Friday, 8 May 2015

Unit X - Outcome

These past two weeks ive done lots of little hand knits in diffrent coloured yarns and textures, aswell as tiny machine knit samples. I decided to cut snippets up and use dissolvable film and embroidery to create long and narrow edges. I placed lots of cut up knits inside the dissolvable film and used the bernina to stitch them all together, then washed off. I was left was a complex almost weave like edge. 

Most of the samples that l produced, l followed the colours from my photographs going from sand to sea. Letting the golds and creams flow to blues and greys. With some of the samples l experimented by adding strands of yarns and cut up photographs and mark making squares stitched. If l was develop these further l could maybe incorporate other things like felt and lace.

I also experimented with the lilyput machine and started to knit with the strands that the machine made. They produced really chunky knits! I then began to add them as the base for some more long narrow samples and stitched my knits diagonally on to them. Although l think these work well l still prefer the other method more.

Im really happy with how my final samples have turned out considering i havent enjoyed being in knit. I think texturally they are very intresting edges! Im thinking that my context will be as a tie back on a curtain if l chose to go down the interior route. Or they could be used as a headband with some elastic if l was to go down a fashion route. I think personally l am more interior based so they would be used as tie backs. These are some examples of curtain tie backs that ive found online. The one on the bottom right is from a blog l came across called 'My so called crafty life' by Ashlee. I really love how pretty it is, The bottom tassle part reminds me a little of the busyness and long strands that you can see in my edges.


Unit x - Progress

I've developed my research within the past few weeks and made lots of reference to them by producing drawings from all the trips. Plenty of yarn wraps and experimentation with different media is definitely helping me to develop my project further. I've painted out some textures and started to scrape paint and use ink to recreate the crumbling sand. I've also used oil pastel on the back of photographs so I can then draw thick and thin over it for interesting mark marking. I found a bag of lace that was given to me by my nan so I've added snippets of that to my sketchbook and I've also used it to print textures with. Certain criss cross textures I've made, look like the pattern that knitting makes. Ive also experimented by painting on to acetate and leaving it to dry and then scraping the paint off to mimic the lines in the sand.

After attending all the knit workshops I'm getting better on the knitting machines. However I'm really struggling to enjoy knitting. I have found it to be very fast in comparison to weave but difficult technically because it's frustrating when your knit sample falls off the machine. The majority of the time there doesn't seem to be a reason for it, I can be going across and feeling positive and then it'll just fall off. Sometimes it is just certain yarns I'm using or the machine needs threading back up. 

At first when I was on the knit machines I was just using any colours and threads to practice with but now I'm starting to incorporate my colour palette and considering careful what yarns I'm using. I am worried at this stage about my ability on the knit machines because my project is supposed to be based on knitting. I've spoken to one of my tutors and they've said to try and experiment with hand knitting aswell. So I have been encorporating the two so I'm not wasting time. I'm not giving up on the knit machines though I am going to continue to try and get more experienced on them. 

Having the large group crit this week was particulary helpful! It was nice to see were everyone else was up to and what they were focusing on and it gave me lots of ideas and enthusiasm to go away and continue the project. I was advised to use some shiny or metallic yarns which I've tried to use more of and continue to work in the colour palette of blues and creams which I have been doing. Even though I'm working with a limited and minimal colour palette which is unusual for me there is so many tones and shades within the colours to experiment with. I think now I just need to pull yarn qualities out of my sketchbook and into my knitting.


Monday, 27 April 2015

Unit x - Research

For this unit I've decided to explore in the knit are of construct, I've never gone into this area before but I've always wanted to try it so thought I would whilst I have the opportunity.

I attended a number of talks by various different people and artists. My favourite was Tileke Schwartz because she had a good energy and it was really interesting to hear about the processes of her work and how she becomes to complete a piece. She is inspired by everyday life from her cats to a conversation she's had. In some ways it feels similar to my project as I'm being inspired by the seaside and patterns made by the sea which is natural and happens everyday. 

I took lots of inspiration from the Blackpool trip, particularly the beach and sea! I liked most, the patterns that were found in the sand which was made by the waves. The sea flows in and makes imprints in the sand and creates textures and shapes. The patterns vary from ripples to crumbly effects to thick and thin lines. I've also photographed some of the debris and seaweed that the sea drags upon the shore aswell as these are interesting. I've started to produce lots of drawings to help me think how I can turn this into a knitted edge. I love the shades of golds, creams, turquoises and blues that are found at the beach. Following this I decided I needed more inspiration and more images to produce my work from. I went to Porthmadog and found a lovely beach with miles of textures and patterns found in the sand. This is what l am going to base my project on because it's what influenced me most.


