Its taken a while but I’m almost there. Following on from the visit to the museum to observe 3 archive textile pieces I’ve been working on a sketchbook to record and capture the qualities of the 3 garments.
I made this sketchbook using a guide to Manchester I found in a hotel room, some pva glue and a load of torn papers.
Over the last few weeks I have filled it up with:
Definition and detail records
I couldn’t resist a little bit of stitch!
So now nearly all the pages are full. There is very little writing so I am going to add more detail about my choices and methods.
And to finish it all off I’m going to decorate the cover with this wonderful piece of fabric given to me by a friend.
The alterered sketchbook is working very well for this next stage in Project 2 – Recording and Capturing. The pages are filling up with my adventures into making marks and recording the qualities of the 3 textile pieces.
I became a little worried that I maybe concentrating on the details too much and not gathering a sufficently varied picture of the pieces so I went back to the course materials and reviewed the first exercise on mark making. Making some notes on materials and mediums.
One of my favourite books on design for textiles is by Helen Parrott and is helpfully titled Mark-making in Textile Art. Helen has written this book with clear, practical instructions and excellent photographs. It’s very easy to follow and I have used her guidance often before.
It therefore seemed obvious to use Helen’s guidance to gather some notes on the 3 textile pieces, to help me ensure I covered all the aspects of the garments that I wanted to include, to build up a treasury of shapes, motifs and patterns to consider later for design work.
Now the workroom is tidy and I can get to all of my supplies and now that I have some more comprehensive notes I can really get down to completing the required number of drawings and collages. But, first Art in Action. Does that really count as procrastination?!!