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Textile Archive – Recording & Capturing. What have I got here?

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.


I also made a number of more relaxed and abstract renditions of the lines in the stitching and the folds of the fabric.

It was a real test of my need to add lots of detail to keep this sketch this simple. I think it stands out against my other sketches.



Recording the detail was very enjoyable, the smocking and folds in the fabric of the garments gave me lots of shapes and shadows to record.


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.



Making the collages proved far more tricky, I was restricted by the small pages in my chosen sketchbook. In the past I’ve used collage to make far bigger compositions.

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?

I’m including these collages but I don’t think they are very good!! I was trying to show different ways to record the folds and weaves but I think my 2 attempts are too obvious and clumsy (again) 

I was a little bit happier with this piece, I like to draw over photocopies and I like the way this collage takes the original source and it’s now something very different.

I finished off the sketchbook with a couple of Hockney style montages.


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Nearly done – archive textiles sketchbook

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:

Line drawings    

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.


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Making Marks – Lines & Edges – Collage & Creases – Detail & Definition

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?!!