Archive for ‘Tasks’

March 20, 2011


For this project the three objects I have chosen are; a wire sculpture I made of myself, my mother’s decorate ball ornament and a set of three brooches that my grandmother left me before she passed away. What I like about my chosen objects is that they’re decorative, surface textured and they link three of my family’s generations together.

In my sketchbook I started to record these surface textures using various media and on assorted papers. I also used a lot of the drawing techniques I learnt last term such as continuous line drawings and timed drawings. I feel my drawing skills have improved greatly since last term because they are a lot more detailed and I feel I’ve been able to take more from these drawings to transfer into the workshops. I really enjoyed all of the workshops this term particularly stitch. I learnt so much in each of them and as a result, I’ve produced four really inspirational files all inspired and linked to my chosen objects.

My final piece focuses on the three of my chosen objects together in a collective order of three generations. My final outcome is a mixed media wall piece, incorporating pieces of; tyvek, bondaweb, nuno-felt and free machine embroidery. I’m really content with the textures I’ve individually created and how well they all blend together. I’ve learnt a lot this term and really pushed the boundaries.

March 20, 2011


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 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.

October 12, 2010

Al Sadu Weaving in Kuwait Lecture by Dr Keireine Canavan

Wednesday 29th September 2010

My first lecture at university! I really enjoyed my first lecture, it was so interesting! My favourite part was the symbols and how the such simple drawings can mean so much and tell stories. The slideshow was eye-opening because Kuwait as a country is so simple humble, it shows just how many of us take life for granted. The Al Sadu weaves are so beautiful and I cant believe the size of most of them. I’d love to travel to Scotland to see these with my own eyes. Overall I’ve taken in so much from this lecture and simple shapes will never just be simple shapes again! Thanks Keireine!