12 Sep. 2017

'What's The Point Project' - last day


As an overview of this 'What's The Point Project', I am pleased with my gradual development in this project, as my work style has became much more process-driven. This project had been developed from the 'stained' tissue paper samples from the 'Practitioner Project', mainly on the idea of 'unintentional-mistake'. My further experimentation on the idea has lead me on to the theme of vintage books, hence the resulting textile-book samples. Although I was also fond of the 'coffee-stain' samples, but I chose the vintage book idea, as I had many inspirations and visions on developing textile pieces based on such idea e.g. canvas book with PVA cover, red book mark, sticky notes as textiles etc. 

Further more, even though I had briefly evaluated the final sample previously, but I will write a more thorough reflection on this object:

In general, it is a textile book constructed by four-hole stab binding. The book itself is produced by a relative soft and none-dyed canvas fabric, I chose this fabric to allow the silhouettes and embellishments of the book to stand out rather than the fabric itself, as it is rigid and neutral in colour. I purchased the mesh fabrics while I was browsing through Cloth House, and I thought that they would create playful and appealing contrasts with canvas. The mesh fabrics contrasts with canvas in all aspects except they both have matte surface textures and are both in relatively warm hues. Thus the book mark balances out both the textures and tones of the overall visual impressions, as it is in a dense and vivid blue tone with glossy finish. The use of oil-pastels and PVC material relates back to the weaving sample from the 'Practitioner Project'. The book is constructed using the Yotsumi-toji binding from my research, and the thread is also specialised for book-binding. Lastly, the use of velvet ribbons was also decided when I was browsing through Cloth House, as I thought the mesh fabrics alone are too subtle to contrast with the canvas fabrics. Although they are vibrant in colours but softened when layering with other fabrics due to their textures, so that velvet ribbons would help to darken and deepen the tones.

Overall, I am satisfied of this resulting outcome, but there were two elements I need to improve on:

  1. By sewing two pieces of fabric together to create a 'page' makes the outer edge of the page comparatively thicker than the centre, and it especially more obvious when layering several 'pages' together. For the next time, I may allow the frayed edges to be seen rather folding them inwards.
  2. The canvas fabric would create friction with the thread while I was trying to create the Yotsume-toji binding, so I could not use one continuous thread to recreate the original version. For the next time I will need to find a thinner and smoother thread to bind a 'book'.

Additionally, I though this sample was too time consuming as I tried to make the 'pages' as precise as possible, because I wanted the attentions to be more focused on embellishments. If I wish to develop this project further, I will need to create samples in a quicker and less precise way, as long as they convey my ideas. 

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