For the final project, I embroidered an image of a robin bird getting its wing bandaged. There is a quote on the bottom that says, “A bird cannot fly with a broken wing unless someone helps heal it.”
The overall image refers to when a person is going through a tough period of time, particularly when they are emotionally damaged. They may not feel the need to reach out for help, or they might be too scared to do so. The quote reminds that it is nearly impossible to keep functioning normally unless there is someone else who can help ease the burden of the problem. I chose to put a robin in this picture because robins symbolize renewal and hope. Likewise, when someone reaches out for help to overcome her/his personal obstacles, (s)he is giving her/himself hope for spiritual renewal. I’d like to use this piece to encourage others to ask someone for help whenever they face a problem that they cannot handle alone.
In the beginning of October, I visited the exhibition of Corita Kent’s work, “Someday is Now.” Her works combines many social statements with religious quotes to emphasize her message. In her ink prints, Kent uses less images and focused more on fragments of sentences or single words. She also uses extremely bright colors.
Some of the pieces that I saw were about happiness and life. One work quoted, “Why not enjoy life every week?” I found this a good quote to follow, especially when I feel stressed out. It’s harder to deal with stress when we constantly feel bogged down by our problems and let our negative feelings sink in. However, when we learn to accept the negative things in life and appreciate every small good thing, it’s easier to enjoy life.
Kent also created another work that said anyone who thinks they can manage alone are idiots. There was also a quote that said, “Dial ‘0’ for help.” She seems to suggest that we sometimes need to rely on someone else’s help once in a while, and that it’s foolish to try to handle things on our own. I think this relates a lot to the issues that those with insecurities, depression, or any mental illness may have. Sometimes, they might feel as if they will burden other people with their problems, so they try to handle their problems alone. This often does not turn out well because they may not know how to correctly handle the issue or may eventually succumb to their despair.
For my final project, I’d like to embroider an image that relates to this last topic. The picture will include a bird with a broken wing sitting on two hands. I’ll probably include a quote, saying that a bird with a broken wing can’t fly unless someone helps heal it. When someone breaks his/her bone, it’s nearly impossible for the injury to properly heal if the person tries to care of it by him/herself or does nothing about it. The wound could become worse and get infected. That’s why they’d need the help of someone who knows how to heal broken bones, such as a doctor. Afterwards, they’d be able to live and function normally with the healed injury, just as they would after someone helps them cope with their issues or anxieties.
Although it was rather easy to learn the movements of crochet, the project took a long time to complete. I had to concentrate especially when created the first chain because it was easy to lose count of how many stitches I currently made. Another problem I had was that I kept crocheting the stitches too tight, which caused the whole sample to look small and dense. Eventually, I learned to loosen the stitches and made the loops more spaced out.
The flat circle crochet also required lots of concentration, and I tried to make things easier by marking the first stitch in each round so that I’d know not to crochet in the same hole again. The flat circle needed a set pattern of decreasing and increasing the stitches, and I had to repeatedly count the number of stitches I was making in one loop to avoid messing up.
For the hyperbolic crochet, I started out creating a flat circle by alternating the number of stitches in a set pattern. I eventually began to decrease and increase the stitches randomly to see what would happen and got uneven frills. The final product looked like coral, which could be used as a decoration for a table.
For my embroidery sampler, I decided to create a drawing where I would use all of the stitching techniques. First, I drew the picture on paper and then traced it onto the cloth. The next step was to decide where each stitching technique should be used. I ended up using a lot of back-stitching to create emphasis on the more complex stitches, such as the cross-stitch and satin stitch. The simple look of the backstitch contrasts with the other less used, decorative stitches in the sampler.
I used masking tape to create a stencil for my black-dyed t-shirt. The final result left a picture of a curved road with the uneven paint creating an industrial look.
As for the shibori-dyed shirt, I sewed circular patterns on the front of the shirt and a teardrop on each sleeve. I left the shirt in red Kool-Aid mix for four days after pulling the strings of thread. However, when I took it out of the dye, the shirt had soaked in all of the color and did not have any undyed areas like it should.
After the first failed attempt, I tried again by washing the shirt, pulling the threads, wrapping the shirt around a pole and tying several threads around the shirt. This time, I left the shirt in for only a day to avoid letting it soak in all the dye again. Although my final result wasn’t exactly what I expected, I found vertical lines where the dye didn’t completely soak in the shirt. The lines curved outward as they were running down, and instead of being completely white, the undyed areas were a subtle red color. The texture looked velvety.
To draw the flat croquis, I used a basic outline made up of circles to create a proportionate model. This model helped me draw all of my clothes in the same size.
I then traced three model photos to make basic outlines of poses. The models served as a template for my illustration croquis, where I placed combinations of the clothes from my technical samples on the croquis.
I made two 3-D paper models of a goblet using the draping technique. The first model is supposed to look like the actual goblet itself. I made the second model an unbalanced version of the first model by bending the paper model and flattening the cup. This made the asymmetrical model look wilted and ready to topple over.