Cited plans

After finishing my foundation course last year I’ve been quite interested in lighting and shadows, I prefer natural lighting and how atmosphere can change with dusk and dawn, I would like to produce shadows which will reflect some type of organic form by using artificial lighting but which will give an atmosphere or natural lighting.

I started to think of where I could get inspiration from, I really enjoyed my stitch classes so I would like to use fabric and thread as a medium.

  • Acorns
  • Shells
  • Leaves
  • Animals Fruit
  • Spider webs
  • Snails
  • Ice
  • Fly wings
  • Plants
  • Flowers
  • Seeds
  • Vegetables
  • Flower pollen

During our stitch class our teacher mentioned a soluble fabric which we can stitch over and dissolve, this allows the fabric and thread to be molded into shapes. I started to experiment and research with this piece and i came across Meredith Woolnough’s work.

The Artwork of Meredith Woolnough

I assume she uses this technique in her work as well, I love the bright colors in her work, the shadows they could produce would be amazing!


I started to look at leaves for inspiration, I love how each leaf has a different formation of veins and the colors are beautiful this time of year, with this in mind i started to embroidered similar patterns.

In my first try I added a layer of material such as leaves, paper and balloons because I didn’t know how strong the soluble fabric would be.


The fabric held together really well, I tried to mold it over a bowl to give it a little form, I started to experiment with the shadows but i don’t think it’s what i was looking for, i think i need to forget about the fabric and concentrate on just using the thread to get finer shadows.

I started to look at the sea as inspiration, the first was inspired by a shell and the second was inspired by an octopus.

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