|Sample by Kathleen Murphy|
In preparation for a forthcoming Summer exhibition we've been exploring an ongoing interest in the imperfections one finds in domestic textiles - frays, marks & mothholes. In particular, a notion that a hole or rent in fabric is in fact a void presenting further design possibilities.
A void can be described in many ways; as an empty space, blankness, a vacuum, a cavity, an abyss, nothingess. It's definition and meaning has caused much debate in both science, religion and as the basis for fictional writing. In terms of it's practical use in textiles, it can be a powerful space, for example, a point of calm on an otherwise busy surface or an area of concentrated focus on a blank canvas.
|Prepare your void...|
The following photo's will give you an idea of their exploration.
We'll keep you posted about ours!
|Picot stitch variation in variegated thread|
|Red wine rings|
|Stains trapped in opaque layers|
|Vibrant base layer...|
|...With top layer of stitched sheer fabric added|
|An abundance of seed stitch enhanced by the opacity of the muslin|