This last couple of weeks has seen me moving on to Woven, the textiles whereby their decorative details have been incorporated into the cloth at the point of making, here heavy silk fabrics from the C18th.
I was aware that the process of designing each postcard could become mechanical as I have planned 12 designs, so I decided to return to the original designs of my printing plates over the last few years which I have all kept.
I have become better at writing down the plates design source and the date that they were created, as you see there are many. I then separated out the ones relating to my chosen subjects, lace, woven and to come stitch and print and designed the postcards from my original designs. This way I felt that I was remaining true to the original subject.
Here are the woven postcards, one at the top.
And the ones done so far, half way through the project.
The books that I have worked through, the Mary Thomas is particularly well thumbed!
I suspect that we have all collected items/things/stuff from being children. maybe it’s the beginning of honing ones eye, discovering our style, experiencing a little bit of control, it’s part of our human development. I could write a thesis, but I’m not going to!
For the past 30 years I have collected fragments of antique textiles, for various reasons, teaching aids, intrinsic beauty, the joy of study or for a particular project, to name but a few.
The current world situation has made collecting somewhat difficult, I like to feel the textile, turn it over and consider its history before adding it to my collection. However this restriction has allowed me the opportunity to spend more time with the pieces that I have.
I have thought of time periods, techniques, geography, politics, people, journeys, trade, design influences etc and their integration with each other. Somehow I feel that many of these elements are magnified by my location, on the Lancashire/Yorkshire borders where I am surrounded by pre-industrial revolution and industrial revolution reminders of bobbin mills, wool and cotton weaving and thread manufacture, not to mention the long Leeds Liverpool canal, two fields away, which sourced the raw materials and took away the completed textiles.
These ideas have lead me to consider the idea of ‘The Collection’, something that I have dabbled with before. I have the time to consider the whole, something that has sustained me in my artistic endeavours over the years. There have been artists’ books, now I have turned my attention to postcards from the Collection, small glimpses and reminders of what the collection holds.
These are the three lace postcards, I’ll be moving on to woven next.
I liked these books of postcards, probably from the 1950’s, they are smaller than today being 14cm x 9cm. Ive always had them, presumably from my parents house.
And I haven’t read many books, the weather has been good and I’ve been gardening
There have been several elements to my work over the past fortnight and I am just pleased that I managed to complete one segment.
The plates that I worked up from a second piece of Spitalfields silk, see here and here, still haven’t dried enough for me to fold the paper into the planed books as part of my ‘Vulnerable to Alteration” series. So I have put them to one side for a later date.
I have however completed the books that I began back in January, see here. If you are interested in any of these, all unique books, for more information, then do please contact me.
I’m still tossing ideas around the topic of ‘Collection’ and I hope that in my next post I’ll have something to show you. It’s good to have a project to occupy ones mind and be a distraction at the moment, there seem to be many possibilities on this theme that I’m enjoying the thought processes.
And I did read/skim/look at the pictures of the following books. I find that I’m getting out of sequence as I pick up a book and then not put it back in the same place on the shelf. Over the years I have slipped birthday and greetings cards into them as book marks and their discovery is a pleasure full of memories of friends and events.