GOODWILL ART GUIDE — Craft, Design & Culture

CONSTRUCTED TEXTILES
Exploring felted and bonded, woven and knitted fabrics.



All fabric, whether high-tech or traditional, is made by bonding or felting, weaving or knitting fibres together — using hand, power or digital tools. The fibres may be synthetic or natural. The process of combining them can be done in a factory using computer-aided design and manufacture (CAD/CAM) or low-paid labour and out-of-date machinery; in the studio of an art-school graduate, or in a family based workshop in the developing world. Whether the intention is to make 50,000 or 1 metre of fabric, a choice has to be made between bonding or felting, weaving, or knitting.

These notes examine and discuss the social, cultural, historical and economic circumstances in which fabrics are made. How students’ practical work can be developed in response to their understanding of the way people of their own and other times and cultures have used these techiques is also considered.


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The 25 images and 39 pages in this e-book offer concise information, teaching ideas and the opportunity for fresh and creative thinking about the subject.


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LIST OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

PART 1
How textiles are constructed
Felted and bonded textiles
Synthetic-bonded textiles; hand-made felt; myths and legends; felt-wrapped modern art.
Woven textiles
Working together
Knitted, looped and knotted textiles Multi-tasking

PART 2
SUGGESTED CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES
Dyed in the wool; eye-catching textiles; types of fibre; splitting hairs.

PART 3
LEARNING THROUGH MAKING
1. Felting or painting in wool
To make a felt ball, a flat piece of felt or a shaped piece of felt
2. Weaving
Weaving on a large scale; on a miniature scale; as part of a work
3. Knitting
The image of knitting

PART 4
LOOKING AT THE IMAGES
Bonded and felted fabric
Polynesia, Tapa cloth
Kyrgyzstan, Tent felt floor cover
England, Hats, H. Belcher
England, Black & White, H. Belcher
England, Fern & Mimosa, A. Barrington
Netting, Knotting, Lacemaking
England, Net Braiding, F. Newbery
England, Bird eating snail, Honiton lace
England, I know you know..., M. Brennand-Wood
Knitting
Germany, The Visit of the Angels, M. Bertram
Scotland, Woman knitting with kishie of peats Scotland
Shetland knitter
Scotland, Fair Isle knitted scarf
England, Pocket knitting, S. Freeman
England, Mangy dog, J. Allen
Weaving
Peru, Fragment, c.900-1100
Turkmenistan, Hanging for bridal ceremony
Iran, Garden carpet
Germany, George Gisze, H. Holbein
Germany, The Pursuit of Fidelity
Italy, The Acts of the Apostles, Raphael
England, Christ in Glory, G. Sutherland
England, Red Ribes, J. Moncur
Scotland, Finned scarf, A. Richards
England, El-Rayo-X, M. Brennand Wood
Maldives, Kuna mat