Take an aspect of felt making and explore it with opened experiments. Easy to say difficult to choose what to do. Incorpoartion of fabric , knitting , beads, crochet, dying, laminating and connections by threads.....Just a few of the things I would like to test . Another time. I choose to explore pleats , or really the techniques of incorporation of texture into felt via pleats. Sounds a bit boring really when I write it down , but only time will tell.
So I tried eight different techniques to pleat my fabric. I used stitching , foil, cling film, masking tape and gaffer tape. Good to use all these alternatives as you never know what it going to happen , which after all us the whole idea.
I was a bit constrained as the city and guilds ( bless them ) insists that the experiment all happens together , on one piece of felt , which means all treated the same , not really ideal for these diverse processes and materials.
My starting point .
The final piece with its eight different experiments. It is all white , so that it can be true texture comparison not confused by colour.
Overall I am quite pleased and these are my favorites .
Masking tape used to prevent lamination as a way of making pleats.
Foil used to go hold the texture and also prevent laminating.
Unfortunately the gaffer tape although successful will not be taken further for now.