Part 4 has taken me a while to complete due to some health issues and just getting totally unmotivated half way through- then the longer I left it the more difficult it was to come back to (my anxiety builds things up to be much bigger than they are). I feel the real big block for me in part 4 was the written research at the beginning. I tried to start it so many times, then started with the actual work, then went back to it again and again. I maybe didn’t understand what was wanted from the research as I didn’t really find it inspiring in any way. I found I couldn’t really personalise the research, something which my tutor discussed me, because I had not been to any of the yarn shows I was researching. The new innovations in yarns was more interesting but I didn’t feel it led me to any ideas for making my own yarns for this assignment as they were mostly innovations in ways fibres or textiles are constructed at a molecular level or chemically enhanced processes.
I have used a large range of mixed media fibres and textiles in part 4, from dental floss to sea glass! I also have researched and used a lot of different techniques. My Pinterest board for yarn is here
I feel that I translated well from the original source to the creation of the yarns. Not all the yarns are practical, or maybe you wouldn’t even call them yarns in a traditional sense, but my experimentation of different techniques and materials has led to more unusual results than I had anticipated. I feel I have pushed a lot farther in this assignment and have been more experimental, allowing the ideas to form from one piece to another, keeping an open mind about the developments and the interpretation of yarn.
(Edited to add-) My personal approach to part 4 was to search out more unusual yarns and methods from the start. I actually started drawing out ideas for the water colour study yarns first as this is the area that jumped out at me. I went back to more traditional methods for the neutral fabric yarns, using plaiting, braiding, macrame and although I feel this is the most cohesive collection because of the neutral colour tones, I actually enjoyed the watercolour study yarns more as I was excited to work with plastics and different methods, and experiment with no set idea of outcome. The possibilities with the plastics had me leaping from one idea to the next as it really sparked my imagination.
I have kept a detailed sketchbook with samples of materials used, technical notes on techniques, drawings of yarns produced and ideas for yarns and a reflection on each section. I have included sketches of things I wanted to try but didn’t get around to.