Category Archives: Textiles 1: Exploring Ideas

Second Module of my Degree Course

Assignment 5 – Stage 5: Sketchbook work

Whilst packing up my work for assessment I realised that I hadn’t logged my final sketchbook pages.  Though much of this has been seen before here I’m showing page presentation.  

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The Last Supper – Ken & Julia Yonetani

This fascinating exhibition, at Hazelhurst Gallery & Arts Centre, features a 9 metre long table fully laden with crockery, cutlery, food and platters – all made from salt, including the table and supports. The husband and wife team spent four … Continue reading

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Exploring Ideas: Course Review

Overall Course Review I have spent around 15 months on this course and enjoyed covering a wide range of both practical and research exercises.  Looking back at the strengths, weaknesses and goals I originally outlined at this stage of my … Continue reading

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Assignment 5 – Review

Assignment Review: Can you see a clear line of progression from source material through to finished piece?  Was there enough information in your source material to stimulate your imagination and sustain your enthusiasm? Yes, I feel there is a clear … Continue reading

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Assignment 5 – Stage 6: The Final Piece

Synthesis. [sin-thuh-sis] noun, plural syn·the·ses [sin-thuh-seez] the combining of the constituent elements of separate material or abstract entities into a single or unified entity (opposed to analysis, ) the separating of any material or abstract entity into its constituent elements. … Continue reading

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Assignment 5 – Stage 6: Part 2

Adding Components Having practiced extensively on different thicknesses of fabric and adjusting the tension, circle size, density and threads accordingly, I started with the flower foot attachment on the sewing machine. Delighted by the results but devastated that the foot … Continue reading

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Assignment 5 – Stage 6: Part 1

Planning and making the main body of my project. I’ve chosen this drawing from Stage 3 as my initial rough template and rotated it by 180° as the weight of the piece feels more balanced in this format. I’ve tackled … Continue reading

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Assignment 5 – Stage 5 Constructing the base fabric

Cutting and layering The felted piece I’ve been experimenting with will be sitting on a layered base fabric made from black weed suppressant and pieces of my dyed silks.  The initial sample I’ve made is an odd shape so I … Continue reading

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Assignment 5 – Stage 5 Building texture

Exploring the Flower Foot Now I have some decent felted samples I’ve been trying out the flower foot attachment for my sewing machine. I first used it back in Assignment 3 Workshop 6 where I was manipulating fabric and I … Continue reading

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Assignment 5 – Stage 5 Building the surface

Manipulating Fibre & Yarn Here I’m creating samples for the textural surface of my hanging by using wool fibre, pre-purchased yarns and some of my dyed lightweight silks. Above: Loosely knitted wool trapped between wool fibre.  Aim – to see … Continue reading

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Assignment 5 – Stage 5 Dyeing

Further natural dyeing trials. Having already experimented with natural dyes earlier in this assignment (posted here) I have been continuing but have moved away from golds, browns and charcoals into more dull green colours. Whilst I have been working solely … Continue reading

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Assignment 5 – Stage 4: Storyboard

Making a Storyboard The creamy white thin card I’ve used for my storyboard looked a little stark so I washed it with coffee and then Gladwrap (Clingfilm) was crumpled on to the surface and left until the coffee stain was … Continue reading

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Assignment 5 – Stage 3 & Preparation for Stage 4

Preparation for storyboard & further thoughts on inspirational material. Whilst putting together my storyboard samples and pictures my mind has been working overtime on focal point issues on the finished work. The more I think about my personal project the … Continue reading

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Assignment 5 – Stage 3: Developing Design Ideas

In Stage 2 I was looking closely at two distinct themes – one (Theme 1) a free-flowing lacy hanging and the other (Theme 2) a structured, folded and manipulated piece.  Moving on from this start point I’ve decided to abandon … Continue reading

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Assignment 5 – Stage 3: Inspirational Material

Examining subject matter. I have chosen to base my work around algae, specifically underwater algae; the effects as it covers rocks and sea floor and encroaches on  man-made garbage and waste in our oceans, assimilating and transforming them into unrecognisable … Continue reading

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Sketchbook work – recording colour samples

Natural Dyeing – Recording the process. I now have an excellent record of how these effects were achieved so they can be replicated on different fabrics in the future.

