Felt Drawings

In response to the information gained through Diabetes UK, I began to visualise both the interesting scientific words which appear as foreign languages, and statements describing the health issue. I increased the scale of my drawing to A3 and chose to express the amyloid beta and the deposits found in both the brain tissue of an Alzheimer’s sufferer and the pancreas. By increasing the space, I was able to add more detail into shapes, and also use negative space to suggest the placement of body parts. Red ink was also used in some sections to signify danger and to block out sections of importance so as the focal point could be altered.

Although Indian ink drawings were successful in presenting visual shapes to the audience and communicating the scientific explanations, I wanted to explore how these could be translated into textiles. By using the left over felt from the zoo brief, I began recreate the most recent Indian ink designs using a range of coloured felt shapes. I used the same matching system as in the outcome of the previous project, and placed contrasting colours together with no more than four colours within each design. Each background is black to signify the internal position of these processes also creating a successful base for the colour schemes. This will also give a chance for the images to be inverted once photographed for additional colour pallet inspiration.

IMG_6531IMG_6537The intension was to create a series of 2D felt drawings so as to gain an idea of how my thoughts would appear in a softer medium, however I also constructed a cushion from two of the smaller drawings. These designs were abstracted from the A3 sketch communicating the link between the amyloid betas found in both the brain and the pancreas of suffers. The drawing consisted of crucial details which couldn’t be composed into one section of felt, and therefore needed to be spread across two parts (the pancreas on one and the brain on another). This was adequate but didn’t portray the strong link between the discovery in both organs. In order to highlight the research, I joined the two drawings together in cushion format where the audience can clearly interpret the correlation. Further details could be added such as a chain linking the two organs, or a line of felt across the seams to strengthen the concept.

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