City & Guilds Star No. 3

The last two C&G Stars have been from my Level 3 group so I think it’s only fair that I bring a Level 2 student’s work to your attention. The first Level 2 student I want to highlight is Eve Muir who has successfully completed her Level 2 at the end of last month. In year 1 of the course Eve produced a beautiful panel in machine embroidery based on a wild flower garden she has at home. This year she produced a hand made felt tryptych which had as its inspiration the marran grass of a Scottish seashore and the finished piece produced many positive comments from both visitors to the exhibition as well as the External Verifier.

The secret to producing a successful piece of textiles is having a source of inspiration that truly inspires you. In this project Eve blended the colours of the sea in the felted pieces with a layer of machine embroidered marran grass, giving the feeling of the grass blowing in the wind, the sometimes biting North Sea wind that batters our coast. She picked exactly the right colours for the marran grass which offset the blues of the rough sea in the felted tryptych. The machine embroidery was stitched on a near invisible net which disappeared against the felted background. Eve manipulated the felted by stitching tucks and pleats to evoke the waves and felted bandage muslin into the felt as she worked it. The piece was hung from an acrylic pole which ‘disappears’ against the wall leaving the textiles as the main interest.

Throughout the process there were changes made, problems encountered and overcome, but the finished piece I hope you agree is most successful.ImageImageImageImageImageImage

City & Guilds Star no.1

Over the next few days at Gardyne Campus, Dundee College City & Guilds students’ work is on public display. One student to look out for is Viv Harrison who completes her study with these two pieces. Her two panels are entitled Sunward I’ve Climbed and WIndswept Heights and both were developed from her Research for Design topic, Flight. Viv has undertaken the 7113 Certificate these two years after a break of a few years and the first thing students at Level 3 have to do is decide what subject they are going to explore for the period of study. Viv’s choice of Flight gave her several options for design development and last year she produced a piece which looked at bird flight and feathers. She chose a five piece felted hanging incorporating machine embroidery and net panels in neutral creams and copper.

This year’s work, two panels are in a beautiful colour palette of burnished  coppers, blues and gold. Viv has used sheers, painted bondaweb and embellished fabric to create the rich background fabric . She has then added other elements of machine embroidery, photo transfer and wrapped cords before taking the soldering iron to the surface to create wonderful linear marks in the fabric. The result is rich and textured with areas of detail that take the eye round the whole piece.

The important source of inspiration for these pieces was a poem by a young Canadian Air Force officer, shot down and killed during the last war. His poem High Flight has become a tribute to and in memory of ‘all pilots of all generations.’