Project 2 – Recording and Capturing

Red silk damask stays

These are my initial sketches in my sketch book showing some of the details of the stays.

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Initial drawings in sketchbook

 

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sketches showing some of the detail

 

I started this exercise thinking about the words I would use to describe the silk stays:

Uncomfortable, hard, stiff, forming, strong, hand stitched, worn, mended, frayed, feminine, expensive, luxurious, painful, tight, laced, exquisite, engineered, inflexible, bound, historical, beautiful, patterned, old.

I spent some time experimenting  with different items and black acrylic paint making marks on paper.  Mark making is not something that I have tried before and I spent a sunny afternoon in the garden experimenting with a plastic scourer,  wooden lolly stick, piece of fur tree, cockle shell, seed head, flower head, bamboo leaves, reed head, feather, sticks tied together, homemade raffia brush and a plastic fork.

 

Using my experimental mark making as a resource bank and the list of words describing the silk stays, I have tried to capture the qualities of the garment in the following drawings.

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Bustier

My starting point again was to think about the words I would use to describe this garment:

Natural, fitted, supportive, handmade, cotton, flexible, soft, comfortable, altered, practical, adapted, necessary, plain, woven, ingenious, comforting.

I have made some simple sketches of the bustier trying to show its shape and feel.

 

The first drawing is an outline depiction of the garment using dried poppy stems tied together and black ink. In the second drawing I made a brush from Elderberries and used black ink to give an impression of the soft woven cotton fabric that the garment is made from.  The third drawing was made using a home made raffia brush and black ink, showing the uneven threads and weave of the fabric.

The first drawing is an outline depiction of the garment using dried poppy stems tied together and black ink. In the second drawing I made a brush from Elderberries and used black ink to give an impression of the soft woven cotton fabric that the garment is made from.  The third drawing was made using a home made raffia brush and black ink, showing the uneven threads and weave of the fabric.

Brassiere

Soft, flexible, comfortable, interlinked, breathable, supportive, small, contemporary, modern, molding, spiral, camouflaged, skin coloured, practical, delicate, holey, net, mesh, light, breathable, swirley.

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The top two drawings are made using home made raffia brush and whelk egg case using black ink. Third drawing is made using a plastic scouring pad and black acrylic paint and the fourth drawing is the plastic scourer and whelk egg cases with black ink.

1.3 making marks

 

 

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