SELF DIRECTED STUDY: MONOPRINT, WEAVE & PATTERN EXPLORATION

WEAVE – Form (fabric or a fabric item) by interlacing long threads passing in one direction with others at a right angle to them/interlace (threads) so as to form fabric/make (a complex story or pattern) from a number of interconnected elements/include an element in (such a story or pattern) Definition of WEAVE by Dictionary.com

What are the synonyms of the word Weave? ENTWINE, INTERLACE, KNIT, TWIST, INTERTWINE, BRAID, TWIST & INTERWORK.

Words inspire creative avenues. Experimenting with monoprint, weave and pattern, I traversed down my own creative avenue. Constructing ideas from previous studies within weave, I wanted to take these ideas into a more intricate and pattern based  objective. Could I create something from ‘nothing’? Leftovers discarded from another design? Do I have to abandon elements of a previous construction?

Taking some of my favourite monoprints, I photocopied a few images and decided to mesh/weave/knit them together. This ties in directly with my Constellation subject, The Meshwork of Objects. The deconstruction of things, reconstructing them to make them function in a new and aesthetically exciting way. What is the purpose of deconstructing images and then reconstructing them? Does it offer a way to make sense of it’s properties? Do I interknit my own thinglyness within this de/reconstruction process?

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Interworking something with nothing; design woven with plain white paper. Does this make it half as valid as if I had made with 2 interwoven designs? Does the white ‘nothingness’ signify a hollowness I felt, feeling ill, when making this piece? Are we connecting anymore? Are we secretly together, but apart? Are we always psychoanalysing ourselves? Think I will look at the psychology of Art/Design within my own creative practice. Where do start?

Pattern within art. Monotone Monoprint. Repetition. Considering line and pattern from simple studies can translate into the most incredible and wonderfully aesthetic designs. (Left) The offcuts from the image on the right have been randomly collaged on top of each other to create pattern and texture, reminds of me the work of Jackson Pollock. (Right) The observational drawing was duplicated and cut from the same paper as the image on the left, and positioned side by side to demonstrate the beauty of repetition. Strangely, I initially did not like the original study and was tempted to shelve it, but my curiosity took over; glad I enjoy up cycling/recycling my own work.

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Not sure of what I feel about the above image, cutting out and repositioning individual elements of the original monoprint should have been a more successful endeavour. However, I feel that this design can be rescued by stitch. Incorporating stitch on paper can result in some fantastic surface pattern textures/patterns. If I use contrasting threads for the top and bobbin, would this excite the original design? Watch this space.

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Will definitely be using this as one of my final 6 Print samples.

Author: vmhtdesign

First Year Student @ Cardiff Met University, Lllandaff. BA Textile Design.

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