I cannot wait to have a scanner again - I have so many drawings to share! Things are very busy here at the moment, I'm juggling my degree (which is pretty full-on, considering I've only been there, what, a month?) with working part time - gotta pay the bills! - and being a grown up*.
*here meaning: making awkward phonecalls, paperwork, cleaning, cooking, washing. Remembering what goes where/when is a task and a half, I can tell you! Worth it though.
Wednesday, 17 October 2012
Last weekend the Knitting & Stitching show returned to London's Alexandra Palace. As knitting and textile enthusiasts, Harriet and I went along. It was £15 to get in - which is pretty standard, but we were lucky enough to bump into a lady with a spare complimentary ticket on our way in, so we didn't have to pay full price!
One of my favourite parts of the show was in the foyer, before you even got into the exhibition halls - Tales Of The Unfinishable, a fabulous collection of unfinished and abandoned projects had been displayed to create a large textile tent, lined with patchwork curtains. You could go inside and read the stories behind all of the projects featured.
This is one of my favourites - I love all the colours.
The pole holding up the centre of the tent was covered with haberdashery essentials, all sprayed gold, and a little speaker that played the sound of a sewing machine gave the tent atmosphere.
Something I really loved about this part of the show, was the emphasis on imperfection and experimentation. I tend to get caught up in following patterns and perfect stitches, particularly when knitting, so it was really refreshing to see things that perhaps otherwise, would've been discarded or forgotten.
Monday, 15 October 2012
One of the things I've been looking forward to most about art school is printmaking - I didn't have access to printmaking facilities at A Level or at Foundation and it's something I've always wanted to try. We had a short introductory print project last week, where we were given the title Failure To Communicate and three days to come up with a print or a series of prints, that reflected this idea.
I've only ever done lino printing and mono printing before, and we were given the opportunity to try screen printing, etching or collagraph. My idea involved a lot of detailed line work, so I chose etching, as I believed this was the most suitable process.
Here's a little peek of some of my early prints - I'm really pleased with how they turned out. I'm going to share more details about my idea and images of my final prints as soon as I have access to a working scanner!