Textile artist Maxine Bristow describes how she gets her inspiration from repeated pattern in everyday objects, and how she has to plan and get organised before embarking on a piece. She created 1,475 button holes for one piece and explains she had to make 88 buttonholes a day to meet her deadline. She talks about how she treats the fabric with Gesso, a PVA and chalk powder mix, to create a older, more lived in feeling.
- This clip is from:
- Contemporary Visions
- First broadcast:
- 25 October 2007
Could be used to introduce a discussion about the use of textiles in art. Students could be asked to look for repeated patterns in man-made objects. They could then draw and photograph them to gain first-hand evidence, before developing their ideas and experimenting with different textile techniques to create a mixed-media piece.