THE LANGUAGE OF LANDSCAPE

The Language of Landscape is a personal project in which I am exploring my relationship with landscapes and the land’s ability to evoke memories for me. Throughout my journey I have interpreted my experiences through weave and creative writing, in the hope of encouraging the viewer to reintegrate with their own landscape and recapture their transient thoughts. 

 

As I journey through a landscape, I too undertake a journey each time I sit down to weave or write. The memories I keep in the hills are woven into a tapestry, written on a page, as a keepsake which only I can wholly comprehend. A line walked is a line woven and a line written, the layers reflected in each other. I aim to identify how a desire to explore a landscape can be stimulated by words and visuals evoked by memories.


During
 my creative practice I examine how landscape prompts me to recall memory, conversation and feeling, using creative writing and sketchbook studies as initial responses inspired by my own experiences within the land. I interpret the subject matter using a distinct approach, isolating abstract shapes and line, which is then reworked into a composition for weave. Creating work which can return to the landscape is a clear intent in my creative practice, accordingly I only use natural fibres in my weaving such as nettle, hemp and linen, I have also experimented with dyeing these fibres using plants and non-toxic processes. This concept champions reflection and reintegration with our surroundings in an era where demand for our attention is perpetual, our tie with the natural world is slackening as our relationship becomes increasingly conflicted.

The project also intends to open up conversation surrounding our lost connection with the natural world, advocating for reintegration with our surroundings and finding our voice to describe once again. 

WORK IN PROGRESS


Tapestry weave in progress, composition taken from my painting titled ‘Eccles Pike’. Cotton warp with linen and cotton weft.

WORK IN PROGRESS Image

ECCLES PIKE


Sketchbook sample with watercolour and ink.

ECCLES PIKE Image

ROLLING HILLS


Woven landscape composition. Cotton warp with linen weft.

ROLLING HILLS Image

VIEW FROM MOUNT FAMINE


Tapestry weave, composition taken from my painting titled ‘View from Mount Famine’. Cotton warp with linen and cotton weft.

VIEW FROM MOUNT FAMINE Image

WATERLOGGED FIELD


Woven sample with text extract. Naturally dyed materials used include nettle and linen.

Text reads: Through the vapory blur we see a group of sheep gathered around a waterlogged area of field, their fleece resisting the rain. 

WATERLOGGED FIELD Image

COW HOUSES


Woven sample with text extract. Naturally dyed materials used include nettle and banana fibres.

Text reads: The landscape surrounding us is vast and welcoming, fields stitched together by dry stone walls, the lumpy hills appear to intersect, a lone tree provides shelter through the rugged terrain along with a scattering of grizzled cow houses.

COW HOUSES Image

PEAKS AND TROUGHS


Woven on 23 inch rigid heddle loom, the piece explores shape and line in landscapes. Mixed weight warp of cotton and cruelty free silk, weft includes; cotton, silk, linen, hemp, banana and nettle fibres (some dyed naturally).

PEAKS AND TROUGHS Image

THE LANDSCAPE IS WILD


Woven sample with text extract painted onto surface. Naturally dyed materials used include nettle and hand processed and hand spun flax.

THE LANDSCAPE IS WILD Image

AS I STEP INTO THE LAND


Woven sample with text extract painted onto surface. Naturally dyed materials used include nettle and banana fibre.

AS I STEP INTO THE LAND Image

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Olivia Fogarty

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  • Degree show 2020
    • Master of Surface Pattern & Textiles