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Textile Tryout 4: Poetry Collage

Posted 21 January 2015 by Kat

Hi there, it’s Sarah here again! Welcome to the fourth Textile Tryout!

In this Textile Tryout we will be busy sewing, collecting words to make a chance poem, and using these things to make a collage.

You don’t need a sewing machine like this one shown in David Hockney’s print to sew, you can also do it by hand.

David Hockney, Woman with a Sewing Machine 1954 © David Hockney

David Hockney, Woman with a Sewing Machine 1954 © David Hockney

The mouse in this illustration by Beatrix Potter is showing you how to thread a needle (through the eye at the top of the needle). This will be useful for our Tryout!

Helen Beatrix Potter, The Mice at Work: Threading the Needle c.1902 c. Tate

Helen Beatrix Potter, The Mice at Work: Threading the Needle c.1902 c. Tate

To get some inspiration to make a chance poem, go for a walk. For example, go for a walk in a park like I did. Make yourself a viewing frame like the one I’m holding below. It is cut out from a piece of card and will help you look at your surroundings like an artist! Through my viewing frame I looked at these trees…

Viewing frame. c Sarah Sanders

Viewing frame. c Sarah Sanders

I wrote down some descriptive words that best described what I saw. For example, I wrote down tongue and eye because the shapes in the trunk of one of the trees reminded me of just that.

Whilst you are out, collect some things like twigs and leaves. You can use them in your collage.

Richard Long enjoys walking and often uses words in his artworks. Look at these words inspired from a 60 minute walk.

Richard Long, 60 Minute Walk 1990 © Richard Long

Richard Long, 60 Minute Walk 1990 © Richard Long

To make a chance poem for your collage, inspired by words you have collected, you could make a little story about your walk like I did. I typed my story on a computer and then printed it out. I then choose my favorite sentence and cut all the words out from that sentence and put them into a bag. I drew a word out from the bag, one by one, and laid them on my collage….

I’m getting ahead of myself! Let’s make the collage!

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Final collage c. Sarah Sanders

Final collage c. Sarah Sanders

Richard Tuttle Two with Any To, #1, 1999 Photo: Tom Powel, courtesy Sperone Westwater, New York

Richard Tuttle Two with Any To, #1, 1999
Photo: Tom Powel, courtesy Sperone Westwater, New York

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We want to see what you make! Submit pictures of your artwork via email – kids@tate.org.uk – (or your parents, guardians and teachers can tweet it at us using #textiletryouts!) and then we will showcase a selection of your artworks here on Tate Kids and you can comment on the artworks made by other children all over the world! We have a few Terms and Conditions that go along with this which we’d recommend having a look at.

If you like this tryout, you’ll love our other ones too!

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Textile Tryout 3: Weaving organic

Posted 9 January 2015 by Kat

Hello there and welcome to the 3rd Textile Tryout!

As I’m sure you know by now, the Textile Tryouts are inspired by the art installation in Tate Modern by the artist Richard Tuttle (where you can also take part in some weaving!). Tuttle loves textiles and this tryout will explore textiles and weaving.

If you look at your t-shirt you’ll see thread going up (that’s called the warp) and threads going across (that’s the weft). Pretty silly names, but super important when making materials. Look closely at the warp and weft of the artist François Morellet below.

François Morellet Two Warps and Wefts of Short Lines 0° 90° 1955–6 © DACS, 2014 c. Tate

François Morellet Two Warps and Wefts of Short Lines 0° 90° 1955–6 © DACS, 2014 c. Tate

You forget sometimes that clothes are something we use everyday! We wear them, get them dirty, wash them, and iron them all the time!

Nigel Henderson, Photograph of Jack Parnell with an unidentified woman [c 1949–c 1956] © Nigel Henderson Estate c. Tate

Nigel Henderson, Photograph of Jack Parnell with an unidentified woman [c 1949–c 1956] © Nigel Henderson Estate c. Tate

Have a look and see what people are wearing around you? All the shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. We can make rather boring things, pretty special.

Maybe you have too many clothes like Venus here! How big a pile could you make with all your clothes?

Michelangelo Pistoletto, Venus of the Rags 1967,1974 © Michaelangelo Pistoletto c. Tate

Michelangelo Pistoletto, Venus of the Rags 1967,1974 © Michaelangelo Pistoletto c. Tate

Your clothes are probably made by a machine called a loom. Maybe like this hand loom below. What a smart looking man with his moustache.

Albert Renger-Patzsch, Saxon Hosiery Weaver at a Handloom 1928–48 © Estate of Albert Renger-Patzsch / DACS 2014 c. Tate

Albert Renger-Patzsch, Saxon Hosiery Weaver at a Handloom 1928–48 © Estate of Albert Renger-Patzsch / DACS 2014 c. Tate

Anyway, to the tryout! We are going to make big organic woven structures (shapes you can find in nature, like shells or seeds) to celebrate textiles and weaving!

