Can you see a continuous thread of development from your original drawings and samples to the final designs?
Yes, there is a clear path from the initial sketch of the scarab beetle through to the final product. This is best illustrated through the progression of images below.
The neckpiece would benefit from the inclusion of more gold to pick up the heavy use of this in ancient Egyptian jewellery and the stitching on the supporting panel could be more prominent and bolder. I think I have achieved boldness in the overall shape and size but have taken the safer route for some of the detail. I am still debating whether I should have chosen the brighter colour scheme instead and am tempted to make a second neckpiece to a different design just to see how this would work. I do think the colours I have chosen work but part of me is saying “bigger and brighter”.
Were you able to interpret your ideas well within the techniques and materials you chose to work with?
I think I chose good materials that suited the purpose and theme. The techniques work well with the quilting and Wireform providing the 3 dimensional form I was seeking. I chose to work with a few techniques rather than over-complicate the piece and although these could have been bolder, the techniques themselves worked well.
How successful is your final design in terms of being inventive within the medium and coherent as a whole?
I’m not sure I have been very inventive as I am following the inspiration from another artist although I have worked in different materials to Marjorie Schick who used a lot of paper mache and wood. I have certainly been inventive in my interpretation from my theme of ancient Egyptian jewellery and I am pleased that I have achieved an item that is very individual yet derives from my theme.