I was really pleased to get the chance to write a proposal for the
Student Creative project with MoDiP. As an Undergraduate at the Arts University
Bournemouth, I was able to familiarise myself with MoDiP and the collection it
houses. Using the fantastic objects on offer, I was inspired to kick start
projects, essays and sketchbook work.
Now studying on the MA Fine Art course at AUB, I have the chance to
bring my perspective to this project and develop exciting pieces for MoDiP. As
a textile artist I work a lot with colour, shape and texture. I will bring
these elements of my work to the project and take full advantage of what MoDiP
Observing, drawing and photographing carefully
selected objects, I will be creating something exciting and tactile through one
of my key skills, tufting. The image below will show you how a finished
tufted piece will look, drawing inspiration from MoDiP objects that had
previously inspired me.
Image 1: Close up of tufted piece showing interesting details
This process weaves fibres such as threads and yarns
into a backing fabric and is mostly used within the industry of rug making.
These are referred to as a pile and the length or technique can be changed for
different purposes. Such as a ‘Cut pile’ in Image 1. They are cut to leave
‘tufts’ or fringed yarns. The second type of pile is known as the ‘Loop pile’.
This forms a loop woven through the backing fabric leaving more of stitched
look (Image 2).
Image 2: Combining techniques and introducing new fibres to loop
Tufting creates a soft, inviting and interactive surface that is very
tactile and comforting. Self-teaching this skill, I have been able to find ways
of making more contemporary pieces that really challenge the potential of this
as an art form - some of which can be by combining techniques and introducing
other fibres by hand (Image 2 and Image 3).
Image 3: Adding additional yarns for a fringed look and create more interactive movement
This commission will help further my research and allow a freedom of
style through my inspiration of MoDiP's objects. Having studied them before, I
know you don't have to work in or with plastics to use this resource
effectively. My intention is to showcase this idea and show how beneficial
MoDiP's collection can be to any area of study. This will be a fantastic
chance to visit new areas within my own work and produce a piece entirely
unique and new. I am excited to share this experience and cannot wait to update
you all at the halfway point with how it is progressing!
Jak Hansford – MA Fine Art