Early on Friday morning I handed in my latest project. It was a making project in which we had to complete at least six products to show how our samples, in my case embroidery, could be used on small products. My collection of products includes a cushion which features large embroidered jewels along with two embroidered zip bags. I also made a scarf which uses one of the drawings which was drawn as a plan for one of my embroidered jewel samples to create a print. To finish the project I made a small selection of jewellery, including necklaces and brooches. The jewels were laser cut from wood then coloured and joined together, I used chain and silk cord to finish the necklaces. Now I have three weeks off for Easter so I have many projects planned including a pencil skirt and finishing the scarf I have on my needles, lets hope I have time for it all!
Over the past week I have been exploring different ways in which to create my jewel motifs with embroidery techniques. The samples are shown in the photos below, the first is an enlarged jewel stitched with textured yarns and beads. I have also cut jewels from thin wood which I stained with ink and then attached to a sheer fabric base. The bottom photos show 'lace' which I created from beads using a jewel motif to create and all-over pattern; the other sample includes embroidery with textured and metallic threads. I have also begun to consider and sketch a few ideas of how these techniques could be used on products. Over the next week I will hopefully begin to make my product ideas.
Over the past week I've been working on continuing the research for my current project. I've been making a few more jewel themed collages and drawings. Several of my drawings have been drawn to represent embroidery stitches and beads. I have translated one of these into embroidery onto sheer fabric, which can be seen in the photos below. The embroidery uses a variety of stitches including couching, straight stitches and French knots. The fabric is almost invisible so it appears as if the stitches are floating. I've also been testing a few more techniques out to create some samples; the photo below left shows a sample in which I have sewn beads in layers from an old necklace combined with sequins which I snipped into squares.
I'm onto the next project now which is a continuation of the last project. It is a making project in which we have to design products which we will then sell to raise money for the university stand at new designers next year. I'm focusing on the drawings of jewels which I created at the end of the project and will be developing these into products. I've just started some drawing and collage with different papers to create different textures and shapes which will inspire the products.
The Perpetual Maker - Hannah Mansfield
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