Textile Graduate Showcase – Isobel Caine and Katie Sims
Our Textile Graduate Day on the 19th is our first opportunity to promote new graduate makers within our textiles community.
We are really delighted by the work that they plan to share with us, and over the next 3 blog posts, we are going to share a little bit more from each graduate about their practice in their own words.
I find original photography to be the best place to start when beginning a project. The aim of the photography is to capture shapes, colours and textures, which can then be translated into yarn choices for sampling. These photographs inspire my paintings and drawings from which I can extract a well-informed colour palette to translate into hand-dyed yarn for the project. Paper weaves and yarn wraps are then used to inform my colour proportions and structures for samples. Inspired by original photography based on flower petals frozen in ice, my graduate collection Transience
aims to capture a particular moment in time that is otherwise short-lived due to the
decomposing nature of these natural materials.
Designed for use in home interiors, the Transience collection presents fabrics of different weights to provide a cohesive look throughout a room setting. Heavier weighted wools have been used for home accessories, to introduce warmth and comfort into space. These contrast with the ethereal nature of the linen wall hangings. The mélange and dip-dyed yarns play a large part in the collection, enabling soft colour changes throughout samples to represent the colour distortion observed when objects are trapped in ice. Monofilament and lurex add different surface qualities as well as the element of shimmer and reflection often associated with ice. My aim of this collection is present an interior which is calming to those who interact with it, acting as a contrast to the chaos we have been experiencing in the last year.
I enjoy blending the traditional method of weaving with both on loom and post weaving manipulations. This application of hand processes, through stitching, dyeing techniques and warp painting, allows experimentation with pattern and structure to bring a contemporary feel whilst maintaining simplicity.
Looking forward, As the final few weeks of my degree pass by I am looking excitedly to the future and opportunities
within the Textile industry, developing my knowledge and design handwriting further.
My work is characterised by its hands on exploration of subtle surface tactility, sculptural form and subdued colour palettes. At the heart of my practice is a desire to capture the beauty and complexity of natural light.
Through considered experimentation with diverse materials and processes, I am seeking to translate the interactions between light, surfaces and interior spaces into tangible, crafted objects.
Having previously pursued an education in architecture, I am fascinated by the potential craft has to enrich our built environments. I therefore utilise weaving as an exciting method of construction, pushing the apparent boundaries of the loom in order to hand weave 3-dimensional forms and surfaces. The resulting work intends to bring new meaning, tactility and a craft focus to architectural spaces.
Coming to the end of my degree feels both exciting and sad. Having the opportunity to get back into the studio this year, after lockdowns, has been amazing and now I don’t want to leave! But at the same time, I’m excited to find new opportunities and to hopefully have some more free time to pursue different projects.