the final part of chapter 8 (think i called it chapter 7 in my last post!!) required taking one of the designs from Part 1 and converting it into 'stitch'. i chose this one.
i decided i wanted to make it light and lacy which was far removed from the original t shirt and the above design. so i took my original adaptation and printed it onto a cotton organdie (a la Maggie Grey method). i decided to concentrate mainly on the 'R's and the swirly bits. each R is made individually using a combination of photo's from the original piece, machine stitch, tissue, cellophane, the paper the organdie was printed onto and plain organdie. each R, except for the organdie ones has a base layer of yellow felt.
the swirly bits are crocheted with a fine wire, looping randomly. the design is followed through by linking the image on the photograph with the original (if that makes sense). all outlines are machine stitched uniformally and the R's stitched together where they overlap with an invisible nylon thread so they look as if they are floating i hope. the whole thing measures 28cm wide and each R is 5.5cm high. as a postscript to this post i wanted to share some exhibition experiences.
in my last post i said i was off to see 'Taking Time, Craft and the Slow Revolution'. i have in fact seen 3 exhibitions recently. when we left the somewhat disappointing slow craft (which i had waited over a year to see)! we found opposite one of the most stimulating exhibitions i have seen in a long while. 'Dominion' by Angela Cockayne at The Peninsula Art Gallery was based around the whale and only 2 textiles in sight! she reminded me of Joseph beuys with her use of fur, wax and resin. i find i am very critical of contemporary textile exhibitions now, also working in a museum i always end up looking at the way things are displayed and presented which can ruin the exhibition for me. the 3rd exhibition was in Bath, '50/50: working in parallel' at the Victoria Art Gallery was a joint exhibition by Cleo Mussi a mosaic artist (who made the above face and Matthew Harris who makes wonderful painterly textiles and whom i chose for one of my textile artists. the work was based around a trip to Japan, a very colourful (Cleo's side) and exciting exhibition but i still enjoyed Angela Cockaynes best.