Friday, 29 July 2011


After I had finished module IV, I found out  the new Project of Siân Martin . I also belong to the people who think of themselves, does'nt able to draw and  wouldn't learn it any longer. That was already rubbed my nose since my school days . Perhaps after a certain time the participation in  the daily drawing lesson will  teach me something different 
As I have problems with  spatial perception, I have used  a trick when drawing . I  took a photo of  the object which I have been drawing in my sketchbook with the help of a grid. The three-dimensional object lying on the table became two-dimensionally by the photo.

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                                                        an orange drawn with a soft pencil 

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                                      a banana skin ,drawn also with a soft pencil

I painted the background with to much colour pigments of brusho. It became to dark . The subject was a faded rose out of my garden

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the same subject, drawn with brown felt pen on a background of very watering down brusho. I made the shadow with water soluble wax crayon. Ilike this little painting

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                                            the shell of my eaten breakfast egg drewn with a lead pencil


Friday, 22 July 2011

Module IV ch 11-12

Chapter 11
Embroidered panel
The work for this chapter included an asessment ,which should show an embroidered panel. I
choosed the theme:“ Modul IV“ for my asessment. My idea was to create a book using
techniques and materials, which I worked with during this modul: fabric, hand made paper,
printing, embroidery and letters for a pattern design. I would also like to work an cover made
out of fabric paper with embroidery.

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First I thought to use the embroidered papers of the last moduls to form the book sides. At any rate I wanted the sides to be made out of fabric paper with stamps and ripped envelopes. Stamps and envelopes should be covered with watered down PVC glue and tissue paper. At last I wanted it to be coloured with watered down procion. The book could be binded like a japanese block book

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After some considerations, I had rejected this type of page design, because I wanted the embroidered papers to be removable. So I decided to form the book sheets as a pocket

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I found a delightful folding technique of an origami book. The folded part has four layers with four paper bags and it forms a signatur.

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Because of the thicker fabric paper, I had to vary the folding technique, so that the signature only has two layers.

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                                                  Fabric paper - work in progress

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First I worked the back of the fabric paper, like the front surface. But this paper is much too stiff and too thick. This would be impossible to fold and to embroider. I decided to use this very stiff material for the book cover.
The back of the fabric papers will be visible and therefore they have to be painted and printed with letter stamps and stencils

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                                              The back and front of the fabric papers.

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An attemp to built the book with a concertina gusset to avoid stitching the signature together. But I don‘t
like this result.
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         The next attempt convinced me. I sewed the folded signatures with chain stitches

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                                                                     My composite sheet.

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                                              During the sewing and the mounted signature

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                                                                            the spine
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                                                                         inside 1

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                                                                         inside 2

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                                                                          inside 3

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                                                                      book front

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                                                         the back of the book

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The starting material of the fabric papers for the book cover is brown paper. This is first painted with
crayons and then with diluted Procion in coats . The paper is ironed between the layerings. For the painted
patterns I was inspired by modified letters. I had designed them in the first chapters.

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                                                    Me crumpling the papers
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Then the back of the painted paper will be covered with fusible interfacing. This sandwich is crumpled up until the paper becomes almost as soft as fabric
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Parts of the dressed paper are cut out, formed to a new layout and bondet on Vilene H630.

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                   I bondet a very transparent polyesther chiffon on the front of the sandwiches

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After embroidering the surface with machine and hand stitching, the back of the book cover is bonded to hand -dyed cotton. I trimmed the open borders with a chiffon binding.

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                                                            The cover is finished

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                                          The view from the top to the book

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                                                                A detail of the inside

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                                                                Just as I had imagined …..

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….. the book out of fabric paper with hand made and stiched papers and with a embellished cover

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                                                                   The last sheet

The assessment was the occasion for me finally to think about the design of a scetchbooks for
documentation of the work on this module. After some thoughts and experimentations, I decided to a
book with pockets for the embroidered papers. They represent a main task of the module. By the
material, I wanted to create a combination of fabric and paper. The decision for the paper fabric was so
obvious. I wished a dekorative cover for the book . The painting should establish a connection to the subject:
“Modules IV”.
I am very satisfied with the final result . I like the colors, the structures , which I have formed with the
crumpling of the papers . The embroidery shows a harmonious unit with the painted papers , torn
envelopes and stamps embedded into the fabric papers. With its pockets the book is a functional and
decorative storage for the embroidered papers. I like to touch the material.
If I had to work the same scetchbook again, I would pay more attention to the stiffness of the fabric
paper. In my case it became a little bit to stiff for stitching. I should have diluted the glue with more
water .

