Maps, Grids, Lines and Contours

For this project, I am excited to merge the very easily accessible materials or “qualities” (maps, grids, lines and contour) with a concept based on something in Vietnam which intrigues me a lot. Although I’ve never been to Vietnam, my mother has told me that “it will literally take 100 years for Vietnam to become anything like England, so think about how advanced England is going to be by then”.
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Unlike many western countries today, some parts of South -East Asia like Ho Chi Minh city in Vietnam have overhead power lines running. It’s both terrifying yet fascinating how different it is here in England, where the electricity cords are safer, neater and underground. Vietnam is currently dismantling the lines slowly, and moving them underground, but the process womt be finished until 2020. These tangled structures remind me of a large spider’s web just sitting on the traffic lights and above the city of bustling people. I feel like the chaotic, messy lines could really be worked with to produce an interesting, maybe strange textile sample.

After researching on textile.artist.org, I came across Pamela Campagna, whose work I find visually similar to power cords in terms of black lines:

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Campagna creates fragile and complex structures, woven pieces which are distorted had have a lot of open spaces. “The threads are single lines which can be extended to infinite, … creating meaningful interferences when they interact with other threads and with the environment. This makes me think about the interdependence that we have with the others and that we weave in being alive.” I think re creating the tangled effect with woven craft wire, balance weaving, or experimenting with wire and knit could be things to try out first, and drawing these samples will be a good start.

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These are pieces by Atsuko Chrikijian, and I am mesmerised by how beautifully, yet lively they are. The lines have energy, and she composes them perfectly, not too jarring or confusing for the viewers’ eyes. A minimal colour palette is the best way to approach delicate line work, and I’m inspired by her use of paint, perhaps that is thick white emulsion on the twigs. This surface texture can be re created with strings being tied, perhaps elastic bands will be interesting in terms of tension and stretching.

To do:

  • Ask family members more about the power cords, and what it felt like seeing it firsthand
  • Research further techniques, try going to Modern art Oxford or Ashmolean
  • Begin drawing anything like cords, long wires, tangles structures
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