Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Textile Art, some thoughts..

I was looking at the work of Textile Artist Deirdre Adams and what she says about her work resonated with my thoughts about the piece I sent for the Stretching Art Challenge.

Interesting article. She says
My latest fascination is using printed paper. I have a large collection of old textbooks: physics, chemistry, engineering, etc. I’m using pages from these plus reference books, dictionaries, maps, sheet music, newspapers in other languages, and other things I find. I’m layering these and stitching them together, before I begin a process of peeling back the various layers to see what’s beneath. I think of it as a kind of reverse archaeology as I layer them; and then it’s like an excavation going back down. The idea is about the different systems of knowledge that we have, but how all of it is not accessible to everyone.

This is what I wrote about my piece and you can follow the link to see the work:

Stretching Art Challenge 16 Illuminated Letters

SAT16: Hidden by Heather Hasthorpe 
Artist: Heather Hasthorpe, Norfolk, UK  

Letter H Half-Understood
I made a sketchbook based on books and writing for The Sketchbook Challenge and spent a lot of time considering how meaning is conveyed through text and imagery. I have now collected a variety of printed text in different languages, most of which I cannot read! I am using these partly for their value as pattern, but also holding in mind that the meaning is obscured both by my lack of knowledge, and the fracturing that the technique produces.

Technique explored
I am using an image transfer method I first saw at Houston being demonstrated by Claire Benn, which I have further explored and developed following workshops with Christine Chester. I have screen printed medium to attach papers to fabric, using thermofax screens.

Techniques used
Image transfer, layering, machine quilting, facing, appliqué

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Thank you. Heather