Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Tutor feedback for Assignment 2

Overall Comments
You have produced a lot of work for this assignment and worked really hard.  Your labeling of exercises and the additional comments you make are really helpful. 

Assessment potential 

I understand your aim is to go for the Textiles Degree and that you plan to submit your work for assessment at the end of this course. From the work you have shown in this assignment, and providing you commit yourself to the course, I suggest that you are likely to be successful in the assessment.

Feedback on assignment Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Quality of Outcome, Demonstration of Creativity
This assignment is split into three projects; colour, developing design ideas and painting and printing.  

In the colour exercises you learn about 
  • colour theory 
  • how to mix and match and record colour accurately
  • how to create moods and themes with colour
  • working with coloured stitches
  • combining textures and colour effects

Stage 2 Colour Perception
Your colour exercises are great.  The idea of putting a wheel under each square showing where the colours come from is an excellent one.  It clearly shows the relationship between them when thinking about the effect of one colour against another.  

Your question about white with watercolour not having the same impact on the colour as with the gouache is true.  At least with watercolour the colour becomes more opaque than colours without white. With watercolour you can create a paler colour by watering it down more and using the background paper colour to make it less intense, whereas with gouache the tendency is to use it more as an opaque medium of flat colour and therefore white is necessary to make create a paler more pastel tint.  Of course you can water gouache down like watercolour if you wish.

Stage 2 Recording colours accurately 
The idea of this exercise is to help you identify colours and reproduce them therefore understanding how they are made up.  It takes practice and many people find this difficult.  

Well done with your fabric sample colour matching.  The dark brown could be a little more reddish purple and the green a touch of red in it would tone it down just a little. Otherwise you have really made good matches for the colours.  Especially the background which isn’t easy to get right.    Similarly with your postcard image your colours are good.

The colour stitch exercises are well executed.  Your circle of stitched samples shows some lovely textures and different ways of using colour to create depth, shading, contrast and texture.  

From your comments in your blog you had some difficulties with the colour exercise in the early stages.  However looking back the struggles have in fact been beneficial in making you look and think about colour in a way you had not done before.  Your painting of the rhubarb leaves as a result is lovely. 

Project 4: Developing design ideas
In this project you look at the elements of design; colour, shape and texture.  You also need to consider scale and composition in order to decide what to select, and how to develop it.

This project is excellent, you have explored a wealth of images and techniques.  You have pushed yourself to look at different aspects of your images, starting with your own drawings in may cases and developing different aspects of shape, colour and texture using different drawing techniques and media.  
In the series taken from the oxfam postcard you have explored different aspects with different media and techniques and have got a whole range of potential images from the one starting point.  You have found out so much about that image and how it can be used during this process.  Similarly your drawing of the shell. 

The drawing you scanned and manipulated on the computer for size and colour for the repeat exercise has also come out well.  Printing it out in strips and then re-organising them into repeats with mirror images and half drops has worked well creating a fluid rhythm on a background of texture.

Project 5: Painting and printing
In this project you try out different painting and printing techniques using a range of your designs from the previous project, before going on to develop a final sample.

You have tried a good range of printing techniques and materials in the early stages of this project.  The linocut image of the walnut is intricate and detailed and makes a good motif which works well with the background colours in your cream cotton sample.

Of your 2 larger pieces the linocut walnut repeating one that you planned out is the more successful as you rightly say from the point of view of composition.  It is more considered in its arrangement.  The other piece has a quite nice flow in places but the balance of colours is such that some stand out and others almost disappear into the background.  

Sketchbooks Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Demonstration of Creativity
The various drawings and work that has come from your sketchbook shows this is developing well, with many different approaches to drawing different subject matter, which is great.  Your comments suggest your sketchbooks are becoming the practice ground for ideas and techniques which is just as it should be.

Analysing images or objects (as you have done with your pottery piece) for their colour content; the colours themselves and how they are mixed, the proportions of the colours used and their arrangement, is a useful exercise to do in your sketchbook from time to time. Again you don’t have to copy the image but make your own representation of the way the colour is used.  Use paint, collage anything you like to do this and think about what sort of yarns or fabrics you might use. You say in your blog about project 5 that you didn’t feel very confident working with colour.  This exercise will help you to see how other people use colour and the effects they create with it.  

Learning logs or Blogs/Research point Context
Research Point
In this exercise you choose a favourite textile piece that has some value or family association for you.  You are asked to make notes and about this piece about techniques, materials, purpose, history, cultural significance and what it means to you.  The aim of this exercise is to investigate the story behind a textile piece, from how it is made to what it says about it’s period, style and culture and the emotional connections it creates.

You have written in detail about this child’s dress hand made from printed fabric identifying techniques and processes.  Through research you have found out the possible designer of the print.  Your comments on the printing are well thought out.  From the images it seems there are quite a number of colours in the print and this would have made it more expensive to produce.    

Your learning log is continuing well.  It is clear and explains your thoughts and reflections on what you are learning.  You are doing much research into the wider world of textiles and how it fits into the visual arts as a whole.  

Suggested Reading/viewing Context
Have a look at the work of Ptolomy Mann a weave who uses the process of Ikat dyeing to create wall hangings of pure colour.
These two are tapestry weavers who use colour in different ways in their work. 

Pointers for the next assignment
In this next assignment you will produce samples using techniques for manipulating fabric.  You will also start your theme book with a view to looking ahead to part five of the module.  
This is another opportunity to work on developing design ideas, from drawings through to samples.

Tutor name
Charlotte Grierson
3 December 2012
Next assignment due
8 February 2013

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