Dewalt; Development of stitch techniques

After trying out all of the different foots and needles on the sewing machine the previous week, this session enabled us to choose what we wanted to focus our field work on. I wasn’t keen on using stitch for DeWalt at first, but then when I saw examples of the decorative stitch needle I was overwhelmed with the foil as the substance. I thought it was perfect for our interior space as the colours are grey and silver as well as yellow and black. The foil also conveys an industrial side as it’s shiny surface looks like metal. I started stitching into it creating a pattern and I immediately wanted to use it for our store. I think that they would be great as hanging pieces, suspended from the ceiling in front of the wall above the sofa, or even in front of the window space. I will have to discuss this with the interior designer to see what she thinks, I also used organza material and used some of my digital designs as inspiration for these samples. Below you can see the spokes and various lines that drew me in to using the organza as it’s see through and can have a really big impact on the viewer.

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Dewalt; Sourcing Fabric Samples

Sustainable fabric

Although I knew I wanted to use denim for my final piece I still wanted to see what other sustainable and organic fabric that was out there. If I was to make cushions I would need a large piece of denim, however the jeans I’ve been cutting up for my samples aren’t very big. I decided to look at Modelli Fabrics, Organic Textile Company, and various fabric outlets on Ebay that were 100% natural denim.

Modelli Fabrics was a personal favourite of mine as they generously offered free 8 samples of your choice. I chose some grey, black, and yellow ones, but from my industrial research I looked at the two pieces of fabric (top right) which informed the industrial side of Dewalt. When ordering the fabric I wanted to have it in the flesh to see what it would be like and if I could work with it. However it was like velvet and I didn’t think my screen prints would work on them. I also wanted to see if they would break up the black and yellow within the store.

Organic Textile Company had so much on offer and loads of denim to choose from, there were various textures and colours of other fabrics too. As you can see in the image above I’ve photocopied them for my Powerpoint presentation. Experimenting and finding the right fabric is a key thing for me, as I still didn’t find any I liked.

I stumbled across a really nice denim fabric on Ebay, it was a nice price too! I only ordered an A4 sample to see the fabric and it was a lot nicer and thicker than the other stores.

Dewalt & Sustainability

Our brief is set so we make our product sustainable in any way possible, which is great as Dewalt and sustainability go hand in hand as they offer an excellent service that prevents pollution and household waste. On their website they advertise their collection that they provide to those with the Dewalt tools and any batteries.

They emphasise on recycling  by offering a separate collection of used products and packaging allows materials to be recycled and used again. Re-use of recycled materials helps prevent environmental pollution and reduces the demand for raw materials.

Dewalt provides a facility for the collection and recycling of Dewalt products, rechargeable cells and batteries, once they have reached the end of their working life.

To take advantage of this service, they give clear and precise instructions on their wbsite of what you need to do. You have to return the product to any of the Dewalt repair agents that will collect them, it’s that simple.

T think this is an excellent idea as when big products such as tools are no use no more it’s hard to get rid of them especially when you don’t want to pollute the environment and you’re keen on recycling. I know myself and other family members, when it comes to things that are hard to dispose of we end up keeping them even though they are no use.

Tate ETC.
Magazine

Tate Etc. issue 39: Spring 2017

My research task was to look at the Tate ETC magazine. I’m glad I have because it will definitely widen my knowledge of wider artists that look at other art diciplines. I found this really interesting to research as I didn’t know Tate even had a magazine that they published and allow people to subscribe too.

Tate Etc uses Tate collections, projects and events as starting points to explore the art scene on a much larger scale. Essays, interviews, studio work, and even following the history context, the Tate subscription seems worth while with all the interesting things to read about. They also use a wide range of imagery to intrigue the reader further.

Tate ETC has become the largest art magazine around Europe. It’s published three times a year, in January, May and September.

What I found really helpful and useful to know is that the Magazine itself is actually sustainable. The paper sourced to compact everything together is from an environmentally aware forest products company. The manufacture of the paper is in step with Forest Stewardship Council and PEFC guidelines.

As my field project is about sustainability it’s really useful to acknowledge other great brands and companies that use sustainability as a key feature to their work and what they do.  I found this useful as when looking for inspiration for a project sometimes we forget the importance of going out and looking into the world, as we are at an advantage these days with the technoloy.

Identity

hegemony
hɪˈdʒɛməni,hɪˈɡɛməni/: leadership or dominance, especially by one state or social group over others.
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binary
/ˈbʌɪnəri/ relating to, composed of, or involving two things
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Heteronormativity is the belief that people fall into distinct and complementary genders (male and female) with natural roles in life. It assumes that heterosexuality is the only sexual orientation or only norm, and states that sexual and marital relations are most (or only) fitting between people of opposite sexes.
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Above are some Google Definitions on those key words we’ve been looking at during this lecture of ‘the body’. We were looking at gender and how it is the way of identifying people in a systematic way.

P a u l  G a l l o . . .

Is an American theatrical lighting designer, who has spread his successful career over three decades. He has designed over 50 Broadway productions having the privilege to work with  amazing talented actresses/actors.

We had a lecture about him briefly, so I decided to research who he was and his profession. The video we watched was very inspiring so I thought I had to make a post about it! As a potential artist studyin at University, to hear the words from someone else that your inspiration can come from just anything, even an experience, means a lot as most of my work in the past has definitely been about experience. Whether it’s been good or bad..

Having an inspiration that comes from experience, to me is very exciting as it is much more personal and the passion that goes into that piece of work can be incredible. It’s also nice to have a connection with your own work and hoping that someone else will understand it too.

“Inspiration can come from anything, a place you visit, a colour, or an experience.”

The Research File

Todays session we were given inspiration to go and find more research for our practise. As a textiles group we discussed the various ways we could incorporate research as sometimes it is a bit daunting. We came up with the following(which I think are great ideas):

  • Websites
  • Book/Journal/Magazines
  • Artists/Designers
  • Brands
  • Visits
  • Documentaries
  • Music
  • Photography

My favourite way to gain inspiration is probably mood boards from Pinterest, going out and taking my own images and artists/designers. I use those three very well and they are prominent in my research, so I’ve decided to use the others as well so I have a variety.

We were also set a task to choose from the box a piece of paper, I had chosen two, to go out and research whatever was written on the paper. Mine were:

I was excited about what I had chosen by chance as I always love visiting Craft in the bay to see the variety of interesting designers and artists that have their work in there. I had no idea about ‘Tate: The art Magazine’ so I look forward to searching it on MetSearch to find out what it’s about and what it has to offer and to see if I can find anything that can influence me for my DeWalt Iron project.