Trudi Hood's Project

The hidden value. . .

"In certain almost supernatural inner states, the depth of life is entirely revealed in the spectacle, however ordinary, that we have before our eyes, and which becomes the symbol of it. Here we have a passage that designates the phenomenological direction I myself pursue. The exterior spectacle helps intimate grandeur unfold” (Bachelard, 1964).

I am focusing on Bentham’s prison design system which consisted of placing the prisoners under constant surveillance from a room in the centre of the building. The Governor, and any one else who was admitted into the interior, were able to see all parts of the building at all periods of the day, with a reflecting apparatus that was in constant rotation, enabling them to watch the prisoners in their cells at night.

With the Panicopticon principle of supervision in mind, and inspiration from the interior and exterior surroundings of the building and the Millbank area, certain ideas and feelings become apparent in relation to the ‘Poetics of Space’ written by Gaston Bachelard.

I'm interested in exploring the concept of being trapped, restricted and in the dark and in contrast to this, the look, colour and quality of light. Also, the idea of structure in organic forms leading on to folding, twisting and the contained to conceptualise inner and outer architectural constraints. There will be a particular focus on colour tones being lost and then reappearing either in small strands or thicker parallels.
Dr Frances Geesin’s workshop has inspired me to experiment with a range of layered, fused fibres. I intend to explore ideas of melting, folding, layering trapping, stitching, gathering and releasing with heat after my fabric is woven. I aim to develop a cloth that is durable, reversible and withstands these fragile qualities in contrast to the robust constraints. The colour palette will reflect fading and tonal values from a light to dark palette. I also intend to work in some harsh tones against the black and white walls of the prison and housing estate.

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