Textile Tryout 3: Weaving Organic!

What you need:

  • Chicken Wire (I would recommend getting a thin chicken wire. Its softer and can be molded easily)
  • Scissors
  • Lots of things to weave with: tissue paper, newspaper, felt, cotton, silk, film, magazines, wool, maps, anything!

Step 1: To make a seed shapes structure. Roll out your chicken wire about 2 metres by 2 metres (but you can make a bigger or smaller version and any shape you want). Make a roll out of it and then twist the top and bottom so you get a cylinder. Chicken wire can be a little sharp at the edges so I’d get a grown up to help you out here.

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Chicken wire structure c. Tate

Step 2: Cut all your fabric into strips ready for weaving.

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Lots of fabrics and weaving materials c. Tate

Step 3:  Start to weave your materials into the structure. In and out, in and out.

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Starting the weave with tissue paper c. Tate

Make sure you warp and weft. So that’s some material going up the structure and other material going across.

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Then wefting with felt c. Tate

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Completed artwork! c. Tate

Step 4: Once you have completed your structure celebrate your textile woven masterpiece by placing it or hanging it somewhere interesting!

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Try and take a photo with contrasting backgrounds c. Tate

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Put it in a tree! c. Tate

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Or next to other artwork! 😉 c. Tate

Remember we want to see what you make! Submit pictures of your art work via email – kids@tate.org.uk – (or your parents, guardians and teachers can tweet it at us using #textiletryouts!) and then we will showcase a selection of your artworks here on Tate Kids and you can comment on the artworks made by other children all over the world! We have a few Terms and Conditions that go along with this which we’d recommend having a look at.

If you like this tryout, you’ll love our other ones too!

Textile Tryout 1: Out into the world

Textile Tryout 2: Wrapping up the impossible

PS: Our artist Sarah Sanders will be back in a few weeks with her next Textile Tryout!

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Textile Tryout 2: Wrapping up the impossible!

Posted 18 November 2014 by Kat

Hi there, it’s Sarah here again! Welcome to the second Textile Tryout! This Textile Tryout is inspired by artworks that use textiles and found objects.

I’ve noticed a lot of textiles around Manchester (where I live) recently, covered over…

buildings…

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and…what’s under that?
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I enjoy looking at textiles that are draped, hung and stretched over objects because they make new shapes. Artists like Christo and Jeanne-Claude enjoy using textiles in their work too. Look at this enormous artwork called Wrapped Reichstag.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin, 1971-95. Photo: Wolfgang Volz © 1995 Christo Source: http://christojeanneclaude.net

Christo and Jeanne-Claude Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin, 1971-95. Photo: Wolfgang Volz © 1995 Christo Source: christojeanneclaude.net

The Reichstag building is in Berlin and its under all that cloth!  It took 100,000 square meters of silvery fabric and over fifteen kilometers (about 9 miles!) of blue ropes to wrap this up! The artwork was allowed to stay for two weeks in the summer of 1995. What an incredible sight that must have been!

Here are some other examples of artists using textiles wrapped over objects in their work at Tate.

Richard Tuttle I Don’t Know . The Weave of Textile Language 2014

Richard Tuttle I Don’t Know . The Weave of Textile Language 2014. Source: tate.org.uk

Phyllida Barlow untitled: dock: 5stockadecrates 2014 Photo: Alex Delfanne. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth

Phyllida Barlow untitled: dock: 5stockadecrates 2014
Photo: Alex Delfanne. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth

In my own work I have used textiles and found objects to create strange things too. This artwork uses a pair of tights and an old chair I found with it’s seat missing. I used stretching, pulling and weaving actions to create it.

Artwork by Sarah Sanders, Untitled, found chair and tights, 2007 Photography by © Alan Sams

Sarah Sanders, Untitled, found chair and tights, 2007
Photography by © Alan Sams

In the second activity for the Textile Tryouts, I’m going to show you how to make your own artworks using textiles and found objects. Read on and then try it for yourself!

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Press play to see me making my artwork! I was really happy with my work at the end! Say Cheese!

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I’ve had a go at wrapping the moon! The moon inside is yellow by the way and I have drawn some cranes on it to help me with this impossible task. Hope you like it!

Wrapping up the Moon. A painting of the moon wrapped up, using paint, fabric, ribbon, sequins, glue and green sticky tape.

Wrapping up the Moon. A painting of the moon wrapped up, using paint, fabric, ribbon, sequins, glue and green sticky tape.

Now it’s your turn! Get involved in the second Textile Tryout!

Once you’ve taken a photograph of your performance, object or drawing, we want to see it!

You can email it us on kids@tate.org.uk or get a parent, guardian or teacher to tweet @tate_kids using the #textiletryouts

We will then showcase some of the work here on Tate Kids!

