Notes from the Studio

I’m working on a few projects at the moment so I thought I would share some works in progress with you.

As part of my collection Time & Tide I have been experimenting with rust dyed fabrics using metal fragments collected at Spurn Point, Runswick Bay and Tate Hill Sands.

Rust Dyed Fabric Samples
Rust Dyed Fabric Samples

These samples of fabric are being made into commemorative pin cushions, marking a point in time on my visits to the coast.

Rust Dyed Fabric Samples
Rust Dyed Fabric Samples

I’ve been working on Thackray Uncovered since January, and I’ve started to sample looking at X-rays from the collection.

1948 X-ray Image
1948 X-ray Image

Using 6D software and the Pfaff Creative 3.0 allows me to explore the lines and patterns in photographs, creating a seemingly abstract design. I have started to stitch out some of these images, I’m not happy with some of the results but I’m very much process led so I’m happy to make a few mistakes when sampling.

X-ray Stitching Samples
X-ray Stitching Samples

After connecting with weaver Jane Walkley through Twitter I was invited to take part in an exhibition responding to Sunny Bank Mills. I have visited their archive several times, it’s such an inspiring place.

Archive Shelf Detail
Archive Shelf Detail

The Finishing Room at the mill is a fascinating space, there are so man exciting textures and colours.

Detail from the Finishing Room
Detail from the Finishing Room

I found some labels in the basement of the Finishing Room which I photographed so I could take them into my 6D software in the studio.

Pattern Labels
Pattern Labels

I’m really happy with the samples at this stage but I’m keen to explore more details based on the pattern books I researched in January.

Detail of Spinning Book Number 5
Detail of Spinning Book Number 5

 

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