In this exercise I started by looking at my own environment and consider the insignificant details that often go unnoticed and generated a range of drawings and visual research in response to dose accidental marks on the surfaces around me.
I started by recording surface texture around me using a frottage method.
I started with the Mat in my entrance hall, this gave me an orderly geometric pattern.
I tried different surfaces: each giving me a different effect.
The rubbing below was archived by using a photo frame. The marks make the shapes of a scare.
I used the leaves of a plant called gentleman’s buttons. These were very successful showing the detail of the leaves, breaking down the lines.
Above- pumpkin leaves. At this point everything is a rubbing in my house!
More… photos frames. With this image I moved the paper and continued rubbing to get this repetitive pattern.
I really enjoy this image, it reminds me of exercise 2.4 ways of thinking inspired by writing – my research into Cy Tombly. This gives the feeling of calligraphy ; for that reason This is in my eyes my most successful rubbing.
In the brief I was then asked to find ‘found drawings’ in my own environment (images that arise by accident rather than by a conscious process).
Brick walls in my town: I like the moss growing on an in between the bricks, and how the paint has cracked and has created different textures.
I took a picture of this drain as I enjoyed the geometric patterns and the random splatters of blue paint.
Above the doctors wall (in my area) I adore the colours, the different greens, mustard yellow, greys and browns.
My daughters dr Martens looking uneven in colour and warned.
Leaves stuck on to my patio due to rain.
A rabbit ornament deteriorates and weathers. I like the cracking of the paint creating more colour and texture. I enjoy the pastel colours on this ‘found drawing’.
Rusty tones on my wok. Dark and orange burnt marks making a rich in colour ‘found drawing’.
A weathered warn out oven glove, wrecked by the heat of the oven.
Again a reappearing theme: un-even paint textures created by mouldy and porous brick’s.
My shed is decaying, creating what I find very interesting hues and textures where the mould has taken place. I am very interested in the fluorescent green and the mat and grainy violet/ purple hues.
My back gate has a weathered, I enjoy the raspberry pink that contrast very nicely with the green mould, creating decay.
Mouldy, decay, rotten mildewed seems to be my theme at the moment.
Rusty, crackly, Autumn tones are words that come to me when I see this ‘found drawing’.
A rusty metal bar that holds one of my plants created a beautiful plum hue contrasting a deep green.
I was then asked by my brief to find materials that reflect the characteristics of the words that I wrote down in my sketch book to describe my ‘found drawings’. I started by practising some Mark making which you can see on my sketch recording above ( I learnt while I researched the artist Alison Carlier). In this sketch you can see that I used various methods of mark making.
In the picture below I used acrylics and charcoal with a sponge to create a velvety, speckled soft texture.
Above – I used a potato and cut a shape to create a surface texture ( inspired by the geometric pattern on the drain found picture) this allowed me to create a repetitive pattern. There are areas where the paint has smudged and the pattern is not even but this adds to the texture at this point.
Above- in this sample I used masking fluid and peeled it of the paper rubbing it, allowing some to remain on the paper : This creates a cracked grainy effect. I also added some salt to pva glue. I am happy with the peeled/cracked effect.
In the picture above I was looking at the shapes of the leaves but also at the materials and processes I would use to reflect the surface texture on my found drawing, I found myself doing this unconsciously. I found it very hard to just think of one of these to look at 1.surface texture 2. pattern and shape 3. Colour. I found myself thinking of all at the same time.
Above- I used tape and acrylic to create a monochrome patten and shape inspired by the pattern the sand created on the beach. This is a simple but very effective method of mark making . At this point I don’t really know where this exercise is taking me. It feels a long tedious exercise! I figure it is making me think deeply in what I am seeing and breaking it down; This will help me see things that sometimes would be missed. I realise that for years I have allowed my eye to concentrate on the things that I am interested in and dismissed the ones I don’t find interesting. This way of working makes you look and find lines, surfaces, colour that would be otherwise overlooked in turn coming up with new inspirations ( hopefully) and new ideas and processes.
Rusty- I think this is a good representation of a rusty, coppery surface. I used pastels which gave me a dusty smooth surface. I would probably add tones of yellow to create more ‘rusty’ tones.
In the picture above I used pieces of ripped paper dipped in pva glue to create an un- even texture this is inspired by the brick wall ‘ found drawing’ .
Above- I experimented dipping leaves into paint creating some beautiful markings. I also used coffee to create marks. This drawing to me depicts the feeling of autumn, this is so far one of my most successful experiments so far as It is not overloaded with colour or texture.
Above- I was trying to create a surface texture that was dry and weathered. I used masking tape and a credit card to scrape and move the paint so that I could create marks that would resemble the wood cracking and splitting.
Above- I used a mixture of pastels and acrylics splattered with a lavender leave and then proceeded to crinkle the paper to create cracks and to soften the whole effect. This effect was inspired by my rabbit ears ‘found drawing’
Above – I enjoy this sample of surface texture. I was trying to create a feeling of rich texture, furry almost velvety moss. I used a combination of photocopying on acetate collage and then added clusters of thread so that there was a mixture of rich texture. Ripped pieces of paper in contrast with print and thread has created in my eyes a very interesting piece. I completely went for it! And I do believe it paid off.
More surface textures.
I then started experimenting with shapes.
I experimented with the ears of my rabbit ( found drawing) cutting the shape and arranging them in different ways to create a pattern. I enjoyed making them float in the air as if they where gently moving. I enjoy the gentle hues and the simple uncomplicated shapes. I found that this method of working made me look for things that I would of not picked up otherwise.
I then experimented with photoshop and repeated the pattern creating a repetitive print that for some reason reminds me of donuts.
Below- I took my found drawing of my back gate and took part of the drawing and cut the rest to create almost an arrow shape. I then photocopied it several times to create a collage.
I then took the shape of the rabbit ears and arranged it in my collage I also added cuttings of the meter (found drawing) it made me feel that everything is possible cutting, glueing and photocopying, experimenting to see what comes out. It is time consuming and sometimes the finishing product is not very exiting but every now and then you get a surprise. In this case I am not overwhelmed by the outcome but I carried on experimenting.
Below- I mixed my favourite surface textures samples and my found shapes to make a new collage. This collage is more exiting to me. I find it more aesthetically pleasing. I prefer the composition. To me it is a celebration of everything I have learnt in this exercise. An explosion of experiments.
Above- more cutting and joining to see what other images may come out.
Below- I extracted the colours that interested me in my found drawings.
I then put everything together to see what would come out. My rubbings, shapes, and colours.
I experimented with different arrangements. The one below I liked but felt it was to predictable and safe.
I used the shape that I found in my gate, the rabbit ears, and the frottage of my gentleman buttons leaves and arranged them creating a sequence of movement.
I then cut the image and created a repetitive pattern, some of my frottage leaves are cut. I like this effect as it has created another interesting shape.
I carried on modifying the image this time inverting the colours. I I’m pleased with this effect as by having a darker background has highlighted my found shapes. I am ‘flabbergasted’ at the results of this exercise. I am so used of controlling what I draw and what I choose to develop from earlier on in a process of designing, that actually working in this way has taught me to let go and be more experimental. The outcome of this process has been a completely different result to my earlier work. New styles have developed. Interesting!