(Originally written 08/10/18)
I’ve been hesitant to write anything about my experience in textiles as I haven’t really felt like I know what I have been working towards there. I’ve felt a bit uninspired and unsure where to go with it.
I spent some time on the sewing machines last lesson, and played around with layering strips of different fabrics to create interesting textures. This was a nice learning experience for me, but I feel like the end result is far too amateurish. I didn’t spend enough time properly measuring the pieces of fabric I was using, and I didn’t put in the effort to make sure my stitching was straight. I went a bit too gung-ho, and it shows. I also did some “angry stitching” and sketched out a stick with berries using the sewing machine. This was far more successful, and I do actually like it lot. It’s not easy to tell exactly what it is, but it looks more purposeful and deliberate.
In today’s lesson I decided to instead experiment with paper. I really like the geometric shapes present in Gayla Rosenfeld’s work, and thought it would be interesting to use the idea of connected points to create shapes out of outlines. I layered some strips of magazines on a page of my sketchbook to begin with, to give myself a more rough background, and then poked holes through at regular intervals. I threaded wool through to make some shapes, with no real plan in mind, and had some fun with it. It was quite a cathartic activity, and although I don’t usually appreciate art that is more interpretive, I do like the way it looks. I think I could use more wool to improve it, but as a concept it works, and I am happy to leave it where it is.
I also started looking at the idea of smocking. By leading thread though fabric in different patterns, and then tightening it, you can create some interesting forms as it gathers. I tried to extend this activity at home, but I found that my thread was far too thin, and it kept breaking as I gathered up the fabric. My first attempt was definitely most successful, and now I feel a bit more confident about what to do in textiles from here.