Category Archives: textiles


Cows In Chicago

March 9, 2013, by

In my textile class, we created sculptures out of our screen printed fabric. I decided to make a stuffed animal in the shape of a cow. I chose a cow because on my fabric I told the story of the Chicago fire. When I screen printed each screen was a piece of the story. When I added the cow I added another Piece to the story. One thing I am very proud of in this project was my ability to keep a consistent theme. One thing I really struggled with was sewing, because before this class I had never used a sewing machine before.
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Pattern Artist Statement

Zoe Parks
Cows Trample Chicago
Medium: Installation
Size: 32×20 in

For my final art piece I made a large stuffed cow and a basket of mini cows. I came up with the idea of a sculpture stuffed animal because of my art teacher, Hiu.  The cows are directly related to my fabric pattern of the Chicago fire, because the cows are what caused the Chicago fire.To turn my sculpture into both an installation and a sculpture, I will leave my basket out for the audience to each take a cow with them.

To execute my blueprint of my cows, I drew the outline of a large cow on my fabric twice and then I sewed the pieces together. Then I stuffed the fabric with stuffing. I also crocheted a basket, in which i put little cows also made out of my fabric. The little cows were too little to stuff and sew so I glued them together. It’s important to remember when drawing on fabric to leave sewing room, because when you sew you have to go farther in than your original outline. I chose to sew because it was necessary in order to create a stuffed animal. At first I used the sewing machine, but when I was almost done sewing it shut, I left a small hole to put the stuffing through. Then once i was done with the stuffing I sewed it shut by hand. For the basket i decided i wanted to crochet because i wanted to learn a new technique. To crochet I had to cut my fabric into strips and then crochet them into a long line. After i was done crocheting I spun the fabric into a basket. With the basket completed a filled it with my miniature cows.

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Chicago Fire Textile

February 21, 2013, by

photoFor our textile class we had to screen print on fabric. I chose to print the story of the Chicago fire. I am very proud of my dedication to this project because I stayed after school many days to work on it. One thing I really struggled with was printing with accuracy, especially keeping my second screen lined up with my first.


Pattern Artist Statement

Zoe Parks
The Chicago Fire
Screen Printing
Size ( 15” x 12” )

This story is important for me to tell because I think the Chicago fire is an important piece of history and Chicago is important to me. Each motif will represent a piece of the story and the last piece is a representative of the whole story.

Aesthetics are important. To decide the colors we did worksheets to learn which colors look most pleasing together. We also did three different drafts of the pattern to decide how to organize the colors. We kept in the mind the meaning of the colors. This is what I chose:
Black: Fire- “Sadness”
Red :Buildings- “Struggle”
Gray: Background, Water Tower – “Loss”

My design is of the Chicago. To learn about pattern symbolism we looked up symbols and wrote what we thought they meant. Then we looked up the real definitions and created a story.

We are printing our designs on fabric. To choose our fabric we went to a textile store. I choose a cotton textile because it was soft but also easy to print on. Also I wasn’t sure what type of textile I wanted to make out of my fabric, so I choose something that I thought we be neutral.

My pattern design layout is block repeat. My layout arrangement is overall, and my pattern direction is one direction. Grid out your fabric so that your pattern is in the right spot each time. First print with the background screen across the whole textile. Then take the foreground screen and print across the whole textile.

Textile Culture [Story] AH

January 22, 2013, by

In the first part of our Textiles course, we were studying the different types of textiles and how textiles have a variety of characteristics. We also explored which textile is most important to us, which textile best represents us, and what is the historical significance of textiles. We went to a textile shop to choose a textile that best represents ourselves. We presented on the textile we chose and gave an explanation of how it was made, as well as where the textile was first produced. I was proud the research and information found on our textiles. I was signifigantly surprised to learn about how extensive the production process is of the different textiles and where they originally came from.




The Story

January 22, 2013, by



The purpose of this assignment was to investigate our textiles to get a better look of our relationship with them.  I learned about what value is, and how value may be more than just money. I am very proud of my aesthetics, I did an old school poster board and I think I did very good job. One thing we had to do for our story board was right a narrative. I chose to do a fictional narrative about a magical scarf.

Narrative: The Story

Once upon there was Disney Store, this was no ordinary Disney store . I stumbled upon it accidentally and have since then not been back. I brought a scarf there, a magic scarf. A scarf that would strangle my enemies at my sarcasm   I hate when people make stuff without asking, especially my scarves.  So one day Samatha Jerkins tried on my scarf,  BAMMMMM! She dropped to the floor, dead. It seemed as though the scarf had a mind of its own, and it didn’t like being thrown around. Or the scarf was a mind reader and didn’t understand my sarcasm, took me literally, and killed her. To this day, the scarf remains. Hidden in the depths of my closet, or warn tightly around my neck. It has strangled no one else, I have made sure of that.

The End.

Textile Presentation

January 18, 2013, by

The first project as action for my Textile Cultures elective was to present the textile that is most important to me in a way that explained both what it means to me and how it was produced. I never really considered where the clothes, blankets, and other textiles in my house came from, so I was very interested in learning about the production of my favorite textile: my canga. To find out what a canga is, how it is made, and what it means to me, click through the slideshow below.