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Experimental Knitting

15 Feb

Today I had an hour to spare so I decided to make up a quick sample on my knitting machine. As a result of the rag rug class I attended before Christmas I have been thinking about ways in which to avoid or reduce material waste. I decided to experiment with weaving some scraps from my felt making and embroidery classes in to a plain dark grey knitted sample. I used small pieces of felt tops, embroidery threads and lengths of wool, which I dyed last year with natural dyes (such as golden rod and nettle). I thoroughly enjoyed creating this sample and plan to create a few more experimental pieces in the coming weeks so keep checking back for updates or follow my blog! Below are some images of the sample.

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Rag Rug Development

10 Feb

I have been making some progress with my rag rug although there are still a few more hours of work to go before this piece is complete. To create this piece I have used an incredible amount of fabric including everything from sheets, blankets and shirts to tablecloths and curtains. I particularly enjoy working with printed fabrics and those embellished with embroidery and sequins. The images below show both the front and reverse of the rag rug.ImageImageImage ImageImage

Jelte Van Abbema

10 Aug

Whilst carrying out some research based on environmentally conscious textile manufacturing techniques I came across the slightly bizarre but very interesting work of Dutch designer, Jelte Van Abbema. The project which I am interested in is entitled ‘Symbiosis’. The project involved printing simple typography using bacteria as opposed to traditional printing inks. The idea is that the bacteria multiply, changing colour and form as they do so, before dying creating a temporary yet ever-changing work of art. Below are some images of the experimental work created by Jelte Van Abbema.

Greetje van Tiem

8 Jul

Greetje van Tiem creates recycled yarn from old newspapers. The yarn is then used to create seating, floor coverings and curtains. A newspaper page can be transformed in to 20m of yarn, small areas of text and colours from the newspaper are visible adding interest to each piece and obviously causing each piece to be unique.


 


Jennifer Collier

4 Jul

Jennifer Collier is an artist who uses natural and found materials to create garments and accessories. Her pieces are non-functional but aim to raise the awareness of recycling and encourage people to think about the value of nature.

 

Inspirational Images

12 Apr

Below are some images, which have inspired my current self-motivated project.

The image below is of a piece by Martin Bergström.

The following piece has also been constructed from an assortment of leaves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The image shown below is of a piece which was on display at Chelsea Flower Show in 2009.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below is a stunning couture gown by Elie Saab.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The image below is of  a piece by Luly Yang.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The intriguing dress below is entirely edible:

Below is another edible piece, this dress is in fact made out of tomatoes!


Self-Motivated Project Development

12 Apr

Having grown up on the edge of the Lake District National Park my work has often been heavily influenced by nature. In the past I have been inspired not only by the beautiful mountains and lakes close to home but also by flower shows, trips to botanic gardens and natural forms I have come across whilst traveling. The starting point for the research that I will continue over the following weeks is vertical gardening, which I first  came across in 2008 when it was featured at the Chelsea Flower show. I have been looking at the work of Patrick Blanc creator of the vertical garden. His inspirations range from vegetal architecture to waterfalls, root systems, flowers, fruits and seeds. Some of the stunning work by Patrick Blanc is visible below.

I intend to obtain visual information for my self-motivated project through source drawing and photography. I will investigate the structure of flowers and leaves using macro photography, I will also look at trailing and climbing plants, which are frequently used to cover vertical surfaces. I am also interested in how plant life covers the surface of ponds.

In recent weeks I have been to the botanic gardens in Dundee where I collected a vast array of photographs I have also began experimenting with scale, creating drawings roughly 2m x 0.5m in size. In the coming weeks I will further develop pieces using collage and stitch, as this is something I have enjoyed exploring in some of my more recent projects at university. During the Easter break I intend to continue gathering visual information by visiting The Alnwick Garden and perhaps some other gardens close to home.

I intend the outcome of this research to be for fashion. At the moment I will concentrate on collecting a body of visual research, primarily within a sketchbook. If I decide to develop the project further I would look at sculptural garments, layering various fabrics and combining a range of different elements or techniques. I would also hope to incorporate my love of vibrant, bold colour, intricate pattern and plentiful surface detail and texture.


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