Friday, 1 November 2013

Possibly the penultimate post for my Diploma

Firstly the pretty pictures of my assessment piece in-situ at Lyme Regis as part of the South West Textile Group exhibition 'Suspension'. to show scale i am including the surroundings so i hope no one else minds me showing their pieces too.
i have to confess i didn't hang it and had hoped it would trail the floor but perhaps for practical reasons as it was near the door it was hung high and restrained at the bottom.
Escher type shadows of birds?
now for the paperwork!
So far the actual making took a total of 88 hours

Materials and costings

Lutrador                                    £02.50

Double sided tape                            00.50
Garden fleece                                00.20
Tissue paper                                 01.00
Nylon thread x 5 reels                       10.50
Newspaper                                    00.60
Warhammer  Spray paint                       09.80
Resin                                        01.95
Crazy wire company wire                      01.99
Perspex rods                                 03.00
Total                                       £32.04

Health and Safety typical to Module 6
Use of Hot Air gun/wood burning tool

·        Hold item being worked on carefully and away from direct heat source

·         Use in well ventilated area

·        Protect work surfaces at all times

Use of paints/dyes and spray paint etc:

·        Use in well ventilated area/use dust mask when using powders. I used the black spray paint in the garden hoping the neighbours wouldn’t complain too much

·        Wear old or protective clothing and gloves where necessary.

·        Store on shelf well sealed.

Drilling through Perspex

I used a small electric craft drill but the problem with Perspex is that it heats up with the action of the drill, so short, sharp bursts on the drill are best; clearing out the hole and cleaning the bit as you go. Wear goggles and clamp the Perspex in position so it doesn’t move. Make sure the drill bit is screwed in tightly.

General health and safety

·        Always protect scalpel blades with a cork

·        Take care when lifting sewing machines

·        Sit correctly when using the sewing machine for long lengths of time

·        Always work in good light

·        As always ‘common sense’

and although i hate having my photograph taken here is the latest for authentication purposes! note the lobster pencil sharpener in the foreground. 


  1. Two from one, shadows give such a bonus don't they - but its the quality of the piece that make it happen. Congratulations

  2. Very nice piece. Love the shadows too.

  3. What a beautiful result to all your hard work, the piece look amazing, the shadows are perfect.

  4. Looks fabulous and the shadows add another dimension. Well done!