Following my attendance to the silk museum in Macclesfield I didn't find it to be as inspirational as I thought I would. However I did pick out a variety of images that will help me, like patterns on the looms, spools, the old building etc. I did take images of lots of lace I found and thought it was similar to patterns in the sand so lve decided I may develop that further too.
I did find some artists that i liked in an exhibition they had on there, one in particular (photographed below) was Lesley Crowley-Bull. She produced landscapes using unusual colours with lots of lace and scraps of pretty fabrics, incorporating embroidery. I'm considering incorporating embroidery into my knitting in some way.


Following the trips I have started to make some yarn wraps to try and link different textural qualities in reference to my photographs. A task from Friday drawing day was found to be helpful, it was creating little thumbnails from photographs by picking out colours/patterns/qualities/textures. I really enjoyed doing these as I experimented a lot with different techniques and media, it allowed me to be more free and l was pleased with the outcome of them. I think they will help me when l begin to get better at knit. 
I'm going to closely look at the line qualities in the waves, sand and lace and think about how l can translate it into knit and maybe use a thick fluffy textured yarn for the rough splashing waves and then a more finer silky yarn for certain patterns in the sand which will relate to lace. Maybe I can combine different shades of one colour as the yarns interlock into each other when knitted to create the look of texture. 

At the moment I don't have many ideas for passementerie as I just want to experiment with all my ideas and see were that takes me. However in saying that I'm thinking I would like my final edges to be long and narrow as when I think of an edge that's what I think of, even though the scale doesn't necessarily have to be limited. 

I'm also unsure about context at this point aswell as l think it's too early on in the project to decide. I am leaning more towards the interior side though as oppose to fashion for example as I'm more interior based anyway. I could maybe produce an edge for a wall hanging or picture frame. If I was to lean towards the fashion side I could produce an edge for a scarf of even a strap for a top. 

Monday, 16 February 2015

Weave - Week 3

This final week I have looked more into detail of how the landscape looks right now in February. It's quite dull, there's lots of shades of browns, greys and muddy greens with hints of bronze. It's quite like autumn, with leaves falling off trees and bare branches. I have focused more on the images I've taken and have made yarn wrappings and colour stripes to help me develop. I've then weaved some samples using the textures and fine lines from the trees. I think towards the end of the project I have really started to understand were my focus is and the direction l am heading. I decided to concentrate more on nature and how things change over time, I think this fits in well with the word material transitions.

I have produced lots more drawings and have experimented further with lots of different materials to give me more visual research to work from. I have tried to create more simple samples on the looms, and I have machine stitched into some of them to give them more detail.
Below are some photos that I went out and took ready for the final week in construct. These helped me create lots more mark making within my drawings. I wish I had more time on this project as this week I've really started to enjoy it!!

PE Task 2

Firstly, I'm not choosing to reference any artists that I looked at throughout 3D as it was a particularly difficult unit for me and I didn't enjoy it very much. I know for me it's not something that I'm going to pop back into so I don't think it's relevant.
Whilst in London I visited Wallace and Sewell, I absolutely loved their work and all the colour and texture within it. It was great to see there fabric right in front of me. It was also particularly helpful to see the context of their work and what audience they aim it at. It was interesting to see who was in their shop browsing. This all influenced the direction for my own work. I used an image I had taken whilst in their shop, to produce my colour palette for the print rotation. This helped me go on to produce bright and vibrant sample work. I can see my drawing work that I produced in print and my digital print as stationery, or wallpaper in the home. It could even be developed into furnishing for the home, as a couch for example, like the one l seen whilst in Timorous Beasties and also Wallace and Sewell.

Whilst being back in construct I've focused mainly on landscapes and materials, I've looked at a textile artist called Josie Russell. For me she is really inspiring because she uses lots of found materials out of charity shops, she's very economical and my project is partly thinking about materials used. I think it's great that she works in this way, she keeps her environmental impact to a minimum whilst creating her work of North Wales. I feel like In some ways there is a connection between our work because she focuses on beautiful surroundings like the countryside, and that's what I have tried to focus my work on. She has picked up on all the different marks because of the patterns and textures in materials that she's used, I think that's really clever and it's exactly what I've been trying to do but with yarns. The bronze and brown tones she's used reference my photograph that I've taken, as well as my yarn wrappings and weave samples.


Another artist I’ve looked at and found to be relevant is Patty Hawkins. I like the composition of her work and the way she uses shapes to form a piece of textiles. I have used many trees, branches and twigs as visual research in my body of work, and when I've looked at her work I can see a clear connection between the two. We both use lots of mark making and notice all the lines and shapes. Just looking at her work next to my weaving you can already see how it relates by the colours and textured lines. She uses many bright colours that aren't necessarily true to a real landscape, I have done some of this way of working too. I suppose I have in my head a colour palette of what I expect summer to be which would be yellows, oranges, turquoises, pinks etc. I think when you think of summer you think of holidays, lovely weather and bright colours. However, this isn't always true and colours aren't as bright as you first thought when presented with a photograph for example. This is the reason why I've slightly changed the direction of my work and have opted for a more neutral colour palette incorporating shades of browns and more muddy tones.

