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Reflection on Assignment One

Watercolour images inspired by plants growing over a wainlap fence in the garden

I enjoyed completing this assignment and, whilst not all my practice samples were successful in most cases I understand why and will learn from these samples to adapt and refine future work. In particular I am developing a better feel for matching materials to tools (the paper choice in the crumpling exercises for example) and […]

Project 4: Exercise 2 – Embossing

Introduction This exercises introduces the idea of using embossing techniques to create texture. i) Tissue paper on anaglypta with lollipop stick and spoon Here I used a piece of printed anaglypta under thin tissue paper and embossed with a lollipop stick then a spoon. ii) Tissue paper over lollipop sticks with spoon As the anaglypta […]

Project 1: Exercise 5 – Basic crumpling

Introduction This exercise uses crumpling paper to give it stretch and flexibility as well as creating added texture. i) Crumpling – Brown paper wrap For this exercise the nearest I could find to the paper suggested was a lightweight glossy brown paper. ii) Single rib – Brown paper Scrumpled paper with a single rib, rather […]

Project 5: Exercise 2 – Stitching

i) Stitching – Paper For this exercise I began with the scrapbook paper as used in the puncturing exercise. I made a series of lines and shapes using a fine knitting needle as this gave neat, tidy holes that I felt would produce good results. I chose a selection of threads to stitch with: Hand-dyed […]

Artists – Joana Vasconcelos

Valkyrie Azulejo - via http://newsoftheartworld.com/joana-vasconcelos-at-versailles-and-in-venice-a-blend-of-intense-creativity-and-tradition/?lang=en

Paris-born, now Portugal-based crochet artist Joana Vasconcelos takes crochet to a whole new dimension! Far from the granny square and cutesy amigurumi, Vasconcelos works on a huge scale to incorporate crochet in her installations that are almost all-consuming in their size and drama. Having visited Vasconcelos’ exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery in 2014 I was […]

Sketchbook – Assignment One

Introduction I usually have several sketchbooks on the go at once, being different sizes and shapes, for different topics and for various media. I also keep separate “ideas books”. One lives my handbag for on the go ideas. The other lives by the bed for those late night inspirations (no idea why, but my brain […]