Category Archives: textile art

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I feel a little like a two-timer. I needed to create a blog for my design class so I’ve been spending more time there than here. But now I’m ready to share! We’ll see how the two blog thing goes. I have my suspicions . . .

The new blog is more about my working process and is intended to share my student work, inspiration, process etc. I think I’ll keep our family adventures here for now.

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You can find it at woodtextilestudio(dot)wordpress(dot)com.

I have to say I’ve been enjoying the chance to do it all again without making the same mistakes I made the first time. Hope you like it! I’d love to hear some feedback.

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colour

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My ever talented partner in life shared a little trick with me for creating colour palettes using the eye dropper tool in illustrator. So fun! I imagine this must be how those clever people at Design Seeds do it. I so love their palettes but it’s nice to create my own purpose specific ones to keep with my project files.

I’m using this palette based on a painting from Brian Wildsmith’s 123’s in the surface design project I’m currently working on. I love getting colour inspiration from children’s books. I think I’m going to have to do one for Caps for Sale next!

basketry

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Thought I would share another project from last term. These are two little baskets that I made using twining and coiling techniques. At this point I am still using a fairly neutral palette so I can focus on the technique as opposed to colour.

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The first one is made with sisal twine and wired paper rope and the second is made with fabric cording and wool. While they are not necessarily useful baskets, I like their texture and I can see how to improve on them.

Each time I gain access to a new technique or idea I feel like I’ve found my life’s work and I am keen to go out and buy all the equipment and get going. But now that I have learned this about myself I am committed to waiting until I have gone a little further along in the program before committing to something. I’m still not sure where it will all lead but I am enjoying the journey and feel ever so lucky to be here.

transformation

I’ve been thinking a bit about how to use this blog while in school. Frankly, the time commitment is overwhelming at times and blogging is often far from my thoughts. I’ve been following recent conversations about slow blogging and thinking about how to make this a meaningful, useful space and keep it somewhat current. I’m still working on that.

In the meantime, I know that ultimately I want to create some kind of a record of my process of exploration. To that end I thought I would begin with a few of the highlights from my fall term, starting with my first weaving project.

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Our first assignment was to create a wearable felt piece that expressed your inner self and could be worn on your head somehow. I tried a number of things before I became interested in headscarves and their use as cultural and religious identifiers. I started looking at the idea of transformation based on association with a particular religious or cultural group. How does identity transform with changes in headwear? Starched lace Mennonite caps, heavy knitted wool mufflers, dense black burqas, and flowing, colourful Romany silks were all part of my research. By looking at them as a whole I discovered a pan cultural iconography that represented my own personal history as well as those that I have encountered through travel.

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I wanted to explore ideas of transformation, identity, transparency and density through the characteristics of wool and through the language of cultural and religious identity as represented in headscarves. By removing colour I intended for this series of three scarves to be culturally ambiguous. Soft Merino fibres allowed me to play with both thick and thin textures while still allowing for structure and shape. I was also interested in retaining the organic natural edges created by wet felting while exploring the wool’s ability to retain shapes created when wet.

Overall, I was super happy with how the pieces turned out and I felt very privileged to have one of them included in the student exhibition at Circle Craft this past November.