Tutorial Discussion

Tutorial Discussion    15/03/17

My tutor discussed many of my strengths and weakness throughout my time on this course. She said my specialist portfolio was well constructed and demonstrated my high creative ability throughout. Considering Textiles being a brand new area for me, I should feel very proud considering I have learnt all these techniques and methods within a short time frame. Textiles is something I have never fully explored and feel a lot more confident now attending this course and having the support of peers and lecturers. My mature and thoughtful decision to study was very good, she believes a course which explores a lot of illustrative methods would suit me better than most abstract courses. This will benefit me in. I have adhered to deadlines with ease throughout this programme showing great organisational skills. My tutor also stated my specialist portfolio was very well presented and reflected my time and effort I put into my work.

To improve further I was advised to understand the idea of final outcomes in textiles, including final samples, visualisations ad products. This will help me develop my final ideas towards a final sample. I must expand my research further as well as make sure my annotation is consistent throughout my sketchbook. Also reinforcing my work with reasoning’s and explanations why I have selected certain images within my research. I was also informed I am currently working at Merit level however I have a lot of Distinction potential.

With receiving this feedback I need to defiantly improve on my final outcomes and as well as make my realisations more visible to the audience. I need to document my thinking more often and evaluate my thoughts during the different paths I head towards. I never document my failures and how I have worked from this, this is something i will do for my FMP.

I presented all three concepts ideas to my tutor and was given positive feedback. My tutor liked all three proposals however believed an illustrative and drawing based theme would suit me better, exploring traditional printmaking. I agreed with my tutor, this was something which suited my style a lot more. Due to this I headed more towards my third idea of “Woodland/Forest/Human”, this idea was very different however both me and my tutor weren’t quite sure it would suite my intended outcomes of interior, maybe gift wrap? This is something I must research further into and think realistically. Overall we both thought this idea’s great and suited my skills very well. I felt very passionate and excited about this theme and already had a plan of the way I wanted to take it. At first my tutor narrowed my theme down to forest/woodland, with this I could focus more to one element and the woods was my favourite place.

Overall I am very pleased with my tutorial and have been given a great deal of advice and positive feedback. This tutorial has helped me understand my positives and draw backs and how to improve these, increasing my overall grade. I understood my tutor’s feedback and talked about how I felt throughout my course with ease.  I was given other sources to help me begin my FMP off; this was very helpful and has defiantly helped me understand my theme more and the different paths available.

My tutor advised me to research further into:

  • Children’s Illustration- Woodland/Forest
  • Pattern
  • Illustration- Lino printing, Mono Printing
  • Conservation
  • Deforestation
  • Pollution
  • Stories set in woodland
  • Definition
  • Fishing
  • Different Forest/Woodlands around the world- America-their elements
  • Habitats- nest
  • Shrubs, Forest Floor, Moss
  • Animals
  • Drawing Styles
  • Processes
  • Different methods of theme- Different Representations
  • Traditional – Analytical Drawings

 

Reflection

I have achieved new abilities, learning new methods and techniques including knitting. This was something I never quite understood and failed again and again trying. However during my time in specialism I gave it another go, and with the help of peers and tutors I was able to learn this technique. I applied this affectively into my work creating beautiful samples which i then displayed on my final A2 boards. In my spare time i taught myself the pearl stitch which suited me very well, I am very pleased with this improvement and think of it as an achievement. I have also learnt knew ways of working including screen printing, dye, stencilling, quilting, weaving, French knots and much more. This course has significantly improved my skills and knowledge of the different specialisms/careers out there.

Throughout this foundation course I have developed my skills, gaining several including organisational skills, communication, presentation, research, drawing, development and evaluative.  These skills have been developed at different parts to this course and helped me progress my work and approach of thinking. At first I lacked presentational skills and struggled to communicate my thoughts and ideas to other colleges, however during my time on this course i have developed these skills and now able to communicate well under pressure and present a clear ad well-structured presentation. My confidence has improved and I feel more unrestricted to take my work in any direction I wish. Before attending this course I never had the mind set for interior and textiles however now my mind is more flexible and I have an eye for interior and textile pieces. I have learnt a lot of the terms used in both aspects and can apply them in to my work.

