ATV Introductory Project Stage 2 Observing qualities 

As I started the one thing that became obvious was I really needed to get some art materials. I started with a few pencil drawings on some notebook paper. 

The lacy knitted scarf gave me some difficulty in portraying the detail of it.

I used a rotary pencil to show the stitched detail on the cushion.

I folded the piece of suede so that it showed the front and reverse of the material. I used a black water soluble felt pen to try to convey the fuzzy texture and blurred some areas to convey tone too. I’m not sure I was entirely successful.

I used charcoal to try a quicker way of documenting a simpler group of the items. I wanted to capture the fluid movement of the scarf and the black shiny surface of the small fabric square.

And finally I reverted back to pencil using a range from HB to 4B to portray a detailed drawing of the group of items.

I also completed some observational drawings of a skull at a later date. These fitted with my original thoughts on the living and dying process and how in death most natural objects become food for something else.

Textiles 1. A textiles Vocabulary Introductory Project


“In this project you are asked to collect, then visually observe, explore and record a group of textiles and materials.”

Stage 1: Gathering Materials

My theme – Nature’s Larder

Some of the words I came up with while brainstorming my theme:-

harvest celebration, autumn, mushrooms, juicy berries, purple, red, juice stained fingers, fungus, mould, iridescent beetles, beech mast, acorns, nuts, fruit, rotting wood, wheat, crop, natures cycles – spring, summer, autumn, winter, living and dying, food webs – a dead animal is a food source for insects – smaller animals are a source of food for larger.

The materials I wanted to gather needed to reflect some of the qualities of this theme. My first thoughts were rich colours and textures that we would look for when choosing fruit or vegetables to eat. Suede is like a mushroom, shiny silky material reminiscent of the skin of fruit and wool or threads remind me of the fibres in fungus. Also I wanted to incorporate textures that reminded me of the earth and wood such as rough and gritty.

I started with the loose, knitted lacy scarf, not only did the earthy colours work but the texture reminded me of bracket fungus or seaweed. The pale brown suede fabric a resemblance to mushrooms and the black shiny square of lycra made me think of the little black beetles you often find crawling over the woodland floor looking for rotting vegetation or animal matter. The actual mushroom is a wooden carving but has a shiny and smooth surface and added interest to the assemble in terms of shape and colour. The cushion has a satin sheen to it and detailing of seed pods embroidered on it. The background is a brown heavy canvas and a faux leather headboard. I chose objects of nuts and fruits, a piece of bark and a leaf to also contribute to the variety of shapes and textures.

I tried a variety of arrangements, initially trying to convey a bountiful harvest idea, then focussing on an autumn scene and finally arranging in a more structured style which I thought better displayed the qualities and structure of the fabrics and items I had chosen. I also played with the backgrounds but feel the dark browns were the best to convey the heavy, gritty earthy texture that I wanted.

My favourite arrangement is this one.

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