Author Archives: mycreativeartsjourney

Stage 4 Making your textile piece

Stage 4 Making your Textile Piece I have decided to work with one of the panels as my final piece and chose this one which included a variety of shibori and katazome samples and a mixture of sashiko stitching. I collected together the relevant textile pieces which I had already dyed and cut them into […]

Stage 3 Developing your design

Stage 3 Developing your Design So far these are my ideas about my final piece: – Bags – possible end-product – look at examples of bags – how are they constructed? – Idea = design 4 pieces and bottom piece to be sewn together to make bag – Consider function – strengthen old linen by […]

Stage 2 Focusing on your theme book

Stage 2: Focusing on your Theme Book Having got some ideas for using techniques practised during the course, I then got out the Theme Book which I have been adding to over the last few months.  It has turned out as a kind of pictorial journal of my time exploring Japanese textiles whilst living in […]

Stage 1 Reviewing your work so far

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 […]

Tutor Report Assignment 4

Overall Comments This is a very sound assignment in which you have demonstrated your commitment to mastering and then exploring the potential of several new techniques. The work you have sent me shows an appropriate choice and sensitive handling of a range of yarns and threads and a willingness to experiment with some more unconventional […]

A Reflective Commentary of Assignment four

A Reflective Commentary of Assignment four I attempted this assignment during a particularly stressful time, relocating back to UK from Japan.  For much of the last few months I was between homes, with all my worldly goods either in storage or in transit, so I had limited access to a studio or materials.  I was […]

Theme Book – Japanese Textiles

Theme Book so far…. I have been consistently adding to my Theme Book, collecting and collating information, photos, brochures and postcards relating to my theme of Japanese Textiles over the last few months.  Recently I started putting all the material in some sort of order and started sticking down images.  It became clear that some […]

Stage 4 Developing design ideas into Weaving 2

Sample 2 Having completed Sample 1, I felt like trying something a little more free and intuitive, using different materials and decided to try the second approach.  We were asked to choose a word as a starting point and I chose ‘Wabi Sabi’.  I starting collecting together magazine images, some of my photos and other […]

Stage 4 Developing design ideas into Weaving 1

Sample 1 For this sample, I selected a very simple painting of Mount Fuji which I bought in Tokyo, just before I left.  I was attracted by the simple shapes and range of colours which captured the essence of Fuji and was very keen on using it as inspiration for a tapestry weaving.     […]

Stage 3 Experimenting with different materials

Stage 3 Experimenting with different materials  For the next piece, I chose a range of materials to experiment with and decided to warp the frame up with paper string as I like the texture and wanted a more ‘rustic’ look to the piece.  Fabrics chosen to weave with included strip of cotton fabrics, tapestry yearn, […]