Wednesday, 18 June 2014

All in the Roll of a Dice

As a new member of STA - Stitch Textile Artists - who meet at Ammerdown in Radstock - I had my first weekend meeting where we started with our weekend challenge.  The challenge was split into two exercises:

The first exercise

tear coloured/patterned papers and divide them into six numbered piles, then roll a dice to decide from which pile a piece of paper should be taken from the top and applied to a blank sheet of paper.  Repeat this as many times as you like, add doodles to make connections or pick out what you see, add further papers.  One of my results is below (I've had to split the picture into two) which I thought I might be able to develop.

The second exercise

collect at least 6 items (we collected items from the garden - I picked up rubbish, things like bits of broken plastic, part of an old tennis ball, a bit of hose, a piece of wire, a piece of sponge, a small plastic disc) and number each item.  Again roll the dice to decide which item you will draw an edge from or around and then repeat this until you have a interesting line.  I transferred my line onto fabric, cut along it, frayed it, rolled it, stitched some of the lines from the first exercise and came up with the result below that gives a starting point to develop and take on. 

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

The Arrival of the Soldiers

I was very excited to receive my 4 hollow cast lead WW1 toy soldiers through the post yesterday.  I came across the first hollow cast toy soldier when I went to the Norwich Antique and Collectibles Fair on the cold Easter weekend in April and thought it would be perfect for the Memory Boxes.  With the letter, the item of sewing accoutrement and the toy soldier I felt it was just right so went onto eBay to see if I could find any more soldiers and to my delight I successfully bid for 4 more.  I liked that the soldiers were tarnished/had bits of paint missing.  Below I have laid out and photographed the three additional Memory Boxes.  The boxes I have made are covered with fabric I have printed using an old document.