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.
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!
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…
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.
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!
We want to see what you make! Submit pictures of your artwork via email – firstname.lastname@example.org – (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!