I’ve started to revisit my subject collection, and going back through the feedback to see what changes I can make to try and bump my grade up a bit. First things first, last week I finally made my orange ribbon! I managed to corner Steve and get seem of that beautiful orange foil before all the second/first years used it all up again. I did make two pieces, but the foil hardly came out on the one of them, so I don’t have a smaller piece to fit on my mini product board, but I’m sure I can figure something out.
The next step was to push my mood boards up a notch. My field project has really helped me develop my skills in making mood boards. I used to slap a few images together and think it looked brill, thankfully Irene has really pushed me to research mood boards and see how creative and well laid out they can be. I know play with different effects in my mood boards, use of layering and text, etc.
I’m much happier with how my new mood boards look, I think they’re so much more professional.
Scary? Yes. Interesting? Yes. Thought provoking? Yes.
Professional practice this week was with Mayo Win-Pe on Intellectual Property and how to protect your work. The talk wasn’t scary so much as it was a wake up. Realising the people can, and do, steal work is something I didn’t really think about. I should have considering I was watching Suits the night before and that was exactly what was happening in that episode. But the idea that that happens seems exactly that, made up for TV. I knew that I would have to protect my work but I didn’t really understand just how many bad things could happen., but thanks to Mayo, I now know, even if it’s not the whole in’s and out’s, but I know to be weary and to research more into the protection of my designs.
Costing and value. I didn’t realise theses things could be interesting but I found todays talk about them actually got me thinking. Costings for artists are different from costings for pretty much anything else, there’s many other things to consider, most especially the amount of time you’re going to put into creating your product. I also found the part on branding interesting. I already knew that with a brand you could basically change twice as much as anyone else, and people will still by it. Ever heard of people saying ‘you’re paying for the name’? well that’s exactly true, I just never thought to think of this in terms of my own work.
I’m really considering contacting the centre of entrepreneurship for more information, or even to attend one of their networking events.
Today’s professional practice with Tracey was all about networking. I’m not going to lie, I had no idea what networking was, I’d assumed it was something to do with social media, another thing I don’t really understand, but it turns out to be meeting people. Socialising. Connecting. Networking. Tracey’s story was really interesting, and it’s crazy to think that she’s got where she is today just by having conversations with people. Now I’m not really a people person, but I can see the point of it. I understand, and I kind of what to give it a try. I think I just need to sort out a goal, like what do I want to come out of this networking event or something like that, which will help me to get through it, instead of floundering in the corner. But overall it was really cool hearing about hoe networking has helped her business and starting to think about what it could do to help me.
Today’s Professional practice talk was about our press pack and what to put in them. This is really helpful because other than saying the name, I had no idea what a press pack was or what it entailed. I can now start thinking about what I want my press pack to look like, how I want I packaged, and about all the relevant information that needs to go inside.
I have enjoyed this project, and though it’s duration I have realised that I’m not interested in just one area of textiles, say stationery or fashion, but I’m more interested in surface design, and how that can then be used. For this project, I very much worked with design first, and then thinking about how I could use and manipulate these into the surfaces as needed, and I’ve loved it.
Not only was I able to carry on using and developing my confidence and skills with screen printing throughout this project, but I also experimented with other hand printing techniques, such a woodcut and collagraph, which I haven’t used very often. I like the time it takes, with screen printing and woodcut, to be able to ready and create my designs. The long process of coating and exposing a screen, and the even longer time of carving a woodcut is something that’s unavailable through digital processes, and is one I enjoy. I’m able to work through every step of the creating process with these hand printing techniques, and that’s something that I always want to be able to do.
I’ve been doing something new this year, and I can’t quite pinpoint it, but I’ve enjoyed this whole project. I think it’s a combination of the theme I chose, the client, the colours, the techniques and materials; which have all resulted in a collection that I’ve found easy to be inspired by. Last year I thought that I was inspired by nature, that was nothing compare to how much I enjoyed this very urban and modern collection. I’m a city girl, why I thought I would get more inspiration from nature than the city I don’t know, but I’m just glad that I’ve found what I’m actually inspired by at the beginning of third year. My presentation skills have definitely improved, and I feel that I’m much more confident in speaking about my own work, and I think that this project has helped with that.
This project has prepared me for the degree show, its shown me the style I like to work in, what things I find influential to my designing, and given me the freedom to think in term of surface pattern design which can then be taken into any field. I like the thought of working in whatever discipline your inspired to by a certain brief or idea, and not trying to force an idea onto a certain product, for example I doubt my collection would have been as successful if I’d been making an interior collection.
I have really liked working on a live brief, it’s a sort of introduction into what a designing career would be like, and while this wasn’t a collaborative collection, I still like that I’d been able to speak with others near me, brainstorm and help each other. It makes me think that this is what a team dynamic would be like, helping each other to be better, and to encourage. I’ve also loved seeing what other have created and how different everyone is, it’s inspiring.