My thoughts

When I first read my review I was really nervous and didn’t  read it properly; as all I was reading was what I did wrong, it made me very critical of my work and felt I wanted to do it all again! I had to read it again and again to really understand my strengths and weaknesses so I can learn from them for my future projects. All I was hearing was that I screwed up the colours, that I stylized to early and therefore missed  important marks and recordings and that I fly before I can walk. In essence all of that is true but there was also so much more that the review was saying, some very positive comments too. So with that all said I needed to be open and reflect on the great review my Tutor has given me. I feel that through my work my Tutor is getting to know me well.

When I looked at the work of some of my fellow students in part 2 I felt like I was maybe not doing what I was meant to but I realise now after this report that I have taken a personal approach to the projects and that pleases me. Even thought we are doing the same course we are all coming up with our own conclusions and different outcomes and that’s how it should be!

Part 1 drawings and photographs

I think Collette makes a very good point about being more selective in the photos I choose to put in with my work,  as it would be clearer for others to see which photo in particular inspired me in each project. The reason I put all my photos in was for my tutor to see that I followed her recommendation of putting my photos on white card that was suggested in my previous review.

Another good point and one that I thought I was working on, was not styling too soon, why do I find this so hard?  I don’t even realize when I’m doing it.

Collette mentions that she doesn’t know where the girl in the sample with the items of clothing on the line came from? I thought that I was linking my research of my three items on part one and telling the story of the three completely different women wearing them and bringing it back to the 21 century with a bit of humour, showing how free women today in Great Britain can be. I feel that I got lost in translation and that it’s important for me to show my different stages on my sketch book and convey  my train of thought clearer, as it seems that things that I think are obvious are not to others. I do feel though that at this part of my assignment I lost myself to my imagination and forgot to stick to the brief.

I am flattered that Collette has made references or comparisons and thinks  that some of my work (in particular my illustration and my use of colour) reminds her of some of the earlier work of Tsumori Chissato, I have ordered her book “Kawaii”so I can learn more ( Collettes recommendation) as I don’t know her work.

Project 1 creating surfaces.

One very important point that Collette makes is that when selecting,  I should not only select what I like or what I think works (I do that all the time) but to select what I think would work with what I’m asked to do with next. This is a very good point as I have the habit of letting myself go and drift instead of planning and maybe reading what comes next.

Collette makes a very important point about me not allowing colour to overtake everything else 😳. Another  point  I’m addressing is that I need to translate what I’m seeing and not what I imagine, I have done this but not when it comes to colour as I thought I could experiment with the different textures and somewhere along the line forgot I had to be true to colour. The good thing is that I think if I had realised that I had to stick to the same colours I see, I would`ve been capable of translating them (that was a big boo boo).

Project 2 drawing with stitch

I need to think about the thickness of line qualities (good point) on a plus side I got complemented on the use of material choices.

I agree with Collette that I need to use the physical process of making and testing more to help me plan, that was obvious on my assignment 2. On my second sample, if I had practiced before I did the sample I think I would have done things differently.

I also feel that the use of calico let me down compared to my earlier work. I felt restricted with the fabrics I had to hand and made the best of what I had, I could see this as I was doing it. I feel I lost my way a bit but agree with Collette that the white on cream stitched areas are the most interesting, in fact! I should have  left colour out too (hehehe).

I am very surprised that my written review is a strong point of mine. I feel it’s positive that I’m able to see my strengths and my weaknesses and convey what I have learnt and hopefully how I will apply it to my future projects.

Moving forward to Colour studies I am feeling nervous and ready to learn to refine my use of colour so I’m able to translate what I see but not let it overpower my work. This time, it’s all about colour and…slowing down! 😝