My 16 year old daughter is studying Studio Art as part of her VCE studies, something I wish I could have studied way back then.
Her instructions for this project were left to her creative imagination. The step by step documentation of the entire process is the key to success, rather than the finished product. Thorough documentation is required for all practice runs, difficulties encountered, testing of ideas, materials and equipment used, whilst taking progress photos along the way.
And the final product is a Patchwork Cube, made independently after I introduced her to the very useful Half Square Triangle.
Steph enjoyed raiding the fabric stash and has learned much from her foray into the patchwork world. Not only did she learn how to sew a quarter inch seam, but also:
- that despite all your best efforts not all pieced blocks turn out the same size!
- sewing with tomato red thread it not a good idea
- fabric is stretchy if you don't cut it straight
- dinosaur school sewing machines are not for taking apart
- mum's spare sewing machine is pretty cool after all
- that you learn from your mistakes.
Steph so enjoyed her project that I have absolutely no doubt that there will be more fabric play to come. My stash is her stash - with the odd exception of course! I must also say that this photo shoot was hilarious with many outtakes picturing only blue sky. In the end any portion of the cube captured in an image was considered a bonus!