I have read the blog post of 2 March 2017 by Rebecca Fairley (https://weareoca.com/textiles/how-to-look-at-textiles) titled “How to look at Textiles”. I found this post very important to my textile studies.
My notes from the Blog Article are:
Why – is LOOKING important?
- ‘To gain a depth of understanding of individual textile pieces’ which is vital to my academic thinking and a vital component of my study at degree level. I will gain knowledge and see that there are certain qualities in textiles and thus be more able to consider a range of textiles
- I will be able to use my knowledge gained and build up and inform my own work in a more meaningful and engaging way.
Where to START?
- “Looking” is a skill so you need to develop it
- TIME- knowledge comes from looking in a range of areas e.g. photograph, piece of cloth, artefact in a museum. Need to take TIME to really look – meditate not rush!
Framework of ELEMENTS
Three main areas in Framework:
- Materials, techniques and processes – how is a work made (I have always been intrigued by this element and I try hard to figure out a piece)
- Qualities – colour, scale, tactileness (if possible), drape, texture
- Approach, context and meaning – historical, culturally, contemporary environment e.g. tapa cloth and its contemporary use, influence of the patterns and fine art
The hardest one I think. What do I see? What meanings does a piece of work convey?
I need to really develop further this skill so I will do a series of examining different textile works and write up on this blog.