WEEK THREE – Further thinking and experimentationPosted: November 27, 2015
I’ve been looking more into what I could put into the frames, and how I can get more of my discipline into the room.
I’m concerned that otherwise I will have all of my time taken up creating the furniture and learning skills I’ve never used before, but would like to contribute something that I am actually good at and that I can be proud of!
While doing some more research into the 1990’s and our childhood, I was mostly drawn to food and drink. After writing down a list of these things that were particularly relevant, I had a look around to see if any textile artists look at packaging. I was pleasantly surprised and am feeling really inspired after finding the following:
This artist makes these huge installations in the shape of packages of food. She also has a few really nice illustrations which I was particularly interested in.
I love her use of water colour to depict the movement and texture of the packaging.
I really like these 3D stitched representations of familiar products and how accurately she has replicated the colours and graphics on the packaging.
I also think the ‘tatty’ kind of free embroidered style is very successful and is possibly something that I could try out, in order to get a more stylised effect rather than just trying to replicate the packaging.
This is another artist who uses that ‘scratchy’ kind of rough look to her work. I am thinking that this is definitely more suited to my current style.
Lucy Sparrow – Corner Shop
I was really excited to find this artist and her project ‘corner shop’.
“For the entire month of August, Lucy took over a run-down corner shop in Bethnal Green, East London, and filled it with more than 4000 hand-stitched felt replicas of everyday items that you’d normally find in a local shop. Tins of tomato soup jostled for shelf-space alongside felt cat litter and a freezer-full of felt iced-lollies. The show was an incredible success with visitors from all over the world.”
I wish I had known about this installation when it was on and been to see it, it sounds fascinating.
This whole idea of using food and drink packaging as a subject for pieces of art is something that was very common in pop art.