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.

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