EXERCISE – Textiles from found materials – samples

BRIEF –
1 Experiment freely with ideas that incorporate found objects and materials. Samples should consist of at least 50% found material.
2 Use one of the suggested ideas and produce a minimum of 3 samples.
3 Use sketchbook to record journey of ideas.
4 Produce more resolved sample
5 Write evaluation

SKETCHBOOK PAGES – showing the recorded journey of found materials to their new life. These were simply photos of my resources at this stage to give me inspiration and sort out a message/meaning ( previously posted these photos as preparation for this exercise)

Sketchbook pages to show the recorded journey of my found materials towards their new life.

Sketchbook pages to show the recorded journey of my found materials towards their new life.

SAMPLES – Chosen message is too much packaging waste – we throw away all sorts all the time, packaging, bags, bubble wrap and envelopes etc,so make something beautiful from this. I wanted to use only found/unwanted materials and not just 50% as I thought it was more of a challenge to use materials that I had rather than could buy as this fully supported my idea of us all throwing too much away. Following on are photos of my samples.

Sample 1 - plastic and cellophane crisp packet bags, heated treated to form bubbles and machine stitch.

Sample 1 – plastic and cellophane crisp packet bags, heated treated to form bubbles and machine stitch.

You will be able to see in the above photo that I have recorded the materials used and process and indicated the message I wanted to convey. I have done this for all samples to provide evidence of recording the journey but have not posted photos here on the blog.

Sample 2 - deflated tubed air pocket packaging from printer toner, plastic washer from garage floor, old childs bracelet , flower wrapping.

Sample 2 – deflated tubed air pocket packaging from printer toner, plastic washer from garage floor, old childs bracelet , flower wrapping.

Sample 3 - everyday packaging. left behind sticker sheet, wrapping paper, cellophane wrapping. Although stitched this is not a fixed piece as I wanted to show layers. The next photo shows this detail.

Sample 3 – everyday packaging. left behind sticker sheet, wrapping paper, cellophane wrapping. Although stitched this is not a fixed piece as I wanted to show layers. The next photo shows this detail.

Detail

Detail

Sample 4 - old pocket sleeve for slides, foil wrappings from Easter eggs. old film.

Sample 4 – old pocket sleeve for slides, foil wrappings from Easter eggs. old film.

Sample 5 - Old slide pocket sleeve, various wrapping papers and cellophane etc with a circle theme to echo the recycling message.

Sample 5 – Old slide pocket sleeve, various wrapping papers and cellophane etc with a circle theme to echo the recycling message.

Sample 6  - bubble wrap that has been ironed flat to create a patterned plastic, and postal waste. The stamp column is not stitched down so the layer beneath can be seen. Detail in next photo.

Sample 6 – bubble wrap that has been ironed flat to create a patterned plastic, and postal waste. The stamp column is not stitched down so the layer beneath can be seen. Detail in next photo.

Detail

Detail

Sample 7  - Indian fabric sample envelope  - I have held onto this for years as I thought it was beautiful. It was a brown envelope that had a fabric lining that had been hand stitched in and that was just to send the samples to me from India....it quite possible this is where my obsession with hoarding packaging began !

Sample 7 – Indian fabric sample envelope – I have held onto this for years as I thought it was beautiful. It was a brown envelope that had a fabric lining that had been hand stitched in and that was just to send the samples to me from India….it quite possible this is where my obsession with hoarding packaging began !

Detail

Detail

Sample 8 - Packaging sandwich - plastic postal bag, tissue paper, ironed bubble wrap and parcel stamps all machine stitched.

Sample 8 – Packaging sandwich – plastic postal bag, tissue paper, ironed bubble wrap and parcel stamps all machine stitched.

Sample 9 - reinforced brown envelope with cotton grid stitch, glassine paper, scrunched was paper, section pf plastic wrapping tape, section of batik skirt, old acetate image left over from other work all machine stitched.

Sample 9 – reinforced brown envelope with cotton grid stitch, glassine paper, scrunched was paper, section pf plastic wrapping tape, section of batik skirt, old acetate image left over from other work all machine stitched.

Detail

Detail

Sample 10 -  brown paper envelope packaging.

Sample 10 – brown paper envelope packaging.

Sample 11 - Everyday packaging - cardboard wrapping around yoghurts, plastic bags, wrapping from French baguette reading "white" which I found funny being red on brown, and I really like the "Never stop exploring" strap line that came off a Northface shopping bag as it sums up what I want my work to be about - exploration into new ideas and ways of working.

Sample 11 – Everyday packaging – cardboard wrapping around yoghurts, plastic bags, wrapping from French baguette reading “white” which I found funny being red on brown, and I really like the “Never stop exploring” strap line that came off a Northface shopping bag as it sums up what I want my work to be about – exploration into new ideas and ways of working.

Sample 12 - all about how much clothing waste there is and how much waste the packaging for the consumption creates. Ripped sections of mens shirts, plastic collar stiffeners, and labels.

Sample 12 – all about how much clothing waste there is and how much waste the packaging for the consumption creates. Ripped sections of mens shirts, plastic collar stiffeners, and labels.

Detail

Detail

Sample 13 - Sleeve from unwanted shirt and paper collage of pages from sewing book showing sleeve, collar and cuff instructions,  all machine stitched.

Sample 13 – Sleeve from unwanted shirt and paper collage of pages from sewing book showing sleeve, collar and cuff instructions, all machine stitched.

Sample 14 - Section of unwanted shirt, collage sewing paper pattern and machine stitching along instruction lines. The acrylic wax has made the suedette fabric look a littlelike leather. For fun I attached the word pocket to the pocket from the sewing book.

Sample 14 – Section of unwanted shirt, collage sewing paper pattern and machine stitching along instruction lines. The acrylic wax has made the suedette fabric look a littlelike leather. For fun I attached the word pocket to the pocket from the sewing book.

Sample 15 - Old matchbox labels with clothing theme collaged with acrylic wax onto old shirt and machine stitched between layers of packaging.

Sample 15 – Old matchbox labels with clothing theme collaged with acrylic wax onto old shirt and machine stitched between layers of packaging.

Detail

Detail

Sample 16 - Developed final sample. Old ( very ...1950's) haberdashery bags that had faded and were quite fragile to use. I reinforced them with acrylic wax and machine stitched.

Sample 16 – Developed final sample. Old ( very …1950’s) haberdashery bags that had faded and were quite fragile to use. I reinforced them with acrylic wax and machine stitched.

Detail - showing the stitching in 2 directions. The old paper bags were sewn onto an old shirt and the buttons were replace with vintage laundry buttons which I covered with sections from the sewing book.

Detail – showing the stitching in 2 directions. The old paper bags were sewn onto an old shirt and the buttons were replace with vintage laundry buttons which I covered with sections from the sewing book.

Finally a page in the sketchbook illustrating some methods I was sampling as further evidence of the recorded journey.

Page showing technique samples

Page showing technique samples

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