Friday, 27 January 2012

Design Visualisation: The Struggle

After each 3 week workshop in Textiles, we have to select our favourite samples, display them and then visualise them in either a fashion, interior or art context.

We are not designing a product though, we're applying our fabric samples to a garment or a space, which is where I'm getting lost.

My theme is play and I'm 'toying' with areas of fantasy and child-like behaviour in terms of my concept:

- Creating a surreal environment -  fill a room with block shapes, changing the space so its unexpected - fairy tale, futuristic.

Obliteration Room by Yayoi Kusama at Queenland Gallery of Modern Art, Austrailia. This initally started out as a completely white room in the exhibition and then children we allowed a stuicker to put whereever they wanted in the room. After time this was the effect. I like the way the the 3D space is suddenly really hard to distinguish..almost like its been flattened. Surreal. Interactive.
- Creating shapes on the body (jewellery or garment) that loosely relate with figures from fairy tales - woodland creatures, half'human qualities, red indians, tim walker characters, or simply over-sizing almost like a child dressing up in her mother's clothes. Imagining.

Eglingham Children on Beach - Tim Walker. Love the Nisser Hat.

- Mixing the old and new. My whole project was initially inspired by the Post Mod exhibition at the V&A and having learnt more about it in DVC, I've learnt that play is what this era is now about. Mixing high culture and low culture, good and bad taste...

Pelodrilli: Studio Fludd Post 19 Oct 2011

Few Shots from our fitting in Spazio Pedrilli, Treviso -  a new creative space for handmade and young design ideas.

Meant to post these photos I came across from Studio Fludd a while ago but I think they're particularly appropriate for my current here we are..

Friday, 20 January 2012

Threaded up :)

Only took a week :) Let the weaving commence! Eek. Exciting.

YARNS. Chunky. Plastic. Strings. Fine.

Threading the warp through a 12 (EPI) reed in pairs.

Threading through the heddles following our threading plan. Very satisfying but fiddly :)

Tied on and complete ready for weaving to start on Tuesday!!

Monday, 16 January 2012


Completely neglected blogspot but for good reason :) One term of Textile Design at Nottingham Trent completed and as of tomorrow I'll be starting my second textile rotation in WEAVE :) It's been very busy but that's the best way...
I was feeling in need of inspiration.

Although these are woven on traditional vertical tapestry looms, the bold block shapes in repeat and use of vibrant colour against neutral backgrounds are what appeal. There must be a way to weave shapes rather than just stripes and checks on a table loom.
My samples that came from my first embroidery rotation consisted mainly of coloured embroidery threads and plastics stitched onto calico and they all look a bit samey on my presentation boards. These bright colours against the dark hues also works well. Very dramatic. Want to completely change the proportions of my colours in these next samples.
These were all created by illustrator and animator Carolina Melis. Pixelation is a key theme in my work at the moment and I think translating my geometric diagramatic drawings more directly into weave will be perfect. The process will pixelate my designs without any extra effort. May be setting myself a bit of a challenge though :)