Sunday, 27 August 2017

Module 4-Chapter 11 Make a special book structure related to "Media"

Thanks to Siân I finally managed to finish this book structure and make it a more cohesive piece of work.

It is a tribute to all the women who care for the well-being of their family (with a little twist of humour). It is based on my weekly shopping list which a enlarged and copied onto fabric (inside left page). In fact it consists of two layers, one of coton fabric and the other of a more transparent fabric to create more depth. The two layers were held together by free machine stitching the words "Shopping List".

These words were also stitched on the front page of the book and the right side in the book, only that this was done from the back. The words are therefore not readable and create an abstract pattern.

The two sides of the book are made of painting canvases wrapped with fabric and connected to form a book structure

For both, the front and the back page, a very coarse fabric was used to withdraw the threads. In fact it was an off-cut I bought very cheaply at the sales. The fabric was painted with fabric paints and after being fixed, paper pulp was applied. This created an old weathered look and gives the feel of an ancient artefact.

Both sides were backed with red felt before being stitched into it. The stitching is based on the research samples of this module.

The fabric used here is a linen one used for cross stitch (?) dyed with Procion in my color scheme (same for right side). The left-over threads were covered with satin stitch. The natural movement of the threads resulting from this stitching was enhanced by "connecting" some of the threads with satin stitch.

The paper frames were made by wrapping wire frames with a chenille and coton thread dipped into paper pulp.

The picture of my "shopping queen" has been found on the internet and printed onto fabric, a halo was painted around it. To create a link with the left page and to "soften" the edges the aperture as well as the inside were framed with the paper frames. I really love the three-dimensional look of this.

All the edges of this "book" were covered with the same stitch.

Finally the borders were wrapped with a bought ribbon that was machine-stitched.

Because of the size and all the different textures this book is very tactile. It invites the viewer to hold it and, hopefully, to wonder what the story behind it is.

The presentation sheet regroups pics of my inspiration as well as my technique ideas for the different panels for the final piece

Monday, 8 May 2017

project for assessment piece panel

I was quite desperately hoping for inspiration to strike me for this final piece, something I would really be hooked on.

The idea for the theme of my finished piece came very early in this module as I was looking for a word to play with and so I started with the word "List" and then added "shopping" to it.

The stamp I chose for my colour scheme shows a Luxembourgish lady which is one from the first (known?) women  who have studied a abroad and didn't follow a typical career as a housewife and mother.

One thing added to the other and began thinking of what shopping stands for: caring for the family, filling the fridge (which is always empty at the end of the week), and in a wider sense cooking, household tasks, women's lives...

I see the activity of shopping as the modern equivalent of what women used to do in ancient times: collecting berries, mushrooms, herbs....thus caring for the survival of their family. I thought I could give this activity more importance (value) by creating something precious and honouring a simple activity.

At the same time I was thinking that the traditional handwritten shopping list is disappearing with the possibilities offered by smart phones and online ordering.

I'd like my finished piece to be a reverence to the activity of caring for the family (by doing the shopping), a kind of shrine .

The structure I'm planning to use is made of two stretched canvases , held together by two hinges or fabric (embroidered) glued to them. This would make a 3D structure similar to a book. .
The inspiration for this comes from the "Sundial diptych" found in the book "Stitch, Cloth, Paper and Paint" byAngie Hughes

The embroidered panel could be glued or stitched to the front but also to the back. The "inner life" of this structure offers the opportunity to work with apertures consisting of withdrawn thread fabrics showing handwritten shopping lists, collage of food packaging.... I like the idea of making people curious about what they might find and give them things to think about.

I'm also planning to create an opening which would show the picture of a shopping lady which I could embellish with some embroidery. The edges of this could of course be embellished too.

I know that this isn't exactly a book structure, but I do hope that I can go ahead in this direction.

I'm enclosing some pics of 2 canvases decorated with painted papers. I'd like to use some of my embroidered samples for inspiration for the front panel. Do I have to show you at this stage what I plan to use?

This is just a basic idea, showing the structure of the piece made with some decorated papers.

