As you can see from my final piece it is centred in the space. This meant that I had to consider the piece from all angles. Over all I am really happy with the outcome , I think that by adding the muslin piece that is hung above the plinths to create height has allowed me to create a sense of growth upwards. Read more in my final evaluation to see what I think has worked most effectively.
Moulding around balloons to create a 3d piece using textiles materials mohair yarns , scrap yarns and threads. I used a balloon in order to create a structure to mould around. I soaked the yarns in PVA glue so that I could wrap them around the balloon, I left some of the yarns hanging to make it appear as though something was growing and evolving. I carefully selected coloured yarns mainly using greens and browns. I think the outcomes where quite effective but as I want to create more organic shape I think I want to go back to using felt and exploring this material further. I think with felt I achieved more as I can still incorporate stitch, embellishing and yarn. What is more effective about felting is you can mould around any shape and it is easy to take away from moulds it hold its shape for longer and because it is a fabric it can always be discreetly stuffed to hold further shape. also with felt making I could make smaller pieces and attach them altogether without seeing much of the stitch work making it look more of a professional finish.
The ideas behind my final outcome and throughout my project have been looking at growth in a broad sense and how natural forms and man made forms are weathered and how things attach and grow evolving the origin of the form. I have looked at the Giants Causeway ( Ireland natural form ) and been inspired how this was made through a volcanic eruption. I have researched into the importance of hexagons in our lives and how they are the basis to most structural things in the natural world. I wanted to incorporate these ideas within my final outcome as they have been the basis for the research and context of this project and visually see how growth occurs using felt and weave as my media. Felt is such an interesting media as there is so much potential you can create your own forms making it 3d mix colours add elements of other materials to it and really experiment with it. I love it because it’s a craft and its hands on which I enjoy.
When thinking and researching into my final outcome more I see this work in a gallery space as an installation piece. The piece will be made up of hexagonal plinths made out of MDF wood and then painted white , this will be to contrast to the felted outcome and also gives a fresh professional feel to the piece. I have been inspired by 3d textile artist such as Julie Dodd & Sue Hotkis their work is similar to mine in the way I would like to display it. For example a lot of Dodd’s work is floor pieces they sort of take you out of your own world and make you feel as though you are stepping into something new and precious. However, behind there work is messages about the enviroment and how humans should care for it more. ( ei Julie Dodd “A Year Of Trees.) Whereas Hotkis work is mainly hung this allows the viewer to be in control of the piece in some respect as movement will cause the piece to sway and I quite like the idea behind this as in the outside world this would also happen.
I could see my art work in a fine art gallery , in this piece I want to show how I feel our natural environment will always take over and (grow) over anything put in its pathway. I feel that nature is a force and when researching more into nature and how things grow and why they grow I have discovered new things that give context to my work.
Me and Zahraa Pitched about the benefits of blogging at a UAL standardisation event , we ran through our blogs and explained the benefits of using them and the Facebook UAL fad page. This pitch has helped my confidence in speaking to audiences and will only help me develop confidence when pitching design ideas in industry.
Pitched about the benefits of blogging and using it as a tool to demonstrate practical skills. Blogging has may benefits which we outlined in the presentation , cost saving its an ideal place to showcase work and it gives it a level of professionalism.
On reflection from feed back with tutors I have started exploring samples more , I have weaved some paper sampling I did with printing honey comb and mushroom screen print design. Combing these prints I feel has given a really interesting visual. However , to be true to the theme of growth I feel that I need to develop it more and have more of a 3d element to the work. I want to explore weaving with honey comb to add colour and texture. I have scanned and photocopied the honey comb enlarged the sale and begun to cut out hexagon shapes. I plan to weave through this or pull fabrics etc through to make it appear as if moulds and lichen is growing out of the honey comb. I think it would be interesting to experiment with laser cutting and combing these processes.
Additionally looking back at the sampling I did with felt making I think I achieved a better 3d outcome I’m going to explore this technique more and develop these ideas. After tutorals I feel the development of my work is heading towards a 3d type of piece as I enjoy experimenting and manipulating materials which felt allows you to do.
I had to arrange with technicians to use the weaving equipment and looms, in the videos below it shows a step by step guide as to the process of making my weave. The limitations of weaving using a loom is how time consuming it is , however as this was just a sample weave where I experimented with pattern, texture and colour. Next time I would make a longer warp to avoid me having to set up the loom again.
Textile design (2014) Available at:http://www.isminimanidou.com (Accessed: 8 March 2017).
Studied at CSM and the Royal College of Art. Her work is really interesting to me as she takes inspiration from her travels and what is around her in her environment. She represents this through weave and textile pieces. She has also done commissions for buildings and galleries. My favourite work of hers is the Siberia piece she did which she made in 2007. Dimensions of the work are w.90cm 1.300cm. I like the piece because it was inspired by an aerial view photographs which she took when flying over Siberia, I think this is really interesting due to the scale of what you can see when you are above. You can see the landscape and how she has conveyed this within her work. You can see through her colour palette that the land was frozen she has used icy blues and tertiary colours and they work in harmony with one another. I like her approach to weave as it is very contemporary and she is taking inspiration from new findings. I find weave a really good way of being able to explore texture and surface design. Using different fibres and materials you can create really interesting pieces.
Also on her website it shows her working in Bangladesh making reeds when I was weaving I used a metal and wood reed to comb through the yarn to make the warp. However, traditionally in Bangladesh they used bamboo.
Home Archieven – Marianne Kemp (no date) Available at: http://horsehairweaving.com/mariannekemp/project-type/home/ (Accessed: 8 March 207).
Kemp uses unconventional weaving techniques she specializes in weaving with horse hair. Her work is experimental and explorative and I really like the style in which she works.It is clear to see from her website she takes pride in her work and all artwork is displayed well. She has worked collaboratively with other artists and designers, she has used materials such as felting within her weaves and I think these have created really interesting textures and outcomes and is definitely something I will consider. I particularly like the cushions which she created. She has also collaborated with architects and has made a light piece, again I find this interesting. As the light completely transforms the fabric. Thinking about presenting a textiles outcome using the photography studio and lighting up different pieces would be something interesting to experiment.
Droste, M. and Staff, B.-A. (2006) Bauhaus, 1919-1933. 25th edn. Germany: Taschen America.
I sourced this book from my textiles technician, inside shows some great images of textile pieces that are very geometric. I want to bring this element of geometric shapes into my weaves and I have taken inspiration from this book. Once collecting my own primary research of Blackburn I will start to make outline drawings showing shapes and lines. It also explains about planning weaving and how it is important to have a design concept. At the moment I just plan on exploring the different techniques and experimenting with materials and fibres to see what sort of patterns I can make. In the Bauhaus period it allowed people to become more investigative of materials, new patterns were made. The knowledge of weave , knot tying and materials was extended. The textiles classes became weaving workshops lots of women where involved and encouraged to create soft furnishings like carpets they worked with joinery classes and added experimental work to the House of Horns.