Monday, 27 August 2012

Proposal for ‘Large Scale Assessment Piece’

Since my initial thoughts and discussions with Siân I have changed my mind completely.
The Brief: A large Scale Site Specific item.
Proposed Site: Budleigh Salterton Beach – various possible locations.
Item: ‘How can you make sound visible’? A pop-up installation.
Proposed Materials: Mixed Media: cassette tape, other synthetic materials and metal.
Size: At least 1 fathom long (a play on words).
My initial site visit was unfortunately on a somewhat dull morning.bud-2
Budleigh is a small town on the East Devon coast , it is South facing and is renowned for its amazing pebbles. It is a fishing village and is also home to a naturist beach!bud-3

There are also some beautifully coloured beach hutsbud-4bud-5
bud-6   I spent quite a while taking photographs to get ideas and locate areas where a pop-up could go.
So my initial ideas are to make a textile piece that could be placed almost anywhere on the beach using ‘sound graffiti’ so the breeze would ‘take’ the words out to sea. Using my theme of graffiti I have been exploring the idea of taking sound out of context and placing it somewhere else. Like Tibetan prayer flags.
I then thought further and what better way to let the ‘words’ flow than on a seaside windmill, and echoing the images seen on the beach produce something that has many repetitions and has a long linear form.
I bought a windmill and went homebud-16
My plan is to take random recordings on cassette tape and use this tape to make windmills, each one with a different sound but all connected.bud-15

I  made some samples by taking tape and laying it out on a piece of Lutrador.bud-17

then laying garden fleece over and tissue under. the whole was the stitched together to create a ‘piece’. a wire structure the shape of a windmill template was then stitched over and a heat spatula used to cut it out and apply a few holes through the base where there was no tape.bud-18
The piece was then formed into a windmill. I am still at the stage of suggesting how to form them into a whole. the suggestion i have come up with at the moment is to make Perspex pebbles linked together to which the windmills will be attached. possibly using photographs of pebbles and or found items from the beach.

   Or to place them on a ‘beach blanket’ of seaweed like the sample (left). this was made from garden fleece and lutrador with repetitive words stitched through the layers and holes made with a heated spatula. spray paint was used to give a swirling stripe to the piece.

The finished piece would be placed in various locations throughout one day. Draped on the beach, bunting for a beach hut etc.

I have not worked out a cost for the piece yet as this will depend on my final materials.

As you can see someone got there before me!

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Janice Myers

Janice Myers clip_image001
I first encountered Janice Myers work at a ‘Stitching’ show in Exeter where the group ‘South West Textiles’ was showing. Her cushion, below right, was on show and I thought it was the most wonderful thing I had seen in a long time. I have since gone on to see a few more things by her; I love the way she uses materials such as plastics, metal and found objects to produce quirky mainly three dimensional items and installations; recycled materials are very dominant in her work.

She uses both hand stitching with fishing line, wire or strips of polythene as well as computerised machine work.

clip_image003She says she likes to combine an element of the abstract along with the recognisable, so that a hint of the story behind the piece is there to see.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Chapter 9 and 10!

For Chapter 9 i chose section C, drawing with wire for laminated layers. the idea was to set out a group of anything semi-transparent, firstly drawing them as above, trying to work with a continuous line. i chose initially a perfume bottle and some plastic packaging.

i also included some clear green bottles. here i worked with colour and reflections.

more of the same

then i included some packaging with text

these are all pages from my sketchbook. those of you who were at Summer School might have seen these so sorry for being too boring.

i then made wire shapes from my drawings and cut out tissue and organdie shapes. i used the wire to rub over to give the shapes. then i laminated both the negative and positive shapes, above, onto scrim with wallpaper paste, adding paint and appliqued wire and stitch.

the second one i worked with more colour and waxed the final piece. i didn't work into these any further.


3 Resolved pieces using silk paper, soluble methods and handmade paper.

for these samples i went totally 3D.

for sample 1 here in #2 i continued with the theme from Chapter 9. i made a wire spiral with linking threads and then dipped it in paper pulp and then sprayed the whole black and varnished it.

the 'ears' which are the stopper on my perfume bottle were made using a wire form with tissue and water soluble fabric. both layers were stitched through and then water on a paint brush used to remove excess soluble fabric. the whole was then painted with ink. holes cut and stitched and then waxed to give it transparency.

Piece #2 here above was made totally with 'soluble' fabric. again i made a long ribbon of white Lutrador covered with black garden fleece. this was machine stitched to wire along the edges. the words 'perfume bottle stopper' were machine stitched along the length. it was then spiralled and the fabric between the letters removed with a wood burning tool.

the ears were worked similarly and coloured afterwards.

different angle

for the third piece i went back to the image i had used at summer school

a 3D 'u'

i made a sheet of silk paper and stitched over it with transparent threads to echo the white wash lines. i used tissue for the pattern tearing it off after but leaving some on to add texture. the 'u' is glassine paper. i applied a coating of resin to the piece before cutting out and holes within.

i attached a wire ribbon made from Lutrador and garden fleece which had been melted between stitch lines, over sewing with nylon thread, then repeating with side 2.

i like the view through the sides