We began the morning with a group session, sitting in the sunshine, discussing our thoughts and problems – it felt like something between group therapy and an art school crit session – I got a little nostalgic!
The afternoon I devoted to developing a â€œsystemâ€ for my cubes. Iâ€™d been showing a few people how to embroider and (apart from differences in skill level and dexterity that just come with practice) the main thing I noticed was that people tended to work the patterns in blocks instead of running along the lines (which is the most efficient way to work a blackwork pattern, think of a printer creating images line by line).
This made me realise that I break patterns apart in my head all the time without even thinking about it. So I spent a few hours analysing how I build up patterns and then a few more hours expanding this into the 3D models – not simple working forwards and back but opposite sides simultaneously. It was quite difficult for me to think of what I was doing in this way but Iâ€™ve got some parameters to take away with me and develop. Iâ€™m thinking Iâ€™d like to apply these to some sort of computer modelling software so that I can quickly see all the possible internal patterns (the crossing threads) that can be created. Iâ€™m also thinking that I would like to turn these into actual physical sculptural works, which will add another set of parameters to take into account the restrictions of working by hand – you could end up with some beautiful networks of criss crossing threads that would be an absolute nightmare to makeâ€¦.
â€¦Maybe i could use some sort of tweezers to guide the needles into places I canâ€™t get my fingers because adding an extra level of manual difficulty is always a fun gameâ€¦. Oh and Iâ€™ve got to pull apart a CD player when I get home to get the lense out to stick to the camera module to make it super macroâ€¦ And I need to email Gemma about meeting up for more brainwave monitoringâ€¦ And I must get online and find a decent MUD emulatorâ€¦ And start playing with pattern compressionâ€¦ thatâ€™s the 110 rule??â€¦ And have a go with that colour recognition software, can I get it to do patterns?â€¦. wonder if I could add more cameras to the gloveâ€¦ And while I think about itâ€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦..