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.
Overall I have found this ‘making connections’ module quite difficult. Having been given so much time to complete this collection, I had too much time and kept over thinking everything I was doing, until I was talking myself out of what I had designs.
Through this however, I have learnt that I work best on a short schedule. I prefer to undertake a lot of research and have quite little time to actually create the designs themselves. My initial responses are usually my strongest, I just have to learn to stick to my convictions and no change them because of over thinking.
Having discovered this, I used it to my advantage during the second half of this module.
At the beginning of ‘making connections’ my idea scope was to broad, my mood boards contained too much information leading to designs that were quite varied and not very cohesive. As a result I found the first term, I didn’t have a clear direction of where I wanted my collection to go, instead I was experimenting with different techniques, getting a feel for which would best suit the client I was working for.
After my field modules however, I found that I was inspired with new ideas and motivation, and as such was enjoying the creation of this collection much more. I was able to narrow down my influences, this then lead to my changing the direction of my collection, for the better.
Through field I found the inspiration I need to really enjoy what I was creating, and was able to find great inspiration in the work that I had been doing with Richard Weston. His work with minerals affected my work greatly. I was able to focus on the minerals themselves, taking my designs from their inner and outer surfaces.
I was also able to narrow down further what I was designing for, table wear — specifically napkins.
I much prefer the technique of printing to embroidery. I prefer the whole process of printing and I love the end results. However, if I plan to expand on my knowledge of textiles practises, I need to experiment with them all, not just my favourites.
Through this module I was able to experiment with both print and stitch, and have really like the results; using them separately and combining the two to create more layered effects — as to mirror minerals — and to create more in-depth and thought out designs.
My formative feedback helped me to further narrow the direction of my collection. With all the relevant imagery and research in place, I just needed to make my designs flow more cohesively as a collection. The feedback, helped me to see what aspects needed to be tweaked and from here I was able to create the collection that I have striving for. I was able to rework colours, background and scale to make sure that my collection worked smoothly, and also to make sure that my designs fitted exactly into my brief and my intentions laid out in my hypothetical commission brief — creating designs that fit with my theme and with the client that I have chosen to design for.
Today was the day of the Pecha Kucha presentation. First of the year! My last Pecha Kucha went well so I was hopeful that I could only get better. I was wrong. After prepping what I was going to say, making sure my slide were in order and set on the right time, with my mood boards packed and ready to go, everything took a turn for the worse. I felt fine before my presentation. While watching the others in my group I was really impressed with their mood boards and the presentations they had put together; how they managed to link their work and ideas to the designers they had chosen to present. Then I started getting nervous, is my presentation going to be good enough? Am I saying the right things or have I left something important out and haven’t realised?
I don’t like presentations. I don’t mind when I’m presenting my own work and ideas, I can’t go wrong there, no one’s know my work better than I do, but when I have to present other people’s work, especially three designers, I start to doubt whether my research is right. This is where everything when wrong, after watching the other in my group, I started to get more anxious as the time for my presentation grew nearer, when it was time for my presentation I thought it would be acceptable, running smoothly at the least. When is started speaking, I couldn’t seem to follow my notes anymore, they didn’t seem to covey what I was trying to say and I was too nervous to make sense of what I had written while looking at my audience and remembering to speak within the time frame. I was saying parts of my notes before the slide for that note came up and then I started to repeat myself. Overall it really wasn’t my best presentation and after watching other peoples, I can see areas that could have done with changing on mine, instead of focusing wholly on the designers I should have brought more of my ideas and inspiration into the mix, added in some of the research that I have done; contact designers, looking up trend predictions and research into materials. All of these things could have been added to the presentation and then I would have been talking about their influences on me, I would have been able to speak about my work and I think this would have helped me keep track of what I was saying and what order it should be said in.
Second year has started, time to prepare myself for mass amounts of work.
This week was my first week back in university back to study my second year of textiles at Cardiff Met and let me tell you, i’m so happy its finally back! after such a long summer break i’m so ready to come back and get some textiles going.
On Tuesday I had my introduction onto Level 5 textiles, and all the opportunities and possibilities that lay ahead. Having had the brief and timetable emailed in advance of our first day, I started to read through what I could expect of this year and boy does it sound great, scary and a bit daunting, but great. This year is all about Making Connections. Working from companies on commissions, finding actual work placements with real companies in the textiles business, and creating work that is based on trend and upcoming styles, so that its relevant. The most important thing is to find out what sort of designer I want to be, what sector of textiles I want to focus on, what media and techniques I prefer to work with, what style. All these things are essential tools for the creation of great work.
