Exercise 1.4 Lines and Edges

Exercise 1.4

Different qualities of line to depict the Archive selection.


Woven leaf.
Giant permanent marker on drawing cartridge. It’s almost like a zebra stripe!

Good to incorporate the giant marker into my repertoire, having never used one before. This drawing helped my understand the woven part of the bobbin lace. There is more scope here …

A series of little ‘line’ experiments which started with trying to emulate the pattern of stitches on the lace of the hanky. Wax crayons and dilute gouache on drawing paper.

Pattern Simplification
Square graph would be pulled into round shapes.

Pattern Simplification – Round
Adding threads winding around
and discovered a ‘cathedral windows’ shape;
this also echoed the ‘leaves’ on the lace,
so I proceeded with it.

Cathedral Windows

Further Simplification
Circles and Loops

Abstraction of Circles

Abstraction of Loops

My favorite is the ‘Abstraction of Circles’. So simple, but interesting and satisfying marks.

Continuous line. What is the ultimate in continuous line but machine quilting? Drawing with a needle and thread:

An interesting diversion:
Discovered artist Mary Elizabeth Barron who makes supersize bobbin lace from plastic bags. I wanted to record the link here for future reference.


Voile with Holes, Dry point marker on tracing paper.

I really like the outcome here. I’ve captured the voile perfectly, but without the exacting copying I usually employ. Opening up to possibilities.

Zig-zag embroidery pattern.
Charcoal on drawing cartridge, A3.

Exploring Zig-Zags. I found the little ‘line’ experiments that I undertook for handkerchief really useful. I started off stiffly, but then, as I warmed up, created more free-flowing and interesting marks. Definitely a technique to incorporate into my practice:
* allow for a warm up;
* work at least six small pieces (A5), or more, as the best marks come later in the process.

I repeated the process with the zig-zag element on the collar. Wax crayons, wide marker and gouache on drawing paper.

Crayon to make the weave.

Circles became ‘flicked’ paint.

Flyscreen to make the weave.

Bed Jacket

The multitude of stands on the embroidery on the bed jacket were visible with the naked eye, and I wanted to capture the how lines made up the design, and this multi-strand aspect in one drawing.

I chose a really coarse brush, black acrylic and highly textured paper. After some experimentation I was happy with the marks, and reproduced the embroidery:

Then, these ‘petals’ were abstracted. After all, it is the way the lines stop and start with just a millimetre in between that outlines the embroidery areas:

Inspired by the French Seam. I like the thick line, painted with a #20 brush; the fading is my depiction of fabric being trapped within. I lost some of the spontaneity of the original thumbnail sketch reproducing this on a larger scale, though. The broken lines (stitching) are very ‘exact’.

Not particularly happy with this drawing. How could I have done this better?
* Use the original, it has the spontaneity, even if it is only a thumbnail. Copying stifles everything.
* I completed this drawing before I had figured out my ‘warm up’ and ‘multiples’ technique described above. It would have benefited from this approach.

Drawing with my left hand. Button hole stitch.