Gloucester Road, Tube Station

Gloucester Road Station by Jeff MorleyRainbow / Arc-en-ciel /Arcobaleno /レインボー /Regenbogen / Радуга : FOSTERGINGER @ Pinterest

The image above was taken from Pinterest, and was photographed by Jeff Morley.
I decided to look at Gloucester Road Tube station as it was one of the examples given to us by Pip. I was unaware of the arches they have and they often commission artists to produce art work, so it livens up the tube station and there is something to look at.

The image above is different to other art works that have been produced for the arches over the years. I then decided to look online and see an ‘About’ section on the Transport For London, where it gives specific information about the history and the general public are scene now.

It was interesting to find out that London Underground has been one of London’s most consistent and pioneering public sector patrons of the arts due to a commitment to the arts and excellence in design led by Frank Pick, Managing Director in the early 20th Century. Numerous artists, designers and craftspeople have been in every aspect of its architecture, poster design, train livery and upholstery as well as its site specific art commissions in stations.

Art On The Underground…

Their aim is to present contemporary art for their unique audience, which is ther customers, staff, and diverse communities of London.  I think this is a really impressive outlook to have as there are a lot of diverse and cultural people in London, and also very unique individuals that express themselves through art, so with having it in the community it is like a sense of bringing people together.

The public art is there for a severe purpose, to engage audiences, ‘re-imagining spaces’, and ‘changing the way we experience the city’. The projects built on London Underground are often temporary projects, along with permanent with a diverse programme.

Champion contemporary art in London – reflecting the global city with a global audience – working with artists from around the world; from those with an established reputation to those at the beginning of promising careers.

London Underground established Art on the Underground in 2000 initially under the title Platform for Art, with the purpose of producing and presenting new artworks that enrich the journeys of millions on the Tube every day.

From single site large-scale commissions at sites such as Gloucester Road Station, to pocket size commissions for the cover of the Tube map, Art on the Underground has commissioned a roll-call of the best artists in the last 14 years, maintaining art as a central element of Transport for London’s identity and engaging passengers and staff in a strong sense of shared ownership.

For London Underground’s 150th Anniversary in 2013, Art on the Underground commissioned Turner Prize winning artist Mark Wallinger to create Labyrinth, a permanent artwork for each of the 270 stations on the network.

2014 has seen the launch of Art on the Underground’s first project on the river, with a commission by Clare Woods for TfL’s London River Services, a new Gloucester Road commission, An English Landscape by Trevor Paglen and The Palace that Joan Built by Mel Brimfield and Gwyneth Herbert a major work responding to the legacy of Joan Littlewood at Stratford station.





Sites, Spaces & Public Places


Today there was an introductory session to the upcoming ‘explore’ project. We had an overview of what there is to expect out of each week. I chose ‘Sites, Spaces & Public Spaces’ as part of my options for first term. Which is basically producing commissioned work for the public areas. Whether it is for the council or private clients. We are having a consultant, Emma Price, come in and talk to us about commissioning for the private clients. It is said that they are far more creative than the council.

I am eager to start, however I would’ve liked to have had a longer time scale on this project as we actually have to engage with the public realm, and personally for me that is quite daunting. We were given a presentation on the types of talks we will be going to have and an insight to possible workshops.

This project runs from the 14th November til the 14th December, so I am worried about not finding a place quick enough as sometimes my ideas don’t always flow straight away. I will have to carry out first hand research visiting a few places I possibly can to then interrogate and interact with the public space of my choice. So far, I’ve come up with these ideas

  •  Restaurants
  • Old Arcades
  • Bars/nightclub
  • Pavements
  • Park
  • Museum
  • Hospital
  • Derelict buildings/area
  • Shopping Centre
  • Roundabouts
  • Walkways in the centre: Hayes
  • Parklets

With these possible sites, I will have to go and take imagery of those I am keen to produce a public art work for. I’ve recently become interested in the Bar sector, as I’ve researched a lot of sophisticated textile designers who produce a similar outcome. However, as this field of work is new to me as working in the public art sector hadn’t occurred to me before, I might do something that I wouldn’t usually do. Even with colour schemes, for this project I think I will use a total different colour scheme than what I’m using in subject.

On Thursday we are off site and exploring a place in Llandaff called Insole Court. I hadn’t heard of this before, so it will be interesting to see what the area is like and if there are any key elements that stand out for me. Then off to the Taff trail and museum. This will kick start the research process and I will take my camera to get some images.


ADZ5777 ‘Making Connections’

High Spirited

The ‘making connections’ brief has really opened up my eyes to what is actually out in the textile industry. I’ve been given a chance to look into three sectors to find out which I like the best and who I could see myself hypothetically working for. At first I found it daunting as I was researching deeper into the interior and fashion department and found I quite enjoyed both. So narrowing it down from the 20, to 9, then 3 to finally the chosen company wasn’t easy for me to begin with. I knew from the beginning I wasn’t inspired by any of the stationery designers or work. I found that the patterns were creative just interior and fashion have a bigger impact on me personally.

I feel like after a couple of weeks with not knowing which designers to choose, I finally narrowed it down and now have my chosen company, which is Harlequin, who I am really enthusiastic about and completely inspired by. I saw their interior show room in London which I was in awe of as it was just so colourful and diverse. This company will really influence my work and I am looking forward to getting back to designing for the 12 selected samples in part two.

