I have reached the end of mixed media. It has been fun being able to explore different approaches to manipulate materials. There is some techniques that I have enjoyed more than others. folding was time consuming and fiddly but when I got into it and followed the instructions with care I got good results. It is a technique that I would like to explore further at a later date.

Heating and fusing was a technique that I enjoyed as I got to experiment and learn how to control the heat of a gun to manipulate fabric to a desired effect. I got some interesting samples and a better understanding of the properties of some fabrics and materials.

Wrapping was interesting and new to me. I am not sure I will be revisiting this technique as it doesn’t interest me as much. It was interesting to have experimented with this method especially when learning that I can change the look and identity of an item. I started to loosen up when I realised that I could join objects and transform them into a new ones.

In moulding and casting I explored too many techniques and wasn’t able to develop all of my ideas. I had so many ideas I failed at sorting them and therefore they didn’t go further, as I run out of time. I suppose I got too excited with all the possibilities and lost my focus. I explored working with resin, concrete, clay, plaster and latex. Some of the methods like resin I hadn’t used before so just learning how to use it was quite time consuming. I learnt how to do my own castings with latex and got some interesting samples.

It was when experimenting with concrete that I really was surprised, as I have never had any desire to work with this media. I got a taster of how exciting concrete can be. I always thought of concrete as a very masculine material but some of the results I got were delicate, fragile, warm and feminine. I got a taster of what it’s like to manipulate and change the feel and look of concrete and this is something I would like to explore more.

Below: one of the samples made in concrete. This sample left me with more questions than answers. How could I fossilise flowers in concrete? And how could I preserve the fragility of the flower in the hardness of the concrete? I wondered what it would be like to add a layer of resin? Would this accentuate the fragility of the flower and help the concrete not to crumble and break?

In mixed media for textiles there was so many times that I could of gone on and on making samples and experimenting with techniques but I get the feeling that I still would of come up with more questions.

I will never forget mixed media for textiles as it taught me about printing and I have found a new love. Doing mono- printing has reminded me how much I enjoy drawing and how I should use it more in my practice. I learnt to use my drawings to manipulate fabric. Further more I learnt to develop my skills in researching other artist and creating my own work with my own voice based on their work. Researching other artist works like matisse; gave me a good base and understanding on how to develop the stencil technique resulting in some successful prints and ideas.

part five reflection

Part five has been a growing experience. I had started with a plan (very unlike me). I began part five by reflecting about the course and this helped me sort and select where and what work I wanted to develop and take further. I new I wanted to learn more about mono-printing and how to do lino blocks. I also wanted to explore screen printing but sadly I had not enough time and it also worked out more expensive than I thought.

Part five has helped me understand why I was so interested in exploring the female form. I studied and explored what influenced my impulse to draw and discovered that it was my upbringing in Spain; the old masters perception of femininity that had influenced my early learnings of art. This also encouraged me to research contemporary artist like Jenny Saville and learnt another perspective of an artist depicting the female form and raising awareness of preconceived notions about the representation of women. It sounds silly but I had never thought about how my upbringing in a catholic country like Spain in the seventies and eighties had influenced my art and my perception of femininity and art.

my work in part five has evolved and it has been fed with all my research from artist like leonardo da Vincy and Jenny saville to fashion designers like Vivianne Westwood. I have learnt to do a surface print based on my research of a toile print. This can be used for merchandise like sun glasses and coffe cups but can also be used for a fashion garment. I had to consider scale and composition as well as colour pallets for the different uses of my surface print. I have experimented with printing my mono- prints in fabrics like velvet and organza. I wish I had more time to experiment with more types of papers when doing my monoprinting as this could of resulted in more interesting outcomes. There is still so much I could of explored; like I made my lino blocks and from them I made latex molds, how would these translate to plaster or concrete? There is so much more to explore and learn. I also looked and researched how to do my fashion ilustration and present my garment ideas. This taught me that it is not at all easy and for amatuers like me it is very time consuming. Illustrations can say so much about the message you want to portray and the style you want to have. In a lot of ways a fashion illustration is the voice of the designer. Not sure I have found my voice as a designer but I can say that I have tried!

I am very proud of what I have achieved in part five as I have learnt so much about myself and my work. I have learnt a new technique like making my own lino blocks and the creative process that evolves around designing a surface pattern for fashion. Reading Textiles and Fashion by Jenny Udale has been of great value and a tool that I shall pick up again and again.

I am hoping that the quality of my samples have improved too. At the beginning of this course I was presenting my samples as ideas and neglected the presentation.

The end for now…