My strengths and weakness vary, however I find my main weakness is finalising my final pieces. Throughout rotation I struggled to plan my work into a final piece, instead I jumped straight into the construction part. This was something my lecturers noticed quickly and have been working with me to grow out of this habit. This has defiantly affected my work in specialism and my final outcomes. On the other hand my main strength is the initial drawing aspect and research. I enjoy drawing and gathering a wide range of inspirational imagery as well as taking forward others methods and styles/ways of working. Sometimes I find myself behind a thinking wall; I have spoken to my tutor about this problem and have discussed different ways of working around it. This has impacted a lot of my work and limited me to explore most of my potential. Through time this has improved with the help of peers and lecturers. For my FMP this issue will be easier to manage as my tutor is aware and has kindly advised me to ask for support if I feel like this.

To improve my work I must development my organisation skills even further, becoming stricter with my time management and weekly tasks. Once I have improved this area then my time plan will be more accurate to follow and will be able to meet important deadlines. I would like to work on my final stages of development, accurately showing my thinking processes and reasoning’s why I chose certain elements. Making it more clearly for an audience to follow and understand.I would also like to development my presentation with in my sketchbooks.  Find my previous books very confusing and lacked elements to obtain an audiences interest. I have already spoken to my tutor and asked how I could improve my initial drawings and structuring them within my sketchbook affectively and have already been given great feedback on improving this area. Finally I’d like to improve my blog, making the structure more professional/clear/categorise suiting my genre, also organising my time more efficiently to type up my evaluations correctly without any grammar mistakes.

 

 

 

Project Proposal

Review

I have achieved new abilities, learning new methods and techniques including knitting. This was something I never quite understood and failed again and again trying. However during my time in specialism I gave it another go, and with the help of peers and tutors I was able to learn this technique. I applied this affectively into my work creating beautiful samples which i then displayed on my final A2 boards. In my spare time i taught myself the pearl stitch which suited me very well, I am very pleased with this improvement and think of it as an achievement. I have also learnt knew ways of working including screen printing, dye, stencilling, quilting, weaving, French knots and much more. This course has significantly improved my skills and knowledge of the different specialisms/careers out there.

Throughout this foundation course I have developed my skills, gaining several including organisational skills, communication, presentation, research, drawing, development and evaluative.  These skills have been developed at different parts to this course and helped me progress my work and approach of thinking. At first I lacked presentational skills and struggled to communicate my thoughts and ideas to other colleges, however during my time on this course i have developed these skills and now able to communicate well under pressure and present a clear ad well-structured presentation. My confidence has improved and I feel more unrestricted to take my work in any direction I wish. Before attending this course I never had the mind set for interior and textiles however now my mind is more flexible and I have an eye for interior and textile pieces. I have learnt a lot of the terms used in both aspects and can apply them in to my work.

My strengths and weakness vary, however I find my main weakness is finalising my final pieces. Throughout rotation I struggled to plan my work into a final piece, instead I jumped straight into the construction part. This was something my lecturers noticed quickly and have been working with me to grow out of this habit. This has defiantly affected my work in specialism and my final outcomes. On the other hand my main strength is the initial drawing aspect and research. I enjoy drawing and gathering a wide range of inspirational imagery as well as taking forward others methods and styles/ways of working. Sometimes I find myself behind a thinking wall; I have spoken to my tutor about this problem and have discussed different ways of working around it. This has impacted a lot of my work and limited me to explore most of my potential. Through time this has improved with the help of peers and lecturers. For my FMP this issue will be easier to manage as my tutor is aware and has kindly advised me to ask for support if I feel like this.

