I was slow to start with this exercise, I was very nervous about contacting a museum and didn’t know at all what the etiquette was. But it all went very well in the end and I spent some wonderful time with my 3 linen textile items.
I was able to do some sketches on site and to take lots of photographs so I had plenty of source material for my sketchbook.
The brief split the recording and capturing instructions down into 3 elements: line, detail & definition and collage.
I made 3 line drawings of 2 of the garments, hoping to capture the atmosphere of the garments without getting bogged down with too much detail.
Then there were the interesting shapes make by the rust marks and the weave of the linen. And I experimented with some different ways to express their shapes and attributes.
I began with a detailed rendition of the sleeve sketch I made on site. I used an assortment of magazine pages but it was very flat so I cut out and added 2 little pieces of a photocopy of the sketch to add some contrast and a focal point.
When I found an article in a magazine with some photographs of carved wood I was very excited that it would make good collage material. Well, I did my best with it but it really didn’t come together in the end. I was hoping for gentle lines but I think it just looks clunky and very clumsy.
I did try to rescue it with some distressing and colour but I’m still not satisfied with the results.
It does make me wonder though whether I should take it forward to the stitch samples. It might work far better if I select small areas through a view finder?