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Assignment 5 – Stage 3: Colour Development

Developing design ideas – colour choices Whilst developing my project design I’ve also worked further on my colours choices.  In Stage 2 I chose my palette from a source photo, made some yarn wrappings and painted some swatches.  I used … Continue reading

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New Weave Exhibition

New Weave – Contemporary approaches to the traditions of weaving. Whilst this was a fairly small exhibition it was well worth the visit to Object: Australian Design Centre as the content was very diverse. The work encompassed knitting, 3D digital … Continue reading

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Assignment 5 – Stage 2

Sketchbooks and portfolio work. At this stage I have picked 2, semi-overlapping, themes to consider developing further. Theme 1 – left: A lacy layered effect.  Theme 2 – right: A structured dimensional piece which also includes some distressing or torn … Continue reading

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Jacqueline Groag

Reading my feed from The Textile Blog which came through this morning I was thrilled to see that Jacqueline Groag was the featured artist.  As a contemporary of Lucienne Day, who I looked at in-depth in assignment 4, I lightly … Continue reading

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Assignment 5 – Stage 1

Reviewing work so far. Having gone back through my learning log and sketchbook as suggested for this review stage I can see that as I have progressed through the projects I have improved  the record keeping of my initial ideas, … Continue reading

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Reading material within Assignment 4

As this was a research assignment I referred to many books and on-line resources, all of which have been referenced within the relevant posts, so won’t be listed again here. However as a result of this assignment I found myself … Continue reading

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Artist inspired sketchbook work

Inspired by Margaret Macdonald Macintosh. This motif was originally cut as a lino print.  It has been photocopied, resized and repeated to create an overall repeat fabric pattern.  The grey background would have been more prominent if I had used … Continue reading

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Assignment 3 – Presentation boards

Above: Back of following board.

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Assignment 3 – Sketchbook work

Preparing and logging trials, plans and experimentation for workshops within this section. Knotted nets Interleaved book pages and knitted netting from paper strips Knitted nets Sampling for stitched nets Wire woven net – planned layout & materials Manipulating / heat … Continue reading

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Assignment 4 – Review

Assignment Review: Did you find this more theoretical approach helpful, interesting, inspiring, restrictive or boring? I found it very interesting.  The artist names supplied all had different specialities, some of which I hadn’t explored before, so it has increased my … Continue reading

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Exhibition Review – Yoko Ono

WAR IS OVER! IF YOU WANT IT This exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney was 4 years in the planning.  It fills the whole of Level 3, with Wish Tree for Sydney on Level 4 in the … Continue reading

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Assignment 4 – Project 2: Stage 2 – Ken Done Analytical Study

Sydney Celebration In 2007 Ken Done painted a picture entitled Sydney Celebration.  It is a wonderfully vibrant piece and although I wasn’t able to see the original I did see a limited edition print in his gallery last week (No. … Continue reading

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Assignment 4 – Project 2: Stage 2 – Ed Pien Analytical Study

Imaginary Dwelling. Identification. The exterior of the installation is a white tent.  Within this is a group of small transparent model houses creating a miniature townscape, all resting on a clear undulating base.  Hand-cut transparent pattern pieces are arranged in … Continue reading

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Assignment 4 – Project 2: Stage 2 – Christo Analytical Study

Wrapped Coast. Identification: In 1968-9 Christo was in contact with John Kaldor of Universal Textiles (Australia) Ltd. regarding a proposal to wrap a section of Sydney coastline. John Kaldor became the contact and main player in the project at the … Continue reading

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Assignment 4 – Project 2: Stage 1 Research

Research 6 Artists/Designers of my choice. The full extent of my research into each artist will be available to my tutor and assessors.  Herewith a short summary of each: Christo (& Jeanne-Claude). (Christo Vladimirov Javacheff & Jeanne-Claude Marie Denat (1935-2009)) … Continue reading

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Assignment 4 – Project 1: Stage 3 – Leon Bakst Analytical Study

The costume designs of Leon Bakst: Schéhérazade – Costume for the Chief Eunuch. Identification: Leon (sometimes written Léon) Bakst, as main set and costume designer for Les Ballets Russes in 1910, designed the sets and all costumes for the wildly … Continue reading

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Developing my gecko design

Back at the beginning of this course I worked with geckos as my personal totem.  Click here to see some interpretations I explored in February 2013. I’ve now used one of my earlier designs as the basis for a piece … Continue reading

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Inspiration from Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh

Whilst researching Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh I referred to a book in my collection entitled Rennie Mackintosh Inspirations in Embroidery by Dorothy Wood.  There are some excellent ideas for translating art deco designs into textiles using many techniques. One multi-layered cut-back … Continue reading

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Uses for ‘failed’ prints.