To improve my work I must development my organisation skills even further, becoming stricter with my time management and weekly tasks. Once I have improved this area then my time plan will be more accurate to follow and will be able to meet important deadlines. I would like to work on my final stages of development, accurately showing my thinking processes and reasoning’s why I chose certain elements. Making it more clearly for an audience to follow and understand. I would also like to development my presentation with in my sketchbooks.  Find my previous books very confusing and lacked elements to obtain an audiences interest. I have already spoken to my tutor and asked how I could improve my initial drawings and structuring them within my sketchbook affectively and have already been given great feedback on improving this area. Finally I’d like to improve my blog, making the structure more professional/clear/categorise suiting my genre, also organising my time more efficiently to type up my evaluations correctly without any grammar mistakes.

 

Project Concept

My aim for my FMP is to explore the theme “Woodland/Forests” and explore the texture, colours, landscapes and living things creating a large body of initial drawings throughout this project. I hope to associate this theme into an interior setting, producing interior papers and fabrics and surfaces. I would like to explore both print and constructed textiles creating a very illustrative and textual collection. I would like my work to portray the different elements found in the woodland/forests and perhaps explore different tales linked to this environment. I would also as part of the theme like to explore human interaction in nature specific in the woodland/forest.

To ensure the development of my project I intend to observe/study body language, drawing from it daily as well as creating my own photography. I will also create initial drawings from woodland/forest to create motifs which I can then manipulate and work with. I also intend to use a wide range of materials to visually record body language and the woods. This will help form a large body of work and extensive project. I will visit places such as the Hancock, Kielder observatory and I may even organise a life drawing class to collect visual imagery. To understand the human figure more I hope to publically observe peoples body language and body shape. This will be visually captured in my side journal which I will use just for observational research. This will form the basis of my primary research. For my secondary research I intend to use Pinterest as well as gather different artists whom can bring something different to my work such as style, methods, materials and much more.

I foresee this theme finalising into an interior collection however I may also consider a gift and wrap final collection too due to my unusual theme. I aim to create a large amount of swatches both paper and fabric. Instead of forwarding my work into a commercial purpose I intend to push my work towards a more creative and unusual market.

Evaluation

The main reflection of my work will come in a variety of forms including weekly blogs. This evaluative technique will help me write my week self- reflection tasks which I could then go backed think analytically about all aspects of completed work so far. This will be used throughout my project, I hope to write daily on my blog as this will give me evaluative information when finalising the course. I believe the most effective method to reflect upon my work will be through peer reviews and discussions, with this i could gather ideas and opinions from an outsiders view, this is something i find important. This is because I am able to communicate with peers on how to improve my work and understand their different perspectives. I may also evaluate my work through tutor critiques on a regular basis. Having this one to one feedback is very useful and talk about the problems i may encounter and how my project has developed. Having this frequent contact will be important and benefit me, ensuring I am working at a high enough standard and quantity. Along-side this will may complete a daily/weekly journal, reviewing my progression of my work and if I am meeting my targets set out on my strict time plan.  I also intend to evaluate my progression using the SWOT method, this will ensure I am analysing my work critically.

 

Summary of each Final Major Project idea

Woodland/Forest/ human interactivity

Brief Outline

My theme is based on the woodland/forest environment. This will be based closely to the Garden of Earthly Delights which I have already approached however I would also as part of the theme like to explore human interaction in nature specifically the woodland/forest. I hope to create small illustrative stories of these two themes interacting together; this idea will be developed further into my FMP. This theme would provide a wide selection of initial drawings and range of facilities to gather research from such as museums, art galleries and national gardens/parks. I intend to create interior products such as wallpaper, chairs, lamp shades, cushions and more working well along-side my theme. I intend to collect my main visual inspiration from Pinterest, gathering different motif styles and ways of working, which i intend to take further into my FMP. I would like to focus on woodland/forest creatures such as foxes, owls, deer’s and much more… I plan to begin my initial research of with woodland/forest imagery, then bringing in the human form interacting both of these themes together. Illustrative pieces such as trees have been a main source of my inspiration. I intend to draw from different types of forest/woodlands from around the world.