If you have any questions for Sarah or comments about the Textile Tryouts, let us know in the comments below.

Did you miss the first tryout? How could you!? Check it out!

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Textile Tryout 1: Out into the world

Posted 14 October 2014 by Kat

Hello my name is Sarah Sanders. I am an artist living in Manchester, UK and love combining text in live performances. Click on the picture below to see a video of me blowing on some letters I cut out of a newspaper a few years ago, for the Text Festival at Bury Art Gallery.

Sarah Sanders' Lettered Performance. Filmed by Geof Huth. 2011

Sarah Sanders, f e  ar, 2011. Filmed by Geof Huth.

For the Textile Tryouts I will be making 3 exciting activities you can try at home, in school or in your favourite place outside.

So what’s so special about text and what’s it got to do with art? Well, have you noticed how text….. is EVERYWHERE? You’re reading text right now, of course! It’s also on your packet of breakfast cereal, you can find it on posters you pass in the street and you can even find it flying above your heads, yes I’m talking about text on planes!

Here’s some text I get delivered to my house. Can you guess where this G came from?

 Artists love to use it too in their work. Check out these two artworks for example. This one has some newspaper in the picture …

Pablo PicassoBottle of Vieux Marc, Glass, Guitar and Newspaper 1913 © Succession Picasso/DACS 2014

Pablo Picasso Bottle of Vieux Marc, Glass, Guitar and Newspaper 1913 © Succession Picasso/DACS 2014

And this colourful text is actually painted by hand onto wood.

Bob and Roberta SmithMake Art Not War 1997 © Bob and Roberta Smith

Bob and Roberta Smith Make Art Not War 1997 © Bob and Roberta Smith

Some artists enjoy finding things that are already made in the world such as newspaper or text found on a signpost for example, and use them as materials for their own work. Have you seen Richard Tuttle’s Letters (The Twenty-Six Series)? I like them very much.

Richard Tuttle, 1966, Letters (The Twenty-Six Series), Nina and Gordon Bunshaft Bequest (by exchange) © 2014 Richard Tuttle. Source: MOMA, The Collection

Richard Tuttle, 1966, Letters (The Twenty-Six Series), Nina and Gordon Bunshaft Bequest (by exchange) © 2014 Richard Tuttle. Source: MOMA, The Collection

I used newspaper in my performance because I was questioning how stories are told in the media. Do stories in newspapers show the full picture? What do you think?

For the first activity of the Textile Tryouts, I’m going to show you how to make your very own text performance, inspired by text found around us.

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Now it’s your turn! Get involved in the first Textile Tryout!  

Once you’ve taken a photograph of your performance, we want to see it!

You can email it us on kids@tate.org.uk or get a parent, guardian or teacher to tweet @tate_kids using the #textiletryouts

We will then showcase some of the work here on Tate Kids!

If you have any questions for Sarah or comments about the Textile Tryouts, let us know in the comments below.

You can also see the second textile tryout here!!! What are you waiting for! Go tryout! 

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Are you ready to Tryout?

Posted 1 October 2014 by Kat

Oi over here! Yes here! We are very excited here at Tate Kids because we have a very cool project coming to the blog and we want you to be equally, if not more excited!

*Drum roll please….*

We are starting a project called The Textile Tryouts!

What you need to know:
• There is a new art installation that is being made in the Tate Modern Turbine Hall by the artist Richard Tuttle. He also has an exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery at the same time. Popular guy! He will be very important in all of this.

• Richard Tuttle mainly likes 3 things: textiles (fabrics, materials like cotton and wool), text (words, poems, sentences) and the everyday (an interesting thing, which we will be looking into during the project).

We will be setting activities – we are going to call these ‘Tryouts’ that you can do at home or in the classroom which are all to do with textiles, text and the everyday. We will be exploring, weaving, performing, painting, drawing, climbing, sticking, writing, cutting and playing to make all different types of art!

• You will get to meet the artist Sarah Sanders and she will be setting some of her own ‘Tryouts’. You’ll get a great insight into how artists think and artistic processes!

We want to see what you make! We will be asking you to submit your art work via email – kids@tate.org.uk – (or your parents, guardians and teachers can tweet it at us using #textiletryouts!) and then we will showcase a selection of your artworks here on Tate Kids and you can comment on the artworks made by other children all over the world! We have a few Terms and Conditions that go along with this which we’d recommend having a look at.

Interested? Excited? We thought so! The first tryout will be up on 14th October! We’ll see you there!

We now have all 6 of the #textiletryouts!!

Textile Tryout 1: Out into the world 

Textile Tryout 2: Wrapping up the impossible 

Textile Tryout 3: Weaving Organic

Textile Tryout 4: Poetry Collage

Textile Tryout 5: Ambiguous Canvas 

Textile Tryout 6: Textured Paint

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