Over the weekend I was still piled under my own research looking for different avenues to take our project brief: ‘Natural Pattern’. A particular plant took my interest however it was difficult to sketch without losing the main delicacy and information. The blossom reminded me or brain stems or nerves, this made me think of memories and connections made in the brain.
Re-Put something back together
This was also difficult to document; from there I was led to the cardio vascular system in human anatomy. As I had already been interested in structure it seemed to fitting to look at the structure of the spine.
Monday 19th September we went to Kelvingrove to further our investigation in a hope to find some source of enlightenment. After sketching as many skeletal structures I could find I was lead to horned animal skulls mounted on the wall; this automatically rang bells. Alexander McQueen! The guru of combining the natural world and fashion, his collection Savage beauty displayed several horned shoulders and tribal/nature inspired designs.
Struggling for things to be interested in I was lead upstairs to look at butterfly cases, this seemed like an obvious choice for natural pattern and colour but it was a good opportunity for delicate sketches/paintings. Throughout these sketches and looking further into the detail of the wings I saw similarities between the shape of the wings and the pelvis of a human skeleton.
As a different way of showing the complexity of the structures I adopted a quilling technique to create interesting line within the shape.
Quilling was fun but horribly time-consuming,
Following our trip to Edinburgh botanic gardens I began on a rampage of research to find a theme relating to what I had discovered in the undergrowth. The majority of sketches I had produced throughout the day were heavily inspired by structure; paying attention to the different stems which shed their primary leaves in comparison with consistent regenerating leaves or nodes. From these sketches I experimented and developed the image with various drawing techniques, focussing on bleeding colour/paint and drawing in the detail with a fine liner.
Investigation of wood grain.
During the trip I also took an interest in the weathered and understated plants, one particular leaf beckoned me to recreate or draw-with-fabric. Not as a developed sample, just thinking of ways to transpose the image into a textile design.
These samples are taken from the image at the top of the page, the first sample is also achieved using water soluable fabric, the second sample is loose knitted detail stitched on the back of a structured piece of scrap fabric then both dyed.
Despite not wanting to use a floral theme, I decided to broaden my foundation of research by including some small investigations and also a small fabric sample.
Painted fabric on wadding with stitched in detail to show folds and texture.