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‘Abstract Perception’ Chloe Fisher Textile Craft Designer


‘Abstract Perception’

The reason I have given my project the title of Abstract Perception will become apparent in this statement. My initial ideas for this project were to experiment with various materials in an attempt to make people perceive knit in a different way. I want to steer people away from the general assumption that knitting is for ‘granny’s sitting by the fire’; to do this I have used an unconventional approach to the craft of knitting but at the same time using traditional knitting techniques. This project has an air of mystery about it, when looking at my experiments it is not obvious that the majority of them contain knit swatches and/or yarns. I would like to continue with this collection and develop it further for future projects. By experimenting with this initial project I have been provided with knowledge that will allow me to make positive changes for future projects, for example using agar jelly rather than gelatine as it provides more sustainability and longevity for my experiments. On the other hand at this stage I am not sure if I want my experiments to be sustainable as I am currently photographing them as they decay which could add a whole new element to my project. My experiments are incredibly visually stimulating, they encourage the viewer to want to interact and touch them to find out what the objects trapped inside are. My knits are blended into the gelatine using disperse dyes, colour is a huge element within my work, it is one of my main inspirations. I am very interested to know how the colours ran and blended together when I injected the dyes into the experiments, the truth is this element was out of my control on this occasion but yet again this is all part of the experimental approach.


An small example of drawings from my sketchbook using one of many marbling techniques


Using the negatives from my drawings I have layered them up to create even more interesting circular drawings


Experiment no.4 Knit trapped in gelatine, injected with violet and blue disperse dyes


Experiment no.4


Experiment no.4


Experiment no.5 Metallic knit with a foiled finish inserted into gelatine and blended with violet disperse dye


Experiment no.7 Yarns from all knit swatches created for three collections dropped into gelatine, blue and violet disperse dye injected


Experiment no.8 Knit swatch created using my own pattern placed in gelatine, violet disperse dye used to blend


Experiment no.8


Experiment no.8


Experiment no.8


Experiment no.9 Unfinished knit, blue and violet disperse dyes all dropped into gelatine, accidental air bubbles created add extra structure and texture


Experiment no.9


Experiment no.9


Experiment no.10

Unfinished knit, hole punches from my drawings and violet disperse dyes


Experiment no.10


Experiment no.10


Experiment no.12


Chloe Fisher Currently studying BA Hons Textile Craft at the University of Huddersfield Contact: chloe_fisher@hotmail.com

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