I spoke with a fellow student about my plans to set a light behind the images to allow the viewers to see through all 3 pieces. He suggested placing colour Perspex which is attached to each frame and then the lights will pick up colours. We spoke about the colour pallet and weather to use coordinating or contrasting colours.
I would have found the whole process of framing easier if I had been able to frame first then stitch into secondly. That wasn’t possible due to the feasibility of stitching on a machine with a large frame. So the only conclusion was to frame at the end.
My work was always going to have an abstract, uneven edge and disparate feel to it because the work is self portrait and that is how I feel best describes me.
Yet as I discovered stretching muslin fabric with uneven edges on to a wooden frame requires continual measuring as the fabric moves and stretches out of shape. This discovery was unexpected and required a certain amount of problem solving, unpicking, repeat measuring.
In the end I measured ,stapled and re measured every few staples.
I was concerned that the sheer wait of muslin fabric would be difficult to stitch. Gwyneth suggested that I would need to use a hoop larger a stitches and sharp needles.
Gwyneth has offered support on colour mixing, how to prepare screens and choices in fabrics.
If we want a screen or dyes, colours and use of machines we ask her by job request. She then gives us a predicted time and date that the materials will be available. This takes planning and time management.
The same goes for Bill who prepares frames and helps with the kiln or other 3D requirements.
Dyeing hessian to make a border for all 3 pieces to give unity.
This piece was to be a culmination of different skills used in the first two pieces. I wanted to use a variety of media to represent variety of life and experience learnt as represented by this stage of life. The starches are overlaid a screen print which has three blurred images of myself used to give a representation of age through the blurring.
I have used
- tea bags
- hessian threads
- embroidery silks
- machine stitch
- hand stitch.
- dyed fabric
It’s important to tie the pieces together to give unison. Due to changing my mind several times im looking at using hessian dyed as a border.
about the final fabric and eventually decided on sheer fabric as I am wanting to give the viewer to opportunity to see each individual picture front and back and also look through the pictures to see the passage of time. I looked at hanging from coat hangers as opposed to frames. Discussion between tutors and my own thoughts led to the decision to frame. I want a stable picture because the movement of hanging loosely may not show the pieces off in the best way. which the .
I want to be able to display the work to allow the viewer to see each individual piece but also look through the first piece and see a glimpse of the others.
Ideas I wish to incorporate in my final presentation
- See the journey of life from beginning to the end
- View the backs of each artwork as these add an interesting alternate.
- Suspend the works to allow movement.
- Explore light to creat shadows and reflection which can also explore passage of time.
I am interested in Newtons cradle which has often been an executive desk toy over the years but i am intrigued by the relationship between the balls.
I will investigate to see if I can purchase embroidery hoops large enough for my works.