Self Directed Project- Influence and Process

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Ana Teresa Barboz – Ocean

For my Self directed project i’d decided to do something i’ve never done before, embroidery was something i’ve wanted to try for a while and i’d been looking at several artist beforehand.

Ana Teresa Barboz

The first artist i took inspiration from was Ana Teresa Barboz her work had a theme of contrasting nature and humanity which gave me the idea to look at human nature and what dictates our lives on a daily basis and contrast it with nature which i saw to be pretty different to the social media aspect of our lives. Her style was also something i looked at, she used simple designs in contrast to heavily complex embroidery that even included shading. I used that in particular to differentiate between the nature part of my work where i used complex and messy looking techniques where as i used a very straight forward satin stitch for the social media aspect of my work.

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Ana Teresa Barboz

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Ana Teresa Barboz

Her work really stuck in my mind and gave a clear message in such a pretty and traditional sense even if the message wasn’t traditional itself.

I started by practicing the embroidery techniques that i had looked at from Ana Teresa Barboz and tutorials i had found online for techniques such as the Chinese knot and chain stitch.

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i took a sketch i had already done and used it for referencing on my first piece of embroidery, i sketched out a basic outline and improvised the techniques i had looked at previously.

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at first i sketched out 3 ideas to be put in 3 separate embroidery hoops but ended up cutting out the 2nd idea which was that of a anonymous image from face book and other social networking sites as it didnt have the theme of the embroidery flowers like the other two ideas. I tweaked the 3rd idea to have buds of flowers to represent the loading element of nature and the transition of spring to summer.

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After deciding on scraping the middle idea i redesigned the final look i wanted to achieve with my piece, i chose to connect the two pieces with loose pieces of thread incorporating the style of Ana Teresa Barbo.

The second artist i looked at for inspiration was Andrea Farina 

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Andrea Farina

I found her work in particular had a very contrasting style just like Ana Teresa Barbo and i loved the detail in the flowers, this image in particular was my influence for the colours and knotting i used in my leaves and some of the flowers.

I also looked at Andrea Farina for the loose thread idea and the idea of simplicity in parts of the work, i found that her work not only contrasted in the styles but also in the colours as she used black single threads for the simple parts and lots of colour for the flowers which separated the styles even more.

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Andrea Farina

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