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.