Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Chapter 12 Composite Sheet for Fashion Accessory

Organising items for a composite board helped to focus the mind on the next steps towards the final design choice.  
There would be lots of stops on the way as to whether I should go back to the starting blocks!  Sian's report back notes on 'Design thinking for an accessory' gave much food for thought  and decided to try and 'keep away from too many tricks  and to concentrate on marrying technique and design' think I may have failed already as the composite board already looks too busy now its posted!
Ref 3.11.1

Constantly swithering as to whether I should stick with working on the sample 3.10.10, see below or  play more with the idea of 3.10.7b, seen above in the central photo.  I decided to include more negative space elements into the 3.10.10.  Compromise is not always the best course and does not stop the nagging doubts.  Your will see my conclusions on this choice at the end!                                                                              

Looking at the basic shape and taking off the 'features' I decided to take advice and to play with the mask and draw other options around the mask on paper. 
Cutting the eyes so they were symmetrical  and 
playing with the antennae  - pulling them down so that it not only gave negative space but gave more balance when mask was worn. Ref 3.11.2
 See detail in 3.11.3a and 3b shows how a paper template helped decide to cut!

In order to give the mask a third dimension and shaping I concentrated on the area around the nose.  It was supported by wire mesh covered in perle herringbone while all other support was given by adding wire to strengthen the scroll cords.                         Ref 3.11.2

                                                                             Ref 3.11.3a                           Ref 3.11.3b

  Ref 3.11.4b                                                                                        Ref 3.11.4a                                                      Ref 3.11.4c
Scroll stitches were used to emphasis the scroll features around the eyes and antennae - a laborious task as the free machine embroidery base provided a tough surface to stitch through.  I probably over compensated with beading but enjoyed the touches of light they gave - it became a bit like eating peanuts - once you start its hard to stop!!
The mask is tied to the head using organza cords seen originally in 3.10.10 as potential scrolls. Ref 3.11.4d

And now 3.11.5!

There is still a feeling that I should have chosen the more open design using my thrums and bondaweb/chiffon! I liked the simplicity of the open design but felt it needed to stay unembellished and would not fit the brief of a resolved sample using aspects of module 3.  I did consider merging the two but that would have been a step too far!  It brings to mind another Robert Frost poem, The Road not Taken, ....' long I stood'......
'Oh, I kept the first for another day!'.
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  1. Your mask looks absolutely gorgeous Judith. Look forward to seeing the other one another day!

  2. I did not realise you had finished your mask Judith - it is absolutely fantastic and such a great idea. You are going to have to organise a masked ball to show it off - you can invite us too :-)

  3. Hi, Hope to make Distant Stitch Summer School in 2014 so maybe we could think of doing a masked caberet!and possibly will have two masks to chose from!!!