First thoughts – paper experiments
I used brown packing paper to try out various methods to make paper disintegrate. I included threadless machine stitching, needle felting, a hole punch, tearing, snipping, burning, stabbing, pleating, crimping and machine stitching with areas rubbed away.
This was a useful exercise for trying out methods that might be effective when translated into fabric.
Second thoughts – paper shapes
The image below shows the results of taking a square of paper and tearing it in increasing amounts to disintegrate the shape.
This exercise is a revelation – I have worked the exercises in this chapter in a random order, I have also worked on ideas for my resolved sample and I find myself going around in circles not quite satisfied with any one of them. Looking at these samples I really like the patterns created by the ‘fracture’ lines – the original cross shape is still apparent despite the increased disintegration in each version.
Third thoughts – different ways of disintegrating a square of fabric
The images above show my samples of fabric squares disintegrated using fraying and a page of samples using other methods such as stitching with thread the same colour as the background fabric, bonded thread snippets, a needle felting tool and stitching combined with fraying.
I still have some samples to work but below are some of my preliminary ideas for designs to show growth and disintegration.
Following on from the torn paper exercise I decided to revisit the designs for my resolved piece. I particularly like the patterns created by the 'fractures' in the paper exercise and I think this effect could be suggested by using chenille effect. Below is my design idea using this technique.
|The dotted lines for the part shapes around the edge of the piece represent stitching - I think cutting a layer back to reveal a printed layer as with the central shape would tie the piece together quite well.|