I have absolutely loves this year, I feel like iv found myself, iv found what I like, what i like to design and how I like to design. At the beginning I found chosing my own brief very difficult. However I found the whole process of researching very useful, and gained a lot of knowledge in doing so. I knew floral and plant life would be my focus, however I didn’t expect it to take such a twist. I loved the idea of using drawings and sketching in an old and new way. Then combining those ideas together, creating elegant unique floral pieces and designs.
During term 2 I had created some unique and pretty designs, a few with an over layering meadow style. These piece’s where really successful. I knew I had to continue with this method and continue with the an over laying way of designing. However as a result creating this type of design wasn’t very successful doing digitally, as i wanted to more away from print, and explore more possibilities. However I did have the opportunity in term 3 to concentrate some of my digital styles, and to play and experiment with the software with more of my paintings.
After reading my feedback in april was that i needed to continue drawing and sketching. I know that it is very important to have a good body of drawings to start creating designs, which i know I defiantly found out when I started creating these designs at the beginning of the year. Drawing and painting, also made me realise that it could be one of my strangest ability, and it got me thinking that maybe I could use it as a focus in my final collection next year. I think the drawings and painting I did create, where very successful. I think they are great drawings by themselves, but ended up creating some interesting and pretty designs. Although at first I did find it difficult to create to using the paintings digitally and something I had to learn, but I think it turned out fine.
I knew that I also needed a new set of colour-ways, as my feedback suggest that my colours where not suited. This made me consider my colour swatches on illustrator and Photoshop. I the realised that some of my colours where slightly off and needed to be changed according to my colour board. Altering the colours on the co-ordinates, still wasnt giving the style and unique design that I wanted. I knew I had to make some new designs, and creating a new set of co-ordinates. Whilst I was designing and playing around with different repeats and placement on illustrator, I happen to create a group of designs which i think work great as co-ordinates.
I would have liked to created more hand on designs, such as more digital designs. However I did manage to create a one new digital stitch design, which was very successful , If i had more time I would have liked to create this stitch onto some of my first layered effect designs. I think with such a creat subject there never an end, I know that i want to continue experimenting with the sketches and designs and seeing all the different possibilities it takes me.
Picking two as my favourites was very had, due to teh fact they wer all so good. All to think back to when I first saw their show up, and how I felt. Due the fact as teh days went out I found more and more new favourotes.
However I chose these two as they were teh ones that stood out to me the most. They were the ones that inspired me the most.
Degree Shows Critique Form
I send a few of my designs off to Bags of love, as i thought it would be great to see what the designs look like on fabric. It was an also a good way from me to see how the system and website works ready foe next year. While ordering my samples, i also ordered a sample batch of al their fabric, which is also going to very useful for now and the future.
As a result of my samples coming back to me, some of them I am very pleased with. However it was also an experiment for me, and I wasnt such was fabrics would be best and what they were. As a result of this some of my samples weren’t on the approach fabrics. AS one was on a satin oil. Which is a shame as it was one of my favourite designs, however it was still a learning curve and I know what that fabric is.
In term 1 and 2, i really stuggled with displacemnt mapping, which I have wrote about perveriously. It was difficult to insert the designa and make it look natural. Howeevr i have craeted some more in term 3, and try and get better at doing it.
These are the more successful two out of teh ones I created as I think the using the object and blend into it more successfully. They are still not perfect, howevrer it is better than last term, and is going in the right direction.
I wanted to create more paintings and more ideas from creating some sketches. As of created these two.
These were by using inspiration from botanical artists. For example the pink coronations, are a drawing by Beatrice Potter. I think it is very relevant to my theme, and gives a different aspect of design and idea. By creating these, I then could scan them in and develop more designs, by repeating and playing around with composition.
I think these are the beginning of creating an interesting floral collection.The thing i love about designing is that it never ends, there is so many possibilities that can be created and some many designs. I will continue to create some more.
I also sent some of my designs off to be printed, so hoping they turn out okay and I can see them on fabric. I will also post the process in creating some of these ideas, and the development playing with scale and colour
Going back into the workshops was great to get back into the classrooms and be with teh tutors and have great days, creating techniques and developing ideas.
Due to term 1 and 2’s success with my screen printing, i wanted to create a new screen. However due to the use and impact the print studio had over the third years using. I thought it wasnt the best time to use the equipment. However I did want to continue with digital stitch. As i still feel im less confident with that. I used the botanical painting i did to create the pattern.
As a result recreating this piece of design, Which I think on its own is a very successful design. Which is also fits with my theme, market place and target audience.
As this was created last week, I do want to recreate the pattern onto one of my pervious printing designs. I hope to then stitch the embroidery on top, however so far Maggie is unfortunately not able to come in. I hope that i’ve can get it done on the 5th june, because I feel that’s what my collection needs.
I have carries on craeting more deisgns in illistartor as I think thats what was missing in my term 2. I feel I need that mixture, as I do enjoy all the specialism, and I think partly still trying to figure out which one or which ones will be my path in the year to come.
screen shots from digital
It is easier for me to send this link of all the of my digital develpments, it shows some of the processes and screen shots of the developments. I experimneted with colour and compostion.