Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Inspirational Mushrooms

Sew I stumbled on some of my A-level textiles/art work the other day in the attic. Thought I'd give you a snap shot. One day I will have to photograph all my books and samplers for you. I worked sew hard for it!! 
This project was initially inspired by viruses and the human bodies attempts to defend itself. Along the way, this morphed into mould, funghi and spores and uniform yet random cell structures. 

 As you can see, the above two sampler pieces were made from couching on ruched fabric and wrapped cords with beaded felt balls and silk coccoons nestled into them. I bought cheap petri dishes off ebay to add the medicinal, lab-like feel and filled them with yucky things! Or rather, tyvek beads and wrapped metal washers.
I still love the home died calico and tiny suffolk puffs. 
The final piece was a grand mixture of the two above samplers but with petri dishes on stalks as if they were spores. These petri dishes were decorated in the style of Michael Brennand-Woods ('Twelve dreams within the here and now') which to me felt cellular and chemical (although his intention was use shapes and patterns as mnemonic devices to trigger memories and associations).
I never took pictures of the final piece, which I am still kicking myself for. But maybe you can use your imagination?

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