I’m really pleased with how this turned out. If I’d had longer I would have made it even bigger. I was thinking about possibly having a written message on it but I like the simplicity of it. I think it definitley engages with people and catches attention. I’m hoping that people would question what it’s all about and what the meaning is behind it.
Today I decided to look into quilts more. I love that they often tell a story. After looking into face wipes a few weeks ago I’ve been collecting them. I read a few articles about how terrible they are for the environment and many contain plastic so will never properly disintergrate. They end up in the oceans because people flush them down toilets even though it says on the packaging not to. They also clog up sewers.
I’ve also been looking into face wipes because I love all the colours and patterns and shapes the make up makes. After reading ‘Stain’ I’ve been noticing more stains and the make up creates a stain on the wipes. I like that all the faces saw different things. I’m excited to see how this will turn out.
I’ve decided to sew all my collected face wipes together to create a quilt. I’ve bought a small handheld sewing machine from Tiger. I want to create something big and eye catching with a message about how bad they are for the environment. I’m using face wipes because its a way I can incorporate recycling into my project.
I’ve researched many artists and am very interested in creating something with recycled materials. Some of the artists I’ve looked at who use recycled materials are :
Eleanor Mccain Oil Stains
I think these quilts make a powerful statement about greed, responsibilty, community and limits. The quilts range in size and are hand dyes and machine sewn by Eleanor. I think they are very eye catching. I like that she has created something out of anger. These pieces provoke a reaction. They were made out of anger about the 2010 BP oil spill that wiped out sea creatures and estuaries.
Today I met up with Jules to show her my sketchbook so far. I’ve just looked at an artist called Amanda Cotton, she creates pieces using parts of the human body such as hair, earwax and urine. I particulary liked her piece of work she did called “Self portrait” which was a book of used make up wipes. She says moments and memories are recorded on every page.
Ive been researching artists that use stains and I found the artist Linda Stillman who uses flowers to mark her paper. Heres an example of her work :
And here is my own experimentation using flowers: