Trip to St Fagan’s

Since I can remember I have always visited St. Fagan’s at some point during a school trip. Sometimes it can be repetitive as I know it so well, so I wasn’t that excited about  re visiting the museum again. Having said that, we were given a brief to follow which made it more appealing as I was actually looking for things to get inspiration from to then draw.

I took some images which linked into the theme of making marks during the sessions with Helen on Monday. The wire images below really inspired me because of the lines and various marks made within the structure. I then took the idea and used masking fluid, soft pastels, and stitch to show the marks. It is also about creating a pattern and design with the marks that are on the page.  If you look at the images closely you can also see various shades and tones, I thought this was beautiful and aesthetically pleasing when taking the image as you can see the light shining through which creates the tones. The angle and positioning of the wire is also beautiful.


I took this birds eye view image to get a different sense of mark making and pattern.

I went into a stitch workshop and took inspiration from the wire images above.

img_1396I used the dissolvable fabric and used the structure of the wire in the form of stitch. I used organza on the outside and connected the stitch together that way. I was pleased with this outcome and was glad to be inspired by the wire in the Hardwore store at St. Fagans as I’m just overwhelmed with the images. I could experiment further with a bigger piece and various colours perhaps.

Another task was to focus on objects that had ‘curves’, complete 10, 10 minute sketches and a drawing within 45 minutes, so I chose a teapot in one of the vintage homes and various cups and saucers. The sphere shape clearly linked in with curves and I was able to get a good tonal range from the pot.

I used various mediums for the 10 minute sketches ranging from pastels to charcoal, which I thoroughly enjoy as you can be more free with the media. I was strict and only used pencil for the 45 minute drawing, I wanted to keep it simplistic and utilize the pencil marks to get darker shades. I am pleased with the outcome as I think I used the theme of ‘curves’ really well, I left out the detailing on the side and used the technique of continuous and blind drawing on a different page in my sketchbook.

I took a few snaps of the red building, catching the various angles of it, to then draw from. I was instructed to concentrate on perspective, depth, foreground and background, which was another 45 minutes. I shaded areas to gain certain textures and used an eraser to highlight certain areas as well. I also completed a quick sketch of the structure using line – again focussing on mark making. the image on the right is a close up, using negative space as a focal point to my drawing. Another 45 minutes.

The visit to St. Fagans was actually not that bad and it helped me gain inspiration of the multiple mark making techniques, I can now carry out in my own practise and in the drawing sessions on Monday. I have been inspired for many more pattern designs.



Collage : a collection and combination of various materials. an art work made up of many different things such as photographs, pieces of paper, fabric, etc. A piece of art that is mashed up and doesn’t make complete sense visually.

Montage: a technique of selecting and editing, and piecing together separate sections of film to combine a whole selection.

Assemblage: A combination of found or unrelated objects to make a piece of art.

Collage work by Tina Klaus

Assemblage art work

Montage art, a collaboration of photographic image with floral pattern


Smells Like Teen Spirit

Subcultures & Street style

This term I chose ‘smells like teen spirit’ for my constellation group. I was excited when finding out about this topic as I have always been interested in the various subcultures that started off in the 70’s, especially with developing certain fashion traits. Not forgetting I am a huge Nirvana fan and love the song! As well as their many other great songs. I love Kurt Cobain as I think his songs were inspiring and the lyrics mean something to me. Anyway, going back to the constellation, I find it interesting to know why certain fabrics give different meanings in each gang. I would have loved to have ben around when Punk and Goth evolved, as I am fascinated by the look and think it’s great. I love the unique style and how they stood out and didn’t care about what anyone thought as it was clearly a huge shock back in the day.

Undressed: A Brief History Of Underwear

The weather was really pleasant in London and it was a great feeling to be back and visiting the V&A again after so long. I don’t get the opportunity to go to London as much as I’d like so when I can I’m really enthusiastic!

I went around the V&A with two girls from my textiles group. I will never forget the theatrical section where the Lion King costume for Scar and Sarabi were held, I absolutely love the Lion King especially as it takes me back to when I was little, it was my favourite Disney movie!

After walking around we noticed there were a few exhibitions on at this time, the one that really caught my eye was ‘Undressed’ as it was about discovering the evolution of underwear design from the 18th century to the present day.

Walking around the exhibition was so interesting as it had hundreds of examples of the underwear that men and women used to wear. I was fascinated by some of the designs and shocked to find out that there was  a particular underwear design for women who were pregnant. Whilst walking around the exhibition I had stopped at certain points to take down some notes and make some sketches of memorable parts of the exhibition.

It was such an interesting exhibition as it had  many great sponsors such as Revlon and at the end there was a shop which had red nail varnish by Revlon which I found fitted well with the underwear theme.  The post cards below really appealed to me as I loved the colours and the image on the left shows the structure underneath a corset and dress. It completely changed the female figure to make it more ideal for people to look at, it wasn’t practical at all and was clearly made for aesthetic. The same as corsets, they pulled the waist in and created more of a bust for the female and enhance the features.

“Hold tight: the lingerie show that will take your breath away”

Anna Murphy, The Times

The quote by Murphy demonstrates how wonderful the exhibition actually was, me and my group were amazed by everything we saw. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to document any images as there were restrictions, so I sketched and took some notes down. One of my favourite things was learning more about the health issues that corsets actually cause. I already had knowledge of this as it’s common sense really that the corset, worn everyday especially, was to have some health implications. There was a diagram of a vintage x-ray which showed the hidden effects.  It was a concern for the doctors due to the corsets becoming a part of everyday attire was causing serious issues. The tight restriction on the lungs was particularly worrying as the lungs were prevented when taking a breath to expand fully. Lung conditions started to occur and this lead to tuberculosis and pneumonia. The illnesses came more prominent before the invention of vaccines in the 20th century.

