I’ve just put up my exhibition selecting my 6 best designs from my cutesy architecture collection, I’m very happy of how this collection turned out. Im glad that I changed my header for my exhibition as now that they are all the same size it look a lot more professional and finished with the addition of my logo on the front. And now that this is completed I’ve finished my second year of my degree which is scary and exciting at the same time as 3rd year is just around the corner so a lot more hard work to come.
This is all my designs in the custey architecture collection.
Since getting my feedback for the making connections module we have been given a few weeks to improve any work from the feedback we were given. The things I needed to improve on my collection from my feedback was drawing more garden flowers in my own style as my original ones looked too much like rifle papers. Also in my feedback it was suggested that I look in to creating a repeat of houses that have gardens as my house repeats were working really well and the addition of a repeat with a garden would complement the other designs.
These are the designs I created from drawing more garden flowers, I used just the flower one its own in some designs and then in others I made a chain of flowers with it and then used this in conjunction with the doors and then on there own as well. I think these flowers have worked really well to create the feel of rifle papers style but they have more of my own style in them as well. I’m really glad I have changed them as it is more unique to me now.
In addition I created another design from the feedback I was given, I took a different drawing I done of a house then added in the garden element to it. I done this as a digital print then I free machine stitched the black detail of the houses then I also stitched the flowers for the garden too. This took a lot of time to done but it was worth it a I really like the finish it has given.
I also then wanted to try some more digital stitch so I could have a better understand of it before I went in t my last year, I decided to take my flower design and repeat on one of the bigger stitch machines as I have never done that before. I am really happen with the outcome of this design however it did pucker a bit and I wanted to try it on black fabric however due to unforeseen circumstances Maggie couldn’t come in so I couldn’t get this done.
I then went back to some of my paper sample and changed the scale of them to improve them a bit, furthermore from doing the degree show buddy system they inspired me to try and get my work printed professionally so it was to a higher standard. So I printed my some of my paper sample on to wallpaper using the company they suggested ‘bags of love’. I also used this company to print the new digitally printed work I did on to fabric. I’m really glad I did then as the prints come out really well and I was able to order a sample pack which will really help me out for next year if I want to digitally print again. Furthermore by using this company for this project it has allowed me to see what they are like before my 3rd year so I was able to test it with them before my degree show.
Therefore I believe to degree show buddy system was really help as it showed what is need to make my own degree show look really professional and to a high standard. furthermore due to helping out with the degree show it has actually influences the work in my current brief as it has allowed me to find companies that a good and reliable at printing digital. Furthermore due to do the degree I decided that I need to remount my headers as by having consistency through the headers is key for have a professional finish and I wasn’t getting this through my previous headers. Therefore I am glad that we have had these few weeks to improve work as it has given me the time to create different designs that work better which my collection and creative an over all better collection.
I tried to digitally print my digital designs but we came across a few problems when doing this as the first ones I did came out completely the wrong colours and they came out really washed out. Steve said that could be due to the fabric we used and maybe the settings of my images. So we tried a different fabric and then looked into my images to see what could be wrong and the reason the colours didnt match was because my could setting was set CNYK instead of RGB. Therefore once I change this setting my colours came out the right shade and because we change the fabric too it came out how it should have.
This is how the print come out the first time :
This was the second attempt one:
I really like this process and can definitely see my self using this in third year. However you have to make sure the colours are right by doing a colour atlas first to check this. And it does take a bit of time to get this right but when it does work it is really successful.
When on my work placement as I was at home and quiet close to london I found out Josef Frank had his first exhibition in the uk in london. So went and visited he exhibition in the fashion and textiles museum and it was truly amazing and inspiring. His style of work is the block work that I need to start trying in my own work. Furthermore it was really inspiring to see his work in real life and set up in how it would be used.
It’s coming to my last few days now at my work placement and I’m just finishing of the tasks that I have been set before I leave, so I spent Thursday finishing off the big task Gillian set me on Tuesday. I finished researching all the designers and editing them in Photoshop. Then after that I had to print and cut down over 80 images, go and laminate these and cut them down again. After this I had to finish the task by displaying them on the wall in the corridor and rooms, this took a bit of time sorting out a layout before putting green them on the wall. Gillian was happy with my work and was glad to have some inspiring things on the wall.
I really enjoyed doing this as I learnt a lot about different designers and the different areas of textiles which will be really helpful.
I’m looking forward to seeing what I will be up to on my last day and maybe get the chance to do some more ceramics as Sheila said she wanted to some more after what we did last Friday which should be fun.
