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12/09/2014 / accfiber

Thesis wont stop

Hello! Just in case you don’t remember me my name is Jessica Hagar. It has been awhile since my last post but I am here to update you on what I have been doing. I just finished up my first semester of senior thesis. I am working towards creating a body of work to display in a gallery space by May 2015. This is my final assignment as a student at the Appalachian Center for Craft. It has been quite an adventure. I have learned a lot about myself and my working habits and also I have learned how to work through my creative blocks and answer some of my own questions. It has been quite a challenge but I feel I have progressed and am ready for the next chapter.

The concept that I have been trying to establish through my work is highly inspired by nature and the human form. The interaction of these two entities and how they can understand one another and be apart of the same space is something I would like to capture visually. I have spent a lot of hours contemplating and searching my mind for some clever or brilliant way of describing it in a non representational fashion, but I continue to bring myself back to the human role in these moments. I realize that it is about the human experience because we can’t see it from nature’s perspective. Although, I find it highly intriguing to attempt to see the interaction from nature’s perspective and wonder what that might look like? Anyways! I would like to share a few photos with you of my work throughout the semester….

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These are some of my very first explorations with the human form and also with linen and embroidery.

photo(3) I then found myself exploring the possibilities of painting with fiber reactive dye and adding objects to the fabric such as beads to bring in more dimension and visual intrigue. I also began exploring how different ways of printing the silhouette could change the overall meaning and feeling of the piece.

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These are some of my final pieces of the semester. I took photographs of a friend and then via photoshop translated them into silhouette forms. I then printed them with fabric ink and painted them all with dye. I stitched metallic thread and beads to symbolize rain like qualities in a couple of the pieces. I plan to continue working on these and also I plan to work with more transparent fabrics. I will be back soon to show you my progress. Thanks for reading!

If you have any suggestions that would aid in my explorations and research please do not hesitate to send me an email


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