First trip of the year! We went to London. We were dropped off by the Victoria & Albert museum. It is so big so everytime I go I see something different that inspires in a different way.
The shopping bag it self is quite amazing itself. I decided to give it a little textiles touch and I have free machined and straight stitched on it.
Islamic Middle East
I have started of with Islamic Middle East. It is based on geometric shapes. I really like it because it is neat and nice and makes amazing patterns. Quick water color sketch of the wall tile, loved the yellow pieces they have lived up the tile.
A whole wall section based on turquoise ceramics pieces like wall and floor tiles or columns.
Free machined piece based on geometry. I have used a dissolvable fabric and net to construct it.
South Asia is also based on pattern but they value flowers and round patterns more. I really like the window piece based on flowers. The tiles are so vibrant and colorful, they are amazing even though they are broken.
The fashion was from different eras which was extremely good to see, some of the garments were from the 1800’s and some were wary modern and ‘weird’.
I very much liked this coat because
of the asymmetrical bust, the massive pockets and because it is all black.
Another rain coat was so colorful and happy. It was almost opposite to the black one. It had one big, yellow pocket in the centre.
This one is my favourite one, it has a digitally stitched pattern and a transfer printed painting.
The jewelry at the V&A was very abstract, this is a close up of a necklace made out of pattern 3 dimensional triangles.
A collections of all the special earrings put in a spiral to make it look cool.
Fabric of India
Also while I was there I have visited The Fabric of India exhibition which was extraordinary. In the show they had amaizing exhibits and videos of how to do the techniques. I have learned so much about weaving, dyeing and printing. Sadly I could not take photographs but my friend that I saw the exhibition with bought the book about it so I took a lot of pictures of it.
Skirt cloth. Satin – woven silk, embroidered with silk thread. I really like the vibrant yellow which caught my eye immediately. Multi colored leaves are also put in the half-drop pattern but they are not equal which is interesting how well this works. Also the leaves aren’t the same, they have the same red, blue, green and white color but are still different.
Border for a woman’s dress. Cotton, embroidered with beetle-wing cases, couched gilt-silver wire. This is done with beetle wings! That on it own it so creative and magnificent. The piece in real life was about 40cm-45cm which means that the creator much of used hundreds of beetle wings. The pattern itself isn’t actually that amazing so I like this one more for the idea then the outcome.
I love hand stitch and I really appreciate it because it needs paintance but this is just overwhelming. The person hand stitching this 4.5 meters to 8 meters (according to Wikipedia) piece of cotton, it must of taking them weeks or even months. When it is wrapped around a model it looks quite ordinary saree but when you look closely it looks so extraordinary.
Another saree produced using very creative technique. This has been dyed in indigo, the resist is made by folding the fabric and using circle blocks and clampling them to the fabric, it is called Shibori. Such an interesting way of dying, I usually use string, elastic bands or a wrap it around something. I would love to try this technique out.
Very abstract dress made out of butterflies. Designed by Manish Arora. Using silk satin and reflective vinyl with applique silk and vinyl.
More about Fabric of India
I was so inspired by all the work I have seen so I wanted to try some of the techniques my self. I went to the shop dedicated to the exhibition and I picked up these stamps to play around with repeat pattern and lino print.
There are the marks I made:
<-diamond shape, straight repeat pattern
<-diamond shape, circular/swirl repeat pattern
<-flower shape, half-drop repeat pattern
<-flower shape, random pattern
Then I have cutted out garment that models were wearing in magazines and I have replaced them with my prints.