Hawthorne & Heaney on Florence Sargent’s Sampling Project

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by Abi Tominey-Smith

During her time here, our last intern Florence Sargent visited the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2019 for her research project, where she was briefed to create a sample based on the Summer Exhibition including 3D aspects. She became increasingly aware of how much reference there was to the animals of the world and nature throughout the art. This year the colours were bold and capturing and this was something Flo wanted to reflect when it came to sampling. 

At the exhibition, she began by taking photographs to capture her favourite pieces, most of which included animals with an unusual look or aspect to them – bright colours and interesting faces. This sense of the individual and different, she has taken through to her final samples.

Hawthorne & Heaney on Florence Sargent's Sampling Project London Hand Embroidery

Hawthorne & Heaney on Florence Sargent's Sampling Project London Hand Embroidery

Hawthorne & Heaney on Florence Sargent's Sampling Project London Hand Embroidery

Mach Brothers, EASY TIGER, 2019.

Christopher James, MACAW, 2019. 

Caroline Piggott, UK FISHING RIGHTS, 2019. 

After visiting the exhibition and writing a blog post about her time there, Flo began her development by creating lots of drawings. She has created some really beautiful and realistic work using only pencil and shading. 

Hawthorne & Heaney on Florence Sargent's Sampling Project London Hand Embroidery Hawthorne & Heaney on Florence Sargent's Sampling Project London Hand Embroidery 

To develop further Flo began to turn her flat drawings into 3D artworks, using stitch alongside cutting and joining techniques with glue and tape. These gave her work more of a 3D focus and gave her some ideas as to how she could put together and join her final piece to include these 3D effects.  

Hawthorne & Heaney on Florence Sargent's Sampling Project London Hand Embroidery Hawthorne & Heaney on Florence Sargent's Sampling Project London Hand Embroidery

Flo moved on by adding in more character, using bold colours combined with her 3D style, and experimenting with mediums such as paint, pen and pencils mixed together to give her work a bit more life.

Hawthorne & Heaney on Florence Sargent's Sampling Project London Hand EmbroideryHawthorne & Heaney on Florence Sargent's Sampling Project London Hand Embroidery  

Then when it came to actually beginning the sampling process, Flo decided to start with a simple line drawing plan, laying out all the techniques and shapes to be included when it came to creating. This really helped her final piece come together as a success.

You can see here, she has decided to combine 2 of the most popular animals seen at the RA, a fish and a bird combined, to create her own fantastic creature.  

Hawthorne & Heaney on Florence Sargent's Sampling Project London Hand Embroidery

Finally Flo took both the Goldwork Beginner and Tambour Beginner series of classes and learnt the basics of both practises. With some time blocked out for her during the weeks at Hawthorne & Heaney, she was able to practise and build on these skills to create her final pieces.   

Hawthorne & Heaney on Florence Sargent's Sampling Project London Hand Embroidery

Goldwork was the first class Flo took part in, so this was the first technique she became comfortable and practised in, and is how she became so skilled at putting together these samples in such a short amount of time. Alongside, she also tried her hand at a smaller tambour sample to practise these skills further. 

Hawthorne & Heaney on Florence Sargent's Sampling Project London Hand Embroidery

Hawthorne & Heaney on Florence Sargent's Sampling Project London Hand Embroidery

 

Overall I think Flo has really captured the fun, bright, wildlife inspired themes seen in this years Royal Academy exhibition. You can see the progression through her work and that she has really taken the time to think and plan out what she aimed to archive. This has resulted in these stunning final pieces, full of life and many embroidery skills!

Image Credits: 

  • https://www.countryandtownhouse.co.uk/culture/review-royal-academy-summer-exhibition-2019/
  • https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/summer-exhibition-2019
  • Own photographs of Flos work, at Hawthorne & Heaney.