Tuesday, 29 July 2008

The wall hanging

This first image shows some of the inspiration behind my wall hanging. I've collected all sorts of different items that I want to weave into the hanging. Here you can see thread, buttons and beads. As well as buying oddments of material, I've tried to where I can use found items including feathers, silver pieces and broken brooch's.

The second image is a close-up of the M.A.C postcards. I like the layering in the photo's, the way they have used lace, feathers and jewellery. The fine features of the models accentuate their femininity, and give them an ethereal quality.

Starting to weave. I had sat and cut material into strips to weave in between the chicken wire, which would be the base of the wall hanging. I have an idea in my mind of how I would like the wall hanging to look. I decided I wanted to use certain colours so everything would tie together, because I want the piece to work as a whole. A lot of the placement of the strips of material is down to how I feel at the time, I have no set plan of where I want everything to go. Just an idea of how I would like the finished item to look.

This final image is all of the green strips woven onto the chicken wire. I decided this colour would be the base, forming a backdrop for the rest of the colours to be woven in, which will be more sporadic, and not as evenly placed. One difficulty of using chicken wire is how bendy it is. You have to make sure you place a lot of magazines onto it to keep it flat. Eventually it will stay relatively flat which makes it easier. Chicken wire also isn't great to lean on and you have to watch out for the sharp edges.

The weaving currently is much more advanced then these pictures show. I have a number of colours and textures woven in, and everything is really beginning to take shape. Although there is still a long way to go. I will be adding more up to date pictures of the progress soon.

Monday, 28 July 2008

What I'm planning.....

Well, it sometimes seems as if I have so much to do that I don't know what to do next. For the past few weeks I've been working on a wall hanging, but what with working extra hours at work, and trying to see my boyfriend I haven't got very far.

Whilst contemplating my wall hanging, I've also thought about the bags I'd like to make. The other day I sat and cut a pattern out of paper that I think will work. My idea is to make a tote bag but with a better handle then the short one's you usually get. I'm also going to line my bags and put in a pocket.

So the problem I have now is, do I carry on with my wall hanging so I can finish it, or start on my bags. I know it should really be the wall hanging. I'm annoyed at myself for getting so distracted by other things and newer projects. But I have had a lot to think about.

The past few weeks I've also been working on the artwork for a friends EP. So that took up quite a bit of time. My initial idea was ok, but I made some changes and V2 I liked a whole lot more.

I also keep thinking about the website I want to set up and how I'd like to get on with that, but I dont think I'm going to manage that for a while yet.

As well as all these things, I have to write 500 words on what I hope to achieve in the next year at university. Thing is, all the things they mention I might want to do, I want to do them all : D haha!!! Typical!