For my project I recreated a US Army jacket. My materials included yarn, thread and fabric and the techniques I used were crochet, machine sewing, and hand sewing. I was influenced by the site carpaleaks.org to use coding to represent the number of US military deaths from the War on Terror. Carpaleaks talks about how the military is using craft to gain more support. I decided to do the opposite and use my craft to show the tragedy of war. The name tag on the jacket reads Major Casualties and coded in to the American flag is the number 6,717, which is the total US military soldiers lost since the War on Terror began.
I really enjoyed this exhibition and I found it very interesting. A lot of the techniques used have been used for centuries however everything was very modern looking. In one of the figure below is a woven piece that resembles characters one would find on ancient tribal artifacts however there is a QR code on in that can be scanned with your phone. The artist was interested in inscription being used in textiles to conceal information. The use of codes is sometime I will be using on my final project. One of my favorite pieces also soon below is a piece that uses many different techniques such as embroidery, hand sewing, and beading to make it. The piece is an organic heart and it is very beautiful with a lot of detail but it also has grossness about it. The artist was trying to portray the beaut and sadness of something that is at its fullest bloom and yet about to spoil. Another piece I really like, also shown below, was a dress that was made from weaving and felting using modern materials. It had a very beautiful and ghostly look about it and it was hung up by transparent threads. For a moment my friend thought the material was stiff and it was standing on the grown. I am inspired by this exhibition to try new things and to push the limit of my work in the future.
Final Project Proposal
Based on what I have read at carpaleaks.org and the techniques I learned in class I will recreate part of a military uniform. Using camouflage colored yarn I will crochet the separate pieces of a military shirt and attach them together. The site carpaleaks.org talks about how the US military is influencing the many types of crafters to use their skills to make tools and weapons. One example is using crafts such as crochet, jewelry , knot tying, and quilting to conceal coded messages on the battle field. My project is meant to appear as a supportive piece to the US military’s involve in craft however in reality it will so the opposite. The name on the uniform will read Major Casualties and throughout the project I will use knot coding to indicate the number of casualties lost from varies battles and /or wars.
Reading #1 The Impermanent Made Permanent
I could not believe when I got to the second page that someone would use the cloth from a mummy to rap things up! Textiles are just as important as any other craft, sometime more, and they say a lot about a culture. What I found really interesting was how the Andean Indians made bridges similar to what we had today and how they had whole villages floating on woven reeds on Lake Titicaca. It is amazing that they could do these things without the tools we have today. I can not even imagine trying to do some of my projects with out my sewing machine and the great electricity that powers it. If it took me a day to spin one pound of yarn like the ancient Peruvians I’d still be trying to make my first pair of pajama shorts from beginning sewing. This article really made me think about how textile techniques are used in many other things such as the central American stone buildings that had walls resembling textiles. I was talking to my father, who is a civil engineer, about this subject and he told me they use a lot of textiles in his business.
Reading #2 The Inventive Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing
I never realized this dyeing was done with stitches, I always thought it was all tied and knotted only. My favorite pattern of the stitching style dyeing is wavy look of the Ori-nui shibori. From my experience with gathering stitches this would be very time consuming. Of the dyeing techniques I think the clamping would be my least preferred way because I was never very great at folding and I feel it would be harder to get the design to come out even throughout the whole piece; however I really like the look of the tortoiseshell. Wrapping around the cylinder would be the easiest to me but I the outcome of it is a little plain compared to the other techniques. Based on the pictures soon I like the look of the small little dots the most, however, I like how the spiral design is described even though you cannot see the detail very well in this photo. These techniques seem even more time consuming than the stitching style and after reading the instruction I am still pretty confused about how it is done.
I would love to have this on my bed!
I would like to know how this was done. It makes me think of jelly fish.
Reading #3 Wearing Proverb Anyi Names for Printed Factory Cloth
The way in which these women expressed their feelings through their cloths is very interesting to me. Their messages are sometimes very bold and directed toward someone in their community or even household. This is very different from my own social environment and it makes me feel quite envious. Just “wearing a specific named cloth, a woman can insult her co-wife, complain to her — husband, or console a bereaved neighbor.”(82). It is a whole unspoken language they use to communicate their feels, opinions, or even trivial things they just like such as the fans of the American TV show “Dallas”. Of course many people around here wear their favorite shows or sports teams but few would be so blunt when it came to their partners other lovers. I feel many people can learn from these acts and realize you should not be afraid to give your opinions just because ours may not response well.
Textile Artist Lisa Kerpoe: http://lisakerpoe.blogspot.com/