Today was my first tutorial of the year, and first on for this modual. I had mine with sain, it was really good to have someone different to talk and chat to, and have a differnt experince in the subject to share with me.
I knew that I wanted a garden theme. My passion has always been florals and botanical, however I wanted to do something that i hadnt done before and do something to push myself. I liked the idea of the differnt aspects of the garden such as vegtables and fruits, I had a list of the things that were starting to interest me; lilly pads, fish, frogs, leaves, plant pots, gates, wooden arches, wooden benches.
With my discussion with sain i knew my ideas where to vast, and i needed to narrow the idea down, from the ideas I had in my sketchbook I knew that my vegtable ideas where strong. I will explore more, and not narrow myself down on one thing. I like the idea of edible garden. Then there would be a use of vegtables and flowers.
The agenda of going to london, was to try to do as much research as we possibly could. The plan was to visit Paperchase, Liberty, Selfridge. Then hopefully head back to the V&A and the natural history museum to do some drawing.
As a result of the trip, we did manage to go paper chase and Liberty. However there wasnt enough time to go to Selfridge. However there was time for us to go to Harrods, which was very beneficial as I got a lot of photos and ideas. There was a lot of places that had a lot of floral designs, which was expected. However not that many with a garden idea. I still took inspiration, and it was a great trip to see whats on the market.
This images i chose to take for technique ideas. The first one I love the college aspect of the design, something i would really like to experiment with in my own work. The other two are stitch but in different ways. The last on for example, the chickens are embroidery stitched which have been scanned in and used as flat digital pattern design. Which si something i really like and will be trying during my experimenting and furthering my ideas.
I can’t believe that I’m in my final year. This is the year that will show who I am, and who I inspire to become. Im so excited to start this first project, In relationship with Ig design centre and having personal contact with them though the project. Its going to be a great opportunity for us to be so closely working with business.
Visiting the design centre yesterday was amazing, it was like nothing id ever seen before, full of inspiration and information. Sarah was such an inspiration, the way she talked and gave her thoughts was so professional and what a great lady. It gave me a lot to think about, and a lot of work to do. However iv had a little time since then to think and gather idea, and i think im getting somewhere.
I’m thinking so sticking to what i love which is floral and botanical. However i would like to make it a bit different and gather ideas and make the floral a bit different to what i normal go for, such as introducing plant pots, watering cans and Lilly pods.
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.