The completed embroidered assessment piece for Module Five is a face or mask based on the design topic of ‘Touching Textures’, which is inspired by wooden African masks and modern works of art in painting and sculpture.
Do you feel satisfied with the results?
Yes, I am pleased with it.
If yes, which parts in particular?
The sharp contrast of shapes and colours which I think is in keeping with my inspiration sources.
Is it fit for its purpose?
It has no purpose in itself, since it is a decorative piece. I like the possibility of keeping it flat or hanging it on a wall or against a window.
If you were asked to make it again, what changes would you make?
1) To the way you designed it:
I would try to make it even more abstract, perhaps by changing the position of parts to one another so as to get a less figurative composition and a more fractured look.
2) To the way you made it:
I would like a rougher and less ‘pretty’ look. I would use materials in a freer way.
COSTING OF THE EMBROIDERED SAMPLE:Two 2 mm acrylic sheets: 8 Euros
Fabrics: old and recycled fabrics (3 Euros)
Bits and pieces: in stock, overall value of fleece, beads, leather scraps 1 Euro
Threads: 6 Euros
Glue: 3 Euros
TIMING OF THE EMBROIDERED SAMPLE:Design work was scattered on a couple of months, from March to May 2012.
Embroidery work was started on 10th of June and completed in one week.
Total hours working on design: 10 hours plus thinking time.
Total hours working on embroidery: 6 hours
STORAGE OF WORK, MATERIALS, TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Item : My storage place
Design work in progress: plastic folder
Completed work in progress: flat in big plastic box with lid
Papers for design work: flat in card box
Pencils and felt pens for design work: on my working table
Other items like glue, liners, scissors, cutter: on my working table in my workroom
Embroidery work in progress: plastic bags in a plastic box
Fabrics: plastic containers arranged in like colours, behind a curtain that keeps light out
Threads: drawers, arranged in like colours, beside the sewing machine
Beads, metal threads etc.: small air-tight boxes, drawers, bags
Sewing machine: on small table beside a window in my workroom, in working position
Other electrical equipments:
iron upright on a top shelf, small electrical appliances in their original boxes
HEALTH AND SAFETY RULES OBSERVED IN MODULE FIVE
Items and working processes that have been used in Module Five:
- pencils and felt pens, cartridge, tissue, tracing papers
- natural and synthetic fabrics, pelmet vilene interfacing, wadding and padding materials
- hand and machine threads
- soldering iron and stand
- cutter and self-healing mat
- laundry iron
- PVA glue, fabric adhesive spray, jewellery glue
Which working processes need special care and attention to protect yourself, your environment and your own work?
- Always lay the soldering iron on its stand and beware to not touch the tip
- Always work in a well ventilated room when using sprays and glues
- Keep electrical flexes out of your way, not loose on the floor
- Always use your cutter on a self-healing mat and keep moving the blade away from you
CHAPTER THIRTEEN – STUDY THREE ARTISTS
For this module we are asked to study three artists who make an interesting use of texture in their works, Jennie Rayment, Michael Brennand-Wood and a third one whom we find particularly inspiring. My choice is Mary Button Durell.
I did not know her and she was such a joyful surprise. She is the British queen of calico that she is able to manipulate in an infinite number of original ways to be used in patchwork, fashion, home furnishings and any form of needlework and embroidery.
She is a popular tutor and writer of seven books on easy and quick though highly imaginative fabric manipulation techniques.
Jennie Rayment has a website: http://www.jennierayment.co.uk/ and the following photos are just a taste of what you can find there.
Photo credits: http://www.jennierayment.co.uk/
Michael Brennand Wood
Web site: http://brennand-wood.com/index.html
Michael Brennand Wood defines himself a wood visual artist, curator, lecturer and arts consultant. As an artist he makes very intricate and richly delightful sculptural pieces in which he uses textiles and wood as his primary materials with the addition of glass, collage, acrylic paint and whatever he feels fit.
He has a very direct and passionate relationship with his materials and keeps inventing new ways of combining them together. As he says in an interview by Diana Woolf (http://www.themakingorg.uk/), for him “making is the thinking process” and adds "I’m also very interested in the nature of materials and the meanings they convey”.
But materials are not an end in itself: “my work was always about ideas and not just technique” he says and adds: “I’m interested in abstraction and enjoy seeing what you can do optically with rhythm and colour, but the abstraction still has a meaning and is not just playing with pattern”.
Works by this artist are a beautiful feast for the eye and very inspiring in their free and imaginative use of ideas and materials.
Mary Button Durell
Mary Button Durrell is a Californian paper artist and a sculptor. She works with the simplest of means, tracing paper and wheat paste, with touches of acrylic paint and foil, and with these straightforward materials makes layered, biomorphic pieces – huge and small ones, three-dimensional or flat. I discovered her through another blog – I am so sorry I do not remember which one – and keep looking at her incredible art.
She has been featured on many blogs and websites. All photos are credited to www.inthemake.net which includes a very interesting interview with her and many more beautiful pictures taken in her studio in San Francisco.