• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Annie Sherburne - shopping with a conscience.

Extracts from this document...


Annie Sherburne: shopping with a conscience It is rare when shopping in such a commercial environment such as London in today's society that we think of anything other than aesthetics and cost when purchasing a product. It was however whilst Christmas shopping with my younger sister at the Islington design centre that I came across the work of Annie Sherburne. Sherburne is a pioneering textile artist and designer who strives to include a moral aspect in her work, contributing to the well being of the environment and strengthening the industry of which she is a part. A number of things can be done to improve the aesthetics of a sample or piece of fabric. ...read more.


This new industrial based dyeing was however not with out its problems. The effects on the environment and culture have led to both atmospheric and water pollution due to dyes being washes away in to main water supplies and having drastic effects on the ecosystem. This has lead to some textile manufactures and artists such as Annie Sherburne opting for a more environmentally friendly way of producing fabrics and designs. This is true in a number of places where chemical and aniline dyes are not used, such as in the Highlands and Hebrides of Scotland where they use of natural dyes and dyeing techniques are favoured and appreciated. In other places these practices are still in place due to custom and cultural preservation this is particularly true in eastern cultures. ...read more.


This process involves the irreversible matting of wool fibres using warm soapy water and friction to create a strong and versatile fabric. Felting is used in Mongolia to make small huts in which the native people live. The felt provides much needed insulation for the harsh Mongolian climate; this is due to the small pockets of air trapped between the wool fibres. The felt is then used to line the walls of the huts and has been recorded as up to 1 meter in thickness. Sherburne uses this method to create the piece she calls 'soft cobbles' that consists of large felt balls strung together to create a blanket or through. The artists' work is based on the theme of nature and giving an artistic impression of the natural world around them. I have also incorporated these ideas in to my own work using textiles to represent I see in nature. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Textiles section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Textiles essays

  1. Environmental issues in textiles.

    I think the lives of the people working in the clothing industry will change for the better if the clothes code campaign is successful. Their quality of life will be better because they would be being paid enough to support their families, they wouldn't be forced in to working,

  2. Dance Work

    brothers; I release my left foot and arm at the same time changing the order of my legs and back again showing the change from delicate to strong again. I then perform a powerful twist presenting my right arm at centre stage, my other hand grabs the other hand being

  1. Conduct an investigation into smart and modern fibres and fabrics. Analyse the development of such ...

    Reflective Yarns: Glass beads can be incorporated into polyester yarns. These can be woven into textiles with other fibres. The reflective quality is not evident in daylight, but the fabric comes to life under bright light. A new multi-layered fibre called Morphex replicates the structure of a butterfly's wing in

  2. Sectoral Strategies for Export - The Indian Textile Industry: The Road Ahead…

    India developed its textile industry at an early stage and along with it, its textile manufacturing technology. Prior to colonization, India's manually operated textile machines were among the best in the world, and served as a model for production of the first textile machines in newly industrialized Britain and Germany.

  1. A comparative study of Ancient Athenian Dress and modern dress.

    Leather thongs are long thin strips of leather. At the present shows are ready made in a selection of sizes varying from 1-12 in children's and 1-13 in adults. Only shoes over a size 13 are made specially. Headwear was not very common, although like today people going on journeys

  2. What design elements were used and what architectural changes were made by Mackintosh at ...

    From 1923-27, they lived in Port Vendres in the South of France, where Mackintosh concentrated on landscape painting. He returned to London for cancer treatment in 1927 and died the following year. Margaret died in 1933. 78 Derngate represents almost the end of Mackintosh's career as an interior designer and

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work