Thursday, 30 October 2014

Connection between drawing and embroidery

I firstly selected patterns out of my highly decorative chosen object. These patterns then gave me something to focus on. They influenced me and l produced a selection of drawings for Friday drawing day. I picked out certain colours and shapes and developed them further into some colour/pattern studies. I used gouache and watercolour but preferred the flat colour of gouache, as it gave me bright vivid colours. 

I was then given a task by Kate to develop the drawings further by making a linked textiles piece. There were some rules and restrictions, We had to incorporate Bonding techniques, Machine stitch and/or hand embroidery. Whilst taking influences from my drawings. I think the connection between drawing and embroidery is a very close one. I would have never been able to produce my textiles sample if l hadn’t worked from my drawings first-hand, as they were what gave me ideas and inspiration. We were given approximately four hours to complete the sample, with use of a limited colour palette associated with your drawings. However you could use any fabrics or threads that you wished to choose. I would have preferred a longer timescale as l felt like l was under pressure and l wasn’t happy with my sample all that much, I didn’t think it was as good as it could have been. 


We were then asked to go on and produce two more samples. I thought the second two that l made were much better. I thought limiting myself to even less colours on one of them was much better and less fussy. I also preferred to use machine stitch rather than hand stitch as l think it gives a more professional finish. I especially loved free machine stitching as l could create the shapes that l wanted too, I even incorporated some text like we did in our drawings, using the words that we think of when we look at the object. I selected the drawings I chose to make the sample from because there’s so much detail which l thought would be good to work with. I chose to use bright fabrics, It didn’t really matter to me what materials l chose, I was just being experimental. I chose lots of different types like Calico, Hessian, Mesh, Organza, and Felt. I used patchwork and bonded different fabrics together to create some interesting backgrounds to work on. I tried to use mark making in both my drawings and textiles samples. I could have made them better by choosing fabrics and threads more carefully and maybe sketched out a few ideas beforehand. 

Monday, 20 October 2014

Embroidery Practice

Upon starting university four weeks ago and studying the ‘origins’ unit for three weeks l feel like l have learnt lots. It has been a real learning journey specialising in embroidery. My experience so far has been enjoyable and lm relatively happy with the samples that l have produced. I have developed my hand stitching and machine stitching skills further. I am getting more familiar with the different types and varieties of fabrics and threads, and l have had fun experimenting with them to find out which works best for which sample. I loved experimenting in colour and texture and I particularly enjoyed producing and developing work on the sewing machine. You can get a completely different outcome by using the sewing machines as oppose to hand stitch and it is so much faster.

We were inducted on to the Pfaff machine, Steam irons, Steam bed, Heat press and the Bernina sewing machine. I thought the Pfaff was a very clever machine and would like to work with it more when l have the opportunity. I’ve also learnt in lectures about how fibres are made and were they come from which l found particularly interesting.
I produced a technical file which will help me to never forget some of the stitching techniques that l have learnt, producing a technical file is something l have never done before as lm used to sketchbook work so that was new for me.

I did however find the unit a little difficult in Lynn’s lesson in particular to produce so many samples. Each week we were asked to produce six hand-stitched samples as homework and l felt like they weren’t always as good as they could have been because we had to complete so many of them, along with other homework. I felt like it became quantity rather than quality. At times l felt like there wasn’t really a purpose to the samples, no project or theme, However I quickly got used to the fast paced way of working and I was pleased with how many great samples I managed to produce in the time we were given. Overall I loved embroidery and it is something I would like to specialise in.