My project is inspired by the London Foundling Hospital, and the textile tokens that mother's gave with their babies as an identifier and symbol of their love and hopes for a child that they probably would never see again. These small pieces of old and worn textiles embody so many emotions and are really really touching.
I will do a post about these tokens soon - in the meantime I would like to share some of my textile work on my project so far. I have been creating my own printed fabrics inspired by the tokens I have found in the Foundling Hospital archives.
I began by drawing out my bodice design with colours and rough print ideas. The theme for this bodice is flowers and blossom, as the character is a young girl who has just come to London from the countryside - she is childish, naive and girly. Using my research images, I experimented with scale on a toile of my bodice. From that, I could draw my stencils and artwork for screen printing, to create my own usable fabric.
First, I hand printed the blocks of colour using stencil cut-outs. Once that was done, I could screen print the much more detailed black outlines of the flowers. Screen printing can be a time-consuming process, so only did the most complicated part of the pattern using an exposed silkscreen. I blended the repeats with hand painting.