I can definitely see my weaves as scarves, blankets or huge throws. Maybe even a rug if the yarns were durable and substantial. I also like the idea of making little purses or bags and embroidering in to my weaves in some way to add more detail. I think the artists that I've chose to look at are all very colourful and quite fussy which is definitely how I like to produce my work.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Weave - Week 2

This week has been a continuation from the first. After having our group crit, I have been trying to refine my colour palette. I feel there is a lot of different colours within it and it’s starting to be too fussy.
This week l have been doing separate samples of the colours from the 4 seasons, I particularly like the autumn colours. However l think during the last week I am going to maybe try to do one weave sample using the colours from all 4 of the different seasons, Pulling out colours from my visual research and being a little bit more selective. I’m going to keep my samples quite simple but pull out textures from the images of landscapes like grass/trees/leaves etc.

This week I have worked a lot in my sketchbook; I’ve made lots of connections from this and can now see how it translates in to my weaving samples. Friday drawing day definitely helps to be freer and gives me techniques to use that l can relate too. I think in the last week lm going to be able to bring everything together and see the bigger picture.
I’m starting to have more of an idea of the context of my work now, l can definitely see them as decorative wall hangings. They also could be used as throws in the home or as a piece of fashion.
Another artist I’ve looked at this week is David Hockney. I love the colours and vibrant feel to his work; I think it is very similar to my colour palette.

Weave - Week 1

For the last 3 weeks rotation l decided to go back into construct as this was what l enjoyed the most. I wanted to develop everything l learnt last time and experiment with the looms more.

From the list of words, l decided to choose 'material transitions' as l think this could be interpreted in lots of different ways. It stood out to me straight away and l came up with lots of different ideas quite quickly. Material transitions can mean the media l use, I am going to try to use lots of different techniques using all kinds of media.

I chose to focus mainly on landscapes and my surroundings as l think all the curves, lines and mark making could be translated in to weave. I have focused more on my colour palette and have changed it slightly since print. I wanted to incorporate all of the different seasons and the colours within them.

I have started looking at a textile artist called 'Kayla coo' who creates wall hangings of landscapes using felt fibres and hand/machine stitch. Her work is inspiring because of all the marks she makes using yarns and threads. I want to try to achieve this within my weaves with different textured yarns.


Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Print - week 3

This week I worked a lot on Photoshop, I much preferred this method as oppose to screen printing as I like busy designs. I like the process of building lots of layers on Photoshop and experimenting to create busy designs. This isn't as easy to do screen printing as it’s a long process and you have to wash the screen between layers and wait for it to dry etc. It's much easier to delete layers if you’re not happy with it on Photoshop whereas screen printing it's not possible to go backwards.

I particularly loved digital printing, I thought it was rather expensive but the outcome was cool. I didn't think the colours came out as vivid as they were on the computer screen but still was happy with the results. I would definitely go back and use this method.

At the end of the week we did some collages using our thumbnails from last week.

This week l have looked at an artist called John Dilnot. His work is produced in to greetings cards, Wrapping paper, Books and Wall prints. His work caught my eye because of how busy and colourful it was. I’d like to imagine that my work would be put into a similar context and could go on to be used on wrapping paper etc. However l can also see my final designs as funky wallpaper or fabric for home furnishings.

I have chosen to go into construct for the last 3 weeks of the sampling unit, I wanted to develop my skills more in weave and learn some new techniques.

Print - week 1

My start to print has been a good one, so far im really enjoying it. Its seeming to be really fast paced and we seem to be packing a lot of diffrent things in to the next 3 weeks.

At the beginning of the week we were asked to continue the sampling unit based on our trip to the museum, we started by producing lots of drawings that were relevant to this. My drawings have been very linear, so l have been working on making them have a more black and white balance as thats what im aiming for once they go onto screen. We also continued to do some timed and blind drawings. So we produced more in a quicker time. We were only allowed to use black and white media. I experimented with pens, ink, mark making tools, cut out paper, charcoal, gouache etc. These drawings then became motifs ready for screen printing.

We then went on to use illustrator to produce some of our drawn samples digitally. From my experience with illustrator in 3d were l diddnt enjoy it, l thought this time l understood it more and got on with it a lot better. I used various techniques to repeat my design which was quite cool. I also made some simpe designs using shapes and developed them into digital designs.
Before the print rotation id had a go at screen printing in college but id never learnt about the diffrent types of designs. Theres an all over print, a stripe and a placement. They each have there own uses. For example a stripe can be repeated over and over to create a new design, an all over print looks like its been cut out of larger fabric and a placement is just one design.

