For Do Design this year I will be showing one of my most recent textile installations called Pattern Study. Within my work I explore line in the context of embroidery, drawing and large scale installation. My work explores thread and fibre’s duality- it’s subtle quality versus it’s accumulative presence and it’s structural possibilities versus it’s fragility. For years I have been preoccupied with the idea of lines existing in space. I have found a couple of different strategies to make this happen, whether it’s through embroidery, cutting into paper or with this particular project, cutting into fabric to create spaces and line.
Here are some pictures from my studio while I was making Pattern Study. I wanted to share some of the behind the scenes shots of making the piece. I loved the colours and confetti like quality of the scraps so I took a lot of pictures along the way. Most of my pieces start with drawing. This work started on a small scale by taking paper and doing sketches and then cutting into those sketches to create spaces. When I moved to a larger scale for the finished work, I took recycled clothing and collaged this onto a canvas surface. Then, using green painters tape, I created drawings based on the loops of crochet, the grid of woven fabric and the scribble of felted fabric. After this step, I cut into the fabric, creating patterns with positive and negative space.
Pattern Study is a large-scale textile collage that explores pattern, texture and line in space by looking closely at the structures found in textiles- felts, knits and woven fabrics. For this piece I was thinking about the different lines that make up clothing structures.