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Design Play: Exercise 9 – Line studies

I’m jumping around with the exercises in the book and missing some out as I’ve done similar things multiple times in the past. The goal: To explore the power of a line and the nature of a line versus a … Continue reading

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Design Play: Exercise 3 – Creating a design

The goal: Take line drawings and create a workable design to print. After my initial drawings of irises and grevillea (very loosely translated) a couple of weeks ago I spent a few minutes messing around with floral bouquets and was … Continue reading

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Design Play: Exercise 3

The goal: to turn solid shapes into line drawings and create variations on the theme. Part 1 For one day only, late last week, my Walking Irises came into full bloom.  I had a sea of green, white and purple … Continue reading

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Design Play: Exercise 2 – extending a design

The goal: to create a variation on a theme. I’ve long been a fan of 1950s fashion and homeware print designs.  I’m drawn to repetitive semi-abstract motifs, usually large bold shapes and colours.  I recently saw an exhibition which included … Continue reading

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Design Play: Exercise 2 – creating the designs

Exercise 2: designing and cutting stamps The goal: to explore the possibilities of stamping as a design tool. I’ve spent the last 2 weeks carving 11 stamps from some of my comma designs (posted here) and then printing them. Collagraph … Continue reading

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Design Play: Exercise 2 – drawing and preparing

Exercise 2: designing and cutting stamps The goal: to explore the possibilities of stamping as a design tool. I’ve decided to use an old favourite image of mine, one that naturally lends itself to wide interpretation; the Boteh. The Boteh … Continue reading

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Design Play: Exercise 1

Alongside the time I spend printing, drawing and whatever else I can fit in I’ve decided to undertake some exercises from a design book I own.  Whilst the first exercises are very basic I’ll still work through them.  I’m aiming … Continue reading

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