Assignment 2: Stitching: Placed and Spaced: Choosing Imagery and Qualities to Stitch



Here is a photo of the drawings, paper manipulations and paper and stitch samples that I have selected to inform my three textiles pieces for this assignment.

Imagery and Marks

The drawing is the grass pullover (here represented by a photograph of the original drawing, which was, of course, my lawn!). I liked the texture and different levels of the grass, also dotted with flowers, mosses and other plant and insect life. So I am imagining a springy, tufted texture with varying levels.

Surface Qualities

The paper manipulations are:- one which represented the rag rug (section seen at top left), which I think might be a good way of forming the base fabric; the white, almost featureless piece below, which actually has a scratched and torn trail on it (a possible way of manipulating fabric for the lowest section of the base layer); the herringbone bag sample dipped in gesso – another possible way of producing a stiff, grassy texture for the base.

Stitch Qualities

The paper and stitch samples include my main inspiration, the ‘re-wilding’ piece (seen at right middle); and several other samples that contain techniques that I find inspiring and which may possibly find a place in this series of work (wrapped cord, couched circular loops of thread; couched knotted paper strip; the knotted wool stitches and iridescent cellophane ‘slug trail’ stitches are the ones that I have in mind).

Colour and Yarn

Although the original drawing was green, I think that I will stick with my focused palette of white, red and black, as used in two of the paper and stitch samples. I did not want the piece to be too literal a translation of the grass drawing (ie, green), aiming for something more exaggerated and playful. I think that the black contrasts well with the white base layer, and the red adds a surprising element to the piece.

So now to do some thinking about the base textiles I might use, bearing in mind that the instructions in the course notes state that it should have drape, and be a traditional type of textile that I am encouraged to manipulate to reflect the qualities in the chosen drawing and samples.


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