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Exploring ideas Stage 4 Selecting designs for a specified outcome. 27.02.2015

So, weeks of research and also developing, sample making and then what to do with all this? I had a number of ideas I wanted to note down if not for now but for future use. The main question I kept focusing on was ‘How can I tell Helena’s story?’. I had made samples of fabric printing and wanted to think about making a corset from it. I then through sampling wanted to use the images I had depicting stages in her life into initially some kind of book made from fabric but then saw the potential of a larger piece of work that would be hung somewhere.

Further samples of how to present these ideas.

images layered as in a book fastened at the corner with an antique button.

images layered as in a book fastened at the corner with an antique button.

buttoned in one corner and stitched spine on the other

buttoned in one corner and stitched spine on the other

sketch of panels suspended from the ceiling allowing the drafts around the room to move each piece

sketch of panels suspended from the ceiling allowing the drafts around the room to move each piece

I particularly like this idea. I can see it being quite imposing. I would see the prints being around 5-6 foot tall printed on fine cotton as I have done with my samples, and with the faces being darned over again as in my samples.

Whilst I have been working on the printed panels I also have been working on an idea based on the Victorian mourning cape I purchased. I was thinking about hidden taboos again and wondered if I could create a mourning cape and use the fabric samples I had to line it?

I began by sketching the cape I bought which gave me time to really look at how it was made. I love the idea how every inch is hand stitched and wonder if it was the Woman who was to wear it who made it? It is a simple design, in no way elaborate so I can easily imagine it was.  I eventually settled on a crisp cotton mix fabric for the outer payer of the sample, with the printed fabric I had which detailed census forms, marriage certificate and photographic images. I patched the images onto the back ground fabric, darned the areas I needed to and then stitched both together. I also found beads that I would use to edge the cape section and an antique clasp the same as the one on my bought cape. the sample worked well I thought.

lace detail on the Victorian mourning cape

beautiful lace detail on the Victorian mourning cape

cape section sample

cape section sample

 

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