Now I have reached the end of Project 1 it is time for review.
Have you ever thought about drawing in this way before?
I did some similar exercises in a couple of City and Guilds courses in Feltmaking a few years back, but the exercises in this A Creative Approach project were more extensive and used a wider range of mediums.
Were you able to be inventive about the range of marks you made?
Looking back, I think my marks tended to be on the neat and thin side, so I could have been more inventive with using broader strokes and being messier.
Did you explore a wide range of media?
Yes, I believe I used a wide range and was pleased that I already had quite a stash of supplies to call on.
Are you pleased with what you’ve done? Will it help you to approach drawing more confidently?
Yes, I produced a mixture of results and learned a lot about the different mediums and the effects they could produce. I found that with the later exercises I was thinking back to the early mark making and choosing which medium would give the result I wanted. This choice of materials will help with the drawing and I am losing my inhibitions about having to produce a good drawing and I am learning that it is OK just to play around.
Which exercise did you most enjoy? Why?
Producing the textural studies from images, objects or sketches was my favourite. This is because it is a clear linkage between the original image and progression through to a piece of textile, so I could see how the exercises were forming a groundwork of skills to call on and develop further.
Which media did you most enjoy working with? Why?
This would be a choice between watercolour pencils and collage! I think i enjoyed the collage most as it provides a wide range of materials to call on, lots of instant colours on hand and it is relatively easy to create 3 dimensional effects. it also let me work in a freer, more expressive way than I do with the pencils or other media. I could expand the materials I use for collage and try incorporating other types of papers and ones with newsprint or obvious images.
What other forms of mark making could you try?
I’ve just received by copy of one of the essential reading texts, Drawn to Stitch by Gwen Hedley. One of the suggested methods in there is to punch holes in paper using an unthreaded sewing machine, awl or tracing wheel as these produce a slight hollow on one side of the paper and a raised row of dots on the other and this would be interesting to try. I also could have used fabric in the collages instead of just paper. There is a wider range of printmaking methods that could be used – screen printing, lino, monoprinting for example.
How will these exercises enrich your textile work in the future?
These exercises have opened my mind to a wider range of options for creating marks and producing textural studies from images. With more practice I will have the tools to explore images and ideas through mark making before jumping into creating a textile piece and this process of exploration may open previously unconsidered directions and ideas.