textile lamp inspired by Chihuly
Added Jan 3, 2012
St Albans, Unite...
for my A2 textiles we got to choose our project this term…I decided to start off with ‘glass’ as my inspiration and just fell in love with Dale Chihuly’s multicoloured blown glass sculptures, they make me happy! this was my first final piece for the project. It’s kind of mad, but I wanted to play around with light and transparency, along with the bright colours and curly shapes of Chihuly’s work :)
organza, folded and stitched into tubes like the ridges of chihuly’s glass to create the lamp shade
thread, an old lamp as a base to work onto, angelina film heated into shape using a heat gun around a pencil
the curly bits at the top are a mixture of beaded wire, and wire wrapped around string (just cos I wanted it to be thicker) encased with different colours of thread using the zigzag setting on the sewing machine with a really small stitch length and the widest width. I dipped them in varnish to try and make them a bit shinyer like glass, but you can’t tell all that much. oh well, it was fun ;)