2.11.07

i have tried to marry ideas of the processes used in the radiography/ brachytherapy areas with the theme of 'garden' and have shared my iideas in progress through my blog.. I am open to comments on the ideas and anything relevent that can aid this process or provide information which can add a new, artistic or scientific aspect to the work .
Today i have been gathering together all my research and ideas to date in order to begin to think about a layout / design for the final outcome. My intention is to make work which will combine my textile skills and the research in a piece of work which is relevent to its situation within the hospital and to the groups who will pass through that space. my aim is to make work which will demonstrate aesthetic and tactile textile qualtities but i would hope also be relevent to patients and staff.
To date i have been looking at the process of brachytherapy and have been trying to find ways to use the processes to spark off ideas to generate work .. Seeds were my first thought as seeds are used in brachytherapy and also within the planting of a garden ( the theme of the commissioned works within the hospital ).. in the process of generating ideas i have looked at seed planting and the growth of seeds.. i have also looked at plants and flowers associated with health and emotional states . in order to make a work that demonstrates the research to date i am now looking at ways i can formulate this into a large scale piece of work .

i have been keeping a sketchbook to gather images and text relating to the work . it has been a great way to gather ideas and document the process along with the blog . i thought i would share a few photos of my sketchbook pages .

30.10.07

i have been looking a the history of medicinal gardens to get more ideas about garden design .. i have been thinking that a garden could be designed using the researched gained to date and also incorporating the flowers and plants associated with diet and health

http://www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/garden/index.html http://www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/garden/gowm.html Oncology bed . chelsea physic garden Camptotheca acuminata, Catharanthus roseus , Papaver somniferum, Podophyllum hexandrum, Podophyllum peltatum, Taxus baccata, Taxus brevifolia

15.10.07

seed stitch
background could be stitched in seed stitch linking the sewn stitch with the idea of brachy seeds.
A seed [siːd] (help·info) is a small embryonic plant enclosed in a covering called the seed coat, usually with some stored food. It is the product of the ripened ovule of gymnosperm and angiosperm plants which occurs after fertilization and some growth within the mother plant. The formation of the seed completes the process of reproduction in seed plants (started with the development of flowers and pollination), with the embryo developed from the zygote and the seed coat from the integuments of the ovule. Seeds have been an important development in the reproduction and spread of flowering plants, relative to more primitive plants like mosses, ferns and liverworts, which do not have seeds and use other means to propagate themselves. This can be seen by the success of seed plants (both gymnosperms and angiosperms) in dominating biological niches on land, from forests to grasslands both in hot and cold climates. The term seed also has a general meaning that predates the above - anything that can be sown i.e. "seed" potatoes, "seeds" of corn or sunflower "seeds". In the case of sunflower and corn "seeds", what is sown is the seed enclosed in a shell or hull, and the potato is a tuber.