Monday 14 April 2008


3 posts in one day - unheard of ! But then sometimes so many threads come together that you have to follow it up. I've worked quite a lot in the past with silk organzas, specifically printing on them using the computer and using them in layers but have been following a highly opaque route recently. When I wrote recently on 'skylines' , I had a comment from Neki about using the technique with sheers. Ooh I like that idea. And then I saw what Jude in her 'What if?' blog had been doing incorporating translucent fabrics in her work - lovely. I first saw 'Pojagi' items in the Korean Galleries at British Museum and the V&A and then the catalogue of a collaboration between Australian quilt artists and Chunghi Lee ( one of the reasons I joined Surface Design Association)
I later came across the book ' Rapt in Colour' which is full of examples to make you drool. What I really like about 'Pojagi' is the way the seams are like the lead in stained glass windows, important and integral to the design, and also the 'moire' effect you get when organzas are laid over each other.
I made this door curtain specifically for the doorway from the kitchen to the back stairs in our old flat. I scanned Eucalyptus leaves and printed them onto silk organza to get the idea of them drifting downwards. As I was printing on A4 sheets I had work out a way to join all the pieces - I settled on French seams as the best way to trap all those loose threads!I was originally going to trap real leaves between the layers but they proved too brittle and so made silk leaves instead.

As there are leaves printed on both sides , one of the bonuses when the curtain was in situ was it looked very different according to whether the light shone onto it and when it was backlit, in natural or electric light. Unfortunately we haven't yet found a location for it in our new property

After I'd done it I found instructions on how to sew the seams 'properly' on a Japanese Pojagi site (no English but the diagrams are clear). When I was in Japan, the books mentioned on the site were top of my shopping list and I bought a couple of kits (the fabrics are translucent ramie). I bought some light kimono fabric with Pojagi in mind - perhaps now is the time to think about transparency again.


Linda B. said...

'Pojagi' - wonderful, inspiring stuff. I can't explain why but they send shivers down my spine. Your hanging is exquisite.
I also have the book, Rapt in Colour and it is one that I can't bring myself to share with anyone!

Thanks for the technique link - I've looked for something like this for a long time.

Did you know that Andrew Salmon is hoping to have Chungie Lee at the London K & S show later this year?

Helen said...

This transparent curtain is just beautiful Mags. I've long been having thoughts along the same lines to make screens for my built-in wardrobe and velux window, and you've "kicked my ass" as it were :D Thank you for the extra inspiration :D

jude said...

fabulous work, yes, more transparency please! i have collected many sheers and there is something about spring, the light and is inspiring me to do more. looking forward to follow your inspiration....

margaret said...

This eucalyptus quilt was part of the inspiration for my current ginkgo quilt. Like you I wanted to use real leaves - but they were too brittle and I ended up using metallic organza ones.

neki desu said...

on another note you can download Perapera kun application from Mozilla to help you read Japanese websites. Its more than a translator.

neki desu