Sunday, November 10, 2013

Latched with Love

As well as knitting and crocheting works for Expressions of Love II, I have given Latch Hooking a go.   Remebering the rug I made as a child I was quiet excited about the prospect of latch hooking with the tea bags.  Initially, the plan was quiet simple...well, so I thought!  The plan was, to latch hook three different brands of tea bags into a triptych, using one brand for each square. I purchased mesh, three 43cm x 43cm squares and then after counting all the holes to work out how many tea bags it would take to complete the project it hit me. I realised what I had done to myself, I was about to latch hook my way through 4032 holes for each square, totalling 1008 tea bags in each. However it was way to late, my mind was set and I was already committed - looking back on it now though and seeing the end results I am really glad I persevered.

Seeing the completed triptych layed out I was intrigued by the colour variation with each brand of tea, it actually inspired me to explore further.  Once again the initial plan was meant to be simple... create six small latch hook squares of different colours (brands) using 100 tea bags in each. Six soon became thirty six, six of each brand (seen in last image below).

Each piece is entitled, Latched with Love.

Detail, latch hook triptych.

 

 
Exploring different brands and varieties of tea, the berry flavoured teas yielded deliciously pink coloured tea bags.   For latch hooking, each used tea bag was emptied and cut into four strips.



 My signature image for the exhibition, and a detail.
 

 
Last weeks photoshoot, the layout for the 36 piece latch hook.

 

8 comments:

  1. Kim Kim Kim!!!! I'm in Melbourne and watching this from afar - it is most amazing!!! Having latch hooked as a young artist I know how long ....but wonderful this process is and seeing the wonderful dye colours you have created is fantastic! Wow can't wait to see the end result! Hats off once again to your creative juices!!

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    1. Thanks for taking the time out to comment whilst in Melbourne Wyn, you're a gem! I clearly forgot how long it took to latch hook, is probably why I only ever made one rug. This time round, I found the process most enjoyable must be an age thing :-)

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  2. Words fail me (unusual to say the least)...a tribute to this monumental work.

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    1. Thanks Jo. Unusual yes, certainly sums it up!

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  3. K - great colour and texture. B

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    1. Thanks B, it's always nice to receive individual interpretations and feedback. K

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  4. I imagine that in some ways, the repetition is soothing, although massive!

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    1. Yes, Fiona... once I managed to clear my mind of the initial workload ahead of me, the repetitive nature of hooking was quiet meditative and soothing.

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