Monday, 5 May 2014

Paper relief into fabric relief

Deciding on five photos from Chapter 3 where paper had been used to interpret surfaces I felt it was vital that I should use a wide variety of fabric finishes explored in chapters  5, 6 and 7  to give me an opportunity to consider possibilities for final samples on landscapes.
Using my original photos and also using computer  embossing programmes to enhance them I decided the best bet for ensuring variety was to think through some ideas of storyboards before I started stitching. Notes and fabric were selected and five story boards surrounded me with variations of fabric selection on each board...this is what followed:
 Sample 1 Textured sample board - granite/quartz rocks
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Fabric sample a) the fabrics appealed to me; nylon, chiffon, polyester, felt and slubbed linen.  The result of layering the top three three fabrics with the chiffon in the middle encouraged the idea to quilt the quartz lines of the stone. The 'tramlines were then cut open and distressed, to reveal the 'quartz' - or 'solid sunlight' in the words of George Wyllie.
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Fabric sample b) discarding the felt a sandwich of thread thrums was placed between two layers of chiffon and the linen. Stitched in place the chiffon was then cut away and the linen hand stitched to replicate surface pattern of the granite.
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Sample 2 Textured surface board, chalk 'shell' fro Coral Beach, Isle of Skye
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Fabric sample a)Taking the printed cotton and the silk organza strips a loose machine stitch was worked over the strips allowed me to gather the fabric.  This was then embellished with gimps and perle thread to replicate the 'worms' in the original shell.  Fabric sample b) using narrow tucks I gradually turned the fabric to try to get a a radiating pattern which sadly didn't work it looked far too angular despite trying the fabric into curves as I stitched!

Ref 5.8.2 a

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Fabric sample c) thought a simpler format might be a better option so cut a circle of felt and the zigzag stitched string to give the effect, not sure if I like right or wrong side best!

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Sample 3 Textured surface board strata Isle of Skye
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Fabric sample a) using a range of fabrics from cotton muslin, calico through to linen and jute I wanted to explore changing scales of fabric weave to echo the character where larger stones existed at the top of a soil structure rather than as per norm going down to bedrock. Decided to insert some small pebbles from the reverse
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Fabric sample b) using a silk noile the concept of obtaining a ruched surface for further stitch work entered into mind, hence the shibori tied pipe on the right of the sample board photo.  Used a range of beads, seeds and string/linen thread to give added texture to the shibori surface.

Sample 4 Textured surface board, Sandstone wall Arbroath Abbey
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Fabric sample a) cotton fabric was layered on top of fleece to provide a quilting surface. Having coloured some tyvek with oil pastels I then used a soldering iron to distress the tyvek surface.  This was then machined on to the layered fabric with an outline stitched added below the shaped tyvek before the process was repeated three more times.
Fabric sample b) using a cotton base layer, melted nylon was added before added a distress linen layer where threads had been withdrawn. threads were then knotted to pull threads together. finally knotted threads were added to give additional texture.
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Sample 5 Textured surface board, conglomerate stone, Lost 'beach', Strathdon

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Fabric sample a) four layers of cotton and linen fabric were layered together and machine stitched shapes were worked to replicate the relief patter of the rock.  The shapes were then cut away and distressed by rubbing.  The surface was then machine stitched to add interest and depth.

Ref 5.8.5b(i)
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Fabric sample b)  Using some rust dyed calico I replicated the tissue paper samples by gather three circles  by hand. The images show front and back with an additional embossed image.
Ref 5.8.5b (ii)

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