a life of fibre

Archive for October, 2016

London

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

In the summer we paid a family visit to relatives in London and one of the places I really wanted to go was the V&A. It has an exhibit in the John Madejski Garden which I was very keen to see. It’s the Elytra Filament Pavilion exploring robotic technologies and is on until 6th November. The sweep and flow of the pavilion is lovely, see for yourselves.

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The picture above is my favourite.

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It’s engineering and it’s beautiful.

Poncho 3

Friday, October 21st, 2016

Sorry I’ve been missing recently, it’s been a particularly hectic time but I’ll try and catch up over the next few weeks. Apologies if things are out of time order.

This was one of the ponchos I made for the workshop but never got around to showing. I began by salt and pepper dyeing the silk chiffon and took my colours based on the results.

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The colours were quite bright so to tone them down I used autumn tones with black, it worked a treat and here’s the wool reverse.

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Good enough to wear this way out but even better when viewed from the silk side.

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You can see circles of prefelt that  I used to adorn the poncho and also to weight the ends. The prefelt was added on top of the silk prior to felting.

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If you look at the left you can see a line in the colour. The silk wasn’t the right shape for my project so I cut and stitched it together before felting but after dyeing. If I’d stitched and then dyed you wouldn’t notice this at all. The stitches were removed after felting. I wanted to show that it is possible to work in this way and also that it can be used as a technique to patchwork your nuno.

I think there may be other clothing shapes to follow if I ever find a quiet day!