Monday, 15 October 2012

Module 6 chapter 4

Design pattern from an ethnic source.


One of my chosen textiles of inspiration for this exercise is a piece of cloth I bought in Tanzania, it has typical designs embroidered on it from this region. The cloth itself is fine woven grass type fabic.

I started by copying the piece with coloured pencils.


I then switched to a digital sketch interpretation.


Which I then turned back into a paper interpretation.


Next I worked a much looser digital version, this time encorporating colour, with the ideas of the headress made by the young Maasai girl where she took her inspiration from the police cars, using red green and orange.



This sample has been worked using scratching techniques on a layer of water soluble, crayon and bleaching techniques.

For the final sample in this group I looked at some cushion designs that I'd spotted in one of the lodges.


This is created using a tufted, rug style technique, and is a Kuba raffia velour pattern

And this is my interpretation


This is worked using ink and bleach techniques, lino printing, paper collage and water soluble pencils.

The next step in this chapter was to create textile samples by drawing with stitch, using the above paperwork designs as a starting point.


This sample was inspired by design 6/4/7, with it's basic layout of 4 rectangles. 2 layeres of tea bag paper were paitned and printed with inks, concentrated w/c, and fabric printing ink. These layers were the ditressed with bleach and had a final layer of the natural dyed silk organza applied to the top layer.

Beads have been added as well as stitch, as a direct influence from the Massai women's beadwork and finally small pieces of wine bottle tops were added to create focal points.


In this sample I've used a more organic approach, still sticking to an earthy colour pallette. Similar motifs have been used but the stitchery has followed the marks made by the fabric colouring media more than in the prevoius sample.

The BG cloth is a piece of onion skin dyed cotton, and the scrim is a Procion dyed piece. Pieces of teabag paper have been applied and also the newspaper print off piece form the hand painted scrim. The thick yarn is also onion skin dyed.


The BG for this last sample is a lightly tea dyed callico. The placement of the concentrated
w/c dyed scrim rectangles was inspired by the Kuba cloth cushion in 6/4/8. This is a totally machine stitched sample except for the tissue paper spiral on the lower RHS. The fabric in the centre of the design is more of the onion skin dyed silk organza. This has been cut away in the circles to reveal the layers underneath.

Newspaper printoffs have been used to make the chevron designs that border the central details.


  1. All looking very exciting - looking forward to seeing how this develops.

  2. Love all these samples, especially 6/4/10. Will you have to make a finished piece based on this work?