Where Did 2012 Go?

Happy New Year everyone! I hope it has started well for you all and that 2013 brings exciting things – I myself am excited to get stuck into some knitting this term! And to go to my friend Ruchi’s wedding in New York in March, for which of course I will need a new dress and a hat… 😉 Before I go zooming into 2013 and get started on new projects, I wanted to clear the decks and put up some recent work that I was happy with.

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This is a little disconnected from my last post, the interior fabrics project, but I just enjoyed this fashion project and its outcome so much more. The brief was to produce four experimental fashion fabrics. These were to be inspired by our main sketchbook projects, for which we researched a particular place through drawn and painted work. I focused on the less well known entrance to Edinburgh’s Modern Art Gallery by the Water of Leith. A very tranquil place, the mood I wanted to capture was that of sitting on a bench in the rain in the shelter of a tree, feeling a little melancholy but calm and happy to be relatively dry on a grey day. The colouration was really important for these, and I was conscious that I had allowed my colour palette to get a little out of control on the last project so I wanted to keep a tight handle on it and be experimental through my woven structures rather than going crazy with colours and fancy yarns. Here’s a selection, including some photos of the final handbound sketchbook I produced for the main project.

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A closer view of the fabrics on display

paper template for scallops

A cut paper experiment to create scalloped shapes within the fabric

embossing - 1

Embossing on the technical face of the fabric. I didn’t use this in the final designs, but will squirrel this away for future use.

embossing - 2

Technical reverse of the above – I prefer the embossed effect of this side and the colours of the other.

My favourite of the four designs - I'd love to make a coat out of this!

My favourite of the four designs – I’d love to make a coat out of this!

Scallop motifs and long floats - highly impractical but I'm going for catwalk so that's okay :)

Scallop motifs and long floats – highly impractical but I’m going for catwalk so that’s okay 🙂

'Danish medallions'. I thought this would look really over the top but I liked the end result a lot.

‘Danish medallions’. I thought this would look really over the top but I liked the end result a lot.

Scalloped edge ties in with the second motif. Spacing in the weft suggests a rippling, watery effect.

Scalloped edge ties in with the second motif. Spacing in the weft suggests a rippling, watery effect.

Handbound sketchbook

Handbound sketchbook

Sketchbook cover

Sketchbook cover

Page 1

Page 1

Flick through

Flick through

The end

The end

The photos are not the best (poor lighting in our studios!) but I was really keen to show this work as displayed for the final submission. It’s encouraging to be able to see progress in my work and I feel I learned loads last term. I keep telling people this and it’s cheesy but I surprised myself by enjoying the weaving so much and just wish there were more time to get into it before moving on to the next thing… But time waits for no woman. I have a term of knitting and then I have to choose which of the two to specialise in. I’m already curious to see where I’ll be at this time next year – bring on 2013 🙂

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One response to “Where Did 2012 Go?

  1. Pingback: End of year and exciting times ahead | Towera Ridley | millinery, prints, textiles·

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