Posts Tagged ‘patterns’

Sandlace – Free Form Lace Continued

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

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Some sample making continues for some ‘Sandlace’ works,  inspired by pics such as this one above.

  • Something I’ll do more is place one of the ‘lacey’ sections over some of my own freeform piecing/patchwork.
  • Another possibility is ditto over some much more muted fabrics,  closer to each other in colour and intensity.
  • Also to be explored are some texture printed backgrounds ….

 

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  •  I very much like raw edges, so this  is being explored, too.

 

 

Sandlace – First Samples

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

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Well, although I could go on for a long time in PSE, drawing lines on photos of sand ripples to explore the idea of holes making a lace pattern based on the brights and darks, once I began to think of it as ‘sandlace’,  it seemed time to pick up needle and thread and start working with the idea !!

My first sample, the grey and cream in the upper right corner, below, was of the cream, bonded on one side, holes cut out and the edge shaped, then ironed on to the grey background.  Although I did a little stitching, and I liked it, it also seemed too flat, too ‘neat and careful’, I felt.

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The grey and brown on the left is also heat bonded, and really, the small cut-outs feel too small to do much about – so I am just leaving that as is.  Which is what making samples is all about – its certainly not about finishing anything off, unless you specially want to, of course.

The third sample I did was cream, sewn to grey and then cut out after the orange stitches, which worked well – can you tell I’m keen on the florescent thread?  And, the dark grey stitching is actually attaching the whole thing to one of those painted stretched canvases I have around, its 20cm sq. – and I have several 30cm sq, so I will mount them as I do them, because that worked well, too.  On larger pieces there will be room for several French knots or other textural stitches if I want them.

 

 

 

Patterns Of Holes – Current Exploration

Monday, October 28th, 2013

These couple of beach photos show why I find patterns on the sand inspiring – although I have only just connected them to my current ‘holes’ focus.  They are of sand ripples and drainage lines of course; but to each photo I have added some sketch lines to highlight the potential of such patterns as ‘holes’, which to me mean ‘lace’ of a freeform kind.

In this first one,  I sketched in some lines to show how I see irregularly edged fabric with cut holes, and stitch on patterns suggested by the drainage lines, and knotty things of some kind like the little lumpy bits on the sand.

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And in the second, I have quickly sketched around shapes to show you why I am thinking ‘free form lace ‘ of a kind.

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And, if I made some holes with a crochet hook or knitting needles,  both those would provide additional textures …hmm, possibilities.

I’ve already hacked various sized and shaped holes into a variety of fabrics this morning, and now they and some of the cutout bits (these in a mesh bag) are all  swirling around in the long wash cycle.  After a spell in the dryer I hope some interestingly frayed and inspiring pieces of fabric will take me to another step in what I have in mind.

 

 

Holes Intrigue

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

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These earings  were chosen for their holes.  Both were hand crafted. The silver ones I bought in Perth around 1995, and the gold ones in London 2005.  Both are by Australian designers whose names have totally gone from memory so if you know whose work either of these earrings  are, please let me know and I will update this post with accreditation.  I wear each pair very often.  Their simple designs of a pattern of holes on nice shapes appealed to me then as much as they do now.   The gold ones I freely admit may well have influenced my punching of leather to add to fabric in this little Timetracks piece,:

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but, that’s  really tough on the right hand and forearm, even with thin leather like this.  I am though my leather punching phase, largely.

To every hole there is a foreground through which the viewer can see a background which might be up close, or stretch into the distance.  I know this is totally basic, but still something to think about.

 

 

 

Holes: The Essence of Lace, I Believe

Friday, October 25th, 2013

I’ve just realized that I’ve had a love of ‘holes’ for some time, and of course they are the essence of ‘lace’ which I see as patterns of holes, though others might see ‘lace’ as patterns of threads.  

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This morning I went back through my photos to find some I’ve loved and recorded in the past few years:

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Anyway these samples and details show some of the ways I’ve used ‘holes’ in the past few years. 

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I think I can detect holes marshalling their forces to appear in my work again sometime soon – stay tuned!

 

 

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