Effects of a great fashion illustration workshop

How can I be so indecisive…? A few weeks ago I changed my current live project towards a fashion garment instead of a textiles art installation…I tend to change my mind about my projects a lot, but I definitely cannot be changing everything so late into a project next year! My theme changed after we had a guess tutor coming in to teach us fashion illustrations for 2 days. As I was still intrigued by fashion I decided to join the rest of my class in the workshop to see if it could help in the future. Passionate about both drawing and fashion I got myself stuck into it and ended up creating a range of fashion illustrations using my current designs and family portraits. Turns out, I absolutely loved it and I ended up sketching up lots of ideas of how my current project could fit into fashion! I panicked a little at the increasing thought of changing my whole context but decided that if I want to experiment, now is the time to do it! It’s 2 weeks down the line now and I realize it was a bit of a sporadic and impulsive decision but I’ve managed to […]

Whitework embroidery

I am in that really exciting phase at the RSN of learning a completely new  embroidery technique. Having loved blackwork last year, I’d imagined whitework being just my cup of tea, and I was right. There are a lot of different technique within whitework, so far I have been taught  Pulled work, Drawn work, Broderie Anglaise, Richelieu, and Shadow work.  I decided to follow a subject matter for this technique, specifically for when it comes to creating my own final piece. I started looking at patterns from my travels this summer, Cambodia, Vietnam, Japan and Barcelona. In the end, I’ve decided to focus on Japanese designs, their floral patterns as well as their ‘lady’ paintings (Not sure how these are called but I will put a photo at the bottom). If you visit my post on Blackwork from last year, you will see that my design there was based onJapaneseese design. I really love those designs in general, which is why I have decided to revisit them with whitework. A technique which in a lot of aspects is similar to blackwork, so I think it will lend itself well to these designs.    Pulled Work Drawn Work This is an […]

Celebrating technology through embroidery!

For the research and Experimentation 2 section of our degree, we have been given the brief of ‘Celebration’ from the Hand and Lock competition. I decided to look into ‘Technology’ , celebrating it’s incredibly fast growth over the last decade. I have chosen to base my designs on circuit boards taking inspiration from the intricate lines and circles they have. With circuit boards as my design theme, I have decided to look elsewhere for my materials and colours. From the start,I knew I wanted to work with bright and cheerful colours and experiment with unconventional materials. I found that the 2015 Trend Union, ‘Labor of love’ colour research of the Household Ingredients was perfect for what I had in mind. Here Lidewij Edelkoort talk’s about how humble activities, such as household chores are resurfacing and becoming part of a bigger cultural picture. Bringing along with it a new wave of designs and art of household products such as bottles, gloves, and sponges. This has made me question our expectation that high end goods can only be made from luxurious and expensive materials; and that mundane cheaper materials can only ever be considered for the low end market. In a world […]

Since our excursion to the House of Dreams, we have been working with Stephen Wright to create our own art work and doll.  Stephen was our visiting tutor through out this whole project and I really enjoyed his work process and guidance. I hugely appreciated the time that he managed to give to us, and he taught me some valuable lessons in finding out about myself through my work.           The doll  we had to produce with Stephen could be of any size, but had to be inspired from 20 personal or found objects. I decided to choose nostalgic pieces from my childhood, an old doll, a barbie, some figurines, soft toys and badges. I spent  a week drawing from these, creating some large scale oil pastel drawings which could influence my doll. In the end, I gravitated towards my doll and my animal figurines the most so decided to mix the two together. This painting is what I based my first doll on. I wanted the body to be three dimensional, with ‘barbie’ like arms and legs. I used a thick calico to create the doll, which I re-worked and dirtied with oil pastels. The […]

