I am so excited about this project, this is an up cycle project I have been working on after a discussion with some local teachers that would like to incorporate my lampshade making skills with the New Junior Cycle Home Economic 2019 guidelines for the textile option.
The guidelines are specific to include the following elements:
*Hand & Sewing Machine
*Creative Textile Item for an individual or home
*Up-cycled, Re-purpose or Reuse element.
I enjoyed the challenge of this project & was mindful to include the educational elements for the students, the design and creative process also needed to include the element of safety.
I decided to use a scarf as my re-purpose item, the scarf I used is a Pashmina the reasons for this, the fabric is a super fine luxurious fabric that will allow the light to shine through making this functional but also with less bulk. The pashmina wraps is large and enables us to use one scarf and make two lamps per scarf, so we have also included the element of waste and mindful of sustainability.
To incorporate the element of embellishment and for an educational purpose to include both elements of hand and machine sewing, I designed the shade to include the elements of Hand Embroidery and fabric applique, these techniques I use quite a lot in all my work, I have a passion for hand sewing and using textures in my work. I used size 8 perle cotton and some rayon threads to create the floral designs. Using what I had learned at a previous workshop held in my studio by embroidery artist @bealice using the hoop and fine threads to keep the design flat, this project allows a lot of scope for the students as they could create their own designs to make each shade different.
Once the scarf was embellished then we used a specialised PVC, that is heat proof and I recommend in all my lampshade making classes and use in all my lampshades. I will teach the students to hand-roll the lampshade to create a functional piece of art that has been up-cycled to create a unique lampshade.
Each student can design their own lampshade to make it unique using different colour schemes, stitches and once the shade is created they could add embellishment trims to the shade.
I thoroughly enjoyed creating this unique upcycled lampshade out of a clothing item.
If you are interested, you can see my upcoming classes on my website