Saturday, December 3, 2011
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Thursday, July 21, 2011
This page is a self portrait☺☺ I have since added to this page some stamping & also the words "Freedom to be me"
On these pages I have done another self portrait only this time I am dressed☺☺ & having tea with a friend. This is a part of my whimsical. The sign is the recipe for friendship cake. And goes like this:
This page is filled with all of my favourite things to do with Tea.
And this page is filled with some of my friends from the UK's Embroiderers Guild forum. I want to do more pages like these filled with all of my friends whom are very dear to me.
On these pages will be the paper dolls that will become books in themselves, that I will fill with all of my dreams and aspirations.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
This one pictured here is the latest book that I made & is my Art healing journal. I am filling the journal with art works & things that I love. Tea Pots, Tea cups & all things tea ☺These two little books where inspired by a matchbox zine challenge I read about & entered on the web. The little brown book at the front is the matchbox zine that I made for the challenge, & it is fill with tiny photos of all the embroideries & work I have done over the years. It also has some embroidery, both machine & hand inside it, & I have also added samples of experiments that I have documented. The book measures 2 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches
This book is a type of pamphlet binding & has been beaded for extra interest.
This book is also a pamphlet bound book. But I have needle weaved each of the booklets together to create a fuller book. The cover is made from pressed paper clay, that I pressed onto a Chantilly lace rubbing plate.
This book shows both Coptic & Celtic binding. Each of the signatures in this book are coloured & the book is used to keep a record of everything I have ever tried or used in both textiles & paper craft.
I hope to add more books in the future & will be adding them to my etsy shop, so keep watching this space.
The workshop was not as scary as I thought it would be doing 50 drawings☺ Most of our drawings where made with paints & papers. There was a little drawing on the first day☺☺ On the first day we made a book from just one piece of paper, then on pages 4&5 we had to glue a piece of newspaper to one & scrunched up tissue on the other.
Then we had to turn back to pages 1, 2 & 3 & divide these into four. On page one we drew sets of dots in each of the four sections. Then on page 2 we had to draw horizontal & vertical line patterns in each of the sections, on page 3 we combined dots & lines. On pages 4 & 5 we had to do the line & dot combinations again only this time we where not working on plain white surfaces.
Page 6 we had to create a collage of some of the papers we brought with us, then on pages 7 & 8 we has to do the line & dot thing again only this time we did them in collage & only page 7 had any drawing on it.
After that exercise we then took our designs that we took with us, & had to pick out a small section of it to work with. We then glued this onto some of the coloured water colour paper we brought & then had to do a water colour wash over the top. We then choose just one element out of this design & drew it & enlarged it to fit our pages. This was what we used for most of the workshop, this one element. I chose a butterfly.
On the next page we had to then draw our butterfly well i drew a butterfly☺ & using either dots or lines we had to shade it it creating shadows. From this we then chose an element from the butterfly to then create a collage for a back ground. I chose the wing shapes to create my collage once we made a background we then added lots of our design.
Then to end the day we made some rubbing plates ready for the next day. These where from our drawings & where made by drawing our designs on some card with PVA glue. When the glue was dry they created the rubbing plates.
Pages 3&4 I have used the rubbing plate created the day before & used oil pastels to do the rubbing. Afterwards I have then added a water colour wash.
Pages 5&6: Page 5 I have used the rubbing plate & a candle. Then done a water colour wash over the top. Page 6 I have drawn on the butterflies then cut out some of the elements of the butterfly to reveal what is on the page behind.
Pages 7&8: These pages I have just done a water colour wash over. You can see the cut out from the previous page.
Pages 9&10: On page 9 I have taken some of the papers I painted up for the workshop & cut & weaved them back together again. On page 10 we had to create four small collages, but had to treat each one differently. Progressing from the first one.
Page 11: On page 11 we had to creat a collage tieing together everything that we have done over the two days, & adding the design that we started with.
These pictures below are the same as most of the above photos the only difference is that I have added elements to them.
Here on day two we played with mono printing. Taking a positive & negative print of our designs.
This collage that I did on day one still needs some work doing to it. I am going to add some of the butterflies.
