9 July 2014
This is a review of the second Project in the course “building a visual vocabulary, developing your marks”.
My review and reflective commentary:
1. Can you begin to see a relationship between stitching and drawing?
Yes, especially the sample for project 6, which was worked in a very similar fashion to my oil pastel drawing.
2. Were you able to choose stitches which expressed the lines and marks in your drawings?
Yes, but then I chose drawings which I thought would work well in stitch. There are drawings which I would have found more difficult, and where a stitch or way of working a stitches is not obvious to me at this time.
3. Did you choose the right source material to work from?
I worked 2 samples, one in stage 5 and one in stage 6. I was pleased with both choices of source material as they enabled me to explore the creation of both textures with stitch, and textures with threads.
4. Do you think your sample works well irrespective of the drawing, or is your sample merely a good interpretation of your drawing?
I think both samples are visually interesting, but particularly the sample worked for stage 6 because of the composition and colour.
5. Which did you prefer – working with stitch to create textures or working with yarns to make textures? Which worked best for you and why?
At this stage I would say working with stitches, because the effect of layering different stitches was something I hadn’t done before and it was amazing. Also, because of the variation that can be obtained with just a single stitch worked at different direction, density, or in a different way (for example, closed or open chain, long tail or no tail, regular, irregular).
6. Make some comments on individual techniques and sample pieces. Did you experiment enough? Did you feel inhibited in any way?
The technique of layering stitches produced stunning results for me (albeit very time-consuming). I was able to employ this with different stitches in both my sample pieces. I also varied the density of stitching to good effect in my ‘Great Barrier Reef’ sample.
Although I spent many hours exploring the different effects that can be achieved with stitch (stage 5), there were just too many combinations to produce an exhaustive study. Nonetheless, I feel that I have tried enough to get a good appreciation of the main techniques.
When I produced my stitch samples for stage 3, I felt that I was trying to recreate my drawing too closely. I have been drawing or sketching every day as part of this course, and as my drawing has become more relaxed ( and more impressionistic), I have found that my stitching has similarly become more spontaneous.
7. Do you prefer to work from a drawing or by playing with materials and yarns to create effects? Which method produced the most interesting work?
I would say that I prefer to work from a drawing. The act of making a drawing (or drawings)forces me to think about how to interpret the visual material in my own way. Now I have used this approach, I can’t imagine committing to stitch without going through this process first.
8. Are there any other techniques you would like to try? Are there any samples you would like to do in a different way?
I really wanted to try the alternative exercises using a sewing machine as well as the hand stitching. In the event, the hand stitching took me much longer than I anticipated, and I couldn’t have done it justice if I’d tried to do both options. Ideally it would have been great to have interpreted all the samples in machine stitching too.
9. Is there anything you would like to change in your work? If so make notes for future reference.
I am very pleased with my worked samples. However, I think it would have been valuable for me to have chosen source material which would have leant itself to a more adventurous use of media (such a raffia, tights, paper, string). If anything, I feel that I was a little conservative in my choice of threads.