Thursday, 23 October 2014

Shades of Indigo.

Phew!!  We certainly hit the ground running in the second year of my degree course…..

Our module brief  'Shades of Indigo' asked us to create designs for fashion textiles using 'indigo' as our colour palette.

Well, everything has turned blue, not only paper and fabric, but my hands( no gloves) and  several white shirts (oh.. where did I put my apron) .

I needed to produce thirty paper designs and fifteen fabric designs using print, stitch and manipulation.

Heres a selection of my work.

My inspiration came from my summer sketchbook. I had experimented with Oriental brush painting.

I also looked at Japanese textiles especially 'Boro' with is now considered an art form although it was initially a utilitarian way of preserving clothes and other textiles.

During my further research I looked at the work of 'Yayoi Kusama' who lives and works in Japan and works with repeated 'Polka Dots.


I worked on my own piece of 'Boro' and did some darning too. Both are ways of making fabric last longer as well as being decorative.

 These are some of my paper designs.

and a selection of my fabric designs...

 printed on hand dyed Thai silk..

hand and machine stitched appliqu├ęd polka dots on hand dyed Thai silk...

printed and machine stitched on hand dyed Cambric…

 reverse applique with machine couching and hand stitched french knots on a hand dyed wool mix…

I have some of my dyed fabric left over and am working on a short tutorial on Boro. I hope to add some kits to my Etsy shop over the weekend.

It"s been a whirlwind over the last six weeks, our new module starts on Monday, so now to clean my house, buy some food to stock my cupboards and enjoy catching up before I start again. 

Guess what? I love it!!

XOX Angela.