How do you feel about the resulting conclusion?
I am very pleased with my final resolved sample. I spent a lot of time just thinking about how I would create the final sample…the school runs became valuable thinking time! I decided very early on that I wanted the piece to show gradual disintegration. I thought about the way that damp climbs up a wall, or how rot creeps along a piece of fruit, and wanted to replicate this spread of disintegration in stitch.
I think that my sample is effective in showing this ‘creeping’ disintegration. By peeling back just the top layer in the ‘growth’ area and increasing the numbers of layers revealed as I moved through the piece it created grades of disintegration.
I was also very pleased with my selection of dupion silks. These really helped to add the opulent look that I required for the sample to look like an old religious relic, as well as producing beautiful frayed edges. The addition of layers of frayed sari silk added height to the frayed threads which were exposed. Using gold acrylic paint to create added richness to the fabric surface in the growth area and a paler, plain surface in the disintegrated area added to the contrast.
To conclude by answering the question “How do you feel about the resulting conclusion?”directly…I feel proud of it and I thoroughly enjoyed the who process of researching and producing it!
Is it fit for purpose? Give reasons.
I think that I have met the requirements of the specification for the resolved sample as follows:
Theme – Growth and disintegration: My resolved sample represents the theme through the use of colour and techniques. I used richer colours in the area of growth i.e. gold paint, rich coloured silks, embellishment and I used techniques such as reverse appliqué with multi-layered contours and chenille slashing to produce an area of disintegration.
Use a repeating design from a star or cross shape: I used repeated cross shapes.
Interpret a design using the techniques you have used in this Module: I used the techniques of printing on fabric, designing with pattern, reverse appliqué, multi-layered contours and chenille.
If you were asked to make it again, what changes would you make to the way you designed it and the way you made it?
- I might try some synthetic layers in the reverse appliqué which could be melted with a soldering iron to create variety in the textures of the raw edges. I didn’t do this as I wanted to use dupion silks which would fray well and reflect the light. In hindsight, some different textures could have been interesting.
- I would get to grips with some design software to be able to play about more with digital layouts. In the absence of a design package I used power point to layout photos and do limited editing with them to create faded colours. This just about served the purpose but didn’t allow for much creativity.
- I would be more structured in the writing up of each section of work in Live Writer rather than trying to do the whole module, in one go.
- I would talk to Sian when I felt restricted by the brief (8” by 8”)…it became clear afterwards that I could have agreed a different shape with Sian.
Costs and time
Health and Safety:
Use of iron for bonding: it is helpful to leave the iron whilst making various bonded fabrics but care should be taken about where it is left so that no-one can accidentally touch it.
Use of bonding fabrics and iron: Make sure that a layer of greaseproof paper is used underneath and on top of the ‘bonded bits’ fabric when using the iron. I accidentally touched the Bondaweb directly with the iron and then had to clean the melted glue off once the iron was cold. For future reference I found that using a slightly abrasive cleaning product called Astonish was quite effective at getting the burnt glue off the iron hotplate.
Use of inks: make sure the table is very well-covered with newspaper before using Brusho inks. I coloured my papers on a granite kitchen surface with just one layer of newspaper underneath. Because Granite is not absorbent I thought the ink would wash off easily. This was not the case and I found that, despite giving it a thorough clean after painting, there was still slight ink colouring on my dish-cloth for days later when I wiped down the worktop.
Use of the scalpel : always use a proper cutting mat and put the cap on the scalpel whenever it is not in use to avoid accidental injury. Make sure the blade is as sharp as possible so that it cuts easily and accurately; a blunt blade is less easy to control and can veer off the cutting line.
Use of sharp pointed scissors: I used small sharp-pointed embroidery scissors to cut the layers in reverse appliqué. Care is needed to avoid cutting flesh as well as fabric!