Yesterday I did as Helen suggested and started to layer and photograph all the samples I had floating around. I took photos and printed out some of the best ones, they may not necessarily be the best layout but the colour combination were really inspiring so I wanted to keep anything inspirational within view, hoping that this might help with my creativeness for the following week.
I also arranged my board so that the photos that I are using as my main source of inspiration are at the top, and all the dye samples and photographs, fabrics and fastenings are set arranged in such a way that I can read where the ideas mesh and were they seperate out into different sample ideas. I’m hoping that this new arrangement will not only help convey what I’m working on to others, but will hopefully help focus me and my ideas.
Something I touched on earlier was about taking a step away from thinking about what I will be producing for my degree show, and just focus on designs and experimenting and making samples of my textiles.
I’ve started with paintings of general ideas, which I turned into a dye sample. The one painting is much more expressive and organic, while the dye sample is much smoother and I don’t know, I feel like something is missing. I created a smooth ombré from one colour to another and then another but I don’t know what to do with that. I like the expressive marks of dabbing with a sponge to create the illusion of bricks, so maybe I can do this on to of the dying? I honestly don’t know. I created these painting so that I had an idea of what I wanted to do on the actual fabrics but it’s turning out to be a bit confusing to me because the results that were so quickly made with the brush isn’t easily replicated on fabric – it’s much less natural and organic once it’s something I’m trying to purposely make.