For part five I was asked to look at what I had done across the whole of Mixed media for textiles course and think about what techniques I enjoyed and felt comfortable with. I also looked at wether there where any samples I could/liked to develop further or any ideas that I could develop further.

I started looking back at my samples.

In part one I enjoyed learning about folding techniques. Techniques that can be adapted for and used for garment construction. During this course I have learnt so much, but one of the things that came to light is that I need to accept my style and keep developing my creative voice. For reasons that I still haven’t quite understood I enjoy recording the human figure and face. It is the accumulation of lines and marks that when placed together can create expression and movement that I am interested in investigating further. Some people believe that drawing is out of fashion in the art world, I would like to explore drawing as I still believe it is one of the best ways of recording ideas. I would like to go back to basics and research an old master.

After experimenting in part one with manipulating paper and fabric to change the original look/feel of a material I was left wanting to explore more. How would folding a piece of fabric with a print work? Would the image on the fabric distort (once folded) into something interesting? Or would it just look too overloaded? I could experiment with monoprinting and folding paper to see the results and if interesting move on to fabric.

I then looked at part 2. In part two I carried on folding and fusing fabric (image below)

I also experimented manipulating organza with hot water and buttons/beads to change the texture of the fabric, resulting in a 3D surface. I was intrigued to explore how I could use this on a garment? Could I design a garment using this technique? What would this look like?

In part two I also experimented with layering oranges/ lemons netting. This experimentation led me to look at Vivianne Westwood work’s followed by a visit to her shop.

It also lead me to design a top made of recycled materials like plastics and lemon packages.

These were just ideas and the execution wasn’t quite developed to a good standard.

Below: I was pleased with my fun and naive illustration but I also realised that I could benefit from researching fashion illustration and how to present my ideas in a more profesional manner. Could part five be the opportunity to do so? My Tutor kind of said on my review on part four that it ‘s time I do.

Tutors comments below:

Above: A Vivianne Westwood couture dress made out of organza and digital printed. Could I use what I have learnt in part five and Vivianne Westwood influence to suggest some garment ideas? I could develop and learn more about mono printing, maybe learn how to do my own blocks and continue to experiment transferring my prints onto fabric. I could also investigate different textured fabrics to see how my prints translate, and wether this adds any special qualities to the overall look and feel. This is a technique that I enjoy and would like to explore further. I enjoy drawing and I am interested in seeing what the results would be on fabric. How would the fabric hang or gather? could the fabric be further manipulated? Would this result into interesting wearable art? Could I add by sewing or embroidering? Or even by adding some more drawing with thread?

In part three I explored so many different techniques like concrete, latex, resin and plaster. I learnt that in the future I need to select better the techniques I am going to explore and be ruthless in choosing ideas to develop further. In part three I had so many ideas that I was not able to develop them; as I spent so much time learning the processes of each technique. I am really interested in going back to these ideas but I wasn’t as comfortable with the techniques as I am with printing. Although I enjoyed concrete I didn’t enjoy it as much as printing. Someone once told me that if you do what you enjoy the results are bound to be greater. Maybe in the future I will explore printing on concrete.

In part four I explored mono printing and making my own collatype prints, I really enjoyed this and would like to develop these techniques further. I was left wanting to explore making my own blocks and maybe exploring screen printing.

Part four is where my learnings have come together. I managed to focus my ideas and stream them into one. I researched the works of Henry Matisse and his body studies using cut outs and applying his techniques and methods. I came up with my own prints expressing my own creative voice. Although I am interested in bright colours my prints are softer than Matisse. When doing my prints I started off being self conscious and insecure about my choice to use figure drawing. Did this influence my softer marks and colour pallets? I don’t know but I would like to develop these techniques and findings further. I am thinking that I could research two artist that use figure drawing.

In part five I would like to research Leonardo da Vinci because he was/is the Master of figure drawing and body study. He studied the human anatomy in great detail. His drawings are so sensitive and exact. Of course I am not arrogant enough to think that I could achieve even one percent of what he did. But I can’t think of a better master to learn from.

Another artist I would like to research is Jenny Saville. Her body studies are more colourful. Jenny not only studies the body but more so the flesh. What can I take from two great artist and how would this translate in my work?

so many questions and exploration to do but after reflecting on this course I have a clearer idea of what I need to research.

  • explore and research lino cutting to make my own prints.
  • Research possibilities of screen printing
  • Research how other fashion designers use print (Mary katrantzou, Jonathan Saunders and Peter Pilotto.
  • Research Leonardo da Vinci and Jenny Saville.
  • Research how to present my garment suggestions in a profesional and coherent manner.
  • Read Textiles and Fashion (by Jenny Udale) it will give me an insight of what is expected not only by my tutor (hehehe) but the textiles industry.
  • And so phase two begins…