It's now after Christmas and I've been away from this project for a while and I need to gather my thoughts and ideas. I'm also preparing for a Zoom tutorial with Sian Martin so a summary is helpful.
As mentioned in the introductory chapters I have a fabric collage in mind incorporating a variety of techniques to decorate and portray the story behind the work.
A collection of elements so far:
1b. Fabric collage, worked on monoprinted silk with free machine embroidered detail and arranged according to the Fibonacci sequence:
1c. I wanted to make a spray of 3D oak leaves . I visited our local park to collect leaves and small branches to to help me understand and observe their shape and patterns of growth. .
I made the leaves using acetate fabric secured in an embroidery hoop. Over the acetate I lay random dyed silk and free machine stitched the leaf shapes. I then cut out the leaf shapes and dissolved the acetate in an acetone solution. This process plus pinning the leaves to a sheet of polystyrene enabled me to mould the leaves to the desired shape.
Health and safety. Acetone is highly flammable so it's essential to keep it away from any flames. A well ventilated room is required to avoid inhalation of toxic fumes.
4. I'm fascinated by this photo of the clinic at Exeter, the soldiers waiting to be seen and the nurses lined up in their uniforms, I wonder what they were thinking?
I wonder, at this stage, about bringing together the above photo with some of the writing from the autograph book using reverse applique and free machine stitching to outline and highlight the oak leaf shapes. I'm fascinated by how the soldiers within the cut out shapes stand out, one of them apparently looking straight at me! Not sure about this, however, may need to rethink.