Thursday, February 3, 2011

Evaluation of Completed Work


The complete embroidered assessment piece for Module Four is a maze or fold book based on the design topic of line and texture in media, which is inspired by the concept of blogging.

Do you feel satisfied with the results?

Yes, I am pleased with it.

If yes, which parts in particular?

Since the beginning I tried hard to work at this piece as a whole and not at its single elements through all the designing and making steps and I feel that I was successful in this effort of being consistent with my initial idea.

Is it fit for its purpose?

In my opinion it is fit, since I believe it is a fairly adequate representation of the blogosphere.

If you were asked to make it again, what changes would you make?

1) To the way you designed it:

I would try to create a more multi-dimensional piece, perhaps by having more than one book intersecting and crossing on different planes, both vertically and horizontally, like a complex castle of cards.

2) To the way you made it:

I would strive for a visually lighter and immaterial effect by using transparent materials in a more consistent way.



Lutradur and Vilene interfacing 10 Euros
Fabrics old and recycled fabrics (3 Euros)
Papers recycled
Threads 5 Euros
Temporary fabric adhesive 3 Euros
Fishing monofilament 0,5 Euros
Silk paints 3 Euros




Design work was started on 25 October 2010 and completed on 12 November 2010.

Embroidery work was started on 18 November 2010 and completed on 20 January 2011.

Total hours working on design: 8 hours plus thinking time

Total hours working on embroidery: 31 hours plus thinking time




Item My storage place

Design work in progress shoe box with lid
Completed work in progress flat in big plastic box with lid together with all material prepared for Module Four
Papers for design work flat in card box
Inks and paints for design work wooden box, upright, in cool and dark conditions
Other items like glue, bleach, sprays 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
Dyes, paints etc. closed cabinet in my workroom
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




Items and working processes that have been used in Module Four:

- inks, acrylic paints, silk paints, fabric dyes, wax crayons, oil pastels, brushes

- natural and synthetic fabrics, meshes, grids

- hand and machine threads

- wooden, metal and plastic frames

- paper-making items: recycled paper, liquidizer, rigid mesh, old towels, kitchen cloths, plastic bowl

- soldering iron and stand

- cutter and self-healing mat

- laundry iron

- sketchbook/cartridge paper, PVA glue, fabric adhesive spray

- Lutradur, Vilene interfacing.

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

- Wear a fine powder mask when using powder dyes

- Always work in a well ventilated room when using sprays and bleach and melting synthetic fabrics

- When using a naked flame always tie your hair and do not wear synthetic fabrics

- 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 Twelve – Study Three Artists

For Module Four I had to study three artists who use paper as a medium or lettering as a design theme in their work: Lois Walpole, Cas Holmes and a third artist of my choice.
Due to copyright considerations, I am including only images that are already on the Web and for each one of them I add the photo source.

LOIS WALPOLE, British artist and basket-maker
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Lois Walpole is a leading and influential artist in contemporary basket making. Trained as a sculptor, she uses traditional basket making techniques in very innovative and imaginative ways.
She only works with self-grown, found or recycled items like card, plastic bags, bottle tops, fruit nets, wires and many others.
She is also a well-known teacher, a lecturer, and runs workshops in her own studio in Charmé, France.
She has published several books on basketry, her latest being “Inspiration for Looping and Coiling”
Personal web site:
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CAS HOLMES,  British textile and mixed media artist
This is Cas running a workshop at Distant Stitch Summer School in 2008. Behind her two DS students, Stephanie and Lesley (Photo source:
Cas Holmes is a renowned artist who employs old textiles, recycled papers and discarded or found items to create complex and very poetic multi-layered pieces using low-tech and sustainable techniques.
She exhibits widely and is a teacher at the West Dean College in West Sussex.
In 2010 she published a ravishingly wonderful and inspirational book “The Found Object in Textile Art” in which she explains her methods of working and suggests ways and processes to use found objects in one’s own works to create personally meaningful items.
To know more about her or see her works, please see:
Personal web sites: and

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PABLO LEHMANN, paper sculptor from Argentina, born in 1975
As my third artist to study I chose a very interesting paper sculptor from Buenos Aires, Pablo Lehmann, whom I discovered while surfing the Web.
Lehmann creates exquisite paper sculptures from existing books, intricate cut-outs of torn pages, and transforms words in wonderful images and three-dimensional items.
On his website I found an interesting article in Spanish about him: El texto esculpido (the sculpted text), published in “Arte al Limite” magazine.
For more images please see his personal website:

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