Taking inspiration from William Kentridge and his use of maps.
I took one of the maps of Jakarta and focussing on Kemang - the area we stayed in, I made a repeat pattern
|Repeat pattern of a map of Jakarta|
I took a map of Jakarta and using it as a stencil - I cut out all the surplus areas of the map, just leaving the roads intact - I screen printed through the stencils that I made.
This is the part of the map that I made the stencil from:
|A section from a map of Old Batavis|
This is an image of the map stencils - I used part of the area of Batavia, this was the original centre of Jakarta, for this sample, this is now an area which has almost been discarded, but the history that is there, and the buildings is amazing. It is also where the Wayang Theatre is - the home of the Indonesian puppet theatre.
|Map stencils laid out in a mirror image|
I printed through the stencil onto paper and fabric.
|Printing with the silk screen|
|Mirror image design printed onto paper|
|Printing the design onto fabric|
Having printed the design onto fabric, I decided to layout the different pattern combinations on the floor
I decided on layout 3 for my first sample - I felt that this was the most dynamic layout of the pieces.
I stitched these pieces together to form a panel.
Using the same map for inspiration, I decided to stitch through the paper onto fabric.
|Stitching through the paper on to fabric|
This is the reverse side
|The reverse side shown after stitching through the map onto fabric|
This sample could work with reverse appliqué, or adding embroidery stitches to the spaces.
With Gwen Hedleys books by my side I decided to work with plastics.
This is the start of this sample where I snipped thin strips of black plastic bag.
|Snipping plastic refuse bags in preparation for this sample|
|Starting to unravel the plastic coils|
|Laying the strips of plastic down on a piece of baking parchment|
|The sample after heating with an iron|
|Three different nets of plastic|
These nets remind me of the road lines on maps where all roads converge at the centre of a city.
I would like to develop this sample further, maybe to try layering, or using as a mask for screen printing.
Having heated thin strips of plastic I decided to make a large, thick opaque piece of heated and bonded plastic
|Bin liners bonded together|
Layering the opaque plastic with the nets:
|The 3 nets overlaid on the black plastic|
In this sample I thought I would use other waste, discarded materials to create a background.
Till receipts is the evidence of spending, but as soon as the purchase is home, we hoard the mountains of till receipts in drawers, purses and wallets.
|Till receipts stitched to a fabric background|
Using one of my photo's of the rubbish collectors I stitched through the till receipts to produce this sample
|Portrait of the rubbish collector on the background of receipts|
This is the reverse of the piece:
|The reverse side - the side that was stitched on|
Using another disposable, discarded background material - this time it's teabags.
These were stitched together using a neutral thread and a zig-zag stitch.
Once I had a background fabric, I attached an image from my collection of photo's taken in Jakarta to the back and stitched through.
|Children at play, stitched onto teabags|
The image is of the children who were watching a game of football on some waste ground.
Initially I didn't like the scale of this piece - I thought the image should have been larger on the page. Now I have left it a while I think the scale and the subject matter is good.
I really wish that I had used straight stitch, or even glue to attach the papers together, the zig zag stitch detracts from the focus of the piece.
Using leftover, discarded bags I made some samples of melted and fused plastics.
The first one is left untouched after fusing
|Plastic fused together under the heat of an iron|
The second piece I stitched the plastics together first, and heated later.
This is the front of the piece held up to light:
|Heated and stitched plastics|
This is the front of the piece against a background:
|The same piece against a darker background|
The reverse of the piece against a background:
|The reverse of the sample|
Heating the plastics after stitching made the sample become more fragile and lace like.
The colours of the plastics and the colours of the threads would change the effects of the piece.
Heavier stitching would also enhance this sample.
I then fused a larger amount of plastic - creating a much larger piece, the sample is almost A2 in size.
I tried to create a montage of big company names.
This piece reflects the large amount of consumer spending we make, alongside the amount of waste packaging that is produced across the world.
|Plastic bags fused together|
"This bag is made from 100% recycled material, please help the environment by reusing this bag."
I'm not sure if they intended me to re-use the bag in this fashion?
At this stage I would choose the sample stitched onto tea bags as my final piece, sample 5, I would rework this piece without the zig-zag stitching.
I really like the fragility of the piece, the fact that the piece may not last forever.
It is also truly made of discarded materials.