Sketchbook

Rooting around in the loft I came across an old sketchbook started when I began a City & Guilds in Embroidery. I don’t recall if we were all using the same theme, or whether this was one which I personally had chosen but I was looking at rocks, texture, light.

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It’s plain to see that I’m no artist and am never more unhappy then when trying to create with pencil or paint. Actually, paint especially. So I hope you’ll forgive the quality of the work, I’m showing it because I thought it interesting to see the process by which the work evolved.

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The image below is huge, worked on brown wrapping paper. It folds into a sixth of the size and that is still equal to A3. Strangely I don’t mind this – I’ve done worse!

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Got a little fixated on moon craters. Developing the idea in mixed media, paper and fabric.

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More paper 🙁 then finally, fabric 🙂

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Back to paper and messing about. I didn’t completely hate this process but I’m never happy doing it.

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Moving on to create some texture on hand dyed fabric, using hand and machine stitching plus quilting.

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The light areas were created using batik.

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More quilting in a different colour way.

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I went back to an earlier design and worked it again in fabric but with better results.

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However, I just couldn’t get away from the dark hand dyed fabrics, they were really working for me.

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The final piece is overlaid with hand dyed scrim and it it quilted using hand and machine embroidery with stuffed quilting technique.

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It’s mounted behind acetate so not the best picture but you get the idea. I was actually quite happy with this and still like it now. I’d like to think my work has moved on from this and that I’d make a better fist of it if trying it today. I’m definitely happier working with fabric.  If you like this perhaps I should find one of my sketchbooks / workbooks from when I did my Felt Making City & Guilds course.

 

2 Replies to “Sketchbook”

  1. I think it’s fab. You can see how the work has progressed. And yes, if you have your felt sketchbooks, would love to see those. ????

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