their colour ?
I started this project five in the Autumn and it has been a very good year for Autumn colour so I will focus on utilising relevant bright colours to their best advantage and bold block silhouette shapes created through a more experimental choice of materials.
Work to develop at least 10 experimental textile samples. You may achieve less, if your processes are particularly time-consuming, or achieve many more than ten if you have some quicker responses.
sample one inspired by sample one of textile concepts
textile sample one project 3
The ground is made from an old seersucker shirt, I have incorporated the button band to give texture. The stalks are from one length of plaited variegated yarn looped around and stitched on to the ground.
The grass is knitted sock yarn in garter stitch and the beads are metallic.
My focus for this was an exercise in tone and texture. There is movement to this sample as described by the plant growth. I am pleased with the knitted base, the uneven rows of knitting describes a lawn receding, the texture and flat colour works well against all the other variations of tone.
sample two inspired by sample five of textile concepts
textile sample two project three
I used grey felt for this leaf shape and had good fun sewing in all the different colours around the edge. I love all the variations of colours in autumn and how sometimes one leaf can be many different colours as opposed to green all summer. The orange ground was an appropriate colour which responds boldly against the dark grey and is sympathetic to the various different colours of the stitched edging. I folded the felt leaf to give texture and suggest decay and the purple button added some interest to the leaf. I am not entirely happy with this sample, I think it needs something more, maybe more detail to the leaf.
sample three inspired by sample seven of textile concepts
textile sample three project three
I wanted a bold ground for this sample but a faded pattern that would not compete or overwhelm the subject so I used the reverse side of this Osborne & Little Design. The edge of an old seersucker shirt was used to describe the leaf at the top of the sample, again I used the confectionery ribbon to describe the stalks. I am looking at the brash colours of nature during the autumn with the berries. There are lots of bold colours and clashing designs which I think expresses the drama of Autumn however the composition is right as it looks balanced and the busy paler ground supports the colourful subject and confident shapes and again suggests depth.
sample four inspired by sample eight of textile concepts
textile sample four project three
I found a ground with the same sage green and copied the design from the previous sample on top with fabric paints. This particular set of samples as a group work very well. This may be because there is a limited palette. I like the colour combination and the lines connecting and changing in length and direction suggest movement and growth. The last sample has moved on from the two previous ones, I think this is because I have now introduced a patterned ground. I am becoming more interested in working with a limited palette but lots of tones. This so far, to me is the most successful of the samples.
sample six inspired by sample nine of textile concepts
textile sample five project three
The hazy background that originated from the first sample of this series was produced by colouring in an old page from a book, to me it suggests a hot summers day. With this sample I used textile paints and scribbled onto the cotton ground to achieve the same results. The wings were formed by cutting out leaf shapes from a machine embroidery design and appliquéd onto the ground. I like the repeated design of the butterflies but feel they look rather crude in comparison to the original insects. So I am going to have another look and produce a new sample to rework the butterfly image.
sketch for sample six
So I am now going to redress the butterfly and work on a much larger scale with more detailing to the wings. I have stuck some netted fabric and plastic to black cartridge paper and I am now planning how to create a section of a butterfly as per original design.
textile sample six project three
I was not satisfied with the last attempt at the butterfly sample so went back to the drawing board. To start with I realised that I wanted to express the intricacies and delicate designs found on a winged insect, which is on my original sample. I selected illustrations of winged creatures and insects from children’s fairytales and pasted them into A3 cartridge paper as a collage ground. Next I found some netted yarn and orange plastic netting, spread them out and glued them onto black cartridge paper. I decided to discard the orange plastic netting as the colour was too garish. Finally I cut out line silhouette of the wing shapes and cut pieces away from the wings.
I stapled them together in position and then stapled on a body made from silver card found in salmon packaging. I like the dramatic black and the way it has highlighted the fine latticework on the wings and the scene behind, sticking to the theme of the pastel colours overlaying the fairy tale images
sample five inspired by sample four of textile concepts
textile sample seven project three
A stiffened linen with a metallic painted Damask design was used for the ground with the above sample. I then rolled a section of striped machine embroidery and cut round a piece of hand crocheted cotton and threaded the circles through the candy stripe tube then sewed that onto the ground. Building upon the lace-like designs created through crochet work I explored using crochet shapes to describe the bracts. I was surprised and excited by the way the shapes created an additional dramatic effect due to the shadows cast across the sample.