Design InspirationOn the 5th May 2014, I began the Alchemy class taught by Karen Ruane. Alchemy is a 12 week programme where Karen assists the participants to create piece of embroidery or textile art. For the first few weeks we have been working on identifying our theme, looking at ideas and recording them in our ledger. I participated in this class in 2013 and didnt get past the ledger recording stage. Ledgers play a huge part of the work we do with this class, and at the end of the 12 week programme even though i didnt have a completed piece of work, I came out of it with a book full of inspiration for future work.
My theme for Alchemy 2014 is "Marie Antoinette - 18th Century Fashion" along with looking at Christian Lacroix designs for inpiration to create a piece of embroidery. I am fascinated by the story of Marie Antoinette. While she is best remembered wearing the huge court panniers and high dressed hair of the mid 18th century, i have read that, as she grew older, she favoured a simpler life. She introduced the muslin dress, retreated to the quiet unregimented life at Petit Trianon and spent more time with her children than most monarchs of her era.
|Mood Board of pictures that inspire me. Left - Christian Lacroix designs. Right - 18th Century Fashion|
|Inspirational pictures mounted in my ledger|
|Mood Board - showing inspirational pictures along with colour study in thread, fabric and ribbon.|
|Close view of image from my Mood board. The colour study includes lace, ribbon, fabric and wool|
|Close view of image from my Mood Board - Christian Lacroix inspired designs with sheer fabric, embossed paper and sequin trimming.|