I found the archive items I had chosen much more conducive to being recorded and observed via these exercises. I have grouped them together because at times I was using both the idea of line to look at the details, the damage, the close ups. This is probably due to the blankets being blankets, quite flat and 2 dimensional, but with plenty of texture and pattern to record.
I recorded the drape and patterns of the teal Lewis blanket using ink. I kept adding papers together as I went. I found this a liberating way to work, only committing to more space as and when I needed it.
The details, especially the edges, the fraying that occurred in the Flintshire blanket was really interesting to me, as was the pattern from the Lewis blankets. I made many small pencil drawings of them when visiting the collection.
I then found further ways to explore these marks, with pencil, ink and drypoint printmaking and watercolour washes.
I also use ink, pen on acrylic washes, mono print and dry points to capture the lines and details. I found that trying to record the whole item was so difficult, it was much easier to focus, go close-up or pick out key parts that I wanted to record.