Composition – Mood Scales

I knew I wanted to display some of my work within the assessment weeks, as well as have a workshop for people to participate in when they like. It was the composition that I couldn’t figure out. I did at first want them to be available to touch but I have my technical file which is all detachable so maybe that wasn’t necessary. There was also the idea of playing around with suspension but why was the suspension relevant. I felt playing around with suspending the pieces in different ways would just be based on aesthetics, I didn’t know where I would start. What would this represent? It would have no particular representation as a piece alone, no real substance. Another idea was to have the pieces just on a table or in a box, somewhere accessible, but then I felt as I only wanted to use the samples from the workshop on the 21st Nov not the samples from the 5th because I feel although the ones for the 5th are an important documentation of the development of my workshop I think that’s not necessarily appropriate for the public to see in a displayed format as they were made in a different setting. Since the 5th I made changes which I am more inclined to stick to for the foreseeable, so for that reason the pieces displayed are the ones from the more recent workshop.
With this in mind I started to reflect on the ‘questionnaire’, the tags, to see if I could create a formation out of this. I did want to document all of this in some way anyway for my monograph, a graph/chart. So now the formation on the wall is from the graph of mood scales. I created the graph with the beginning mood score (1-10) along the bottom and the end score up along the side. The red crosses are where the scores from individuals intercept. The blue crosses are the mood score during the workshop. I also wanted to link them all in some way like a community, a network. The red thread is inspired by Lesley Millar’s ‘The read thread, A life line? A bloodline?’ I don’t want this to be looked upon as a bloodline, not that we are one, but more that this is the collection of samples from that particular day, there is a connection with the people participating and the result, there may have been factors that day we all experienced similarly outside the workshop as well as in because the workshop had local participants. There is also the documentation, slightly research practice I have undertaken for my own understanding and analysis, and I felt the composition really reflected that and worked well as a static piece as inspiration and enhanced the  feel of the environment for a workshop setting. Whether I continue with setting pieces out in this way for the public to see I don’t know, but as documentation I think it’s a great visual tool. I also wanted to discuss here the slight anomaly with the score of 2 for during the workshop. This participant found sewing quite challenging. This person has no real history in craft and found that the technique where out grasp the fabric in your palm in fact made them quite stressed out,  although their mood picked up after this. This participant also commented on how dialogue was an important factor to mood improvement.

I also tried two different yarns, the first much thinner and less noticeable which I wanted to have the shape noticeable because I think that is very interesting. I also tried sitting the yarn on top of the samples or underneath, I felt underneath wasn’t very clear where the connections were so I went for on top of the sample.

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