Finally I'd like to show you  a picture of the project I made at my first Summer School with Louise Baldwin. Somehow the theme is following me.....

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Module 4-Chapter 10-Book-Type Structures to try out

Considering the large choice of different book structures in their widest sense, it was very difficult to choose which one to try out first.
I started by painting different qualities of papers, (ranging from simple copy paper, to watercolour paper and even envelopes and paper from shopping catalogues), in my chosen colour scheme with brusho paints, spent Procion, spraying them, doing monoprinting... I also crumpled the red and black paper I had used for the paper making. I must say I had great fun in this exercise.

The choice of the book structure greatly depended on the quality of the paper.  

Sample 10a shows a simple concertina folded book, where the height of the "pages" dicreased. The paper was spray-painted with brusho paints and the word "List" was hand written in black ink using a bigger brush 

Sample 10b: For this  second folded rectangular book the pages were hand-sewn together. I used painted papers and for the cover I took packaging paper, crumpled and sprayed. This was then ironed to Decovil I to have a sturdier surface

Sample 10c: Another folded L-shaped booklet

Sample 10d: a "star folded" booklet (pliage en étoile, book "Papier" by éditions Fleurus)

samples 10d and 10e show single sheet fold books: a large rectangular piece of paper was painted from both sides before cutting part of the folds  "to develop unusual formation that are sometimes complex, similar to mazes" (Cover to Cover, Shereen La Plantz, page 90)

Sample 10d

sample 10e:

sample 10f: a triangular accordion-folded book. This stands up because I have used paper meant for various media painting techniques. When using softer paper for the pages, the cover and the back obviously has to be made of thicker material

sample 10g: this book was lace together with two red ribbons. Each paper has two slits through which the ribbons are threaded and then sewn in place as shown in the picture below

sample 10h: a stab-bound book: "the concept behind stab bindings is to sew around the outside edget at every opportunity...."
the stitch used here is called "tortoise-shell stitch". Of course different type of stitches can be used if different variations 

sample 10i: probably the fastest and easiest book to make. The pages are held together with simple paper clips (painted in red).This would make the ideal sketchbook for travelling as you can make it with the papers of your choice  and the paper pages could be taken out easily for painting

sample 10j: here the pages were connected by punching 2 holes through them.  Stitch-wrapped and twisted pipe cleaners were fastened on the back of the book cover as shown below

sample 10k: not really a book but nevertheless a very easy and effective way to keep various papers together.

sample 10l:metal clips hold a long strip of paper stitched together. A metal clip is also used to fix the felt fastening. This could be an idea to remember. The strip could even be much longer to reproduce a shopping list. Of course the construction of the book would have to be slightly different.

sample 10m: one of the first book I made: An old calendar page was reinforced by glueing a sturdier paper to it. It was then painted in my color scheme. The stitch used to hold the pages together is called a pamphlet stitch.

sample 10n: the pages here consist partly of crumpled paper and painted papers from a supermarket advert. The signatures were joined with a simple stitch (not very successfully)  but the book is held together by the red paper strips slipped through the stitches and glued to the front and the back.

sample 10o: my first "real" book with the back and front made of heavy cardboard which wrapped with painted papers. The signatures were joined with a herringbone stitch and two strips of paper slipped through the stitching and glued to the front and the back

sample 10p: a tiny booklet made spontaneously of left over papers joined with a pipe cleaner with inserted paper clips as decoration.

sample 10q: hanging book structure: this book was made with cut-out triangles assembled with a straight machine stitch to form a signature. 4 signatures were gathered with their threads from the stitching and the same was done with the lower triangle part. Of course the threads could be further embellished.with machine-stitching 

sample 10r: This last book was in fact the first one I made. I used envelopes in decreasing size which I painted in different ways. The folded envelopes were joined with a pamphlet stitch. A piece of cardboard has been slipped into the largest one to form the cover of the book. a zigzag stitch was used to close it.  All the other envelopes remain open so that they can  hold all kind of things. Leftover triangles were used to decorate some of the pages and edges.

I particularly like this particular structure made with envelopes because of the possibility it offers to hold things (precious papers, secrets..) inside