Trying to help myself a bit, I started to do some company/designer research the week leading up to Level 5. Having read the brief I knew how sort a time I’d have to fins so many different designers and companies across the three different areas of textiles; interior, fashion and stationery. I’m trying to organize my time so I don’t start getting behind on work, I want everything to be done in time to move onto the next stage of work, which means, that I needed to start doing my research ASAP. I’m enjoying it so far, I’ve been able to find designers and companies that are completely different from each other, had a change to look through their work, read what they have written about their creation, and have also been able to contact a few and ask then about their inspiration and the driving force behind what they are putting forward.
Knowing how much work I have to do and what is expected of me, I’m amazed at the students who are now in third year, last year I looked through their work and was inspiring to see how professional and put together their portfolios and moodboards etc. were.
On Thursday I has my first digital stich workshop of the year, starting with a quick refresher of some of the techniques that we learn last year. I was able to start getting back into the swing of using different sewing techniques as well as being able to use load of different thread and materials. After the quick refresh we moved on to learning the basics of use the digital programs which are required for the digital stitch machines. Learning the different buttons and the different tools available, the different type of stitches and different fill types (weave, satin etc.) as well as learning how to rotate the actual design or just the stitch direction. I t was all really useful knowledge, which will help me to narrow down the types of techniques and processes I will want to use during this project.
This week is the last week I have to prepare for my Pecha Kucha presentation on Monday, and have all my work completed. I have to make sure that I have all the deliverables that are asked for in the brief and that I am completely ready for the end of this module. No stress.. I’m only joking, this module has been create and I’m quite disappointed that its coming to an end.
On Monday I had a tutorial with Lucy so that she could check up on how I’m doing and what I need to complete for the following Monday. She looked through the work I had created and gave suggestions as to how I can improve what I’ve created, as well as suggestions on my final designs. I listened to all of these and when I got home, I switched out the final designs that didn’t quite work, created a new design by going back to my concept exploration, and started to mount all my work ready for Monday.
I found mounting my work to be quite fun and rewarding, I liked seeing my work displayed in a professional matter, it makes me really proud of all that I have created. On Tuesday I completed all the annotation that I still had left and made sure it was all spell checked, and then double checked before sticking it into my book along with the work I was talking about. I also printed my colour and mood board ready for displaying. Once I got these tasks out the way I made a ‘to do’ list so that I would know what I need to complete so that everything will really truly be completed with no last minute forgotten tasks.
In Today’s tutorial we were looking into colour boards, before we did this we had a one on one meeting with Lucy to show her the work we had already done in our themes, the mood boards we had created and the ideas we were toting around and she was going to help us understand what was needed in a colour board and how to do it in a professional way. During my meeting with Lucy she looked over the work that I had created and together we went though my already existing mood boards to create one that was more to the point of the theme and looked more professional. Using the Quick select tool, which is quickly becoming a favourite, I cut out a few pieces, changed the scale and rearranged some images and was left with a mood board that both Lucy and I were happy with and something that would lead me in the right direction while working on my colour board.
After looking at mood boards we were moving onto colour boards. Selecting images that still told the story of my theme, but with less busyness than a mood bard. For this colour board I’m using Pantone colours. To find the Pantone swatches, I had to go onto the little menu on the swatches tab, and click on the Pantone solid uncoated, and I was able to access all of the different shades and tints that pantone have to offer.Once I found the colours I needed I started to find the right ones for my mood board, colours which complimented my theme and would help me in the direction that I’m going.
Because we’re going to be doing so much work on Photoshop and illustrator and creating digital designs, I though that it would be beneficial to look at some digital guides. Having already looked up a few website because Steve had asked us, I also ordered a copy of Adobe Classroom in and Book for Photoshop and illustrator, and have been looking through the tips and tricks that they have in them. On Tuesday I went to the University library to find a book, but couldn’t find any that really interested me so a friend let me borrow one of the books she took out and I’ve been looking through and reading on all the different themes and filters and commotions that are in the book, as well as much more. The book she lent me was Digital Textile Design and it had quite a few really good tips in there as well as some really great imagery to accompany.
While looking through textiles books or books with any sort of pictures I always go to the imagery first, and in this book they had quite a few really good images that I stopped and though, that could really be helpful to me. One of these pages had two examples of Mood boards on them which I really loved to look at, to see how they’ve laid theirs out, the composition they’ve used as well as the imagery and different additions.