Today, soft sculpted cloth figures have become a recognizable art/ craft form encompassing a wonderfully diverse range of textile and art techniques including portraiture; caricature; characterisation; fabric manipulation; quilting/needle sculpture; beading; embroidery; painting; dyeing and printing; knitting; weaving; crochet; fashion/costume design and all sorts of other textile embellishment.
SURFACE DECORATION TECHNIQUES:
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Block printing; screen-printing; digital print
EMBROIDERY: machine embroidery; hand
embroidery/ stump work.
TEXTILE TECHNIQUES: felt & felting; crochet;
FABRIC MANIPULATION: Trapunto/ quilting;
appliqué; folding; pleating; gathering; layering; fraying etc.
DYED FABRICS: tie dye; batik; natural dyes
A TEXTILE ARTIST SHOULD:
Observe and explore the work of Textile Figure
Artists. What is it about their styles and techniques that you admire?
Collect swatches as well as drawings and
photographs of people, faces, clothes, body parts and textile figures to use as Design Influences.
Create an Ideas Scrapbook as a reference base
from which you may develop your own soft
sculpted figure designs.
Investigate a range of materials and techniques
and learn how to mix and use colour, textiles and
Expand your practical skills in design and
manipulation of textiles through the use of
Develop your creativity and communicate/ express ideas /feelings using a range of skills in a variety of contexts.
Apply the various decoration techniques to create your own unique textile sculpted figures.
From the often Picassoesque spirit figures to the highly embellished textile art figures; this is a medium that affords much diversity and creativity. My creations are not playthings, other than those specifically made as rag dolls.
I am not necessarily a designer who sticks rigidly to one type of cloth figure as this Blog http://textilecreationsuk.blogspot.com will confirm. I am the author of Fiddly Little Fingers and Tricky Toes (Madeleine Sara Maddocks)
Indeed, when I entered the Goth Competition Challenge for my Internet Support Group: Clothdollmakersuk, I made a Modern Goth Ornamental, Cloth Art Figure and then created a Romantic Raggy Goth and also a Prim Goth.
I took a City & Guilds Patchwork & Quilting Course many years ago as an absolute novice at sewing and learned so much that it led me into designing and making my soft sculpted textile figures.
Below are also my own designs:
Appliqué wall hanging in memory of our beloved ginger tom, Dill.
Block pieced fire engine cushion of my own design and Hoses & Ladders quilt using various techniques
One of a kind Winnie the Pooh Appliqué quilt designed by me.
Thank you for your interest in my textile design journey,