Date when the design work was started: :
completed: 25.06.2011
Date when a spezial book structure started: 26.06.2011
completed: 30.07.2011
Date when the embroidered book cover started: 06.07.2011
Completed. 09.07.2011
Total numbers of hours spent working on the design work: 10 hours
the embroidery work and book binding : 48 hours
Costing fabrics :ca 5 euro
Batting : 8 euro
Embrodery yarns . 20 Euro
Procion MX: 10Euro

Chapter 12
Study 3 Artists

Cas Holmes
Cas Holmes is a textile mixed media artist. Her work relates to the natural and built world and she often uses found materials as part of this process. Looking at the environmental links and sustainability, she works to commission and art projects. She produces decorative objects made of re-cycled paper items and fragments of textiles. She explores the many uses for found objects in textile art and inspires many people to look at the everyday things in the environs with an artist‘s eye.
In 1983 she reached Fine Arts Degree at Maidstone College of Art,
1985 she studied Japanese art and papermaking at Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship,
She teaches at Middlesex University specialising in Environmental Issues and Art Practice and has recently won a major award, the Rochester City Bursary.
Resource: Holmes, Cas (2010): The Found Object in Textile Art. Interweave Press LLC, Loveland.

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Resource: Holmes, Cas (2010): The Found Object in Textile Art. Interweave Press LLC, Loveland
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Resource: Holmes, Cas (2010): The Found Object in Textile Art. Interweave Press LLC, Loveland

I like her hardcover books. They are art objects , which exert a special appeal to me. Her art to connect paper and fabric to a fragile object is very special and admirable.

Lois Walpole
Lois Walpole is an internationally renowned basket-maker, who uses natural and recycled materials to
create baskets and containers of all shapes and sizes.
Trained in both, sculpture and basket making, she has become a designer and maker of functional
objects and art works using the techniques and the forms traditionally associated with baskets.
Most of the materials used for manufacturing consumer products and their packaging still have many
years of life left in them when they are buried in landfill sites. It is this, often colourful, everyday waste that
has inspired much of her work. These materials which already have their own history, present her as a
designer, with the challenge of turning them into something new which will intrigue, amuse or otherwise
stimulate the viewer or user.
Her artistic education began at Bristol Polytechnic in 1971 and she graduated from St Martins School of
Art with a B.A. in Sculpture in 1975. City and Guilds qualifications in Basket Making from the London
College of Furniture followed in 1982 and in 2003 she completed a Doctorate at the Royal College of Art
in London.
Resource:, 21.07.2011

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 Resource:, 21.07.2011

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Resource:, 21.07.2011
These are fascinating objects of an unusual blaze of color

Isobel Hall
The British textile designer Isobel Hall is well known for her exquisite and fully functional bags that she makes out of paper as basic material. She initially specialized in the manufacture of paper, gave workshops designed books, sketch books and postcards. Then she began to combine her favorite material, self-made paper, with textile techniques and also to use recycled material. Isobel Hall wins her inspiration from architecture, art or way of life of past eras. Nature also gives ideas to her.
Resource:, 21.07.2011
Hall, Isobel (2009): embroidered books. Batsfort, London

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Hall, Isobel (2009): embroidered books. Batsfort, London
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Hall, Isobel (2009): embroidered books. Batsfort, London

Unfortunately, I got the beautiful books by Isobel Hall only, as I already had done the major work on my book. The presented embroidered books are exceptional and stimulate my imagination

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Hall, Isobel (2009): embroidered books. Batsfort, London
That‘s a coocon stripping book with ageing paper.

Storage of Work, Materialsours Tools and Equipment
The design work in process: Ikea storage boxes labeled by their contents The completed design work: The same boxes also labeled by their contents The colored papers are in a ring binder and all papers are scanned
Inks, paints, glues and brushes are stored in several chests of drawers Embroidery yarn are sorted by colors in plastic boxes also the beads and the material for embellishments like tyvek and silk roads The fabrics are sorted by color in my cupboard in my studio The sewing machine is in my studio on the sewing table
The electrical equipment like iron and iron table are stored in my shelving system.
Health and Safety Rules Observed
Use care when cutting with a utility knife –
use a cutting board to ensure your work does not slip
Use the heat gun and paints only with opened window
Take a rest after several hours of stitching or sewing
No pins in the mouth
Do not rub your eyes with paint on your hands