This is the hard point! After so many experimentations ending up in so many samples I am asked to sort out the samples that I have found more successful or that I have learnt from the most. Or the ones I find have scope to be developed further.

I also have to take into consideration that it is advised in my manual to only send the blue bag provided by my course containing my selected samples and my sketch book. Well… considering my sketch book is is A3 this will take half of the space in the bag so the sorting has to be quite ruthless and in my opinion reflect the more exiting parts of part one.

I was wondering if I had done enough samples for part one. It is easy to forget what you have done as ounce I made the samples I stored them in shoe boxes just to keep some sort of order. I was pleasantly surprised at the large body of work I have managed to produce. In the process of sampling I completely forgot that I was meant to have chosen ten exercises to work from through the five projects. Instead I got overzealous and wanted to try almost all of them. Part one has so many different methods… so much to learn! Some of the methods take a while to get to grips with.

In terms of beauty I like the sample below. I enjoy the simplicity of it. The choice of paper was everything in this piece. I don’t usually do neutral well but I think with this sample I did it successfully. I also like the way the sample moves and changes to a different formation. The small scale of the pleats makes this sample more delicate. I have previously (in ideas and processes) done something similar in fabric (image below). My previous attempt in using rotational accordion pleats was in a bigger scale and with fabric with a smocking technique added so it was much more cluttered taking away from the simplicity of the pleats. I love working with colour as this comes more natural but I have enjoyed trying to be more neutral for a change!

Below: A previous sample from ideas & processes.

Below: This is another sample that I feel proud off just because of my sheer determination! I had the challenge of doing this folding concept called “symmetrical repeats” with a piece of silver leather I found in between my stash of fabrics. The leather was very stiff and hard so I really had to manipulate it applying heat (the iron) on to a cloth covering the leather. I felt a sense of achievement when it was finished even though the sample is A5 small. I enjoy how the piece has become more flexible like an accordion. It is obvious that I was inspired by Julie waibel ‘unfolded universe’ and wanted to learn this technique. I have only touched the surface of folding methods which are so time consuming and require so much patience.

The sample below: I selected to send to my tutor as it shows how I have taken the folding technique and the fusing fabrics with heat exercises further. Pushing my learnings and discoveries through my sampling. I enjoy the warm colour of the gold. Gold is usually a luxurious and shiny metal depicting opulence. I enjoy the contrast of what gold represents to the fragility and distress achieved in this sample. I also think that by allowing the fabric to over hang the original card sample shows the original qualities of the gold fabric. Leaving the excess fabric at the end also adds movement and makes the piece more dramatic. I added small amounts of lace to break up the gold and make the piece less heavy.

Below: I love this sample! I enjoy the cardboard already being shredded and manipulated. The cardboard alone has so much interest to me! The way the cardboard shreds are capturing movement. I also like the way the card is layered to make it stronger adding an interesting pattern -this excites me- but to then add and melt with gold fabric that looks like gold leaf sheets and watch the fabric melt into the grooves of the card? that to me is textiles poetry! 😀

Further more I enjoy the composition of this piece. The card shredded vertically and the two strips of gold fabric place horizontally add even more movement to this sample showcasing the beautiful characteristics of the media I have chosen. I do think that the colours I have chosen work well too, inspired by the golden leaves against my silver birch tree in my garden.

I had to select the piece below because it shows how I have experimented with other materials like lace, slowly moving my original idea to see what other outcomes I can achieve. I learnt how to manipulate the heat of my heat gun with the different pieces provided in my kit and with the different settings of the gun. learning how to control the heat was incredibly valuable as it can determine the effect I wanted. How much of the fabric I wanted to be melted, frayed, distressed or even shrivelled.

Below: this sample was a complete surprise to me and a delight. Through much experimentation and burning and melting any fabric, plastic, paint and even metal that crossed my way I learnt the different outcomes and properties of heat and materials combined. I learnt that felt burns in a distinctive way almost in small claps. So I used it as an accent to my piece. The proportion was smaller to the lace and the gold fabric as it was richer and powerful. The copper metal mesh not only adds a beautiful rusty sheen to the piece but it’s the perfect base for the delicate materials I chose; as it conducts the heat to perfection and it provides a grid for my fabrics to latch on to as they were being fused. I enjoy the variety and contrast of the materials.

As I said in my previous blog entry, I think this sample is a result of all my other experiments culminating into a more refined sample. This sample is fitting for the season we are in. Welcome autumn!

Above: this sample is A1, much bigger than the previous. The photo doesn’t really do it justice as I think it’s more beautiful in reality. I had to photograph it with a white card behind and I think this distracts from the delicacy and transparency of this piece. I patiently collaged the pieces of lace and gold fabric with the heat gun and added some acrylic paint inspired by Miró’s use of accents of colour. I felt this piece was as delicate as our minds any stress or unexpected pressure and it can colapse but in between all the frayed fibres and honest lines lyes the beauty! The method of fusing fabrics with heat was new and exiting to me and I think it’s obvious in the results.

I selected the sample above because I like the imperfect lines That have resulted with me using a perfect folding concept combined with a metal and no proper tools. The copper metal sheet folded in this way captures the beauty of the hues copper has to offer. The shadows and light interest me in this sample. I also enjoy the small scale as for some reason it enhances the beauty of the imperfections. I was originally disappointed with the imperfect lines and luck of precision in the folds due to my restricted tools but I think this was a happy accident, as it shows the wrinkles in the metal which resulted in beautiful marks.

The piece above is just lovely in my opinion. I enjoyed manipulating and distorting the metal to create a sculpture that is bendable and captures light, shadows and movement. It also photographs well. in a huge scale I can see this as a installation in a park or public space.

Above: I had loads of fun doing this sample for project 3 heating with water. This sample is a fusion of heating with water and heating and fusing. There is a few elements in the composition that worked well in previous samples and I have adapted them to this sample. The over hanging of the lace netting is one of them. Allowing the lace netting to be shown by it’s self in all of it’s glory while also disclosing the calico and allowing the viewer to appreciate it without the lace – this works well- I enjoy the softness of this piece the lace gives it a romantic feel while also acting as support for the calico to stay in place as the 3d “bubbles” stay and pop through the holes of the net. This sample is rich in texture! I have completely distorted the calico by dyeing it in tones of pink and yellow and then changing it’s texture to a “lumpy” and “bumpy” one and fusing the lace netting on top.

Above: hard boiled sweets 🍬 ,what’s not to like? I enjoy the colour palette in this sample. It’s a fun sample. This sample follows similar principles and processes than the previous but has a completely different feel. It has a fresher and maybe more contemporary feel. I enjoy the flexibility as it could be moulded into a desired shape/structure.

Above: I chose this samples because they are the ones that have scope for further investigation. These samples leave me wondering… what if I joint them together? how would that look? I could experiment further with the direction of the waves. I also like the fact that they are milk bottles using the resources around me and recycling waste.

We shall see…