It was a very hard decision actually choosing what i wanted to focus all of my attention on for 10 weeks, as i wanted to get plenty of variation out of them, but I didnt want the objects to stray to far away from each other.
- These are the 3 objects I eventually chose (This being the word as i have changed my mind about 20 times since Monday).
Lotus foot binding shoe;
-Okay, This is the object I studied for Mahnaz’s essay and presentation. I didn’t necessarily find the whole history relating to textiles, but I was fascinated by the embroidery that they decorated the show with. The quaint Chinese traditional floral decoration really captured me and I really wanted to find out more about it. They used to be very intricate about what they put on the shoe, because obviously the poorer people couldn’t have a detailed design as the governess or higher class people. Shoes with patterns were available to purchase but most of the women made up their own designs, expressing their region and personality.
I don’t know whether i want to just stick to one shoe or float around and explore loads of the different designs, it doesnt really matter anyway because il probably be not concentrating so much on the shoe rather than the embroidary work on it.
-This one i really had chosen from the VERY beginning because it shows my welsh background and culture and ‘love spoons’ actually link to my name in a way (Cerys- welsh love!, awwh) But anyway. I had decided on this because in St Fagans they hold the very first love spoon made (Im assuming the very first one FOUND in Wales) it’s a bit tattered and not so much beautiful in a physical way anymore, but i really want to explore the culture back then and how this was considered and sign of true love when you give it the woman you wnated to marry. How times have changed. But i will be sticking with this one, not looking at others!
– This just isnt any teacup, this is a 2 generation passed down teacup (and saucer!) anyway, i used this in my final exhibition piece in foundation before, as i thought that was a little but of welsh touch within it, so i thought, why not again! I love this teacup though, its a beautiful vintage design, and have never been used (dont ask me why Nanna would buy them and never use it but there we go) But out of the three pieces i really wanted to do something that was sentimental than the others and i could easily adapt to linking in with the welshness (even a word?)