Friday, 11 February 2011

More SLOW edges

these seem to have taken ages to do! anyway here goes with examples of edges.
#1 two using a combination of paper and cotton organdie, cutting, folding and looping up in the lower one.
#2 i have been collecting milk bottle tops for ages and wanting to do something with them! they have been folded in half here and 'enclose' the edge. they are attached by a circular die and just held by the cutting (probably not very stable!). the lower one is a knitted zig-zag of silver wire, then folded to enclose the edge and secured with staples (catching both sides of the knitting).
#3 newsprint folded to enclose the edge with holes stamped through and all secured with a scoobie
#4 top one is basically a bound edge of clear plastic with a wire 'spring' threaded through afterwards. Lower one a bound edge enclosing paper twists.
#5 top edge uses a mask to form the letters/squiggles, the organdie then painted, a metal wire chain applied with additional running stitch and sprayed using lolly stick masks! hope that makes sense! the middle one simple wire wrapped around a square shape many times and then opened out and loosely stitched to the edge of some ramie. lower edge composed of 2 layers, organdie and lutrador (sprayed with cap masks), attached paper strips, hand chain stitch and fishing line crochet to attach the dangling caps.
#6 for Christmas i was given a wonderful book 'Just my Type' by Simon Garfield. its a book about fonts, the history of etc. the above 2 edges have use 'Totally Gothic' designed by Zuzana Licko. i loved it as soon as i saw it so there might be overkill! top edge used cut out shapes laid on felt and sprayed in layers with the final edge formed by cutting round the letters. the lower edge also on the same felt uses bits of paper, fabric, cellophane, melted straws etc to layer up applique letters.
#7 top edge made up of 3 layers, lutrador, waxed newspaper and organdie on top. gathered with fishing line, tissue stuck over the ridges and iridescent shapes stitched into the ridges. the lower edge, more sprayed newspaper with cellophane gathered up and melted and stitched to felt.
#8 more letters! top similar to #6 more newspaper and cellophane applied to organdie. the lower edge a combination of stencil and cut organdie.
#9 top edge uses recycled metal, papers, sweet wrappers and net enclosed in acetate all joined together with other bits and stitched to edge of florist cellophane.lower edge based on sketches from my sketchbook, using card, painted organdie, sequins, paper and cellophane.
#10 i took one of the braids i had made for a previous chapter and applied it to some black organdie. the lower edge used layers of tissue and random paint like marks worked with machine stitch.
it occurred to me after working so many edges looking downwards, that they look quite different when turned the other way! i have made cacti!! anyway after my SLOW edges i am treating myself to 'Craft and the Slow Revolution' at Plymouth Museum tomorrow.


  1. Really exciting set of samples, the font experiments are great, as usual some super inspiration here.

  2. For other interesting textiles using lettering visit the website that Daniela mentions on her blog of the exciting work by Pablo Lehmann -