Encode Adorn Work on Paper and text by Fiona Fullam
Encode Adorn Moving Image and text by Rachel O'Dwyer
A Selection of Works on Paper
By Kitty Rogers
The work which I have made for “Encode Adorn” is a result of an enquiry through painting, drawing and video making into the ornament, pattern and motif as visual forms. I was drawn to the ideals of repetition and mimicry, to create one order from another. The drawings are inspired and sourced from textiles of the 18th Century and their relationship to the concerns of modernism. These forms and shapes, repeated over and over in people’s homes, in civic buildings over many years have encoded an order of past knowledge and behaviour.
This selection of drawings move in and out of reference to a particular printed textile produced in England about1775. It is housed in the Victoria and Albert’s textile department in London. The fabric was possibly produced in the same year James Watt produced a steam engine with an improved an operating system which utilised a separate condenser in meaning greater fuel efficiency and a faster rate of production. This was fundamental to the creation of the power loom ten years later. The fabric itself is from a pivotal period, where an artisan culture became the basis for industrial development. The textile industry became highly influential in the development of the factory system and the advent of mass production. These drawings attempt to explore the space around the particular motifs within this copper-plate printed textile. The pattern itself is impacted upon by the exotic influences of the colonies and tells of a new expanding web of visual relations and reference. The industrial process is also under scrutiny and the values attributed to craftsmanship, labour and the individual. This 18th Century textile is of an era which established new reflection on the meanings of modernity and the possibilities of the means of production as central to social and political change.
The drawings are very much about seeking out a sense of individual composition within motifs (a motif functions as a single component of a pattern, it is like the narrator in a story, holding together the logical procession of order). Sometimes the drawings are drawn on the back of the paper, over embellished and heavy with information, the reverse is presented like a trace from a printed fabric. There are interceptions of modernist forms within and amongst the work, articulating the framework of tradition within which we are operating in and looking from.
In conjunction to the work exhibited, Fiona Fullam has written on Language and Pattern and Rachel O’Dwyer on the symbiosis of developments between textiles and technology. These texts function as an accompaniment to the work and reflect other wider contexts within which we adorn our everyday lives with codes, sequences and patterns.