Today I took the opportunity of some available space at university to pin work up and look at it in a less cluttered space. This is something I should have done some time ago and was a really useful process.
I will try to briefly outline some of my thoughts and the feedback from my tutorial:
- The fabrics look much better with white space around them. They look more intentionally like objects to view with consideration - perhaps they look like artworks?
- The folds and creases are really interesting and preferable to the fabrics ironed flat. The folds give a suggestion of landscape and of representing evidence of time and memory.
- These pieces need to be seen out of the woodland context (they look better in a gallery setting) because they are ABOUT the experience of the place - they are not of the place.
- The smaller pieces work well when viewed as a sequence, almost like reading a sentence. The small bundles and threads work well as part of this sequence, rather like punctuation.
- The darkest brown silk piece has some structure appearing in the creases that formed during dying. This suggests the idea of working in 3D, but this could look tacky so I need to be cautious.
- I think I need to experiment with the fabrics in combination with light and could play with shadows.
- I would like to introduce stitch into my work more and I might try stitching white on white before dyeing.