Part 3 Project 1, embellishing samples. Clay tiles in collage. Brainstorming notes.

Thinking back to the exhibitions, Art from Elsewhere, in Bristol , which I have mentioned in my previous post.  Brainstorming ideas:  TV images of Aleppo, Syria.  The Italian earthquake.  John Piper’s paintings of wartime Bath Here .

Thinking about quilts – warmth and comfort.  Shelter.  Destroyed.  Broken.  Familiar textiles in pieces, dirty and torn.  Pieces of lace passed down through the family.  Hand knitted jumpers.  Tear.  Fray.  Windows.  Broken rafters.  Cables ripped from concrete.  Slabs.

knit muslin lace tiles together

What would 24 of these look like?  Would it be possible to sew them together as a quilt?  (then I would need about 40 ..).  Materials used here:

  • knitted squares from a discarded project of about 15 years ago
  • woollen backing fabric (what I would describe as ‘blanket’)
  • muslin which has been rubbed with damp Claydium (air dry clay)
  • vintage lace discovered in an odds and ends basket at Bartlett Street Antiques Centre in Bath
  • Some boiled quilt wadding, dyed with alkanet, left over from Textiles 1, ACA
  • vintage darning wool from the Wells St Margaret’s Hospice shop
  • more sewing threads taken by pulling them out of the muslin and the blanket fabrics.
  • The clay tiles made in Part 3, Project 1


knit tile


muslin tile


lace tileI

I’m quite pleased.  Contrast of hard/soft.  Clay implies “memory” of a domestic pattern, now destroyed – maybe this is fanciful/maybe not.  Clay looks like windows.  Felted batting looks like smoke, clouds, dust.  Building/re-building – return to thoughts mending versus healing in my Reflections for Part 2 Here




3 thoughts on “Part 3 Project 1, embellishing samples. Clay tiles in collage. Brainstorming notes.

    1. Thankyou Julie. I didn’t deliberately set out to take on wider ‘political’ issues though. The media images we see around us and the issues around Brexit were on my mind and were reinforced by the video installation by Yael Bartana. The amorphous lumps of plaster I’ve produced have reinforced everything. However, I would like to think I *could* express wider social and political issues. I don’t think Textiles as a medium is known for doing this, whereas paintings, print, etc most certainly are known for commentating on contemporary issues.


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