This completed embroidered assessment piece for Module Four is a handmade journal based on the design topic of the Red British post box.
How do you feel about the resulting conclusion? I really like the hand-made paper, the colour, and the easy way in which the pages turn. The design idea was a good one, although the addition of the stamp details does look a bit like an after thought.
Is it fit for purpose give reasons? It was designed to secure and present snippets of work made in this and other modules, to keep a record that I could look back on. So in that context it is great, because of the fabric hinge on the pages being flexible it will allow work to be inserted without turning the book into a stuffed wedge shape.
If you were to make it again what changes would you make to the way you designed it and the way you made it? I would try to make it larger. Although it is not easy to produce large pieces of hand-made paper, I think I would have used commercial paper for the pages and worked on a composite piece for the cover. Using stitched together patches of paper on a backing fabric. I did not do this as I wanted to use the lovely white samples of paper that I had made for the pages. The design was based on the red post box and the red paper frames that I had made fitted this idea perfectly. If I made it again I would think of a more interesting fabric hinge it was difficult to use withdrawn work for this as with use I was not sure if it would be strong enough being such a small strip. But on reflection it would have been ok if it was machine stitched over and would have added a nicer detail.
Embroidered Boxes Janet Edwards
Paper Metal Stitch Maggie Gray
The complete book of handmade paper Claudia Lee
Numerous online sources.
Costing of assessment piece £1.25
recycled paper —-
Paint/ dye 30p
Time taken for design 2 days
Time taken for complete construction 7 days