I joyfully received a couple of new sets of pens for Christmas: uni Posca pens, which are thick water-based paint markers that are very opaque and colourful, and they don’t smell strongly of ‘chemicals’. The other set contains varying thicknesses of Sakura Pigma Micron pens – some of them are very fine, so will be useful for making delicate marks.
Here are some pages from my sketchbook exploring the new media.
Following my work on Assignment 3, I took one of my photographs showing fishing crates on a dock side, and made some drawings of it – coming up with a colour palette that I was happy with, and sourcing some threads and felt fabrics to make a miniature sample picture inspired by the image.
I feel that there is further mileage in this piece and will probably return to it, using paint or mixed media.
One of the books I received for Christmas (Keay, 2009) is about jewellery made using textile techniques, which is another interest of mine. I have been building a Pinterest Board on the subject for some time. I think that small areas, patterns or textures could be abstracted from the sample above to make interesting jewellery.
Keay’s book illustrates some fine examples of contemporary jewellery, together with projects highlighting different techniques.
Source:- (Keay, 2009) page numbers marked in captions to pictures
Jeehyun Chung is inspired by repeated structures (such as those found in scaffolding), and traditional Korean accessories and flower patterns.
Laila Smith focuses on the textile processes using fragments of domestic textiles combined with precious metals. Her more recent work appears to be in metal alone.
Sarah Keay here uses spun newsprint coated with acrylic varnish.
Lina Peterson enjoys the combinations and material qualities of her pieces and uses colour in a playful way. She is interested in the relationship of her jewellery to the wearers’ clothing.
The book explores traditional ways of working with textiles such as felting, crocheting, binding, knitting, weaving etc using traditional textiles and yarns, and unusual materials like wire. There is also an inspirational gallery of work from which the images above are taken.
The mixing of materials, textures and techniques is very interesting. It reminded me of fellow student, Inger’s, recent samples joining different materials. (Something I have to look forward to in a future part of the course). I like the way simple materials and processes are given value by the time taken over their construction; the thoughts and ideas that go into the finished piece; and the presentation of the work (eg mounting in precious metals).
I have felt slightly nervous of using textiles in jewellery because of their delicate nature, the possibility of water damage, leaking colours etc, but I think it is probably more the case that they can be thought of as miniature art works that would be displayed, and perhaps only worn occasionally, so it is best to use whatever materials you are inspired to work with and not worry too much about the practicalities.
Keay, S. (2009) Jewellery using textiles techniques: Methods and techniques. London: A & C Black Publishers.