USB prints

Thinking about a multiple ways I can display elements of technology, after doing some through stitch I began to think of some potential ways through print. With the intention of doing screen print I wanted to think outside of the box, from this I decided to print with the inside design of a USB stick.


In the first image I began with a simple colour such as black and then began to layer other colours over the top that I believe compliment each other. In this the colours I used were mustard yellow black and grey. Although I like these colours I think if I were to take this further I would use another colour, another yellow that would enhance the overall image, for example luminous yellow. Again I have included the lines to exemplify technology.

After playing around with USB printing, I wanted to think of a way of how I can combine the influence I have had with people but maintain how people are oblivious with the power of technology. I came to the conclusion that this had to be done in a subtle manner.

In the second image  I used a finger print and then layered over the top with technological influences and USB prints. I feel that the finger print was a good way of presenting this as it the message is there but it is not too much. However I do think that the finger print is not as clear as it could be. I think other printing methods would be a better to create this for example, a clear line drawing of a finger print that is then taken through to screen printing.

In the final image I took it slightly further and began to test it onto fabric, which didn’t work as well as anticipated. I think the reason for this was because I was using watercolours, I think if I was to use bricko print, the thickness of the paste would hold the design better. I also don’t think it worked as well as it could because once printed on fabric in comparison to the print on paper it looked untidy. Similarly to the finger print idea I think perhaps screen print would work better as screen print leaves thicker crisp lines. Also within this sample I did include an element of stitch with the straight lines. I feel that has succeed and these straight lines will be something I will continue within my collaborative piece.

My next intentions I have within print, is to print onto tin foil. This may work better on foil rather than it did on fabric, but to also screen print onto foil with my abstract influence of technology.


Combining and adding textures

Combining and adding textures was a way of me creating thick layers, maintaining my focus and it to remain as a textiles sample.


This small sample includes techniques of various straight line stitches, free machining, bobbin thread and felting.

In this sample I began with the background on the felting machine. I had decided that the colours I was going to use were going to be relatively dull but remain an element of life. After visiting the city center in Cardiff I am aware that the weather can be rather gloomy but in the same way people still continue their busy lifestyle, whether working or shopping. (focused within the center)

Once I had layered and carefully placed the felt work I then embellished over using a few techniques I had learn’t within my subject, such as sewing with thick bobbin thread. I thought this was another good way of adding texture but again keeping it slightly dark with the colour choice. The reason I had decided to include the bobbin thread was because it was away of combining a technology element I’ve been researching. The images I have focused on (inside design) consisted of lines and pattern, the bobbin thread it was a good way representing this. I also think that the cording foot and piping foot would be another way to represent this.

I think perhaps the cording foot may have worked better to create this idea because I feel that the bobbin thread could potentially be too much for a small sample and take away the focus of the people.  If this was a larger piece of work I feel it may have worked better because it wouldn’t appear so central and more pieces could be added, however at the same time inside design technology the detail is not all the same and sometimes does require various thickness of wires, lights, engraved lines etc.

The final touches to my sample was again to focus on my technology and control through people; to create this I free machined silhouettes over the top of my work, this was to symbolise crowds and energy that every city has whether the weather is bad or not. The basic straight lines were another way of representing technology, for them to go horizontally across the silhouettes it was my way of showing the control and power technology has on us but the silhouettes to remain visible shows that we are unaware of the control.

I feel that the straight stitched lines work better than if they were free machined because you have more control and straight lines over something that is unbalanced looks more defined. Also to me straight lines represent technology well because of the design and precision you must have to complete a working piece.

Power , Control and Technology

For my chosen theme of Power and technology I have decided it would be a good idea to look at the oppression of people in society and the certain sense of control through the government and technology. For example the government putting in place self scanners within your local supermarkets. This leads to an increase of unemployment and therefore benefit the bourgeoisie with masses of money and leave those who are unemployed at a disadvantage and as we are told through technology this is a good idea, we are then unaware of the control it has. This is the power and oppression I intend to represent within my work.

After doing some primary research of what I think builds up and makes a city. (the people) I began to take photographs of the people completing their day-to-day lifestyle in the city center. From these images I began to draw images of people/ crowds. After drawing people in a few ways I soon came to realise that people were going to be my main focal point.

To tye in the technology influences within the city I began to look further and think, what builds technology? What is it made from? and researched the inside design. I began by taking a few books out the library and visually seeing the layers and lines, lines that seemed to be an importance within almost every piece of inside technology I looked at. These were either wires or indented lines. I then looked at the inside of computers, phones, remotes, USB sticks etc.

As technology as got so much power and control over people,  I thought if I were to look at the inside design, it would be a nice way of turning this into a textiles piece but still addressing these issues within society.

As I now have my two main focal points I will now find a way to combine both technology and people together in textiles. From this I will look into colour themes from inside technology, various materials I could use whether it could be hard or soft, sewn on or printed. Using some of the finishing stitches I have been learning throughout subject.

What creates a city?

After given three topics to research with only one remaining to take further either Migrants, Power and technology and the hidden city. I began with mind mapping all the relevant links to each topic that will help me choose one to take on further.

I found that power and technology interlinked with the hidden city to a certain extent, for example if I were to choose a political side within power and technology I could relate it to the hidden city with the idea that we are controlled and controlled secretly in the way we live and construct our everyday working/social lives, with also technological aspects that technology also helps control our day-to-day lifestyle, with influences from television programmes and phone activity.

so to help make a final choice easier, I decided to ask myself ”what creates a city?” and from this I created yet another mind map with all my personal ideas and experiences of what I think makes a city and similarly I found that again this all interlinked with people. It is what I think makes a City, it is the people who bring the energy and personal different touches to each city.

This has made a vision clearer for me by defining what is a city in which I will now carry out primary research of people. This will include photographs and potential drawings that I can perhaps use within my subject workshops then from this I then hope it will lead me in the direction of what topic I will choose to carry out.