Archive for November, 2010

November 24, 2010

My chosen object

My chosen object for my project(TEXT 104U) is ‘Topologies’ by American artist Anne Wilson. An installation of lace and thread pieces held together by insect pins, currently on exhibition alongside the history of laces at the V&A Museum.

November 24, 2010

London trip, in photographs

November 24, 2010

LONDON 17/11/2010

Today my class travelled to London for the day to visit the V&A Museum. I’ve never been before and fell in love, there was definately too much to see in one day! I really liked the ironwork on the first floor, I’ve seen this kind of work before on gates and hanging basket frames but never really paid any attention to it till now. Such inspirational designs I especially liked the floral and swirly patterns.
My favourite place in the museum was the history of laces, this was the place were I was most inspired and it’s also the place where I found my chosen object for a project I’ve been recently given (I’ll make another post about my chosen object).

November 16, 2010

Dye & Print; India Flint & Kareem Iliya

November 16, 2010

Final workshop; Dye & Print

Yesterday was my first time in the Dye & Print workshop and I really enjoyed! It started off easy with proceian dyes and papers. I’ve worked with dyes before but only briefly so I feel quite new to this but I hope to give it my all. Using a variety of papers I mixed colours and created textures using candle wax as a resist, clingfilm, batik and salt. I really liked using candle wax because it allowed me to draw images from sketchbook and create interesting textures. I only worked with fabric once today and this was when I created a screenprint. I drew an image of a tree from my sketchbook using browns and greens and yellows. The image was strong, effective and once printed I was really happy with it. I’m looking forward to friday’s lecture which will consist of shibori, hot water dyes, heat transfer & tie-dye!

November 16, 2010

Book Review; The art of embroidery

The art of embroidery
Inspirational stitches, textures and surfaces
Thames and Hudson

The cover of this book is stylish, inviting and generally easy on the eye. The cover illustrations on the book clearly indicate what the book is about, embroidery. The pages of the book are set out spaciously, the font is simple and easy to read also I’d say there are more photographs than text in the book.
The book basically teaches the reader how to learn embroidery from basic stitches to really complicated ones. I think any textiles student like myself would find this book more than useful and definately inspiring.
After reading this book, I’ve learnt a lot and I feel that I have improved my knowledge of both embroidery and hand stitches. While reading the book I felt I had to follow the step by step stitch guide and try out the range of stitches. I didnt find this book off putting at all, infact it kept me interested throughout and I’d like to purchase my own copy. “If I had to stick a postit on my favourite pages then I’d probably run out of postits!”.

November 16, 2010

Skin, by Natasha Mayo (task write-up)

For a new post this is a very delayed post seeing as the task is over a month old (I’ve already done it in my reflective journal but thought it would be relevant to put in my blog).

Task: Look for atleast three different properties of ‘skin’ in either the practice of textiles or ceramics and discuss in what ways they achieve this connection.

1. Muslin

It’s such a thin and breathable fabric. I think these properties are directly linked to skin. Skin is always soft and movable, like muslin. It can be dyed to create shadows and coloured pigments of the skin. Various stitches could also be added to create textures of the skin.

2. Muslin dipped into slip

As already stated above, muslin dipped into slip only adds to the connection with skin. I tried this technique back when I was college and it worked beautifully. Mixing muslin with slip makes it easier to work with and chance to shape it into any desired form.

3. Porcelain

This clay type connects with the properties of skin better than any other clay. Porcelain is such a rich material to work with but it’s also smooth, easy to work with and can easily be textured. I also like the fact that it’s white, this makes it easy to colour/glaze afterwards and white enables forms to create shadows and tones making the idea of skin a lot more realistic.

November 11, 2010

Take a look inside my ‘artist file’..

Before I started my course, I was given a task to start an artist file where I had to collect inspiration from the internet, books/magazines and other sources. I’ve decided to show some of the inspiration in my file through photographs below..

November 11, 2010


Yes, that’s right. I’ve been in Cardiff for 48 days today and I cant believe how time flyssssssssssss! I’m really happy here in Cardiff and on my course. I’ve met some really wonderful people and possibly friends for life. Here are some pictures from some of our student nights out..

November 11, 2010

FAT. (Fashion Arcitecture Taste)

I found this website while searching for some sort of inspiration while I was sketching buildings. Before I found this website I was bored with drawing such a hard subject matter, I found it more than challenging and really didnt understand how architecture linked to textiles. Until now. Buildings are not just buildings but like textiles, buildings can be textured, cut into and shaped in so many ways. Also architecture isnt just buildings, its so much more than that and can even include interior design. FAT (Fashion Architecture Taste) really inspired me because unlike most buildings, the designs on this site are different. They’re unique, eye catching and definately link to textiles.

November 11, 2010

Influence much?

Since the summer I’ve been finding inspiration from artists, books and the internet. I’ve also started collecting my three favourite fashion magazines; VOGUE, ELLE & HARPERS BAZAAR. My aim is for my next few posts to be strictly on inspiration and this post will be based on magazine inspiration only.. See scanned copies below for my latest finds;

November 4, 2010

Stitch workshop

I’m really enjoying the stich workshop. It’s a mix of things that I’ve done before and new techniques which is keeping me really interested. My favourite new technique I’ve learnt is sewing with interesting threads and wools, I also really liked creating pile fabrics. Below are some photographs of some of the samples I’ve been creating for my technical file.

November 4, 2010


Drawing is a very important part of my course and although it isnt my strongest subject area I’m constantly improving. I used to work basic (pencil to paper) but now I’m drawing with everything and I love trying new techniques like drawing with the wrong hand and continuous line drawing. I’ve become a fan of using a variety of papers and masking tape is my new best friend.

November 4, 2010

Mixed Media workshop

My first workshop was mixed media. I was looking forward to this because I was excited to work with new material and try something different.  I’ve worked with wire previously so I was aware of what I could do with it and show off what I could already do ontop of learning even more skills. Before this workshop I hadnt heard of spot-welding, little did I know but I was about to end up being a spot-welding pro! I created a variety of samples not only spot-welding but manipulation skills like bending, twisting and flattening. I also experimented with mixing metals with fabrics. The result from this workshop was to create a box and on each side show various techniques. This task gave me chance to be as creative, unique and make my box as innovative as possible. Below are pictures of my final box and certain details which I’m most happy with.