For all of the artists involved in this project their creativity is a driving passion, how they earn their daily crust and present in all aspects of their life. As a result this often means keeping a lot of 'plates spinning' at the same time. Claire A Baker is no exception to this; textile & surface designer, maker & lecturer who last Autumn also began an MA at Manchester Metropolitan University. A busy person indeed.
Here Claire talks us through her response to the glove brief and the presence of an absent Daphne.
"I have found it incredibly difficult to try and fit this project in but I have been determined since the beginning to create something aesthetically pleasing at the very least. However, it has, I admit, been much more difficult than I thought. And now it comes to producing the final piece my intentions are faltering again. technically, I keep disappointing myself.
My thoughts and ideas have only slowly taken shape and evolved. I wanted to 'suggest' the absent wearer (Daphne), a trace of her if you will, hopefully to provoke a sentiment, a connection, questions...
For my MA I have been researching memory; items left behind that suggest past lives, then conversely objects that could/would be evocative but are no longer there (physically) and trying to work out how to invent this using fabric and thread.
After much experimentation into technique albeit based on a different visual, I thought I had an excellent plan for Daphne's glove. The reality is though that great ideas rarely look so great when immediately put into practice. So I struggle on...
|Claire's original glove in positive & negative form|
Using screen printing techniques and a photographic negative image of the (opened) glove I have 'removed' the image from the fabric only leaving an imprint of it, as Daphne did on life."
|The orginal colour palette was quite pale|
|Machine embroidered sample|