No-one can produce perfect prints first time so what happens to all those trial pieces?  The ones where the colour chosen really wasn’t right or the registration was off-kilter.  Even the ones where the main image was perfect but the … Continue reading

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Assignment 4 – Project 1: Stage 3 – Tracey Emin Analytical Study

Above:  Wall plaque mounted aside art piece , Art Gallery of NSW, 13th December 2013. I also ‘do not expect’ to walk into our State gallery and be confronted with a huge example of Tracey Emin’s work just as I’m … Continue reading

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Assignment 4 – Project 1: Stage 2

An in-depth study. Lucienne Day, nee Désirée Lucienne Conradi, was born 5th January 1917 in Coulsden, Surrey, to a Belgian father and English Mother.  The youngest of four children, the others all being boys, she enjoyed a wealthy start to … Continue reading

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Assignment 4 – Project 1: Stage 1 – Progress

Continuing research I’ve spent the last couple of weeks collecting data, reading books, magazines, websites and articles relating to the 10 artists I’m currently researching, as well as visiting galleries and mulling over the future artists I am considering featuring … Continue reading

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Assignment 4 Contextual studies – Project 1: Stage 1

Research The task is to research ten international artists and designers, from a list of given names.  This is an information collecting and gathering exercise where we include a range of material from sources such as internet downloads, photographs, catalogues, … Continue reading

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Plant Dyeing with Kirsten Ingemar

I enrolled in this natural dyeing workshop as my own personal ‘bonus add-on’ relating to the manipulated fabric works in Assignment 3.  How lucky that this opportunity came up at this time. Kirsten Ingemar, visiting Sydney from her property in … Continue reading

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A little stitchery

My recent flower drawing led me to start a few small stitch samples of flowers.  I’ve always liked simplified designs as can be seen from some of my painting efforts from some time ago (not within this course). Looking at … Continue reading

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A bit of sketching

Having enjoyed the simplified / stylised flowers I drew a couple of weeks ago, inspired by sketches by Judith Baker Montano, I’ve started attempting trees.  Here’s my first one, an Aspen. I enjoy the fine tipped pen and coloured pencil … Continue reading

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Brand Logo

Woolooware Bay is the transformation of the Cronulla Sutherland Leagues Club waterfront land holdings into a vibrant Town Centre.  The Club has embarked on this historic development program to secure the Club’s financial future, create new Sharkies (the name we … Continue reading

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Assignment 3 – Reading material

The manual recommends Experimental Textiles by Kim Thittichai as a source for this section of the course. I already had hot textiles, her earlier book, and didn’t see a significant amount of different techniques in her new publication so I … Continue reading

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Assignment 3 – Review

Do you feel that your finished samples fulfilled your expectations and fully explored the topic of reveal and conceal, light and transparency? In several of the stage 2 workshops in this assignment I made what I would consider to be … Continue reading

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Ghost Net Art – Science Centre Brisbane

The pieces in this exhibition have been woven from discarded fishing line and ghost nets. So what exactly is a ghost net?  These are nets that have become lost, abandoned or discarded at sea and left to float freely, drifting … Continue reading

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Assignment 3 Stage 5 – Second Sample

Translating ideas into samples I really enjoyed the colour scheme of my first sample piece so decided to use a similar colour palette but increase the prominence of my focal colour. I chose some open weave furnishing fabric samples in … Continue reading

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Assignment 3 Stage 5 – First Sample

Translating ideas into samples Here I am looking at different aspects of my source material and trying to inject some of my visual ideas into this project. Having already worked on a stitched grid sample based around the idea of … Continue reading

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Assignment 3 Stage 4 – Part 2

Researching source material. Observing reflections, silhouettes, translucency, structures and grids. Buildings. Using the above photo I’ve isolated, reoriented, resized and distorted reflections from left, right and centre sections. Above right image has already been used in stage 2 Working with … Continue reading

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Assignment 3 Stage 4 – Part 1

Researching source material. Observing reflections, silhouettes, translucency, structures and grids. A windy day.  Even the clouds are blown about and can’t form clusters.  The ferocity of the wind on the sea whips up the sand as the tide recedes. Left: … Continue reading

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