Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Chapter 10 Design exploration with image copies - Option C

1.10.12 This is a close up of the result. I like the clarity of the design and the little pools of intense colour.
1.10.11 I used hand dyed linen as a background and attached the 2 pieces of decorated paper with 505 then small stitches. Then I hand embroidered the piece to echo the paper design.
1.10.10 I photo copied it and then drew into the design using coloured pencils.

1.10.9 I like the simplicity here and the mottled background of the reverse of the paper. I decide to use this design to take forward.
 1.10.8 Too busy again and I couldn't work into it easily. I couldn't use bleach on this as the colouring is done with markel sticks and oil pastels. I do like the soft colours and edges though so I may draw on these papers in the future!
1.10.7 shows 2 designs woven into each other. I thought it would be difficult to work into this as I needed more background and I didn't like the contrast of plain paper. I do like the reverse side here as rusty patches have occurred despite using a green wash. The front side is too much like a child's drawing as I used crayons.
 1.10.6 shows the original orange washed copy as the background to the coloured reverse side. The orange is too strong despite being a dilute wash and drowns the coloured side. Also the design is too busy.
1.10.5 shows another variation. I like these blue designs as they are simple and lend themselves to working into them. However I don't want to use blue so I tried with the orange and green designs. 

1.10.4 shows a blue washed copy as a background to the reverse side coloured.
I cut these into sections as in 1.10.2 and rearranged them, sometimes combining more than one.

 1.10.3 markel sticks and watercolour pencils washes with water. I like the colours here.
 1.10.2 cut into sections. This is the front of an orange wash of the bone corpuscles.
I made black and white photocopies of a few of my collected images and then washed them with diluted ink in my colour scheme. I coloured these in on the front or the back using a mixture of crayons, pastels, markel sticks and water-soluble pencils. These are 3 examples of these. The first is coloured on the back of a blue wash.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Stitched samples

The sixth is my favourite as I like the colours and enjoyed the embroidery. It is based on the cut ends of the neurons on which I based the colour study. I machine embroidered the green circles and filled them with tiny spots of colour using satin stitch.

The fifth shows bone corpuscles using four layers of dyed fabrics, embroidered then variously cut back using reverse applique techniques. I tried to use the sewing machine but the sandwich was too thick. Some of the fabrics were very densely woven cottons so were very difficult and painful to hand embroider! With different fabrics I would have done more embroidery using toning colours.

The fourth image shows two representations of myelin around nerves in cross-section. The upper shows shadow work herringbone stitch on a single layer of silk chiffon. The lower shows trapunto quilting using coloured synthetic fibres from Oliver Twists on a double layer of chiffon..

The third shows a tangle of neurons in the brain using machined cords couched on to the backing fabric and whipped back stitch lines..

The second shows bundles of neurons as seen on an electron micrograph. I made hand wrapped cords for the bundle and torn chiffon for the backing layer.

In more detail the first shows variably padded silk embroidered with clusters of french knots depicting the holes in the brain caused by amphetamine usage.
Here are the stitched samples based on my designs. I have used a variety of hand-dyed fabrics in my colour scheme (Procion dyes on natural fabrics).

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Colour study

These are the patterned papers I made with reference to the hollow tubes in the photo.

Of these on the backgrounds of different colours my favourite are those on the darker tones, see the picture above.

These are my colour experiments on paper, different groupings and different backgrounds. 
I have taken my inspiration from this scanning electron microscope photo of bundled neurons as I love the colours, especially the insides of all the little tubes.

Friday, 2 April 2010

Shape study

As I have done this before I made a number of samples which I liked without following the chapter that closely. These were the more successful. The only disappointment really is that on the blog the yellow and green papers which have gold or bronze oil pastel or treasure wax on them appear rather mustard coloured and dull. The highlighting sheen is lost but never mind!