Experimental Machine Embroidery, 2005-2007
Experimental Machine Embroidery
Space: Gail Harker Creative Studies Centre, Whidby Island, WA.
Theme: An exhibition of In Depth research into a chosen theme in Experimental Machine Embroidery
Notes: My chosen theme for the two yeas was: Fossils and Feathers. Various items were to be made during this time with your chosen theme as your inspiration.
Artist's Statement: An extension of my research during my 2004 Machine Embroidery Courses. With the ability to go further in depth into my theme.
Pieces Exhibited: One example:
This was a 17 page book. (Double sided) showing various techniques of stitch and surface design in my chosen theme.
A 'Design Brief' had to be devised for this item. Mine was;
"In the Fashion Industry in the 17th Century, miniature "mock-ups" (maquettes) of the latest fashions were distributed and shown to the "elite" or upper class in society in order to give a visual and tactile representation of the garments in vogue at the time. These were stitched down to the finest detail using the actual fabrics and threads right down to the accessories and undergarments at about a tenth of the actual size. Orders would be placed based on these travelling salesman's samples.
Today, with the latest print and computer technology the visual aspect of fashion has been captured in great detail: enabling the whole world to see for themselves the latest fashions. However the tactile component is sadly lacking.
A book was created to give a visual and tactile representation of the surface designs and stitch available to the fashion industry on wearables from my design company on cosets and bustiers. The theme chosen was "Fossils and Feathers" and the deadline was for the 2007 Spring Fashion Scene."
More details of the book and it's pages along with other items exhibited can be found in the showcase pages.