• Sarah Jane

Textile Project Ideas

For this next year my practice will revolve more around the idea of textiles and exploring the boundaries of this medium. I will also still be incorporating the feminist ideas that I have been exploring in past units, and furthering my interest into the idea of female identity and what it means to be a woman in today's society.



My first idea involves the use of quilting. In the previous unit I got really interested in stitching and embroidery, and I wanted to be explore this medium further. I started to quilt in the beginning of second year, but I wasn't happy with how it was turning out, and I eventually got inspired to do other things. This time, after looking at artists such as Tracey Emin and Miriam Schapiro, and looking into the idea of domestic art, I decided to look back into the idea of quilting.

One of the ideas I had was to try and create a collaborative piece involving friends and family members I know and asking them to create a piece which represents how they identify as themselves or as a woman. I would then collate them together and create a quilt of identity that shows how there is no one way of being a woman, and that every woman is unique in their own way and doesn't follow society's expectations and/or ideals of what a woman should be.



My second idea involves the idea of experimenting with thread painting, and exploring the boundaries of embroidery, ultimately culminating into a large scale piece that is based on the research into feminist ideas and domestic art/craft. I wanted to create a piece that explores the differences between craft and fine art, as well as touching on domestic themes.

A starting angle with this idea would be to look into the imagery used in association with the idea of what it means to be a woman. For example, taking the imagery of boobs and reclaiming that as a our own identity of being. Showing how we cannot be confined to these sexual ideals and that our bodies have more than one purpose. Not just for pleasure.



My third idea involves exploring the idea of soft sculpture. I have started to experiment and play around with material and thread, so I feel that this would be a natural progression towards bigger and stronger work. I have many ideas which include creating site specific work, creating objects out of domestic materials, and so on. I feel that this would also allow me to move out of my current comfort zone and move into something completely different.

A starting angle for this would be to create cushioned objects with embroidered slogans, and place them in specific areas which highlight the slogan and photograph them. This is a basic idea that I hope as I start to work on it, evolves into something bigger and much more interesting and creative.

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