Over the past week I have been starting to develop and plan possible outcomes for a final piece that I can begin making as soon as I return to college, I have considered the time constraints that I will be working within as I want to create something that is quality and shows the skills I have built upon during the final major project.
I have come to the decision that I want to create a large scale decorative wall hanging which incorporates a variety of different materials and techniques for each different aspect. At first I considered creating an underwater scene that is reflective of the primary resources, however, after much consideration I came to the conclusion that a piece such as this would only copy the images I have gather and would be just as easily with a digital fabric printer.
Therefore, instead I looked back on the observational studies and experimenting that I have done and got each piece photocopied and blown up to various different sizes so that I can trace over each piece and rather focus on a coral underwater scene as whole, I would be focusing capturing the patterns textures that are present under the sea such as the line structures on jellyfish tentacles, octopus suckers etc. I have created three overall ideas for different layouts for my final piece (shown below) and I have had the idea to cut around the shapes to leave a more natural feel as opposed to a hardened edge alike to manmade shapes.
Out of the three layouts that I did my overall favourite is the top one, I transferred this into my sketchbook so I could focus on creating a more refined plan. The reasons I feel that this piece works well is due to the fact that I feel it has a balance of different line qualities and I have placed things out a little more evenly.
The next stage for me now is to decide the materials I’m going use, if there will be any recyclable materials within the piece, which parts of the designs will be wadded and if I am going to stick to a colour theme. Furthermore, I need to visit some fabric shops to gather my backing fabric, places such as Abakhan in Preston. Depending on the time I have remaining after completing the piece I have also been considering the possibility of creating a second piece that is completely white to contrast between flourishing reefs and those that have been affected by bleaching.
David Doubilet is referred to as one of the worlds leading underwater photographers. In this book ‘Water Light Time’ he went on diving expeditions in all different seas from the Red sea, the pacific shores to the fresh waters on North America to photograph the different forms and landscapes hidden beneath the waters.
Upon looking through his book it is really interesting to read a passage in which he explains how his work has developed and changed overtime; ‘My first really successful work underwater was black and white, not colour. I was making almost fine- art underwater pictures before I did reportage’. I feel that the progression of his work into colour was a crucial turning point for the success in his photographing career due to the fact that there is a black and white image he took at the beginning of his career and when I compared this to the recent photographs throughout the book it is evident to see that the coloured photographs are far more successful, which is also the original reason I took the book out in the first place as the bright and vibrant colours combined with the textures really appealed to me.
My particular favourites are the shots of the corals and sea anemones due to the fact that the textures and shapes that are associated with these things are what I am focussing on developing using various materials and fabrics. I am hoping to experiment with using fabric manipulation techniques to mimic these textures. Furthermore, I really like the shore photographs of swimming turtles
Due to the fact that I have been trying to push myself into experimenting with new processes during my final major project I decided to create some hand weaves basing the colours on a subject of marine life..
In this case I chose to focus on sea weed and chose a selection of yarns that were each a different shade of green, I considered all the different qualities of each yarn such as the variety of thicknesses and whilst I was creating the yarn I wanted the colours to flow into one another therefore I was very careful with my selection.
I want to create some more weaves within this project that focus on different aspects of marine life, therefore, I have been considering which have interesting qualities and colours, such as jelly fish and star fish. Furthermore, I think the use of different materials like recycled plastic bags could also be used within my weaves to create some different textures and possibly tie in the themes of pollution.
I chose to focus on sea turtles as part of my hand rendered studies due to the fact that the vast majority of different species of sea turtles are categorised as endangered due to the threats that man has posed on marine life. Furthermore, I feel that they are also very popular and if I was to consider creating something that was to be developed for a textiles home piece then realistically it would be classified as sellable.
I experimented with mixed media in an illustration using water colours, white pen and fine liners and this gave me the idea to develop this further using the sewing machines and incorporating embroidery into the studies. I feel that this worked really well due to the fact that the wadding added extra texture, also the blues and yellows contrast well against the green. When I consider final outcomes I feel that it definitely need to include a dark material possibly for the background considering how well the colours I used for the embroidery threads contrasted again the fabric.