We went on to choose an image which had to be full of colour, l chose an image l photographed whilst in london at wallace and sewell. We then had to do colour stripes of the image by selecting colours from it and use gouache to recreate it. This then went on to be my colour palette for screen printing.

In friday drawing day l made 12 thumbnails, 4 were stripes, 4 all over and 4 placement. This was so we could get a feel of how our designs would look. I then went on to producing some larger a4 final designs. I liked this way of working as l thought it gave you an insight into what the end result would be.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Print - week 2

I began the week by continuing to produce some motifs on illustrator and hand drawn ones. I found Tuesday to be a really hectic day as we had a 2pm deadline to hand in our final design that was supposed to be exposed ready for screen printing on Thursday. I found it particularly difficult this week getting the right white and black balance on my motifs, l didn’t get the concept that my drawings were all too linear and there needed to be more black fill as this is the part which lays the colour. I managed to understand and was really happy with the final results that were exposed onto screen. 

On Tuesday we also had an induction on the dye baths and had a go at dip dying different types of fabric, l particularly liked silk. On Wednesday l colour mixed ready for screen printing, l mixed up pigment dyes using my colour palette I’d made. 

We had an induction into Photoshop on Thursday morning, l haven’t ever really used Photoshop much before now but l am confident about using it after being taught how to.  We have been asked to create some digital designs by next Tuesday. The best one will be digitally printed. So this is what l plan to work on between now and then.

We also started screen printing in the afternoon, l layed a few fabrics down and pinned them and screen printed a few designs on top. I tried to print my stripe pattern over and over but it’s actually more difficult than l thought and l did struggle with this. 

For Friday drawing day we had to draw out four different designs as thumbnails, but then repeat each one about 6 times but placed differently. l then made four textured backgrounds, again that related to my colour palette and began to hand paint using gouache my thumbnail designs onto them. I think by the end of week 3 l will have grasped in what context my work would be used in.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Mixed media - week 3

The final week in mixed media for me was a relief as l found it particulary difficult. I felt like it was quite a complex subject in which l needed more time in, it went over too quickly and there was more design ideas l would have liked to of developed if l would have had more time. However in saying that l am happy with my outcome as l did struggle throughout. I would have liked to have gone back and had more time laser cutting but it just wasnt possible in the time scale, l have experimented with just using a craft knife instead and l have found this to be much easier and simple to do. I managed to gather together all of my design ideas and sketchbook work and bring them into one linked project.

A particular piece that l finished this week was a large piece of wood that l etched my patterns on to. This happend to be quite effective and l was really happy with it, however the only downside to it, is that its quite flat. If l got the chance to develop it even further l could have used a diffrent type of material were l could bend or shape it into something more 3D. Overall l think etching made me work quite flat, but when l chose to cut certain parts or pieces out this is what turned it and made it more 3D. I think laser cutting gave me more ideas and oppurtunites.

Im most happy with the design l created using patterns and trees. I liked the idea of turning this design into a large sculptural piece or clock. I managed to complete some prototypes of this and lm happy with the outcome. I found that one of the hardest parts of mixed media was choosing what materials was best to work with. Finding out what material worked best for a particular design was frustrating and time consuming. A lot of thought process has to go into this part of the unit.

At first at the beginning of week 1 l focused too much and worried too much about what context my work was going to be used for. I worried too much about what the end result was going to be before l even got there, which made me hold back a little from experimenting more. At first all l could concentrate on was making some sort of light fitting, but eventually l got there through self critic and l have made my final outcome more sculptural. I became more open to development ideas.

I decided to do some further samples using just a craft knife and making my samples more decorative by adding yarns and various materials. I prefer this outcome as l have a very busy look to my work in general. I have also experimented this week by making some samples encorporating wire, which is something lve never tried before but wanted to. This was succesful as it gave me lots of movement.

I have gone on to realise that sometimes some of the most simple designs are the most effective. The light shade l created using lines is a perfect example of this.

At the very end we got given a task to make our work tell a story, by photographing diffrent combinations of our work throughout the unit. I had to get everything out and start composing some diffrent collaborations, some worked, others diddnt work so well. We were asked to do 5 diffrent variations of these and print some out. I made sure my photos were clear and well presented by using a clear and white background in a well lit room, l also borrowed a professional camera for the day from the av store. This ensure my photos were good quality. The task was useful because it allowed me to see how far id come from the start of the unit until now. Its intresting to see how my work has developed from drawings of my journey to the museum and the museum itself, into an intresting 3D design.