Little by little we're been edging towards using fabric, and there's the hint of using stitch on the horizon.
I had been rather disappointed with my Chapter 3 paper samples, feeling that I'd somehow missed the point. However, rather than redo them I've pressed on and am writing up my responses to the first three. I'm thinking that in doing this I'll be able to work out my thinking more clearly and spot the gaps in my ideas.
8:1 shows my paper relief of the stalks left from last year's crop: a collection of torn papers rolled and simply tossed onto the background then glued in place.
My first fabric relief uses a technique I like very much indeed and have used in a number of modules. Firs,t I created tubes in small pieces of crisp cotton organdie and I threaded them with a number of strands of thick knitting yarn. The wool and stitched ends have just been left. Then I pieced the fabric scraps together.
8:3 uses a piece of towelling onto which various lengths of sari silk have been stitched using a wide wing needle. The sari silk almost appears to be embedded in the towelling. The tension setting and variegated thread add to its unfinished appearance.
8:4 shows my paper relief of a dandelion plant. This was created using straws and tissue paper and is based on a drawing I made in my field.
8:5 below uses a single template from the same drawing. The individual leaves are cut from cotton organza. The vein is slightly gathered then a piece of wire couched in two directions to create rough crosses. The combination of crisp fabric, gathering and wire gives each leaf a nice spring and twist reflecting the barbed and somewhat aggressive nature of the plant. As yet these are only pinned onto a piece of black foam core.
8:13 shows the white crayon background drawing interpreted in paper string and couched with brown thread. It's worked in a frame on reused silk organza. It has a light and open almost lace-like quality.
Below is a much more abstract interpretation. Felt leaf-type shapes have been stitched onto rough nettle linen and padded with wadding. I liked the fragmentary nature of this idea, its dappled sunshine and shadows effect. I considered stitching veins on each leaf shape, but dismissed the idea preferring the designs stark simplicity.