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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 […]

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 […]

Project 5: Exercise 1 – Puncturing

Introduction For this exercise I chose a selection of puncturing tools, knitting needles, fondue fork, craft punches, hole punch, bookbinding awl. I also used a range of techniques, varying the speed, angle, spacing and depth of piercing. I also considered both sides of the work to see which produced more attractive and interesting textures. i) […]

Project 1: Exercise 3 – Knife and box pl

Introduction This exercise calls for the exploration of a different kind of pleats, box and knife pleats. Unlike accordion pleats, box pleats form “u”, “m” and “n” shapes when viewed from the end rather than the lopsided “V” shapes of the accordion pleat (I say lopsided because the sides of the “V” are unequal). Knife, […]