For this part of my course the brief is asking me to focus on translating and interpreting my drawn marks into stitched marks on my previously prepared papers. As I started sewing on to my sample papers I realised that this is not at all easy. Some of my prepared papers had different properties; Some were very delicate others to stiff or dence so these samples ended up being very time consuming. I had to think about the threads I was using too, to thick and it could wrip the paper, to thin and it could catch on the paper and some threads kept knotting which sometimes concluded into happy accidents.
Above is a section of my drawing of the embellishment of the Sareeh which I translated with stitch onto paper.
The sample above was hard as the paper manipulation that I used is delicate and sharp because it was cut with zig zag scissors. It was hard to sew on to it as the thread kept catching and I had to be careful were to stick the needle so not to tear the sample. The motifs I drew on are the ones I drew of the Sareeh which on this drawing have come out sharper, ackward and not as organic as I would of liked.
Drawing of the Elisabethan dress above and the stitch interpretation bellow.
Using a view finder I selected the part of my drawings I wanted to develop with stitch to interpret the lines and marks I found most interesting. Using one of my favorite paper samples from my small library and cutting a square of 10 cm I drew with stitches and the making simple lines in different directions almost like quick scribbles. The effect is interesting and I like the different marks on this sample. The punctures on the paper, the different tones in the layers of tissue paper and the different directions and noting of the thread make this sample very tactile and visually interesting. The scale of the flowers is smaller than my iPad drawing but I think it works as we are able to apreciate the qualities and tones of the paper. It would be a shame to cover the paper totally with the threads.
The inquisitive and playful side of me can’t resist to experiment with light and photography and I found myself putting my sample against the light of my lamp. I loved the outcome! The punctures on the paper allow the light to shine though creating a beautiful picture. I love the colours and Siluette that the threads have created with the help of the light. It has created my own firework display! Joining in with my theme of “an Indian summer”
Below one of my chosen drawings and my interpretation and translation with stitch on paper.
This sample has surprised me as the paper manipulation below was my least favorite one of all, to the point I was laughing at it and almost chucked it in the bin. It has made me see the importance of keeping everything and that sometimes it’s just about experimenting and looking at things with a broader mind. The sample bellow was inspired by the motifs on the Saree on my previous drawings. I felt it had gone wrong so it has definitely turned out to be a happy accident. In the brief I was asked to cut some of my paper manipulation samples and draw with stitch. I found it hard to cut them as some of them are so pretty. I realised that some of my paper manipulation are too stylised (my tutor did tell me I have that tendency to style my drawings in the early stages) for me to cut them up for this exercise so I opted to cut the “ugly” samples and draw with a variety of threads. I used cotton thread, paper thread and a shiny purple thread (I bought when I visited the Alexander McQueen exibition months back). All of the threads have different qualities. The paper thread is wider and stiff creating volume. The purple thread is thin, smooth and shinny making it very easy to work with. The cotton thread is thicker as its for crochet so I had to use a thicker needle witch created thicker holes on the paper. The texture of the paper is strong and bendy making it ideal for me to sew on it. The paper was manipulated with different layers of tissue paper and sketching paper and joint with punturing holes. Some of the holes were useful as I was able to use them as the base of my drawing. Some areas of the paper have been paper mashier and it gives a un-even effect. The stitches I used are big and in some areas I have used knots to create volume and a 3D effect. I like the different tones in the paper sample as you can see the different tissue papers used. I used similar tones in my selection of threads tying in all the textures together. I was very surprised at the outcome of this sample as it was better than I thought.
I selected a section of my drawing and interpreted it with different threads and ribbons translating the lines and marks on to my sample of paper and plastic manipulation. This sample was time consuming but I think it’s worth it! I like the different textures and the vibrant colour scheme. Again! I’m surprised at the outcome which makes it an enjoyable exercise as I’m learning and experimenting with what works and what doesn’t. This sample is rich in texture, colour and tones. There is a lot going on…with the shine of the plastic, the mat tissue paper and again the softness and shine of the ribbon contrasting the mat and the stiffness of the rafia.
The picture above is a section of my drawing of the embellishments on the Sareeh, I tried to translate the marks with thread finding it hard to do the lines and circles as loose as in the drawing but I like the overall outcome. I’m finding that the way that I’m translating the lines with a different media and the outcome is completely different to the original, it’s almost like Chinese whispers every stage moving away from the original, developing into something completely different.
I have tried weaving some of my stitches to create a different texture and covering parts of the surface of the paper.
Above is a collage of all my samples so far.
This sample is a section of my collage of the Elizabethan dress. The lines are different to some of my samples above. I don’t find this sample visually interesting and I feel that it’s a waste of beautiful modified paper but it was an experiment in trying to replicate the marks that the card created.
Although looking at it again… I like The contrast of the golden paper and the mat thread it almost reminds me of a prehistoric drawing that you would find in a lost cave. It’s making me realise the importance of going back to your work and reviewing and analysing it as every time I do, I see or learn something different.
I find the back just as interesting as the marks are looser and out of control maybe with a nicer thread ? or maybe I just need a break 🤔.
sample I like very much! I have tried to put most of what I have learnt on this project together. My stitches being woven together make the paper even stronger. All the layers of tissue, thread, lace make this piece almost like fabric. Bendable, flexible and easy to manage.
fire works celebrating a very enjoyable exercise.✨