To my surprise my chicken design has proved so popular amongst my friends and visitors to the blog, I have decided to begin work on creating Dotty her own range of products. After weaving almost continuously for the past couple of months I have managed to weave off several metres of the design.
I thought I would begin with marking out and sewing together some cushion covers. I am keen to make the zips a focal point and in this instance have opted for striking red ones.
I have put aside enough fabric to design a range of clasp purses and bags. The remainder I have framed, personally I think the design looks rather nice as a piece of wall art.
Alot of experimenting has taken place in the last few months. The lampshades construction proved suprisingly straight forward once I had collected together the necessary equipment and woven off the fabric, I found some great easy to follow tutorial videos online.
Once I had determined the height and circumference of the shade I wanted to make, I cut out the appropriate sized self adhesive PVC backing material. This then needed to be secured to the fabric the best way to do this is to peel and stick a few inches at a time until the PVC is completely attached. It maybe necessary to smooth out any wrinkles or air pockets.
Cut around the PVC leaving a extra inch of fabric around the edge. To ensure a clean finish the ends need to be folded and taped down, the next job is to add double sided tape along the two remaining edges of the PVC material.
Now the tricky bit, hold the metal lampshade ring in each hand while carefully rolling them simultaneously along the edges of the PVC, taking care to follow the line of double sided sticky tape and to move both rings forward at the same speed.
The final task is to tuck the edge of the fabric over the metal rings and to secure it in place. To tidy up the frayed edges they need to be pushed back under the metal frame.
One consideration I will make with any future lampshade making is to be more careful with my choice of weave structure. The thickness of the fabric definitely impacts greatly on the finish of the shade.
As I fast approach my 30th Birthday it would seem like no better time than the present to banish all my irrational fears of self promotion and set about photographing and cataloging my work. I thought it best to start from the beginning and over the course of the next few entries document my work from my graduation up until present day. In the past exhibiting has been largely restricted to local craft fairs and art events, with the response largely positive I hope to one day turn my very expensive hobby into something I can devote my time too fully. I look forward to keeping you up to date with current projects and future plans.
From the beginning
I studied Textiles at Winchester College of Art, specialising in woven textiles, during this period I experimented extensively with techniques and weaving processes. My inspiration was often varied and I developed my ideas through a combination of research, observational drawings, photographs and windings. In 2006 I graduated and my final project was made up of a mix of both dobby and jacquard samples. The style of my work was heavily influenced by Anni Albers. I became particularly interested in her use of unorthodox materials and pictorial weaving.
New Designers 2006
Winchester College of Art 2006 – Graduation Show
This was the last of my physical weaving for several years. I worked in men’s fashion for a time before leaving to pursue a more creative outlet. It was then I had the opportunity to purchase my Loom. Since then I have allowed myself time to refine my skills and develop a collection of samples that reflect my present style, combining rich colours and varied patterns.
Crazy chicken lady
Before I continue I need to introduce two very important ladies (chickens) in my life, Dot and Bert, who spend their day’s idly sitting in my garden studio providing me with countless hours of entertainment and an endless source of inspiration.
Although on this occasion I have to concede the design looks more like owls than chickens (I think at the time I got swept up in all the owl craziness)