Nina's Textile Trail 2

– Textiles 1: Mixed Media for Textiles

MMT Part 2 Joining & Wrapping Project 1 Joining

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(Paper Learning Log Pages 28-29)

Exercise 3 Joining curved edges that both touch and leave gaps

This jute scrim lent itself well to joins which touched and left gaps.  I appreciate the shadows it creates, the curved lines of the warp and weft, the unruly edges.  Although the raffia is similarly rustic, a different colour or material, perhaps a hemp or linen thread, providing a contrast might have been more visually appealing.


Enjoying the properties of the jute hemp, some leaves were joined:


I really like the simplicity of this, probably inspired by my research into Andy Goldsworthy and Alice Fox’s work (illustrated below).


I chose the leaves for their differences in colour (not that there were many to choose from in the dead of winter).  The colours are striking, the properties I like about the scrim are emphasised, the lightness of the fibre, the lovely undulating lines and curves created by the loose weave.  Also the gentle shadows of the leaves.

The leaves were used to join some scrim together. A simple, ineffective join but an engaging composition.


Less attractive, hessian sacking and scrim joined with leaves, less successful, as the hessian seems too dense and heavy alongside the scrim and the airy-ness and fluidity of the above is lost below.


Brenda Mallory’s Capsules, 2006-2011 inspired me to produce a similar structure from leaves, which was largely successful.  Initially using stitching, I found it difficult to hold the leaves in place so resorted to staples which were quick and effective.  The success is in the shape, the colours and the effectiveness of the joining method.  However, I’m not sure that staples are the most attractive for a natural sculpture and I am troubled by the short life of making with materials that deteriorate so quickly.  Perhaps the pleasure is in the making and a successful photograph?




One thought on “MMT Part 2 Joining & Wrapping Project 1 Joining

  1. The leaves and scrim are lovely. I agree with you about the sacking – it traps and deadens the leaves rather than responding to them.

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