Sunday, 11 September 2011

Feathers, Glorious Feathers!

Slowly starting to get back into my school work.  Just posting pictures of feathers that I've been drawing for my A-Level work: 

Friday, 2 September 2011

Back To School!!!

In a few weeks time I go back to school for my final year!!! Aaarghh! And as is typical of me, I have left all my holiday homework until the last few weeks, and am now in a bit of a panic, often waking up in the morning with a to do list running through my head! One of the bigger projects that I've had to do for is school is starting off my book for my Textiles homework.  This year we get to choose what we want to do for our coursework unit.  As I'm sure many of you know, the minute you're given the choice to do whatever you want, all ideas flee to deepest corners of your mind!  I've had this problem and after much racking of the brain, decided on Fairy Tales as my starting point. However, as I started to explore where I could take this, I discovered that it's actually quite hard to find visual responses to fairy tales (i.e. artists and designers' work) so I was a bit stuck for a while! However, it's too late to change my mind so I've decided to not look at it in such broad terms and instead focus in on one story called The Wild Swans by Hans Christian Andersen and in turn look at swans and other birds.  However, before I start doing observational drawings, I'm starting off by doing artist research.  I found this artist called Su Blackwell who creates cut-outs and pop-ups using old books.  The scenes often follow a narrative and she created ones based around stories such as Alice In Wonderland. After looking at her work, I was inspired to create some samples for my work where I've used paper Bonda Webbed onto white cotton and tried out various techniques with the fabric/paper.

Here, I tried splattering black ink on the various papers to see which it would be most effective on:

For this sample, I used fabric backed book pages and pleated them:

Paper fringing:

Layers of paper circles:
Layers of paper feathers:
Paper flower made of fringing:
Here I wove grey ribbon into various papers backed in white cotton:

Zig-zag stitch on to book print covered in masking tape:

Listening to a bit of Junip to keep myself entertained while sewing!
Here, I did pleats and box pleats using plastic. I really like how you can see the all the working stitches in these samples:

Here I tried some of the fancy stitches from my machine on plastic and tracing paper:

Rippled pleats!

Straight forward pleats:

The debris left over from my sewing!

Tracing paper on top of book print to create a frosted effect.

Plastic sewn on top of book print for a shiny quality:

My final collection of book paper pleats! Phew, finished!