Researching source material.
Observing reflections, silhouettes, translucency, structures and grids.
Above right image has already been used in stage 2 Working with printers.
As I’m in black / grey / minimal colour palette mode at the moment I’m finding these images very attractive. Constructed monochrome grids with a hint of one other colour are my current focus. Note: see Workshop 3 for an example relating to these images.
The following pictures (and others I have) can be treated in the same manner as above. With the camera set on high-resolution I can extract small areas and translate them into workable source material for future designs.
I hadn’t realised there were so many colours in the building to the left until I zoomed right in and picked an area to focus on. I was immediately reminded of paintings by Jeffrey Smart with his depictions of flat faceless multi-storey apartments.
The Four Seasons Hotel has a very plain and uninspiring facade. It is built in the form of a ‘square’ concertina. On all four sides the brown concrete side walls of each room jut forward so guests have an uninterrupted city, harbour or sea view without seeing any other section of the building.
The aerial footprint looks like this:
An image I’ve always been fond of and which demonstrates light and shadow effectively in art is, again, by Jeffrey Smart. He is (was – he has recently passed away) an incredible talent with his use of colour and the subtle changes in tone as, in this case, the bright sunlight is shown travelling across the building. I enjoy the repetition of the design – where the building contours remain constant – encompassing these incremental alterations. He was a master at painting the ordinary and everyday but making the images compelling to the viewer.
Below is a close-up of a section from Housing Project No. 84, painted in 1970. Oil on canvas.
Possible techniques: A wide variety of techniques could be applied to block and line images like these above. Patchwork quilting, corded structures, couching threads yarns and other strips on base fabrics, dimensional ‘cage’ building, knitted, knotted and stitched netting, torn fabric strip layering, cutback work and much more.