Formative assessment point.

The first day back at Uni and I received feedback from Sally. It was really positive and was great to speak to her as well as read my feedback online. My work was said to be edgy and unique. I was happy with that as I think it’s important to, as well as follow a brief, but to show your personality and your likes through your art work too – portraying who you are is a great way to be different and become known!  

I have shown a diversity within my work and it was clearly stated by my display. Sally also mentioned I have intriguing ideas and natural flair for colour schemes and mark making within textiles.  I was overwhelmed with the positivity about my work, it has made me more determined for this term to get myself organized and ready to start ‘Future Now!’ which is about sustainability and upcycling of fabrics. I am really excited to be working with other departments in the art building to, such as product design, interior design and architecture. It is going to be an exciting project and I’m looking forward to see what work I can produce!

 

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Presentation Of My Final Pieces

These past few weeks have allowed me to experiment with old and new techniques. I have really enjoyed working with the dissolvable fabric as it was something new for me. It was challenging, and I couldn’t get my head around it at first, this is because every stitch has to join! I have also learnt that your design has a different impact on various materials. I liked re-visiting batik and transfer print technique as I thoroughly enjoyed those in my Foundation year. Shibori was new for me as well, and I was fascinated with the two shibori pieces. I used the clamping technique which makes the result of your sample random. I loved the applique technique, this was new to me and I was pleased with my result.

I have chose these 12 samples to exhibit for my final presentation as I found they were the best and  stood out to me the most. The top three worked really well and I thought of the likely possibility of using them as a collection. During the peer feedback I received lovely comments from my group. They particularly loved my jellyfish, which at first was just a transfer print. (image) Shown on the left hand side, I wasn’t pleased with it as I found it dull, however, I’m glad I kept it as I then went into the stitch workshop and was overwhelmed when looking at the hand embroidery. I added French knots on the top left to create movement and the decorative stitch going down for tentacles. Having them intertwining and going various ways also creates that movement of the sea and how they react when under water and floating.

Having done that with the jellyfish, it made me think how you can always improve your samples when adding particular things to make them stand out just that little extra bit.

You can see the left was where I started with the transfer, using the cranberry colour. I’m glad I kept this sample and didn’t chuck it away when I wasn’t happy with it as it just shows the massive improvement.

 

 

Material Matters  ADZ4777

The theme ‘material matters’ has allowed me to explore new and various techniques. I thoroughly enjoyed print and made a lot of designs that related to the mark making sessions. I loved transfer printing as I was enthusiastic about the colours and identified certain colour schemes that worked well throughout print and stitch. I kept my designs simplistic for stitch, especially when using the embroidery threads which appealed to me the most. I found stitch was a lot more time consuming than print, however I still enjoyed the process. The sessions on Monday enabled me to learn and revisit old techniques. Learning the various way to draw was new for me so I found it challenging, however I enjoyed using the various brushes to make marks and patterns. I’ve learnt this term that some of the most simplistic work can be really beautiful.

Colour schemes.

Following from the blue collage session I started to come to terms with the fact I absolutely love working with colour palettes and schemes. Above are some of my images where I kept to the same colour just in various gradations and saturation. I love the pale and pastel colours as well as the bright and vibrant. The first image, was painted on bubble wrap and then printed on top of calico, the acrylic is thick and has created a nice texture on the calico. I used turquoise and some navy blues over layering each other. The second image is two of my bubble wrap pieces, where the first I used bleach as a resist to see how much it would affect the remaining colour blue. It made it slightly more green compared to the one on the right. The last image was blues and purple. I used water colour, a flat brush and went in circular motions, whilst it was still wet I poured bleach on top of it and it soaked the colour up. I thought all of these colours and mark making went so well together that if I was to do them again, I could re-create these ideas and put them on fabric to use as a collection. I enjoy working with all of the techniques I’ve tried above as it makes the marks more interesting.

“Bring something in that’s blue…”

Scarlett decided to choose a plant from the studio, and as a group we then chose to look closely at the leaf to gain pattern from it, using various mark making techniques. Aisha wanted us to bring anything in that was blue. I really enjoyed this as blue is definitely a calming colour, and when carrying out the task it was genuinely calming.

The interesting thing about having a certain colour to work with is that there are so many gradations of colour. The blues range between light and dark and also indigos and turquoise. We used wet media and dry. Sticking on fabrics and ribbon, also inks and acrylic paint. We added tones and textures together, it was interesting to have a part of everyone’s interest and style and I found it enjoyable taking part as a group.

We then photocopied our work, I decided to get two A4 sheets to then collage on top in my own individual style. I used the flat brush to create thick strokes, and blowing ink on the page to make it ‘bleed’ and look like a vein in the leaf.

Still life

Switching groups was hard for me as I didn’t enjoy the task we had set for the Monday sessions, I found them difficult to begin with as I hadn’t done ‘continuous line’, ‘blind drawing’ or using my left hand, as to me I think that my drawings have to be somewhat perfect and I take a lot of time when drawing.  img_0653

We had to do multiple drawings consisting of strict time schedules and techniques. I had chose a rose for the first half, focussing on the lines of the petals and then an individual petal which I then decided to take into the stitch workshop. I thought looking at the petals would be great for the line techniques. I love roses and think they’re beautiful, especially to draw from and look at in detail. I used pencil, fine line pen, biro, and some coloured inks as well.

10 Minute sketches regarding the task..

A selection of leaf and rose drawings using mainly continuous line, which I found to be my favourite technique out of them all. I liked being free especially with the fine line pen, it made nice lines and mark making.

I can see why we were given the task, to use in our future drawings and mark making, and to realise that our drawings don’t have to be perfect and we can create beautiful marks without looking and even using our left hand, although, when I used my left hand.. it didn’t exactly look like the object in front of me!

The drawing on the top right is my favourite. I drew the rose petal on tracing paper using three different mediums. I firstly used fine line pen, then coloured pencils, and then graphite. Each of the petals look different and its all down to the medium and not forgetting the fact I was trying not to look as it was a ‘blind drawing’. I was trying to seek out shape, texture, and form.

The second still life session, I used a plant instead and also we had a life model to draw from, again with strict instructions to not look at the paper, only what we are drawing. Both were blind drawings, the left I used charcoal and the right was a pencil. I love working with charcoal as it is far more free and if you make any mistakes it looks abstract and interesting.

Artist’s books.

During this session I made four little books that were personal to me. Using the techniques I had learnt from the material matters brief. I love the little pocket size as I think they are interesting to look at and very intricate. The first one I made was a mixture of material, I used acetate, various papers and used mark making techniques to brighten it up. One of them also consists of tracing paper as the foreground, then using the embroidery threads I stitched into it to create texture. I thought the transparency of it and looking through to the other stitch would be beautiful. One is a delicate paper cutting, and the other was after the blue collage session.

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