I recently helped with a project by the graphic design partnership Conway and Young as part of their MA course at Manchester Met University. The project, entitled Free For All, concerns the possible future of the NHS in Britain. To find out more about their work visit www.conwayandyoung.com.
My part in the project was to make up the flags designed by Conway and Young. This is how I did it…
The design and materials were supplied, and the artwork files were supplied in pdf form. I printed off the letter forms at 100% scale and cut them out in paper.
The following tools came in handy; cutting mat, steel rule, scalpel, tape.
Once all of the letter patterns were cut out I glued each on lightly to the back of the fabric and carefully folded the edges over as can be seen here:
I measured out the flag fabric and cut two panels:
Next step was to mark out the letter positions lightly in pencil onto the flag fabric:
The letters were then glued in place lightly and ironed, ready to stitch:
After stitching all the letters in place (quite time consuming) I stitched the two sides of each flag together, turned them, and stitched again round the edge for a neat finish. The flag below had already been trimmed ready for the sleeve piece to be attached:
The photo below shows the trimmed flags with the sleeve pieces in the background. They were lightly glued into position on the three flags and stitched to hold:
The final step was the sleeve seam. The flags were then ironed and threaded onto the poles:
The flags were attached to off the shelf brackets and used for the MA on 26th September 2013:
I make all my work at a home workshop in Leeds, UK, and can be commissioned to help in a variety of projects involving stitching, making and object realisation. Contact me here to discuss an idea.