Resolved sample 1 Curves
when doing the Fibonnacci sequence in Module 2 Sian encouraged considering 'cut in curves', rather than the straight lines used to produce the egg, shown on right:
Using a yellow felt with a red textured overlay a mixture of fabrics were chosen and interwoven to give a variety of sheen/dull, textured/flat character. A variety of stitches were applied to hold the pieces in place and give movement to the piece. Dyed squash seeds were used to balance the design.
An oval shape made from felt framed the final piece. Sian encouraged me to revisit the framing. The frame seemed to overwhelm the piece, after a play decided to turn piece upside down and just put a background of the topsurface behind it - a white board seemed to be too much of a contrast.Resolved sample 2 Scrolls
The scrolls on the door of Lichfield Cathedral and corrugated cardboard scrolls that encouraged Gimp play on the computer are the basis for this sample:
A hand dyed lightweight silk was bonded to felt, with the heat giving a slightly textured look to the silk. Remnants of machined stitched hand made papers from Module 1's resolved sample were bonded on top and the scrolling began with hand made and machine stitched cords. A variety of hand counching and other embroidery stitches, scroll, bullion knots were used to embellish the design. Spiral wire, hand beaten wire coils and beads were added. Work in progress
The final sample was cord edged and mounted on felt. Encouraged by Sian to add some of my thicker cords this is the result. As I did not want to hide previous detail decided to spiral out and present a third dimension.
The association of wings and stitches in Module 2, and the paisley image in earlier chapters of this module gave this shape priority for further development.
Chiffon was bonded to hand dyed muslin for the background - it was a disadvantage when taking photos as the chiffon had a shimmer that distorted the colours, but ideas of cutting this back once the sample had been stitched were considered a possible solution if the final sample was still dominated by the shimmer.
The final sample was mounted in a cardboard frame covered with hand dyed felt. Some of the chiffon was cut back, however, feel the flimpsy cut shape at bottom right edge should be tucked behind the frame - it looks rather weak and doesn't add to the piece! It was becoming an exercise at knowing where to stop and the phrase, less is more, kept coming to mind!
The lessons learnt in revisiting will be ones I won't forget. Making the frames had been awkward not least making an oval shape, but found a wonderful tip on how to draw an eclipse with two pins, a piece of thread and a pencil. In making the oblong frame I thought I was home and dry, the card was pre cut, but decided to dye the felt as the colour was not 'right'. No need to let you guess, the felt shrunk and had to keep trimming the frame...something should have told my brain to rethink at that point!!