Semester 1 Finito!

The Textiles assessments were under way this week, we had to create a space to display our work and samples from our material Matters module. Included was our sketchbooks, presentation boards, life drawings,photoshopped images and  fabric and knit samples that we did in semester 1. It was surprising to see all of our work I had accumulated over a few months, looking around the studio everyone’s work was amazingly presented and looked professional. I found the first semester of second year fun, it was exciting to learn new methods of transferring our designs into textile forms. I still need loads of practise as I had a few hiccups with print, for example when in the dye lab I forgot a key ingredient which caused my half an hour of stirring over a stove to become irrelevant when the dye washed straight our of the fabric! Or in the print room when my colours were so light they could barely been seen, when knitting my fabric sample fell off the entire machine… three times! But I have learned from these mistakes (hopefully) and will take my experiences into semester 2, bring it on!

Context Board – I decided to make Lady Gaga wear my knit samples, One can dream!

My Desk Pre-Assesment, we had to cover our desks in white paper for a professional finish and lay out all our work neatly

My knit samples from my pigeon project

An image from my Drawing sketchbook, some experiments using stitch

My idevelopement board, images that have been taken from my sktchbooks to show my developement process

Inspiration board, images to show the general theme of my project, a Mood board if you like.

Natural Pattern Progress

For my Natural Pattern project in textiles I have decided to go with pigeons and explore feathers through colour and collage. Through research and drawings from D’Arcy Thompson and the McManus Museum I was able to get a head start and collect a few drawings of birds which could help me relate to the texture, layout and variation of feathers on birds and the natural pattern they create. I am struggling with colour, I wanted to mask the dirty black colour that overwhelms a pigeons feathers with a more diluted grey. I wanted to focus on the colours of feathers on the neck of a pigeon and how they are compacted and ruffled and create and amazing shine.

I started with some collage of mixed coloured paper, after a few continuous line drawings I felt that by using only block colours without the harsh outline of a black pen I would be able to see what colours are coming through and where they are placed. The variation of size of the feathers vary and on a closer inspection they are very detailed and specifically placed to allow movement.

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Pretending Pigeons

I’m looking into Natural pattern for my textile project (Material Matters) and im thinking of using bird feathers as a starting point, I surfed the net and found some quirky work by an artist called Laurel Roth. I found images of an instalation in which a pigeon was dressed in a knitted jumper to make it seem like a more superior bird like a woodpecker (above),grouse and even the extinct dodo. I instantly loved the humour of this work, part of me wanted to choose the pigeon because I felt they we under estimated because they are classed as dirty and disease ridden. On closer research they have beautiful merging colours of metallic greens and purples, although the thought of dressing them up seems far more exciting!

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