Joan Brailsford – Clock Works
My initial idea for this challenge was to incorporate clocks into the piece, and on seeing a commercial stencil of cogs and wheels, I immediately thought of the intricate works inside old pocket watches, and my idea from then was to depict a de-constructed version of a time-piece.
I attached dyed abaca tissue to light interfacing and using the stencil, I cut the shape of the cogs and wheels. I created a string print block with curly patterns which remind me of faded engraved patters on antique pocket watch cases. I printed these in gold onto space dyed cotton. I added a clock face printed onto organza. I cut a simple cardboard stencil to add the words.
I decided to stitch by hand and to keep the quilting simple in contrast to the main motif. I used matching thread to simply stitch around all of the cogs and wheels, and add further cog shapes. I used metallic thread to give the words a sharp outline, and used gold thread to follow the gold string prints, to emphasise the impression of engraved patterns.
Finally I added a few gold beads to ‘centre’ the cogs and wheels.
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