Thesis Abstract

I thought that I would post some info about the concepts behind my work. Since I have a show coming up, it would be good for attendees to have some ideas as to why I do the things I do. I would love some comments/feedback, and any information you can offer!

Patterns found in nature can be seen mimicked on many man-made surfaces. They are often incorporated into a space to add interest and dimension. It is for this reason that vines are an important aspect of a landscape. By using subject matter that reflects my natural surroundings and the basic principles of pattern design, my work will combine art and design to create an installation. My goal is for the viewer to be consumed by the environment I have created just as the vine can consume its surrounding habitat.

My research is rooted in decorative theory and garden history. Starting with the Decorative Arts Movement of the late 1800’s I will explore how ornamented surfaces, walls in particular, have affected our aesthetic experience. Just as vines in the garden often become the wall, the wall in my work will become a space for investigating our need to bring the outside inside. I will also consider how differences in garden design are directly reflected in our shifting ideals of beauty.

The vine is my main source of inspiration as it is the quintessential example of nature’s ability to reclaim or camouflage a space. I will begin my process by taking photographs of my natural surroundings. After selecting a few to work with, I will then allow the natural pattern to communicate what the next step should be. The natural pattern slowly morphs into a more traditional one; becoming more designed and geometric and less organic in form. By incorporating digital printing, hand screen-printing, gouache painting, and hand and machine embroidery, I will create a patterned space that plays with visual perception and camouflages process within a process.

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About AGrayHarper

Andrea Gray Harper is an artist, designer, and maker who incorporates embroidery, screen-printing, and digital techniques into her handmade objects. A native of the Southeastern United Sates, Gray’s exposure to tropical plants and a lack of winter season garnished her love for the outdoors, plants, and bright colors. In 2007 Gray received a B.F.A degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Textiles and Fashion. Since then she has attained an M.F.A in Fibers, participated in various solo and group exhibitions and trade shows, won Second Place in the Annual Juried Artist Book Symposium at the ACA Library of SCAD, and received the Ben C. Morris travel scholarship to study abroad in Cambodia. Today Gray is working on a variety of projects, from photo styling to garden design and event planning.

2 thoughts on “Thesis Abstract

  1. Hello there! My name is jen and i just graduated from SCAD- i believe you may know my friend Jamie? anyway, I am getting into textile design and I LOVE YOUR BLOG! I just wanted to touch bases and say hello. You can visit my *very new* blog also on wordpress (www.jencarnes.com/blog). 🙂 keep up the fabulous work!

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