Below are some of my notes and sketches, which show my favourite, and the most eye catching parts for me.

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There was an upstairs which didn’t allow any sketches as well as images, however, I had already started and finished a sketch of a chiffon dress that was in Gobbanas 2013 spring/summer collection which was absolutely stunning. There was also fetish wear at the back of the exhibition which I found interesting. This is because I’m into that style and use of materials, such as, fishnets, leather, pvc, and see through chiffon clothing, which aren’t really notified as ‘fetish clothing’ I don’t think in the 21st century as most high street shops sell them in their collections, such as New look and Primark. Back in the 20th century fetish fashion was a style and appearance which was often provocative and extreme. I love working with chiffon material and have done during my practise plenty of times.

I am so pleased that I went to see this ass everything in there was an interest to me. I enjoyed learning about the exploration and contrasts between underwear and fashion. It shows how corsets were made to portray the ideal body on a female figure and the ways that a particular cut, fit and certain type of fabric  can reveal issues of gender and sex. I  have been inspired for my own practise and have broaden my knowledge in this field.

Tuesdays in the print room.

Tuesday is the day we get to experiment in the print room,  I had a vague idea of what we would be doing because of the previous foundation year, I tried transfer printing and found it really great so I was looking forward to using the heat press. From the Mondays session I took inspiration from the mark makings I had done and used mesh material and bubble wrap to create surface pattern. This is shown in these images below

I started to experiment with the different colours, as the dye looks different on the paper compared to when its been heat pressed onto fabric. I was unsure about certain colours but really liked them as soon as they were on the fabric, it’s exciting to see the results when you take it out. I used a feather on one of them, which I didn’t particularly like. If I was to do it again I would definitely use more feathers instead of just the one in the middle. Personally I find that it looks odd. I also didn’t spread the paint well enough as you can see brush marks on the background. The second, I was over layering colours, and I actually like the mixture of the blues, purple and pink. The third is a jelly fish, I do love sea creatures and think they are great for textiles with the patterns they have. I am going to develop this further by stitching on top of it and sewing beads on. I then used block colours in a circular motion with the paintbrush to see the various tones and saturations. The last was a floral design, which colour be developed and repeated. I used complimentary colours of turquoise and pink as I think they go together so well even though they’re opposites.

I also love the method ‘batik’. It is satisfying having the undyed piece left with the design you’ve made using hot wax. I used it on normal paper after stretching it and also water colour paper which I believe worked really well. You can get some really stylised designs which I have been looking at on Pinterest to gain some inspiration.


Here is some of my own work, using Batik. When using the tjanting tool I always rush my ideas without thinking of a strict design like the artists have in their work shown above. When I get the time to revisit this method I will definitely have a design ready for me to use. The colour scheme in each one is repetitive, as I think they work well together, however I would like to try more blues and greens instead of the purples and pinks. The great thing about batik is that it works well on fabric, water colour paper and photocopy paper.


‘Cardiff Cultural Journey’

I have lived in Cardiff all my life so when revisiting for this task I wanted to take another look through the arcades to take time and notice the shops that I don’t usually pay attention to on a day to day basis. The arcades were extremely beneficial to Cardiff, as I know that the first to open was in 1885; increasing the amount of shops and customers for Cardiff City Centre.There are at least four arcades which have a vintage architecture within the surroundings so it is always pleasant to walk through them and photograph the beauty of the vintage look. Whilst making my way it was nice to stop and sketch little parts of the interiors. I was intrigued by how many textiles based little boutiques there were.

Like pad deco, for example, it was stunning. I walked in and it felt like being in a fairy tale. It was such an inviting design shop with plenty to see and gain inspiration from. The floral trees and lighting surrounding the shop created such a calm and soothing mood. It as an intimate boutique with a dark backdrop to enhance the lighting and work of the artists. I was really inspired by the interiors within the shop, like the cushions and chairs. The colour schemes worked so well too as they were vibrant along with contrasting colours on the fabrics. I loved the juxtaposition within the colours as I find things that don’t usually go together pleasant. The prints on the cushions were appealing and attracted me to the store as well as the display in the window which was a draped hammock.

There was a lot of floral prints on the furniture, pillows and general interiors. This appealed to me and my practise as I love repeated pattern and mark making. The colours had inspired me for my mark making sessions as my colour palette consisted mainly of bright pink, turquoise and grey. The collection of pillows were made by the Australian designer Kerrie Brown, who I hadn’t heard of before until entering this beautiful shop. I thought her work was creative with the brightly stylised designs, over laying one another and exotic theme.

I would definitely be visiting Pad Deco again to see new trends to inspire me further within my practise and help me gain ideas.

I also visited Cardiff Castle, which is one of my guilty pleasures; sitting outside of it during the summer when the weather is really nice is probably one of the best feelings. When looking inside of the Castle, I was actually surprised because of the culture behind Cardiff and how interesting it was to see how much interiors have changed over time. Cardiff Castle leads onto Bute Park which is just towards the back of it. A really nice rural area that has beautiful flowers growing in the gardens. I have drawn from them plenty of times within my practise. I enjoy taking photographs too! Walking along the bridge to get to Llandaf fields is also a beautiful walk when the sun is shining.