Demonstration of technical and visual skills– materials, techniques, observational skills,visual awareness, design and compositional skill
In this assignment I have used materials and creative manipulation methods that were entirely new to me. Working with moulding materials like latex and plaster of Paris was a real revelation.
Initially I thought the plaster of Paris samples were not as dramatic or diverse as the surface textured samples. Thinking how to get different results from the plaster was a bit of a technical challenge as I had no idea how any of them were going to turn out.
I had to really look at each plaster sample and draw out their most interesting qualities, this was helped by photographing and drawings them.
I was excited about the latex challenge and was fired up to use my compositional and planning skills to enhance them as best as I could.
Quality of outcome– content, application of knowledge, presentation of work in a coherent manner, discernment, conceptualisation of thoughts, communication of ideas
Researching the origins and contents of different modelling materials was initially really daunting and I didn’t quite get it for a few hours, however I did learn how to produce and paint them. I like the idea of working directly with shapes and patterns from found and natural objects by pressing into soft materials that record marks and textures directly and seeing how these marks can inspire ideas for creating something new.
Bringing together two very different materials and linking them with a third creating an abstract idea is very exciting. Textiles by their nature have a vast textural and visual spectrum and incorporating a material which is not considered to be a textile has enabled me to photograph, draw and think about new concepts.
These sketched and photographed samples will be presented in a clear and professional manner for my tutors appraisal and for formal assessment.
Demonstration of creativity– imagination, experimentation, invention, development of a personal voice
Before starting this assignment I was anxious as to how I was going to be able to work with these brand new practises and methods, however being forced to go outside of my comfort zone has liberated me and taught me to accept what didn’t work and on reflection I have found that I have learnt from the failures. I have reflected on successful methods and practices from previous sampling and further developed them, creating interesting constructions, for example using rivets, staples and intense webbing.
Context–reflection, research, critical thinking
For this assignment I have looked at YouTube tutorials and researched artists, sculptors and designers that use modelling materials in their practises. By observing the finished work of these artists I have learnt how to work with lots of brand new materials and practices. I continue to sketch, plan and make colour notes to reflect on my work thinking about how best to develop samples and also making observations in my learning log on areas that were not as successful.
Use the sorting stage to go through your samples, reviewing and comparing their attributes. Pick out samples that strike you as interesting; this could be due to their appearance or something in the methods used to make them.
MMT 3 project 1 sample 2
Media – fossil – plasticine
This is one of the test samples at the beginning of MMT 3 project 1. The plasticine has recorded some intricate repeated organic forms. Although the tiny designs have a repeated format each one is slightly different. This sample could be used to create some interesting drawings leading on to some textured and stitched developed samples. This sample has given me some ideas to source similar repeated organic natural surfaces to work with. I am going to keep the plasticine and use it for picking up similar patterns.MMT 3 project 1 developed sample 4
Media – air drying clay, acrylic paint, pva glue, synthetic lace, rayon thread
MMT 3 project 1 developed sample 7
Media – latex, acrylic paint, coloured voile, brass rivets, embroidery thread
MMT 3 project 2 sample 13
Media – plaster of Paris, blue clear plastic
|Student name||Penelope day||Student number||515242|
|Course/Module||Textiles 1 Mixed media for textiles||Assignment number||2|
Penny you have such a positive upbeat approach to your studies it is really great to work with you. You listen calmly to my constructive criticism, think about what i am saying, understand and think positively about what needs to be done next. You have a very mature and level headed approach to your studies.
I want to stay that i enjoyed looking through your work and appreciate how hard you have worked. You have a good level of skill in your handling of textiles. It looks like you have enjoyed this assignment.
Unfortunately you didn’t quite understand what is being asked of you in this assignment and over complicated your sample making. ( see below and as discussed)
So in our discussion today we talked mainly about how best to answer the assignment brief and what is being asked of you. These assignments are building different skills that all eventually combine in your textiles studies. Here you are asked to research and understand artists/ designers who work with joining and wrapping. From looking at their work you can get ideas about how to approach your own joining and wrapping. The assignment is asking you to work with materials and through experimentation and repetition see how you can join and wrap in a variety of exciting and interesting ways. It is asking for a very honest approach to materials and processes. We are not trying to depict anything in particular. We are just feeling what the materials do in our hands and how they work together (or even how they don’t work together). Remember this assignment is as much about doing things that work as those that don’t . Analyse why things don’t work, maybe a yarn is too heavy so a finer one needs to be selected . Maybe there is not enough stick to tape two materials together so a thicker piece is needed or the tape needs to be overlapped. It is these simple trials and observations that we need to be working on. As you progress through the assignment your samples might become more sophisticated/ complicated but we are still fundamentally looking at the materials and processes.
Unfortunately your theme became too strong in this assignment and you tried to make samples based around the images. You were thinking less about the materials and process and more about what the final piece looked like. We have discussed this and you noted this yourself.
Positively, in this assignment you have shown that if you are asked to work with a theme you are able to translate research into textile samples in an interesting and unique way. If you are working with a theme though do think about using fewer ideas/ images and going into more depth. So looking at just butterflies and moths and maybe what they eat/ land on would have been enough. Their bodies have a 3d form, they have a combination of curved and straight edges, also put against the leaves and twigs this would have given you more curves and edges. You really had too many ideas for this short assignment , taking each idea and creating a different sample. Instead think about taking one idea and doing iterations of it, take one idea and create 2-5 samples, repeating processes, refining, changing until you come up with the best solution.
You presented your work beautifully and it was easy for me to look through all your samples.
The pages in your sketchbook were full of ideas including some skilled sample making. You have played around more with placement and scale in these samples. Your drawings of your samples especially the wrappings were very sensitive.
The wrapping part of the assignment worked better than the joining . I think you were more abstract here and did not trying so hard to depict what you had in a photograph. The 3d samples you sent were very beautiful to look at and handle.
I agree that the wrapping sampling worked better because, as Jenny says, they are more abstract in form. To retain focus on technique, I have now removed references to themes from my blog.
I can see you have worked with a sketchbook in a looser way. Did this help you ?
I found that by working with an ideas / mind mapping / sketchbook dedicated to the assignment helped with formulating ideas. I have had a sketchbook in the past but this workbook idea was very useful.
Pointers for the next assignment
You are still working with great enthusiasm Penny and producing some exciting skilled work. Keep going !!
What contemporary artists/ designers are you interested in? It would be good to start to look at this as it will help you to develop your own personal voice in regards to who you are as an artist/ designer.
I will make a big effort to hunt out more contemporary artists that are relevant to the coursework.
Make sure you are really answering the assignment brief.
I will go back to reading the brief carefully before commencing any practical work and hopefully keep in track.
You are going to look at how you can select out the best of the joining samples and add some new simple ones.
I have edited LOADS from the blog, editing anything with a reference of a theme. There may be one or two hints in the text of a theme because I felt they were pertinent to the sampling that was still workable and valid. I have created ten new samples and reworked three or four existing ones.
This was a valuable lesson learnt… not one I want to necessarily repeat in my future work.
|Tutor name||Jenny Udale|
|Date||18th sept 2018|
|Next assignment due||10th dec 2018|