- Collect waste materials that I could recycle and reuse in my work – how to transform and add value.
- Make at least 4 samples
- Develop one to a successful piece.
- Write evaluation
I have decided to use sari waste and sari waste products for several reasons really. I’ve had these items in a stash box but have never used them making the idea of buying recycled items laughable really if I don’t ever use them. It is also exactly what it says it is, waste from sari production, often left over strips along the selvedge after a saris has been made. Too beautiful to waste. I have several kinds of waste as listed below.
- Linen in plain colours ( with handwritten text – a bonus interesting feature indicating its true origins)
- Sari ribbon – torn strips ( loose threads on edges)
- Sari ribbon yarn – torn strips that have been bound
- Sari trim edges
- Sari squares
- Shredded silk sari fibre – the real left over stuff ! The collected fluff at the end.
sketchbook pages with first ideas and thoughts on how I might use these products.
Some doodles to start me off….
Starting to play around with strips…I then realised I didn’t want to waste anymore so just got straight onto samples.
Sample 1 – Linen sari waste with the wonderful yellow marker pen hand writing giving it some real authenticity. I wanted to do more than just weave it.
Sample 2 – Wanted to add some texture by adding flaps. The top half I used mainly the written strips to make a subtle difference between that and the more plain section at the bottom.
Sample 2 in detail
Sample 3 – Didn’t work as I had wanted. I had made a drawing in my sketchbook (see above) where I had wanted a band of woven sari yarn and then something more loose at the bottom and these were some samples to see how it worked out. I realised I needed to weave it the other way, horizontally, to get a wide but short woven piece but I didn’t have the equipment to do this. Probably not the required amount of sari yarn either.
Sample 4 – sari chiffon waste from selvedge or end of roll and sari squares
Sample 4 detail – found a section of translucent chiffon with “pure silk” text on ( but its not as I tested it and it melted it!) so I added a heavier pattern to the other side as contrast.
Sample 5 – using sari ribbon, sari ribbon yarn and some sari fibre.
Sample 5 left detail
Sample 5 right detail
Sample 5 left detail – showing felt circles made from the shredded silk fibre and sari ribbon yarn on sari ribbon.
Sample 5 right detail – showing an upright section trapping the shredded silk sari fabric like a fringe and folds ( mainly because it was getting longer and longer !)
Sample 6 -Sari yarn and a central circle of plastic disc wrapped in sari yarn. The central section was needle embellished / felted with the shredded silk sari yarn. It adds some variety in textures I think.
Sample 6 detail
Sample 7 – Final sample. Interestingly I took a step back with this one and went with the “less is more” approach as it was all becoming quite vibrant, as you might expect with the sari silk fabrics. I arrived at this one by taking elements from some ot the others. I like the contrast between the needle felted more muted strips and the vibrant all singing and dancing stripes on the right. The fringe on the right is a nice detail and then to balance it up and as a nod towards Indian tradition I used sashima rings without the mirrors.
Sample 7 detail – showing the felted stripes and the fibre fringe on the left.
Sample 7 detail.
I went back to my sketchbook after I had made these samples and just made a few more notes on how I could have done things differently or developed further.
Sketchbook page 3 – recording further ideas before I forget them !
Sketchbook page 4 – how I might develop it further just using scanned copies for quick visuals.
Sketchbook page – at the end I thought it might have been interesting to make some jewellery and kind of wished I had thought about it earlier ! Recording ideas for future use.