At the moment I think my print samples overpower the stitch. It was my first time producing a digitally stitched piece this term, so having to learn the new programme was a bit overwhelming, and I have to say I prefer it in certain aspects to the embroidery machines. This technique went so well for me I will be using it for my upcoming collection for High Spirited. Other aspects of stitch didn’t go terribly wrong and I am pleased with the samples I have produced. I do think that more time is needed and will be spent on stitch for the second part of this brief.

Most of my print samples were produced during week one and two of this term, so I wasn’t aware of the final company I’ve chosen so most of it doesn’t directly link with my colour scheme. However, techniques used such as batik, heat transfer, and using the dyes will definitely link in for my upcoming collection. I found that in the dye room it was hard to not get another colour onto your fabric accidently so I will be more aware of this for part two and also use the clamping technique more efficiently so the fabric doesn’t come loose. I had a vague idea of some colours and managed to get a rustic orange colour, I’ve presented this in my technical file as a reminder. Heat transfers and batik always go pleasantly well and the outcomes were positive.

Looking at the trend predictions was another positive research element as it helped to gain an understanding of colour theoretically and know the means of why you put one colour with another and what affect it creates along with mood. I found the research aspect to be positive, I found a lot of great designers that I’ve been inspired by and have them to look back on.

Overall, this term has been pleasant and during my time working on this brief for Harlequin I can say that I have a clear view of what I want to produce for part two, although other possibilities could occur. I have started some mark making and sketches in my book. Now I have first hand images from Cefn Onn Park, I will produce more drawings and mark making.

Cefn Onn Park

On Sunday I went out to explore Cefn Onn Park which was surprisingly easy to get to! It was only a 3 minute walk from the Lisvane/Thornhill train station. I haven’t visited this park before so I was excited to see the scale of it and the various trees and nature that was embedded into it. I was eager to get some inspiring shots for High Spirited so I can start sketching and prepare myself ready for part two. I want to get some visuals of these images ready for a screen print and even a heat transfer. Also some digital stitch as well.

The park in general was quite big and very forest-like. It was beautiful and had a lot of interesting things to take images of. I took my Nikon SLR with me and used the macro lens to block out any unnecessary sun rays. I took over 100 images so it will be proven difficult to narrow my favourite images down! I have made some contact sheets and I will attatch them below.

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Above are my collated contact sheets ready to add to my research file as part of Harlequin, High Spirited. I found this beneficial for me and my research as I love to inlcude photography as it is aesthetically pleasing and gives you and your client a good visual idea of what you want to convey and it’s all about your personal journey throughout design. Below are some of my images I’ve chosen as my best:

My next steps are:

  • use these visual images as a guide for sketching, mark making and background imagery
  • use the colour experimentation book to explore various quick sketches using the looking away, and continuous line technique
  • also keep A3 sketchbook updated


I’ve always known about re-create as it is a 5 minute car journey from my house! After visiting for the first time on Saturday I have to say I’m just sad I hadn’t visited much sooner! It has everything you could possibly need or want, and if you don’t, there is always things you can make use out of or use for other things as well as arts and crafts! They have paper, card, off cuts, plastic widgets, cloth and materials, bankrupt stock, packaging materials. They accept most donations that people are most likely to throw it away, its better to benefit the community and reduce the landfill waste.

I was amazed with the amount of things they had, so I bought some off cuts, which are actually really big pieces of fabric! For my upcoming High spirited collection. I bought some purple, bronze, orange and crimson fabric. I was very pleased with my purchases and was eager to see what else they had on offer.

I then come to discover they had a trolley full of sample books from professional companies, I saw a sample book from Villa Nova, who I closely recognised from the London Design Week. I then started to rummage through to see what other companies were there, and I found my chosen company! Harlequin.

I started to flick through their sample books and take some shots as part of my research.

Above are some of Harlequins well known colour collections. It was helpful to be reminded of their work and get to touch their samples and see the detail up close. One of their pieces was interesting and stood out to me as one of their print samples was hand painted, you could feel the dried paint and it was actually a nice feeling. This is something I will consider when I am sampling for part two of this brief.


Displacement Mapping

Below is a screen shot of the Displacement Mapping workshop held earlier in room N202. It was very useful for me as we learnt how to put a standard design onto a fabric sample, such as a t-shirt and cotton. I feel like this will definitely benefit me during this term and next as when I come to my designs in Part 2 I will be able to map them onto a sample for an interior scene that replicates my overall mood for my collection, High Spirited.

Tshirt map 1

The first step was saving our image of the t-shirt as a Photoshop file, then opening the pattern, dragging it out and then pulling it into the same layer as the t-shirt. We then blended them both and used ‘Linear Burn’ as that blended into the t-shirt the best. Secondly, using the magic tool, we cropped out the rest of the pattern to benefit us for when we place the pattern.

Tshirt Map 2

Above you can see the pattern is cropped and the option is changed to ‘background’ and mode was changed to ‘behind’ to get the best results. Then using the liquify tool, arrange the pattern in a way so it fits with the creases on the right hand side of the guys shoulder.

We then used the Polygon Lasso Tool to select the whole of the pattern that remained on the outskirts, then went to ‘inverse’ and then press backspace and define the edges with the magic wand.

Tshirt map 3

It was very satisfying to see the final design on the t-shirt.  I will be using this technique for my future designs and ideas. It’s a great way to show your ideas and it doesn’t take that long to do!

cotton 1

Above is a separate file where we merged the background image with the leaf design. We liquified it and blurred the image to make it blend. Liquifying the leaves really help enhance the design to make it look realistic like it was on the cotton.

I have learnt two new techniques today so I will definitely be using them for my High Spirited collection, as I think seeing your potential design ideas on a product really does enhance digital skills and give the client an idea of what they will be expecting.