We haven't had a T.ART for a while, so we thought it was about time and here we have Gwyneth Depport's creative Tea experiments.
Over to Gwyneth...
I like to work with a wide selection of both new and recycled textiles, using stitch, both – hand and machine, also paints, pastels and inks, embellishment, layering, found objects, photos and paper, wire, employing block, screen and digital printing. The outcomes often involve the creation of surface pattern for printed textiles and/or form.
For my final year projects work I amalgamated two main areas of inspiration:
The Blackwork inspiration came from a specific piece of Blackwork from the Victoria and Albert Museum.
The V & A’s 16th Century piece was particularly influential because of the combination of words and symbols.
Due to crown copyright I can't include an image but here is a link to the piece, here.
I also made study visits to Gawthorpe Hall, Padiham, in Lancashire to see and experience Blackwork in Kay Shuttleworth’s Embroidery collection.
My second source area was my personal experience of the well practiced activity of drinking tea the inspiration from both the drinking of tea and the conversation experiences and sometimes the silence, that accompanies it. I also worked on the asscociated parahernalia such as cups, teapots and teabags.
I conducted many experimental trials to take an original idea through to finished pieces and here are just two of them.
|A page from my experimental trials sketchbook|
|Another page where I was considering a 'teabag gingham', I soaked teabags and then pressed them onto cloth|
|I picked out the contours of one with the tiniest stitch possibleon|
|I used Photoshop to manipulate the teabag and had it printed onto silk satin, sorry no photograph, my daughter now has ownership of it!|
|For another experiment I took teabags and replaced the tea with words clipped out of magazines|
|I chose my favourite and again sized it up through photoshop having it digitally printed onto silk satin|
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