Above is a link to my Pecha Kucha which I am presenting tomorrow. The slides include my drawings from life drawing sessions and drawings which I chose to base my designs on from Term One, my favourite technique I learnt within the Photoshop and Illustrator workshops, my mood board and colour scheme, my five final designs and my bibliography.
I’m quite nervous to present tomorrow, but I’m happy with all my designs so hopefully I will be ok!
I have been attending Digital workshops over the past three weeks. These have included Photoshop workshops and Illustrator workshops. I found these sessions incredibly interesting and helpful as I’d only ever used these programmes briefly. I feel that I have come up with some really successful designs using these programmes which I will post below.
The theme of the module was Florals and Life Drawing. I attended one of the scheduled life drawing sessions but decided to base my designs on florals. I experimented with different colour schemes and themes, even including weaponry into some of my designs to add a more edgy element. I came to the conclusion to base my designs for a target audience of a very feminine young woman, the designs would be used for stationary. I researched designers and looked online for tutorials and blogs, one blog I found extremely helpful was Bowie Styles Print and Pattern – there is also a book by Bowie styles which I looked at.
The majority of my designs are quite simplistic, however I feel they would be very successful for what I produced them for. Though I am happy with my designs, I wish I had used my previous drawings from Term One in more of my designs as I think my design using my lily drawing is my strongest design.
During the three weeks, I’ve learnt a wide range of different techniques which I documented and put into a technical file. Some examples of what we covered include Basic of Photoshop – creating shapes and filling them with colour, creating flowers using Photoshop, creating shapes and repeat patterns in Illustrator, using the gradient tool in Illustrator etc.
For the module hand in, I was required to create a Demi – Pecha Kucha, a presentation of 10 slides, a mood board with a colour board, 5 final designs, a technical file and a research file.
Here are my final designs:
Here is my mood board and colour scheme for my final designs..
My designs will be very feminine, they will be targeted at young women…
The designs will be used for stationary items…
The designs will revolve around pretty florals…
I will be using pastels as my main colours with darker shades…
The designs will have a shabby chic/vintage feel…
This monday we had a briefing for our new project which is a continuation of Subject from Term One. The new project is digitally based work where we will be using illustrator and Photoshop. I’m quite apprehensive about this project as previously I have always thought digital work is quite flat and lacks texture. I prefer working with stitch to build up a design, however I suppose in the future I would be able to add to my designs.
Here is a picture of my final piece. As shown in my previous post, the piece was created using images which I had edited on Photoshop. I chose an image of part of Llandaff Cathedral as my main base photograph, I then layered images of graffiti and edited the colours of the whole piece. I then printed the finished image onto fabric using two different digital techniques. I then cut out the main shapes of the piece and used applique to create a new pattern, which incorporated my theme of shapes and forms in architecture. I used decorative stitches in range of neon and vibrant colours and inspired by the textiles artist Tucker Schwarz, I left the thread of the stitching hanging down – which in turn, is a metaphor for the hustle and bustle of city life. I am very happy with the piece I have created and feel it encompasses both my themes.
I feel the group project opened my eyes to the different specialisms which can be combined with my own. It was interesting for me to see how other people worked. I felt that we had a good range in the group, we had two members from textiles, one product designer, a fine artist, an illustrator and someone from graphics. This combined to create a group full of different interests and ways of working. However, I feel this lead to a some interesting ideas. I do however feel that perhaps if we had more time I would’ve like to of introduced the rest of the group with different textiles techniques. One issue I do feel that we encountered was some members of the group did not participate as much as others. Having said this, everyone did contribute their own skills at some point in the project.
The group field project changed my original ideas for my individual field. Before starting the group work my original idea was to focus on Cardiff Bay and it’s history. However, after talking to the group about their ideas, I got influenced by the theme of architecture and also street art which I then began concentrating on in my individual project. I feel that this has improved the project for me, I was excited to research my chosen themes. I believe that if I had stuck with my original idea, I would’ve gotten stuck and struggled with research and design ideas. I believe my work and research has been very successful.
To begin with I was quite apprehensive about the constellation sessions. I didn’t understand why I was learning about things which, at the time, I believed were not relevant to my specific subject area of textiles. As constellation carried on, I began to see that though some of the topics we were talking about were not relevant to my specialism, they would help me in the future. Whether this be, how to talk about my work in a more academic way or how to evaluate my work. There were definitely sessions which I did not like, but there were also sessions which I enjoyed.
One constellation lecture which I really enjoyed was Cath Davies ‘Teenage Kicks – Cultural Approaches to Dr. Martens Boots.’ The lecture explained that when Dr. Martens were first produced they were originally designed as workwear, the target audience included policemen and even OAPs! They were and were advertised as ‘comfortable’ and sturdy not fashionable. We then looked at how young people in different scenes and groups adopted the brand and claimed it, changing its entire image. Therefore, the function of Dr. Martens was only the starting point, the different connotations were the focus. Throughout the decades the Dr. Marten boots have meant and represented different scenes. In the 60s they were the image of skinheads and mods, in the 70s the punks claimed them, if you wore them in the 80s you were a Goth and in the 90s they were seen as a piece of Britpop and grunge iconography.
This being my favourite constellation lecture, I decided to choose Cath’s option for constellation in term two. Her option was called ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit: Subcultures and Street Style.’ I was intrigued about the main theme of the option. We were told we would be introduced to subcultures such as Goths, Punks, Teds etc. We would use these subcultures as case studies for academic theories and concepts. For me, this made it easier to learn these key concepts, as we were able to visualise what we were learning about.
Cath made it feel easier to evaluate the different images we were given. We learnt a strategy where we would split our information into three columns; Describe the characteristics of the image, Analysis of the meanings/connotations and Theoretical underpinning/Academic studies. I was very thankful for being taught this simple yet effective method as I feel that evaluating and academic writing has never been a strong point for me. It is something which I was quite nervous about when we started the constellation sessions yet I feel much more at ease now.
At the moment I am writing my essay for constellation. I decided to base my essay on the skinhead subculture. At the beginning I wanted to focus on Kate Moss and create an essay based on three inspiring images I had found. However, when it came to evaluating the images, I struggled to incorporate all of the academic studies which we had learnt about. I felt that I should concentrate on something which was more relevant to the option I had chosen. I spoke to Cath during a tutorial about this decision and she confirmed that she thought this was a better idea.
Overall I have enjoyed the constellation sessions, I have found them interesting and helpful for my work in Textiles. I feel that I am already able to evaluate my personal work in a better and more beneficial way.