Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Patchwork and print

Alongside making in silver and copper, I always sew. These are some ongoing pieces I've been working on, exploring colour and pattern through dying, print and stitch.

In the back of my mind I'm always playing with ideas to combine metal and fabrics in wearable pieces. My plan is to launch a new collection at the British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate in a few weeks. I will post pictures on here when my plan comes together!

These pieces are quite small, perhaps 12cm x 12cm. My dream is to go even smaller.

The print is done with hand-cut stencils, found objects as well as pattern cards from knitting machines which give perfect rows of teeny dots.

The fabrics are mainly natural, including linens, cotton, calico and muslin as they hold the colour well.

I wanted to see what happened on a larger scale, just for a change, so the long pieces below are around 80cm long, which for me is enormous! I am more used to working in millimetres when making jewellery, so the surface area in these would take me a lifetime to embellish. I see them all as ongoing projects and so will keep working into them whenever I can.