Embroidery, Printing, Uncategorized

Steady Progress – 25th January 2021

Despite the influences of the weather, rain, snow and ice over the last ten days I feel that I have been constructive and made a little progress and that wasn’t just trying out a different cake recipe!

My aims were simple:

To continue working with the idea of ‘Vulnerable to Alteration’

To formulate a plan of work for the next couple of months 

To continue with the reading across my book shelves.

Looking back I’m content with what I have achieved, bearing in mind deep concentration is a little elusive in these difficult times.

I altered my last printing plate by cutting out the top half and undertook a print run, which, when dry will make two books and six cards.

Then I looked at my second piece of woven silk, this had unpicked seams and further seam stitches and a few loose tacked threads in the body of the silk. so it had had at least two functions in the past. It’s a beautiful soft, draping silk dating from the 1760s and probably woven in Spitalfields in London.

I started drawing, re drawing and then working out the areas that I was going to cut away, just in case it might all fall apart.

And then I began to plan the details of each section, considering light and dark, fancy and plain. I am pleased that this plate has a different feel to the last plate, we’ll see how it works out.

My plan going forward revolves around bringing together the prints/plates from these lockdown months, most plates have a life expectancy of 10 prints and I have done very few of each. I am returning to idea of ‘Collection’, I see the work over the last year as a different definition of a collection. I hope that it will present an alternate perspective for me to consider.

My reading has gone well. I have been taking notes from each book, finding information that was worth noting and searching for similar textiles to those in my collection of fabrics, so building up my knowledge and reliving memories held within the books.