Yesterday I completed my defining a specialism project which drew inspiration from abstract expressionism and jewels. Below are some photos of my work displayed on my desk ready to be marked. I designed all the prints by first painting them and then using Photoshop to put them into repeat, I then had them printed onto fabric. I have used embroidery techniques to manipulate and embellish these prints. The three prints displayed next to each other on the wall are the silk scarves which I also had digitally printed. I like to put my work into a fashion context so I have pinned and photographed two of the larger samples onto a dress mannequin to show how they could be made into garments. I photo shopped another sample onto the mannequin. Next up is a making project for which I will be researching next week.
I've now started the first samples for the project I am currently working on. My package of printed fabrics arrived on Tuesday, I had two of my designs printed onto cotton percale, one on cotton lawn and three printed on silk squares. They were printed by Lacuna Press, who did a fantastic job, the prints are so crisp and detailed. I've finished the edges of the silk pieces to make them into scarves, so that's three samples down, five to go. I've started one of the other five samples and have got as far as creating pleats on the bias then straight pleats following on from the diagonal ones. You can see a section of it in the photo below, the diagonal pleats also cross over in some places. To finish this sample off I will add some beading in lines to echo the pleats and tie in with one of my other prints.
I've been going crazy overlocking and stitching the edges of my fabrics today to prepare them for being made into samples. I love hand embroidery but I never get to do much of it at uni, which is mad as I specialise in embroidery. There never is enough time in a project, but for this project, even though time is tight I have decided to do some. The drawing of gems below will be embroidered onto one of my fabrics. The other samples will include more beading and a bit of gold leaf.
The Perpetual Maker - Hannah Mansfield
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