There is officially less than a month until school starts, and I have started counting down the days. I'm ready to be back in the routine, but I also wouldn't mind putting it off for another month. At the beginning of the summer, I told myself that I would get a ton of work done. Well, that hasn't happened. I've done some, but not nearly as much as I wanted to. Big surprise.
Anyway, I had a summer assistantship to do some digital designing for weaving at a mill. I started out with this grand idea of what I wanted to do. That concept fell apart quickly, and was followed by an 'epiphany' which I grew really excited about until it too, burst into flames. Needless to say, I haven't done much about it in the last month. But, I was watching a movie the other night when I had another 'epiphany' and started sketching like a madman. I also started doing something I have never done before: making miniature paper versions of what I want the final piece to look like. I am aware that they are probably far removed from what the pieces will end up looking like, but either way, I think they look awesome.
After my first two ideas, which focused mainly on portraiture, I decided that I really wanted to play around with words and using text to create images. For this first piece, variations of written words are arranged to create a background pattern or texture on which I have imposed my portrait.
The second image I did was a product of thinking about what I could do to the piece after it was woven. I liked the idea of having the grid woven as pockets so it could be stuffed, but I was also intrigued by the idea of stitching on top of the image and sewing on pieces of organza.
Lastly, I decided that I wanted to make an accordion style book. A large part of my thesis work has been keeping a journal and I wanted to emulate that concepts of autobiography and progression of time.
After having completed these samples, I already know several things I would change. For instance, I think it would be interesting to make this huge and hang it on a wall and that I want the grid superimposed on top of the portrait. It remains to be seen if