Embroidered Illustrations for my Grandmother’s Poems

This Textiles Art project is based on my grandmother’s book of poems that my brother illustrated and printed a few years back. The book contains a selection of poems that she has written throughout her life. The book is now sold to raise money for Alzheimer’s research, a charity close to my grandmother’s heart. With my grandmother passing away suddenly only last summer, I have been looking to make a sentimental piece in her honour. With her being such a big influence in my passion for textiles, and her encouragement and excitement for my studies at the Royal School of Needlework, I thought it important for me to carry on telling her stories and thoughts. This is why I tried to illustrate some of these poems through textiles and reflects the emotions that she successfully conveyed  thought  her poems. This is my grandmother’s book of poems that my brother illustrated back in 2014. You can check out some of his work at https://hugopapiernik.wordpress.com/ To start off, I choose two of my grandmother’s poems. As this project is part of my 2 nd term at uni, I decided to link this textiles art project to my two previous ones by choosing nature-based poems. I decided […]

Silk Shading Embroidery

Silk shading, also known as “Needle Painting”; consists of long and short stitches done with stranded cotton or silk thread. By using a number of colours, you can shade and blend the stitches together to create a smooth natural finish. This  is a technique usually used for flowers, plants or animals as the artist can choose the colour and placement of every small stitch, such as in a painting. This is a very time-consuming technique that requires a lot of concentration, but the final outcome is  usually always worth it! Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to finish the rest of the flower before handing it in today. However, I am hoping to finish it at a later date.On the right-hand side are a series of experimental stitches, following the long and short rule. I sampled on both patterned and textured fabric as well as with different threads, beads or sequins.      

Gold Work Embroidery

Gold work, also known as metal work embroidery, is a fabric decoration embroidery that has always been a symbol of wealth and status. Today it is often seen on military, royal outfits or haute couture fashion. Gold work is worked with metal threads, imitation of gold, silver and copper which are wounded around silk threads. Other metal threads of a variety of colour and sizes can also be found, opening gold work up to a more modern approach. The earliest examples of Gold work did use pure gold and silver metals however these were not only very expensive but also very brittle.   Gold work takes years of practice, but one must start somewhere! I have only been learning it for a few months and I am already stitching things I used to admire. My personal passion for textiles is always very decorative and luxurious, which is why gold work is a skill I want to improve on so much. I have always admired it on haute couture designs so finally learning it myself and hopefully be able to use it on my own product one day is incredible.   Admittedly, it is a very tiring technique to do, especially […]

Botanical Gardens / Archives

  Chihuly  is widely known for his architectural sculptures. One of his main inspirations are conservatories and botanical gardens. In 2001, he set up his first botanical exhibition at the Garfield Park conservatory in Chicago which led to a series of Garden projects, including one close to home in 2005, at Kew Gardens in London. Being so close to Kew gardens I decided to go and be inspired myself. As  I am a lot better at drawing from what I can see rather than from imagination, visual research for me is alway vital for my later design developments. As I also decided to use botanical drawings as my archive for this project, I took the opportunity to visit Kew Gardens library and archive where I was recommended books on both botanical drawings and Textiles artists who were also inspired by flowers and plants.

Sea Life

A lot of Chihuly’s work is inspired by sea life. What I love about sea life as a source of inspiration, are the amazing patterns and colours you can find, whether it is a pattern from fish scales or from the natural lines within sea plants. My attention went more towards sea shells at the beginning,  keeping in mind that I could possibly stylise them later on. Whilst observing more and more the patterns  I started picking out key designs and colours that I liked. Chihuly’s cylinders are very decorative as well and reflect really well the natural patterns from the sea. That’s why, later on, I went on to look at where the designs for his cylinders originate from. A more in-depth view at these will be posted on my next sketch board.              

Primary Research – Chihuly

As I have mentioned before, this term we were given a brief from the Hand and Lock 2016 embroidery competition, for which I choose to study the work of glass sculptor, Chihuly. As I was particularly unsatisfied with my sketchbook and was afraid that my thought process wasn’t clear enough to others, I decided instead to start working on loose papers and create pinboards, in other terms make “Sketchboards”. The boards are sectioned chronologically and in themes, visually showing the steps I am taking towards my final designs. This first pinboard is composed of my primary research of Chilhuly. When studying his work, I found that there were several  different areas I could look into, his work in the botanical gardens, his sea life inspired cylinders and his colourful paintings.