A collection of photos of the final textile work for the site specific piece at the Bodleian Library in The Divintiy Hall.
Printed onto a special fabric paper that has been made from recycled plastic bottles as a consideration to the sustainability aspect of the brief. The technique used is a contemporary version of the traditional technique of smocking but on a larger scale. As a reference to the association with books, black waxed book binders linen thread has been used to secure the smocking.
The smocking technique was inspired by the leather embossed markings on one of the books held within the library.
The back has been printed with a thermofax print of the stone carved ceiling.
The second piece is the patchwork -again using the tessellating pattern in the carved stone ceiling represented in the hexagonal pattern. The same image was also made as a digital printed and printed onto the same eco friendly fabric and used in places. Other substrates are environmentally sound hemp and organic cotton and a hand made paper made from renewable crops to make it as environmentally sound as possible.
The patchwork is hand stitched as a traditional fabric patchwork would be and left “unfinished” to represent to evolution of the English Language remaining “unfinished”. It is secured in the corners with waxed linen book binding thread.
The 3 rd section included smocking and a digital design also.
The final piece concentrates on dictionary pages used as a patchwork pattern and then scanned and digitally printed before hand pleating.
The reverse of this was also considered as it has a nice rolling form similar to scrolls and only white stitching was sewn on this side.