I read an article in a Textile journal – I am unable to reference it here unfortunately as cannot find it again. It was asking the question that my tutor has previously asked me in a feedback report – to consider what ‘surface’ really means. What is material? Even in her last report ( I had to send my work off for this assignment before getting it finished in order to meet the deadline) – there is the question that maybe I could even use paper in some of my pieces.
With this in mind, I have returned to experimenting with dissolvable film, and using light fabrics such as muslin, netting, organza ribbon and tissue and parchment papers.
As I have worked through the project, I am becoming interested in the tension between strength and fragility. I think the objects themselves explore this:
- the crystals can seen fragile, shiny, delicate – and yet they are a hard rock!
- the copper bottle is strong but has also been bashed and hammered into shape.
- the fish leather in it’s original state as fish skin could have been torn and broken and yet through the tanning process has become deceptively strong.
As I turn to making small ‘fragments’ I pin them to larger base fabrics. Thinking about how to attach them, How to put them together.
Having tutor feedback, I am getting the idea to make sure I communicate clearly my intentions with what I am working with almost to exaggerate everything.
So for instance many of my samples are themselves ‘fragments’. They are off cuts from other pieces of work. I share a studio space with others, one of whom make costumes for reenactments. She has bags of bits of linen and felts.
As such I don’t even think about the ‘base’ piece itself, sometimes the size has already been dictated.
Responding to the point that I must emphasise the qualities of my samples; I already started sanding and heavily fraying some of my edges this afternoon. Many of my early visual responses I described as unfinished, suggested, trailing.. I don’t feel therefore that the final samples all necessitate strong highly defined borders.
I also went back to drawing to play around with ideas.
From my earlier experiments with stitch, yarns and netting concepts, I went back to the drawing board and played with composition ideas.
screenprint on card, drawn gouache shapes
screenprint on fabric, overplayed with tissue and stitched on top.
Screenprint and painted gouache
My tutor also advised I consider how to create fine pieces and then find ways to join them together. She suggested I look in to the fagotting technique which I did and experimented a little with in my book.
Quite soon I remembered the work I had done in assignment 2 with dissolvable film and immediately investigated the possibility of using this technique in a more refine way.
My tutor did point out that my work was perhaps a little tentative and stylised. I agree with this. I feel like I have to push for resolution if I want everything finished in time to send off by mid September. However I feel like I totally restricted myself into a corner by stylising. There’s a fine balance I am discovering between playing and experimenting and then refining work to a more resolved state!
I hope that as I work through the capsule collection, this opens up more and shows ore experimental risks.