Day two of the workshop was very full on. In the morning we all sat around & listened to the tutor give us some demos of what we had to do for the rest of the day. There were about 9 in total. That kept us relatively busy till lunch time, Then after lunch we watched a short DVD from Jean Littlejohn about sketch books. Then the tutor gave another short talk on some design ideas that we could work on at our own leisure.
Then we went off & played for the rest of the day☺ It was very relaxing & very informative & great seeing what everyone else was doing with what we had learned.
I am still working on these pieces & adding to them. I still have quite a few things to work on as I did not get started on all 9 of the things that the tutor wanted us to do on day two. Once I have finishe doing all of the design ideas & have my 50 drawings, they will then be made into a book.
That will be another post ☺
Hope you have enjoyed reading about this workshop & try some of them for yourself. And who said you could not draw ☺ Have fun & happy creating.
Big Hugs Your Friend Elizabeth xx
Monday, March 7, 2011
Most of the pictures that I have used for this are of me & my family, throughout the ages. Like in all of the other modules if you click on each of the images, you will bring the photo up in another page & see more clearly what I have written.
This question we looked at paper manipulation. This experiment was rather challenging as paper does not take to too many manipulations.
We then had to photograph the eight pieces in different lights to see what images the shadows cast, this was quite interesting. I have not added all of the photos that I took as this would take up a hole blog post on its own.
After doing the paper manipulations we then had to choose four of the paper ones & translate them into fabric. This experiment was a lot easier as fabric is a lot more forgiving than paper.
Then I was able to bring out my inner child☺ We had to create a picture using pasta. Sorry the photo is on its side. My computer would not put it right, even though I did change it in my photograph program.
Once we had made our pasta pictures we then had to colour it to bring out the fullness of the picture created.
Working with natural dyes. We had to dye fabrics to create skin colours, using all natural dyes. Things like tea, coffee, curry powder & so on.
My most favourite natural dye was from an experiment from Avocado skins. I saw it used on a blog site that I follow, called www.love-stitching-red.blogspot.com The longer you left the fabrics in this dye, the nicer the results I found. This is one I will use again.
We then looked at facial features.
Then onto doing figures in action. When I first read this lesson, I was a little scared. I had never done a figure in action. Well I thought I hadn't. Anyway, I asked my trusted model to jump on the trampoline for me, & I took photos. When I was happy with one of them, I then copied it it onto A4 paper, then traced around the body shapes to help get the patterns needed.
I have modified the back ground to suite & have left off the cardigan. Mainly due to time frame.
Next was looking at historical figures. We had to reproduce a figure done from history. Luckly for me a good friend Arlene had been to the English Embroiderer's Guild & had taken some lovely photos of historical stumpwork pieces. She was kind enough to give me copies of the photos, & from this I came up with the perfect piece.
The figure that I choose to do was from a box dating to circa 1650. It tells the story of David & Bethsheba.
Replicating the fabrics to look as though they where made 100's of years ago was the hardest bit. But I think I have hit the nail on the head so to speak.
Then we moved onto doing a fantasy figure. This one I had lots of fun with, as I quite like fairies. And am going to be making an interactive stumpwork embroidered book. I decided that this piece would be the cover to the book, & that all the major peices of work that I have to do for this course, would be based around a book.
Then we looked at pushing the bounderies. We had to make a cloth doll from scratch. This part I had already done. As I have made cloth dolls in the past. These two are my own designs & are just two of the four or more that I have designed.
Major piece. For this we had to design an embroidery that had both adult & child in it. As I was wanting it to be another page in my book, I based it around a piece that I had done in an earlier module. The finished piece is called "Beyond the Garden Gate"
The page that I have designed is based on a bi fold system. This adds to the inter activeness of the book.
These are images that I obtained from the internet to help me to work out how I was going to do a little girl on a swing.
Here again you can see my trusted model. This time posing on the swing. Doesn't she make a great model?☺
This is looking at the page with the bi fold open, & showing the inside of the garden wall, & the people beyond it
This gives a close up of the people in the garden
And this is the page closed. When I get it back from being marked. I will add it to the front cover that I made earlier in the module.
Thank you all for sharing my journey with this course. I will add module fours work soon. This will be the last of the module that I have to share with you all.