Nina's Textile Trail 2

– Textiles 1: Mixed Media for Textiles

Assignment 5 – A final piece – Research


Ann Symes

In my search for prints from stitch, I came across Ann Symes’ Knitting Patterns, which are beautiful, delicate prints in limited palettes and resemble some of my initial trials with stitch, which I will relish developing further and recording later in this assignment.

In addition to the ‘knitting patterns’ I found her collagraphs, prints and graphite drawings captivating, a lovely combination of values, loose marks creating visual and actual texture.

The more I looked at her work, the more I admired, such delicate marks and a wide range of values to aspire to.  There are similarities (although slight) between her tea bowl collection and my vases, which I could develop to increase the values and layers inspired by her work.

In the context of developing my printing skills, her work is inspirational, but I also found much of her other work fascinating.

Ann Symes’ background is in graphic design which she says can still influence work but she is also inspired by her surroundings.

The oak and beech woodland that surrounds my home offers an endless source of inspiration through its textures, patterns, sounds, scents, shifting light and shadow, the opening and closing sequences of the seasons, the elements, decay and renewal, small details.  Rather than using specific subject matter I prefer the environment to be a subconscious influence.

Ann Symes 2014

I was also interested to read that, as we have been practicing throughout this course, her

“work evolves as a result of experimenting with different materials and techniques which leads to unexpected discoveries and a resonance”.

I assume her ‘resonance’ is the feeling of excitement when things come together as she states that

“when that stage is reached I can explore and develop it further”.

Leslie Avon Miller paints, draws, collages and makes artists’ books.  I am attracted to the looseness of the marks, the use of negative space, the simple palette, the repetition of marks and her book-making.  She says on her blog, that her work is “a means to honour the world around her”.  She uses collage to record her experiences and also states that

The compulsion for creating collage comes from experiencing life as beautifully wild, poignant, and fleeting. The process of creating collage clears space and light for experiencing the moments.

Sophie Munns is an australian painter who studied Fine Art and has since undertaken a number of artists’ residences at botanical gardens and research in ethnobotany and biocultural diversity. Her research informs her work in which she often abstracts the line and shape of seeds and creates strong repetitive patterns selecting three or four colours for the design.

Once I started to explore hand stitch for print, I was enthused by the patterns and textures achieved with rubbing, so investigated frottage and was particularly impressed by the work of Max Ernst, especially some of the marks which appeared similar to stitch.

Having created lots of rubbing samples and finding myself collaging them together,


I sought an artist who collaged similarly printed and weights of paper and was delighted to find Eva Isaksen’s printed and layered papers, with likeness in mark and the colour palette, I was beginning to explore.

Eva’s work is also inspired by her surroundings:

My work has always been inspired by nature: organic forms, cycles, seasons, land, water, sky, order, rhythm, repetition, growth, life, regeneration. The thin papers, which I print on, draw on, cut up, mix, are layered endlessly on the canvas. My work is about color, line, material, form, and space and about art as a process that always changes and grows.

I have such a fascination with the thin papers I have printed on using different techniques, together with the rubbings, that I am keen to find a way to use and layer them and will draw inspiration from all the artists I have researched in this section.

In my initial experimentation I was also excited by the ‘hole’ remaining having inked a small stitched sample for printing:


and was reminded of an instructional video on youtube uploaded by artist, Gerda Lipski, where she demonstrated monoprinting with a gelatine plate using a mask to create a similar ‘hole’ and produces beautifully textural prints with some subtle colour mixing. (accessed 4.11.16 & 9.11.16) (accessed 9.11.16)


4 thoughts on “Assignment 5 – A final piece – Research

  1. I love the way you pursue your interest with research then explore the connections between the two. I’ve struggled with making print work for me so seeing your work and this video link are quite inspirational too.

  2. Your rubbings and prints of stitch are stunning.

  3. Thank you Nicky, I see from the OCA Sketchbook Facebook group that you’re wrapping spoons, lovely drawing and happy wrapping!

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