This is a subject I have touched upon earlier on in the course. Yet due to this area of the course tilting towards family history, it tied in again.
The main thing I associate with my mother is Liberty Print fabric. She made dresses in it and now I feel quite nostalgic when I see it myself.
So rather than the fabric itself, I would prefer to look at the “cloth connections” the links between my mother and I and the memories of it, the feelings it makes us possess. This could connect my dad in some way, could Tartan and Liberty influences be combined? I commented similarly in the section with my dad and tartan, I don’t want to create a “new” tartan or Liberty Print fabric.
When thinking about samples, I looked initially at separating the Liberty flower from the tartan. I used see through voile and inspiration from the florals on my mothers dress, to embroider by hand just one flower. I wanted to isolate the flower, rather than create a pattern. I then looked at placing this onto my decolourant tartan sample. This then became a marriage between the two sources. Symbolically, we could say that my parents marriage took away the heat of the bad memories and replaced it with a see through layer, ready to be embroidered anew:
Could this be extended and developed?
Again I feel drawn to the phycology element. I am unsure whether I would use hand embroidery as the sole embroidery element. Yet sampling helps me decide this. I enjoy seeing the marriage of tartan and floral; this is something I have not seen before; thus I feel more positive about creating more. This may be extended as one idea within the next projects.