Year 9 Textiles Project

This term Year 9 explored the theme of ‘Natural Forms’ and learning some new textile skills.

After looking at the work of German photographer Karl Blossfeldt, students made a series of observational studies of natural forms including seed pods, leaves, shells, fossils and insects. The shapes and details were recorded in pencil with some students chose to enhance their pages with ink wash.

Next, tracing paper was used to create a pattern. Shapes could be repeated, reversed and reflected.

An old tie was disassembled so that the construction could be studied and paper templates were made.

The tracing paper designs were drawn out onto silk and then the very careful stage of outlining the shapes was done. Small brushed were used to flood the shapes with vibrant colours. The ties were then stitched up using a sewing machine and a lot of hand stitching too.

The end result is a dazzling display of glowing shapes, subtle shading and metallic lines.

Such a lot of work went into these ties and students have learned so much about problem solving, perseverance and patience as well as how to create a wearable product.

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