Stage 1 Reviewing your work so far
I have been looking forward to their final assignment and I have been working towards it for some time. During my last year in Japan I accumulated a lot of material for my theme book, all based on Japanese culture and Japanese textiles in particular. I started concentrating on the Folk Textiles and this gave my experiences in Japan a focus. From last January onwards, I started going to class in the traditional Japanese textiles traditions of Shibori and Katazome stencil dyeing and got my hands blue with Indigo. I also learned a little about rearing silk worms, reeling silk, silk weaving as well as dyeing with different plants but I tried to maintain my focus on Shibori and Katazome. One of my favourite hobbies whilst in Japan was visiting flea markets and searching through piles of vintage fabrics and kimonos or looking out for dyeing/printing/weaving equipment. I have built up a small collection of vintage textiles which show examples of some of the traditional techniques used over the last few centuries.
I do have some ideas in my head of using some of the techniques I have been practising in my final piece but for design ideas and inspiration for developing the creative process, it is proving most useful looking back through the work I have done for this course over the last two years. As I go through my sketchbooks and samples carried out for the various projects, a clearer view of my strengths and preferences has begun to emerge.
Inspiration for mark-making/stitching/texture:
As I looked through the work I did for the first assignment, I have been reminded of how I was inspired by some of Pollack’s work and my resulting mark-making exercises.
Perhaps I could develop some of these ideas into stitch for my final project?
I was also inspired by my visit to the Tokyo International Quilt fair. My favourite quilt was a mixture of cottons some with printed pieces and some appliquéd. A drawing of a Paris scene was then overstitched in white thread. I am wondering whether i could incorporate some stitching to represent a Tokyo scene, motif or skyline into my final piece.
I have also taken a lot of photos of railings/fretwork ,perhaps these could be used as stitching patterns?
Another idea I had when going through my samples to digitlly-manipulate photos to leave black lines as I have done with my photo of paving stones. THese manipulated images could then be used as patterns for patches.
Inspiration for colour blocks:
In Part Two Building a visual vocabulary I enjoyed picking out colours to create an abstract image based on colour blocks and this led me to wonder about using images in this way to inspire patched pieces.
I also enjoyed making up colour strips during the weaving projects and this technique could be useful in selecting yarns/textiles for my final project.
Inspiration for weathering/ageing:
Throughout the course, I have been inspired by rusty railings, weathered boats, peeling boats and I really enjoyed experimenting with discharge and resist techniques on paper and fabric when working on Project 4.
I used text in some of my samples and would like to try this with katazome (Japanese stencilling) using Japanese text or with rubbings to reveal text
When working on Project six, manipulating fabrics, I enjoyed ageing fabrics, using revers appliqué, layering and ageing and weathering fabrics. I was inspired by some of the ceramics I saw on a visit to Kutaniyaki Art Museum and have been thinking of making a four-panelled drawstring bag using the images on the plates as inspiration for each panel. I could combine some distressing techniques and reverse appliqué to wear away layers of fabric to reveal the images beneath.
I am hugely inspired by Japanese Boro and would love to combine some of the above techniques to produce some boro-inspired textiles!