Textile 1: A creative Approach
You have got a great attitude to this course which has enabled you to be bold in your experimentation.
Do get into the habit of labeling your work with the materials used. Part of the purpose of these exercises is to build a visual vocabulary of both materials and techniques that you can refer back to when looking for a technique to express a particular idea.
“Formal Assessment: You have indicated in your learning blog that you would like to submit your work for formal assessment. More and more people are taking the idea of lifelong learning seriously by submitting their work for assessment but it is entirely up to you. We are just as keen to support you whether you study for pleasure or to gain qualifications. Please consider whether you want to put your work forward for assessment and confirm your decision when you submit assignment 2. I can then give you feedback on how well your work meets the assessment requirements.”
Feedback on assignment Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Quality of Outcome, Demonstration of Creativity
Project 1 mark making
The aim of this project was to explore a range of mark making techniques first with pencil and then using various media. The objective was to break down the process of drawing, encouraging you to broaden your range of marks and challenge the way you think about the marks you make. Through this you discover the different qualities of line and texture that you can create. This will form the basis of drawing for designing purposes that you will develop in later exercises.
You have created a wide range of marks in this project using a diverse range of materials. You have been inventive in using objects to make marks with. Do continue to experiment with these techniques and apply them in sketchbooks and the design stages throughout this course.
The mixed media pages for Stage 4 of the pineapple scales and the tangled threads are particularly successful. You have use the media and techniques well to express the image.
Project 2 Developing your marks
In this project you take your mark making into stitch learning a range of different stitches and how to translate your earlier mark making results to use them to create texture.
Again beautifully executed stitches for these samples. You have used a range of thicknesses of yarn as well as different types of threads and backgrounds. Notice how the light reflects differently off different yarns and also with the direction of the stitches.
The samples for Stage 2 shows have a lovely rhythm to them. I like the way you have created textures in the way the density of the stitches are regulated.
Your sample for stage 6 using the images of marbling from your sketchbook has a lot of texture to it. Again you have used a good variety of yarn types and thicknesses, stitches and stitch lengths to create texture. Your bold approach has paid off.
It seems a small thing but, do be careful how you label your samples. If you do go for assessment you will need to put your name, student number as well as the project, stage and exercise. I notice these have got a bit confuses for your stitch samples.
Sketchbooks Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Demonstration of Creativity
Sketchbooks are an integral part of this course aimed at helping you to practice techniques, collect information visually and also in note form about things you see, record ideas you have. If you decided to go for formal assessment sketchbooks together with learning logs will make up 20% of your marks.
Your notes in your reflection on part 1 suggest you can already see the benefit of regular work in your sketchbook. You comment on using it not just for drawing but for collecting images making notes etc. That is very much the case.
Learning logs or Blogs/Critical essays Context
If you haven’t already found it there is a very good discussion about this on the OCA website in a video interview with Pat Maloney one of the writers of this course. It’s called ‘Linda Beadle’s Logbooks’ and you will find it under OCA Resources, and the Latest Videos section.
Your blog has lots of information in it and charts your thought progressions illustrating how you have overcome concerns. Your comments in your reflection on part 1 show that you have taken on board the importance of research.
You have made some comments in your blog about how much freedom you have to interpret the instructions in the manual. Generally, particularly in the early stages, you are asked to experiment with techniques so this does give you freedom to try things out. I think the way you expressed it in your reflection on part 1 sums it up very well. There are many ‘right’ ways of doing things and you are encouraged to develop your creativity. As you say this course focuses on developing your own self expression through the medium of textiles to find a personal voice. These things take time to develop, and you have made a great start on this journey.
Suggested Reading/viewing Context
Have a look at artists such as Alice Kettle http://www.alicekettle.com and Audrey Walker
They both use machine embroidery to build up pictures. Their style and subject matter is different but the technique is basically the same.
Another artist who uses sewing to draw is Shizuko Kimura, but in a very different way. http://www.caa.org.uk/members/members-search.html?m=118&surname=&keyword=&listmembers=&category=&page=15&s=Search
Pointers for the next assignment
There is quite a lot in this next assignment. You will look at colour theory, mixing and recording colour and then into the building blocks of designing including printing, composition and building patterns and repeats.
6 September 2012
Next assignment due
5 November 2012
My thoughts on reading this report and additional aims for the next section of the course:
Overall - I'm pleased with this feedback.
I do need to think of all these exercises and sketchbook work as building up a reference collection so that I can find the techniques I need when I have something to make.
It's a little strange to be spending so much time doing this. In the past I have had something in my mind to make, and worked out the techniques to do it in response to this. Doing it this way round makes me feel a little frustrated at times, but then I do have a lot to learn! And I can see already from the mark-making and stitching exercises that it does help to have samples to look back at.
When I'm doing the exercises, or working in my sketchbook, to be aware that what I am doing is building up a library of examples, and label them accordingly.
Project 1 Mark making
It's useful to have the feedback about particular examples being successful, because it clarifies what the exercise was intended to do. I have looked back at the two examples given, because in fact I hadn't thought that they were particularly successful. I had been more excited about how the teddy bear one had turned out.
Looking at them I can see that while the teddy bear one has some interesting 3D appearance, it is not at all a good representation of the feeling or appearance of the original drawing. Whereas the pineapple one does give something of the nobbly complexity of the original, and the stalks were rather like the original in feeling.
Do some more of this exercise in sketchbook to find out how to translate and explore drawings without losing their nature.
Project 2 Developing your marks
It is good to have some positive feedback, especially since during this project I had quite a lot of doubts about whether I was doing the right thing.
I really enjoyed these exercises and want to do more of them, but I can see that there is a lot of work on paper in the next section and more embroidery will have to wait until I have got a little further with the course.
Labelling is one of those things I am just going to have to get used to doing thoroughly the first time.
I have enjoyed working/playing in my sketchbook. I really noticed the difference in my rate of inspiration when I slowed down to alternate days at the beginning of the school term.
Keep up a daily sketchbook entry.
Look at stuff suggested in assignment feedback.