At this stage I am not really sure if I can take on the commitment for level 3 although I really want to. Two things that make me hesitant. I have not as yet had my work formally assessed and feel I should wait for the feedback but also the next level is self directed rather than me responding to a brief. At this point I have very little idea what I would like to do so I have attended some short workshops recently to get a feel for other materials and processes to see if it can spark an idea. They are not textile related but I am looking for something unusual to combine with my textiles.
1 – PEWTER CASTING using cuttlefish bone as a mould – I day at Ardington School of Crafts, Oxfordshire.
The cuttle fish was very easy to carve and the only real trick was getting some, or rather a pair there were even in size so when they were strapped together as a mould they were as tight as they could be to prevent the molten pewter from escaping. The singed cuttlefish was very smelly though !!
2 – RESIN CASTING – Resin Jewellery designer Kathie Murphy. 2 days at Ardington School of Crafts, Oxfordshire.
I suppose this is a continuation on from the resin amulets that I made for the Working from Museums assignment. I want to find a way of encapsulating some of my textiles but I need to be able to sew it in.
Reminder samples from Working with Museums
These were my first attempts and actually I am very pleased with them.
I was delighted with this one and its given me an idea to develop further to combine resin circles and the idea of modern amulets as these bangles would incorporate messages of good will and protection of even a lucky charm that is worn about the body it can be encapsulated in the resin.
These ones are not finished but they were an experiment to see how textile material worked in the resin. They are made as pendants and have a chanel in the resin to allow a waxed cord to go through but I think I could adapt it to take sewing thread etc.
And finally small squares. I thought I could create an “amulet” in two parts. The first being a cube like this and then encapsulate this into a large bit of resin with channels as above to allow attachment of some kind.