This is how I finally displayed my Rajasthan work. I really like how it holds all together. They’re only slightly spaced apart due lack of planning. If I was to have more time and space I would hang each piece from a separate rail to allow more space between the pieces. This would allow it to be viewed from the side more easily. I really like how they all look together, it looks more professional than I could have ever imagine. I feel that the piece could be added to and it will grow everytime.
Now that I have nearly completed my Rajasthan prints I have time to now think about how I would like them displayed. When initially finishing the project before christmas it was discussed that it would be difficult to find the correct lighting and fabric to be able to see all the way through the pieces. Therefore I created cutouts within the doorways. When I was in India I learnt that the doorways were always so beautifully decorated because the threshold was important to their religion and culture. Therefore I felt that the doorways would be a good way to symbolise my journey though Rajasthan. My journey is important to me as it changed me as a textile designer, it made me think more and more about our western industries but also the craftsmanship that can go into textile design.
Therefore I have decided that the 3 pieces shall be suspended from an array of heights so each of the new doorways can match up and can be seen through. The pieces will be far enough apart so that from the side they can viewed individually but from the front they look like on piece. The piece will also be away from the wall suggesting that the journey has no ended and can be added to in the future.
*This is an example of how the doorways will match up*
I have started developing simple lino cuts for my pieces.
These simple designs were inspired from architecture around India. I plan on cutting them out tomorrow. I feel that they will need to be scaled up and down to fit each of the pieces.
During the Rajasthan Module we didn’t get much time to create final pieces so I have carried on working on it. After reviewing all my primary research I realised there were few places that stood out to me. These places are either places that I found breath taking but also places that changed me as an artist. On my travels I learnt about the importance of doorways and how the decoration of a threshold is important in the Indian culture. I feel that my travels around Rajasthan changed me as an artist and every day I was experiencing new things and I would like to document that in my work.
During the module I had done research into artists that create textile installations. Due to the fact I wanted to document a journey I wanted to create some sort of textile art. In my feedback at the end of the module it was suggested to narrow down my ideas due to time for execution. I therefore selected three places that I found inspiring and sketched out the thresholds. The above photos shows how I have scanned them in and digitised them. I did this so I could experiment with the layout. I have deiced that I will have three doorways that continue on through all the pieces. I deiced to go with the first layout as the ordered nature of the others isn’t in keeping with the busy nature of India. These designs are to be screen printed on all three pieces.
I then wanted to develop a patterned background to go with each print. They were all influenced by other places in Rajasthan that I found beautiful. They added to the pieces and reflects more about my journey.
I think I will also bring in Lino cutting into the pieces to emulate the impressive block prints that I learnt about in India. Lino printing is something I would like to develop more and I am inspired but the artisans I met in India.
This field module is something I will never forget. It was an eye opener to another part of the world. Rajasthan was a field of colour and getting to see all the textiles processes first hand was so inspiring. I have always had an interest in the textile industry in India because of all the skill and the hand processes founded over there. The textiles industry is one of the main skills passed down by families. There were small tailors every where.
The main highlights of the trip was visiting the Anoki museum and the Blue Pottery studio. These two places were created to save the artisan techniques which are unfortunately being lost. In skills are being pushed aside due to the demand from the western markets. Processes such as screen printing and slip casting is coming taking over to keep up with the demand. Anoki is a company and a museum. Throughout the museum you could learn about the history of block printing and the different stages of the print. I absolutely feel in love with it all. I have always had an interest in printing therefore the precise skill needed to cut a block was so inspiring to me. I wanted to emulate the labour intensive process in my work.
Aside from the textiles I was inspired by the people and the culture. The way of life they have and how vibrant and vivid it is. The constant noise and busy atmosphere was infectious and made me want to explore it more and more. Everyday I was surprised and shocked by sites that we encountered. I wanted my final pieces to show my journey and how everyday I was experiencing new things.
When we were back in the UK I started researching textiles artists and installations as I wanted to create a textiles art piece rather then a collection. I thought this would be more appropriate as I wanted to portray my journey and experiences. After researching into Jacob Hashimoto and Maggie Casey I realised I wanted to create a hanging piece with different layers. Each layer was to represent a different place that I found inspiring. The layering was to portray the journey. After my tutorial at the end of the module I realised that I needed to simplify my idea and figure out exactly how I wanted it to be hung. Therefore I chose 3 places of interest and developed these to create three pieces of work. The first was inspired by Amer Fort as it was my first encounter with India, the second was inspired by Anoki for the process and the Third was inspired by the cenotaphs as they are something that has stuck in my memory. I created the pieces using screen printing, block printing and hand embroidery. I also decided that when hanging them I would match up all the doors to represent the journey I had and how every doorway brought me to a new experience.