So my last day has consisted of watching the pottery throw down with the technicians so we can get inspiration for student and because in the afternoon we were going to try out some of the things on the show and take photos and videos to put on social media to promote a new ceramic course they are doing. After that I help out in the print room helping out students and tidying up. And I also finished off the way displays by adding in titles. However due to the department being really busy because the media makeup students where have a photo shoot we didn’t get time at the end of the day to do some ceramics, so I spent the rest of the day sorting out students works and helping out students.
At the end of the day I said goodbye and thanked the staff for having me, and they thanked me for my time with the and gave me some flower and chocolates and I was allowed to choose some art supplies to take home with me as thanks for the work I did for them which was extremely nice of them. Overall this work placement has had its ups and downs and has gone by very fast however it was a great opportunity to learn and have the insight on what it is like to be a lecturer and technician.
For my last week I have been finishing off things I’ve started the week before, like finishing off the wall down in the diary which is a wall full of useful resources that Beccas uses to help the students learn, I laminated the resources and the organised it on the wall.
For the rest of that day I got the chance to carry on setting up the loom. This was really interesting as I’ve never done it before and it was great to learn something new, this took me the most of the day and it is still not finished. What I have learned from doing this is that I am definitely not a weaver as it is very fiddly and it takes an extremely long time to set up. However I’m glad I was given a go at trying this out.
The next day I spent the morning helping out in the print room tidying up and helping out the students.
Then later that day Gillian asked me to to create some learning resources for the print room and fashion department as they don’t have much on their walls and students need more inspiration on designers. So Gillian wanted me to make one about fashion designer, print designers, knit/weave designers and fabric manipulation. So I spent the rest of that day in the office researching different designers and finding suitable images.
The next day I carried on with the task which Gillian set me the other day as there was a lot to do, so I spend the day on photoshop and pinterest finding interesting designers and suitable images then taking them in to Photoshop to add on the designers name and edit the images. I found this task really useful as it enlightened me to new designers that I didn’t know about and designer I could use to reference my own work.
Overall the last few days have been interesting as I’ve been able to learn more about different designers.
Over these last two days I’ve mainly had the job of displaying the work I find and researched from the books on to the wall so the students have a new learning resource. On the wall already is a time line of different artists so the students can get inspiration from them. So Rebecca wanted to put mine up in the same style as this one. Therefore I lined all the books up in the middle and then had string coming off of them so you can tell the images are from that book. Also I then added in some text to put the books in categorises so the students clearly see if they are looking for photography work say they know which book has that.
Also the BA textiles for fashion course had a lesson which I sit in and helped out, they where being shown by Gillian how to improve there fashion illustrations. I have never doing anything like this before and it was really interesting to see how you can use different techniques and methods to create some very interesting illustration. And even though I don’t need to do fashion illustrations on my course it has shown me a different way to look at my work and some more techniques that I could try in my own work.
Also today Shelia asked me to sort out the a wall in the diary which is used to help students out with there work but it looks a bit messy and she wanted me to re do it so I started that today, this is how it looks now before I change it.
Also today was really interesting and fun as sheila and Rebecca taught me how how to throw a pot on the potters wheel. It was really hard to do however I’m just glad my clay didn’t go flying around the room as they said has happened before when they have taught the lesson. I have learnt from this that I’m really bad with clay and that I need to practice loads if I’m going to be good at ceramics. However it was extremely fun to do.
Also what I have learnt so far is that there is a lot of skill you need to be a technician and have learnt a few new skills in work placement so far like different printing techniques which would be really useful for my subject area.
And ive learnt that I don’t like it when I have nothing to do, I get very bored so I’m always finding something to do once I’ve finished a task they have set me.
Also I believe that what has been most beneficial to me over my work experience so far is learning the new techniques I haven’t done before and the workshop that I ran showed me that I quite like running workshops. What I found least enjoyable had to be the tidying up and stocking up that technician how to do, I believe this is because it felt like I was at my Saturday job in retail again. However I knew it was an important part to the job role so I just cracked on and did it.
Also I have been able to develop job role skills over this work experience as I have learned how to teach workshops and how to manage a print room. And I think the areas in which I need to improve my input would be try and talk to even more students to help with there interview process for university and to help them with there work. I hope to be able to do this over the next coming placement day by talking to them when they are in the print room or lecturers.
Overall so far I feel that my work placement has been really useful as it has shown me what it is really like to be a technician mainly and a lecturer. And it has shown my new techniques that I can use in my own practice.