For my Textile Accessory Advanced class this year in College the theme was either Nightmares or Lines and Grids. I was drawn to the theme of Lines and Grids more quickly and I soon came up with my own idea to go along with the brief. I started to look at the idea of "Going on a Journey" from looking at maps to the transport of getting there and finally what you see when you finally get there and the Journey that I decided to use was from when I went to Paris last year.
I started by looking at maps as we use maps to plan out our Journeys, so I done work looking at maps and the shapes of the lines.
I then started to look at the patterns of the lines of the metro map in Paris.
I then looked at the shapes of the map and created a pattern below
This is the pattern I have created from looking at the Paris Metro Map
Here I am looking at the Metro in Paris and Maps of Paris. I then started to look at some of the sights of Paris and this next sight I love! when I visited it I didn't know what it was but have since looked it up and now know what it is, this is a bridge of love and the idea is that you get a padlock and write your name and the person you love's name on it and then lock the padlock onto the bridge and throw the key into the water forever locking your love. What a beautiful sentiment! after looking at the bridge I liked the pattern of the grids that the bridge has so done some mark making techniques to represent the grid of the bridge.
Here I have made a page of love in my sketchbook
Here I have done a mark making technique looking at making grid shapes by using masking tape to create the lines.
Again here I am looking at mark making and have again used masking tape to create the lines.
Here I have done a quick sketch of the Eiffel Tower looking at the lines. I have just used a black pen and water to do the sketch.
I then started trying different mark making looking at the Eiffel Tower and started with free stitch on the sewing machine to create a loose image of the Eiffel Tower.
I then started to look at Notre-Dame and the rose window. The rose window was my main interest when I went on to mark making. So here I have started by doing some cut outs of the window.
I then started cutting out windows again and printing through the windows.
I then done some more cut out windows but this time I done a free stitch of an Eiffel Tower to put in behind the windows so its like you are looking through the windows to see something else.
A close up of the windows.
I started to look at rail tracks as when I was in Paris I used the Metro and train a lot so done a bit of track mark making.
After Looking at this project I started to look at Artists and Designers that relate to the work that I am doing. So I came across (Thanks to my friend Nicole) an artist called Matthew Cusick. He has made some beautiful collages from thrown away road maps.
The next artist that I found is Robert Delaunay. He co-founded the Orphism art movement but his later work became more abstract.
So because the aim of the class is to design and make three textile accessories I have started to look into accessories that interest me.
Travel bag by Disaster Designs
Wash bag by Disaster Designs
Zipped fabric suitcase
Black body shawl
This project has been personal to me because me and my boyfriend travelled to Paris last year and all of the Paris photos are my own, so I will finish the presentation on a personal note.
Me and Jak in Disneyland Paris messing about with hats! haha
Remember and check back on my progress and see how my designs come along!