Friday, November 6, 2009

I Made A Tote Bag And Possibly A Major Decision



In Textiles we've been learning the basics of screen printing and I'm quite enjoying myself. It took me an extra week to get a clear idea for the project assigned us, and in typical fashion my punctuality problems were offset by obsessive work ethic leading to severe sleep deprivation, but finally, I (more or less)finished my first ever bag.

It's unbleached muslin coloured with pigments, with a velcro fastener and a wide crocheted strap (helpfully provided by This nice young lady) with metallic gold craft cord woven through it. The central figure on the front flap was printed on a seperate piece or black broadcloth and craftcord was sewn around its borders with gold thread. I embroidered a flaming heart on it as well.

The only thing that wasn't finished on it was a lovely teal lining for the inside. I didn't have enough time before class to work with what turned out to be a very slippery fabric and wasn't really sure on how to attach it without ruining the bag with unsightly stitching.

Well, considering that I wasn't using a prefab pattern and working out of my head, I think it turned out pretty well and was overall a very educational experience! I think the bags I make in the future will have bordered patches instead of designs printed right on the fabric because I ran into some slight trouble lining up the borders with the stitches and the result isn't very pretty.

Here is a picture of the front panel which has a pretty gradient on it.



Anyway, while I was working on this project, I realized that even when it was tedious or frustrating, I was really having a great time, something that has been missing during my experiences with clay in the Ceramics studio. Don't get me wrong, clay is very relaxing to work with and would make for a lovey stress-busting hobby, but as a career? I never should have gotten involved with a medium that doesn't excite me. There are a lot of things I'd like to do with ceramics, like making figures and sculptures, and demented bisque dolls, but if it means having to muck through three years of platters, bowls and gravy boats... well, I don't think I can do it.

Exquisite tableware from the Tang dynasty might whip my Ceramics history teacher into orgiastic frenzy, but it bores the shit out of me and I think another semester of it would be a waste the government money I'll probably spend the rest of my life paying back.

I'm going to be talking to my program head, this awesome no-nonsense woman (who turns out, if the new exhibit in the crafts and design gallery is any indication, to be a collector of skulls not unlike the predator) about making an official switch to textiles for the next semester.

The people there aren't nearly as friendly as the clay people who are sweethearts one and all, but they're okay, and anyway there's always visiting.

1 comment:

Auguries_Of_Innocence said...

It's a very nice bag, and I vouch for it.

I'd like to see it finished for sure'.

Working with Terra Cotta clay can be therapeutic (no not like in 'Ghost'), but i'll have to find a mask like yours since the dust can be brutal.

Preferably a mask that isn't pink though...