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Assignment 5 – Stage 5: Sketchbook work

Whilst packing up my work for assessment I realised that I hadn’t logged my final sketchbook pages.  Though much of this has been seen before here I’m showing page presentation.  

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Assignment 5 – Review

Assignment Review: Can you see a clear line of progression from source material through to finished piece?  Was there enough information in your source material to stimulate your imagination and sustain your enthusiasm? Yes, I feel there is a clear … Continue reading

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Assignment 5 – Stage 6: The Final Piece

Synthesis. [sin-thuh-sis] noun, plural syn·the·ses [sin-thuh-seez] the combining of the constituent elements of separate material or abstract entities into a single or unified entity (opposed to analysis, ) the separating of any material or abstract entity into its constituent elements. … Continue reading

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Assignment 5 – Stage 6: Part 2

Adding Components Having practiced extensively on different thicknesses of fabric and adjusting the tension, circle size, density and threads accordingly, I started with the flower foot attachment on the sewing machine. Delighted by the results but devastated that the foot … Continue reading

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Assignment 5 – Stage 6: Part 1

Planning and making the main body of my project. I’ve chosen this drawing from Stage 3 as my initial rough template and rotated it by 180° as the weight of the piece feels more balanced in this format. I’ve tackled … Continue reading

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Assignment 5 – Stage 5 Constructing the base fabric

Cutting and layering The felted piece I’ve been experimenting with will be sitting on a layered base fabric made from black weed suppressant and pieces of my dyed silks.  The initial sample I’ve made is an odd shape so I … Continue reading

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Assignment 5 – Stage 5 Building texture

Exploring the Flower Foot Now I have some decent felted samples I’ve been trying out the flower foot attachment for my sewing machine. I first used it back in Assignment 3 Workshop 6 where I was manipulating fabric and I … Continue reading

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Assignment 5 – Stage 5 Building the surface

Manipulating Fibre & Yarn Here I’m creating samples for the textural surface of my hanging by using wool fibre, pre-purchased yarns and some of my dyed lightweight silks. Above: Loosely knitted wool trapped between wool fibre.  Aim – to see … Continue reading

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Assignment 5 – Stage 5 Dyeing

Further natural dyeing trials. Having already experimented with natural dyes earlier in this assignment (posted here) I have been continuing but have moved away from golds, browns and charcoals into more dull green colours. Whilst I have been working solely … Continue reading

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Assignment 5 – Stage 4: Storyboard

Making a Storyboard The creamy white thin card I’ve used for my storyboard looked a little stark so I washed it with coffee and then Gladwrap (Clingfilm) was crumpled on to the surface and left until the coffee stain was … Continue reading

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Assignment 5 – Stage 3 & Preparation for Stage 4

Preparation for storyboard & further thoughts on inspirational material. Whilst putting together my storyboard samples and pictures my mind has been working overtime on focal point issues on the finished work. The more I think about my personal project the … Continue reading

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Assignment 5 – Stage 3: Developing Design Ideas

In Stage 2 I was looking closely at two distinct themes – one (Theme 1) a free-flowing lacy hanging and the other (Theme 2) a structured, folded and manipulated piece.  Moving on from this start point I’ve decided to abandon … Continue reading

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Assignment 5 – Stage 3: Inspirational Material

Examining subject matter. I have chosen to base my work around algae, specifically underwater algae; the effects as it covers rocks and sea floor and encroaches on  man-made garbage and waste in our oceans, assimilating and transforming them into unrecognisable … Continue reading

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Sketchbook work – recording colour samples

Natural Dyeing – Recording the process. I now have an excellent record of how these effects were achieved so they can be replicated on different fabrics in the future.

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Assignment 5 – Stage 3: Colour Development

Developing design ideas – colour choices Whilst developing my project design I’ve also worked further on my colours choices.  In Stage 2 I chose my palette from a source photo, made some yarn wrappings and painted some swatches.  I used … Continue reading

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Assignment 5 – Stage 2

Sketchbooks and portfolio work. At this stage I have picked 2, semi-overlapping, themes to consider developing further. Theme 1 – left: A lacy layered effect.  Theme 2 – right: A structured dimensional piece which also includes some distressing or torn … Continue reading

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Assignment 5 – Stage 1

Reviewing work so far. Having gone back through my learning log and sketchbook as suggested for this review stage I can see that as I have progressed through the projects I have improved  the record keeping of my initial ideas, … Continue reading

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