The Research I will undertake

  • Visual studies using journal (sketching book)
  • Photography- nature and different body language
  • Hancock museum- draw from their nature collection and anatomy
  • Life Centre Body World
  • Leonardo Da Vinci Collection in the Laing
  • College library, Newcastle library
  • Life drawing class- organise
  • public observations- Their body language, behaviour, movement
  • Books- Human anatomy books and nature
  • Personal photography of my body language (sport wear)
  • Pinterest
  • Visit Ikea- Observe presentation techniques to use in my own exhibition

Materials/processes

For this FMP concept idea i intend to use a wide range of materials and processes such as:

  • Heat press
  • Quilting
  • Weaving
  • Beading
  • Inbossing
  • Dye fabrics
  • Foils
  • Screen Printing
  • Stencilling
  • Printing with elements
  • Lino print
  • Knit
  • Photoshop

And more…

Intended Outcomes

I intend to create an interior based range including elements like wallpaper drops, lampshade, cushions, chair and more. This range will represent my theme of Woodland/forest/human interactivity, each representing different methods and techniques. I want this final range to be warm and inviting.

 

Summary of each Final Major Project idea

Nature

Brief outline

My project will be based around the theme of “Nature”, portraying the different elements around us in a range of styles, motifs and mediums through an innovative interior setting. I intend to explore the different textures and colours created by nature and perhaps explore the science behind nature and growth. This project will look at many key points and attempt to build them all into a collection of interior papers, surfaces and fabrics. I wish to explore both print and constructed textiles throughout this theme, creating a very experimental and textural collection. For my project to move forward continuously I intend to study nature drawing from it daily and developing new motifs. I will also visually record natures using different materials; this will also help me generate new ideas and motifs. This will provide a visually rich extensive project. For my primary research I will use photography and drawing work. For my secondary research I intend to source imagery from the internet including Pinterest, from here I will gather new techniques and styles other artists use. This research will influence my work greatly and help me generate a range of processes.

Materials/processes

For this FMP concept idea i intend to use a wide range of materials and processes such as:

  • Heat press
  • Quilting
  • Weaving
  • Beading
  • Inbossing
  • Dye fabrics
  • Foils
  • Screen Printing
  • Stencilling
  • Printing with elements
  • Lino print
  • Knit
  • Photoshop

And more…

Intended outcomes

I intend to create an interior based range including elements like wallpaper drops, lampshade, cushions, chair and more. This range will represent my theme of Nature, each representing different methods and techniques. I want this final range to be warm and inviting.

Summary of each Final Major Project idea

Seaside

Brief outline

For this project I will explore the landmark of the seaside, researching different types of beaches around the world. I would particularly like to focus on the movement of waves and colours created. I would attempt to re-create these waves using a range of mediums/styles/processes for my collection of interior fabrics and paper designs. I want my prints to portray the different textures, colours and shapes found at the seaside. To have my project constantly development I hope to create a huge body of initial drawings to use in my development stages of my collection.

My photography will be my strong aspect of research and allow me to create initial drawings from my imagery. As well as this I will use other recording materials. For my secondary research I will use Pinterest gathering artist research and different inspirational imagery to direct my project further.

Materials/processes

For this FMP concept idea i intend to use a wide range of materials and processes such as:

  • Heat press
  • Quilting
  • Weaving
  • Beading
  • Inbossing
  • Dye fabrics
  • Foils
  • Screen Printing
  • Stencilling
  • Printing with elements
  • Lino print
  • Knit
  • Photoshop

 

And more…

Intended outcomes

I intend to create an interior based range including elements like wallpaper drops, lampshade, cushions, chair and more. This range will represent my theme of the seaside, each representing different methods and techniques. I want this final range to be warm and inviting representing my theme clearly.