So the last 2 weeks of studio time has been fantastic, and very much needed. I was really pissed off at my homework piece last week, due to the fact that hand sewn line is really poor at expressing things (or perhaps I’m just a bit shit at it), and it takes a freaking long amount of time to do a minuscule amount of line work. So when our teacher said “for homework, spend another 3 hours on this” I was elated. And also thinking how much I really did not want to do another 3 hours of hand stitching.
So, I whipped out the sewing machine, took the fabric off its support, and stitched down all the loose threads. From there, I had a canvas to create a more rigorous work on.
Then the following week, we were all given individual homework. Mine was to create a second version of the drawing. I chose to use the machine again, but this time I replaced the sewing needle with a sawn-off texta nib hot glued to the needle shaft, and used 100% cotton etching paper rather than fabric. I probably spent around 6h oh this piece all up, and could have easily gone for longer.