Well the Red Knot installation for the end of year Degree Show is underway at last. Having made a number of revisions to the initial idea I’m now more or less back to the original one! It’s based on the migration of the Red Knot birds; B95 or as he’s now known ‘Moonbird’ has made this journey every year for around 20 years now and it’s his remarkable story that has inspired me to create my final piece of work for my FdA stitched Textiles course.
Working on the red knots:
Just spent a great ‘workshop day’ with Angie Hughes being “Inspired by Klimt”. Velvet, foiling and stitching -a very interesting and relaxing day. As you can see it’s not finished yet but it will have to wait, the Red Knots call….
Inspired by Klimt – work in progress.
Had a fun afternoon today experimenting with dying yarn, in preparation for my final piece for the Degree show.
I’ve been researching the Red Knot bird and one in particular, known as B95 or sometimes called the Moonbird. This is the basis for my installation and one thing I’ll need is lots and lots of orangey red yarn. Having found a suitable yarn in white, I need to dye half of it red/orange, hence today’s experimentation.
Printing with the dyed thread
Experimental dying – Two types of thread dyed with different mediums.
Dyed thread using Procion dye – looks like a Red Knot already!
Printing with dyed thread
The ‘Fabricformation’ fund raising event ‘Tea with Matthew Harris’ was a big success being a sell out, attended by just over 120 people.
Matthew Harris gave a most interesting talk and slide show, allowing us an insight into his method of layering and stitching fabric. He displayed samples of his work, which everyone was able to see and actually handle, which was a real treat as not all textile artists will allow you to touch. We were also very appreciative of Matthew donating a piece of his work to be included in our raffle.
Tea and cakes were served after the talk, wrapping up a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.
I am a member of ‘Fabricformation’, the 3rd year textile and stitch student group at Eastleigh College. As part of our degree we are fundraising for our final degree exhibition and have organised a talk by Matthew Harris. This will take place at 3pm on Sunday 16th March at Otterbourne Village Hall (SO21 2ET)
‘Editions of 10’ was the Badger Press exhibition contribution to 10 Days Winchester and I was lucky enough to have my screen print included in the exhibition. The brief was to use the numeric 10 within the design, to produce 10 editions measuring 10″ x 10″.
Here I am signing my 10 copies
The prints were framed and hung in various locations around Winchester and mine was in the Winchester Discovery Centre.
“Ten + ten 10’s” hanging in the Discovery Centre, Winchester
(It looks a little dwarfed by Alice Kettles work in the background!)
I also did a stitched version as part of my repetition project at college.