ATV Part 3 Project 1 Research point 1

Part 3 of A Textile Vocabulary is primarily focused on colour mainly through observation, analysis and examination of physical media. Initially we are asked to research the work of some textile artists and designers.

Voyage Decoration

The company Voyage Decoration creates soft furnishings and wallpapers etc. They have a number of collections which portray different designs and colour palettes. The company has a signature watercolour look running throughout their work. They have a number of collections each one taking a small palette of colours and mixing it with a specific style of prints. The colour ties to the look of prints for example muted colours with traditional prints and vibrant colours with modern abstract designs or using more traditional prints and modernising the colour scheme by using a variety of shades.

Natural History Collection

This depicts botanical types sketchbook drawn pictures on a background of muted, natural colours.

Boutique Collection

This collection has a much more art and crafts feel, using much more vibrant colours with bold patterns depicting flora and fauna from the British countryside and Scandinavian folk art. The way the colour is used gives the designs a much more modern feel, modern checks and neutral wovens are also featured in this collection complementing the bolder pieces.

Couture Collection 

Taking inspiration from the catwalk this collection continues to draw on influences from the natural world. These are conveyed in modern fluid pieces blending shades of colour with metallic and embroidered sequin embellishments. I particularly liked the Alchemy Lustre Collection. It uses shades of sapphire, amethyst and moonlight and I loved the mix of colour and prints, especially the Galatea print which is a dreamscape of irregular horizontal stripes digitally printed on velvet capturing the original painting.

http://voyagedecoration.com/fabric-collections/couture/alchemy-lustre/galatea/

http://voyagedecoration.com   Accessed on 12 February 2018

Mary Katrantzou 

Is a fashion designer who studied architecture before graduating in textile design and fashion. Her graduation show in 2008 which featured trompe l’oeil prints of oversized jewellery on jersey-bonded dresses took the industry by storm and immediately secured a place for her in this field becoming known as “The Queen of Print”. She has had an enormous influence in this medium using digital printing to experiment with print in a way that fine arts and other methods can’t.

The complicated prints often take days to create, she uses a very varied and daring mix of colour and pattern. Vibrant, multi-coloured, bold prints. Geometric prints, bold florals and nature-inspired shapes mixed with stripes, polka dots or checks.

Her Spring Summer 2018 Collection is inspired by childhood, an idealised view on it but a child’s imagination is the only limit. Her collection is a creation of bold, vibrant colour like a child’s colouring pen collection mixed with shapes, fabrics motifs and designs summoned from remembrance of childhood, she uses digital printing techniques enabling her to engineer a three dimensional quality. The colour and design being interdependent to the desired outcome.

Key piece Look 37 from her Spring Summer 2018 Collection 

This piece was obviously inspired by painting by numbers. It is a voluminous dress with bold, oversized florals which are coloured brightly with some sections of the design left uncoloured. It is a fun design, not something I would choose to wear, it is a little bold for me! 

https://www.marykatrantzou.com/collections/spring-summer-2018/ Accessed on 12 February 2018
Ptolemy Mann

Ptolemy Mann is a contemporary textile artist and designer known for her unique and colourful hand woven artworks and textile designs.

She emphasises her work is underpinned by colour theory. Her collection of flat weave rugs explore geometry and colour inspired by the Bauhaus movement. Her signature hand dyed and woven techniques have more recently inspired commercially produced furnishings and her unique approach has brought her craft into the 21st century. She uses her trademark ikat techniques to blur the edges of the vibrant colours in her Copper and Silk light shades, but her ability to branch into more commercial industry is underpinned by her profound understanding of colour interaction.

www.ptolemymann.com Accessed on 14 February 2018
www.ptolemymannrugs.com Accessed on 14 February 2018

ATV Part 2 Research point 1

Ian Berry

Ian Berry works solely with denim he receives donations from all over the world as well as neighbours leaving bags of them outside his door. He uses the washes and fades in the denim to create the most amazing pieces. Each piece within his work is cut from the gradient of the shade within a pair of jeans and this is what helps create the painted, hyper-realistic look. He also has to acknowledge the direction of the warp and weft as he cuts his pieces, following these lines and the direction the texture of the denim takes. In all, a very time-consuming process.

His work often depicts a lonely or less glamorous side of city living.

Fig. 1. Ian Berry (2015) Searching for the Faith and Hope (Soap)

Often even when viewers are within touching distance of the work they don’t realise they are looking at many layers and shades of denim jeans.

Fig. 2. Ian Berry (2016) Behind Closed Doors

Hannah Streefkerk

While looking for artists that used mending in their technique I came across Hannah Streefkerk, her work really resonated with me especially after using bark and leaves in my last pieces.

Her work is nature-oriented, she finds inspiration within her natural environment from water and land formations. She uses her understanding of these natural structures and patterns and uses her own stitching and crocheting style to create awareness of environmental problems by ‘mending’ nature.

She often exhibits in the great outdoors which brings its own challenges having to carry her equipment and walk some distance to the place. She also says although she enjoys the challenge of working like this she feels sometimes in awe of her surroundings and feels that her work will never be able to compete. However she states, “When I’m long enough in that place something will show up in my head, and that feeling is fantastic. But to really create site-specific work is the best and hardest work I know.” (Daniel, TextileArtist, 2016)

Fig. 3. Hannah Streefkerk (2015) Reflection

Daniel, Textileartist. (2016) Hannah Streefkerk: Mending Nature. At: https://www.textileartist.org/Hannah-Streefkerk-mending-nature (Accessed on 26 January 2018)

Fig. 1, BERRY, Ian. (2015) Searching for the faith and hope (soap). IanBerry [online] Available at: http://www.ianberry.org/home/searching-for-the-faith-and-hope (Accessed on 20 January 2018)

Fig. 2, BERRY, Ian. (2016) Behind closed doors. IanBerry [online] Available at: http://www.ianberry.org/home/behind-closed-doors (Accessed on 20 January 2018)

Fig. 3, STREEFKERK, Hannah. (2015) Reflection. Textile Artist [online] Available at: https://www.textileartist.org/hannah-streefkerk-mending-nature/hannah-streefkerk-reflection2015-plastic-sheets-sewed-together-with-yarn-the-kristals-are-placed-around-a-small-pond-on-the-island-ameland-the-netherlands (Accessed on 26 January 2018)