Exercise 2.1 Collecting found materials

My course material asks me to start  a collection of fabrics and objects by first looking in my own home and ideally then asking friends and family for similar items or looking in charity shops, on the beach, countryside or garden.

Unfortunately, we do not live close to family and friends and financial constraints restrict even charity shops (particularly when the MOT for our car is looming ominously!) and hence I have taken inspiration from the work of Louise Baldwin and Claire Bartleman in particular and concentrated primarily on what I have within my domestic environment and hence I have collected, over a period of time,  primarily household waste including plastics and paper and also my box of saved samples from previous modules and courses – frustratingly I had also thrown away a full bin bag of samples I did not think were worth saving just before starting this course!

I have also managed to save some food waste items such as the papery skins from physallis and also a couple of sweetcorn husks which I have added to a small collection of leaves and woodland floor objects – these woodland finds will be added to where possible but due to the wet summer much of what is available is frustratingly unusable (plus I need to take into consideration that most available nuts etc that I would like to have added were feasted firstly by local squirrels!).

Finally I have like almost all textile students and crafters an almost limitless supply of scraps and yarns left over from previous projects and modules with this image showing just a minute sample!

My gut instinct with these differing collections is to consider combining and juxtaposing objects or materials to create alternative metaphors or analogies for my underlying theme of decay or dilapidation as a metaphor for chronic illness or to use the collections individually to create a series of differing interpretations which create abstract or more direct narratives.

I would like to consider differing methods of stitch or fabric  manipulation etc in order to work sympathetically with each material – sensitivity to my chosen materials has been a weak area or to change totally its appearance and work against it to create potentially innovative results.

I feel at this stage in the assignment I need go forward to Exercise 2.2 and work in both a design led and process led way in order to fully explore and investigate these materials.



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