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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 – 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: 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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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 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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Artist inspired sketchbook work

Inspired by Margaret Macdonald Macintosh. This motif was originally cut as a lino print.  It has been photocopied, resized and repeated to create an overall repeat fabric pattern.  The grey background would have been more prominent if I had used … Continue reading

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Assignment 3 – Presentation boards

Above: Back of following board.

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Assignment 3 – Sketchbook work

Preparing and logging trials, plans and experimentation for workshops within this section. Knotted nets Interleaved book pages and knitted netting from paper strips Knitted nets Sampling for stitched nets Wire woven net – planned layout & materials Manipulating / heat … Continue reading

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Developing my gecko design

Back at the beginning of this course I worked with geckos as my personal totem.  Click here to see some interpretations I explored in February 2013. I’ve now used one of my earlier designs as the basis for a piece … Continue reading

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Uses for ‘failed’ prints.

No-one can produce perfect prints first time so what happens to all those trial pieces?  The ones where the colour chosen really wasn’t right or the registration was off-kilter.  Even the ones where the main image was perfect but the … Continue reading

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A little stitchery

My recent flower drawing led me to start a few small stitch samples of flowers.  I’ve always liked simplified designs as can be seen from some of my painting efforts from some time ago (not within this course). Looking at … Continue reading

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A bit of sketching

Having enjoyed the simplified / stylised flowers I drew a couple of weeks ago, inspired by sketches by Judith Baker Montano, I’ve started attempting trees.  Here’s my first one, an Aspen. I enjoy the fine tipped pen and coloured pencil … Continue reading

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Brand Logo

Woolooware Bay is the transformation of the Cronulla Sutherland Leagues Club waterfront land holdings into a vibrant Town Centre.  The Club has embarked on this historic development program to secure the Club’s financial future, create new Sharkies (the name we … Continue reading

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Spring has sprung !!

The temperature is hot, the sun is shining and the plants are coming into bloom.  Spring has arrived. A little recent sketchbook work:

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Jeffrey Smart – Dead at 91

It is with sadness that I learned of the death on Thursday of this great Australian artist in hospital close to his home in Italy. The Australian Financial Review (22-23 June 2013) has the above on the front page with … Continue reading

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Assignment 2 – Application of design ideas

Here we are required to explore our assignment sketchbook work to produce design ideas in a small format before choosing one to develop further. Most of my designs were done in Photoshop.  I found this gave me a lot of … Continue reading

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Recent general sketchbook work

Most of my sketchbook work has been based on the current assignment but I am still making an effort to train my eyes to see tones and shapes and practice this as often as I can. I tried to trick … Continue reading

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Dandelion Clocks

Just a bit of fun. With all this printing I haven’t done much stitching lately.  However I was asked to make a small piece showcasing the 1950s.  After much research I came across some fabulous retro fabric entitled Dandelion clocks.  … Continue reading

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Assignment 2 Screen Printing

Stage 1 Sketchbook Work

Some ideas for creating source material from which to develop design ideas.

EI P2 Stage 1bcA necklace with shapes I quite like.

EI P2 Stage 1dEI P2 Stage 1eThe sun went in and the lighting became difficult when photographing. Interesting pink tinge to the second picture. No matter what I do I can’t get rid of it. Each page shows contour line (outline drawing), continuous line (without taking hand off the paper), blind contour (without looking at the page whilst drawing) and non-preferred hand. I explored small areas using the viewing frame but wasn’t particularly thrilled with the abstraction of the drawings.

EI P2 Stage 1fSplitting the image into smaller parts, rotating, simplifying, colouring and repeating.

Change of subject matter:

EI P2 Stage 1gExploring lines. Bars, instrument strings, bridge struts and pylons. Building fascia, window alignment & shape, height.

EI P2 Stage 1hWindows, glass and building exteriors.Fed square close up

Close up of Federation Square civic centre and cultural precinct created in 2002 in Melbourne, Australia.

The designs on the page above and those below have been developed from this linear fascia.

EI P2 Stage 1jShape simplified, rotated. resized and aligned to create different shapes. Colour experiments.

EI P2 Stage 1kSoftening & blending the distorted design with colour (left), then bringing the negative space forward with colour (right). Exploring the positive & negative image in a new alignment.

EI P2 Stage 1LPulling out a shape from the negative space.

EI P2 Stage 1mExperimenting with collage. Blue/grey base layers with small tonal image repeats. Complementary colour repeat motif, larger and more dominant.

 

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Assignment 2 Screen Printing Stage 1

The brief is to initially spend some time working in my sketchbook exploring the theme ‘Man-made Environment’. So I’ve been drawing all sorts of bits and pieces (blog post for these will come later).

Highly strung originalI started here with the idea of prison bars, that changed to piano wires, then I considered snapped piano wires springing across the taut ones still firmly held in lines. Next I looked at the space below, within the piano, where light and shade mix and include a reflection of something bright caught in the shadowplay.

Highly strung reshapedI quite liked the idea but I was unhappy with the square shape of the drawing so I put it into Photoshop and adjusted it.

Highly strung fabricI transferred it onto fabric using Inktense pencils wetting each section carefully to bring out the colour without it bleeding into other areas.

Then I free-motion stitched the red focal area and machine corded the lines in place.

[caption id="attachment_3493" align="aligncenter" width="567"]Highly Strung ‘Highly Strung’ by Claire Brach
9 x 13cm (unframed). Inktense pencils, free-motion stitching and machine cording.[/caption]

The course manual has some suggested ideas to work with and here I have encompassed working with lines, textures, flat colours, simplification of shape and a reduced colour palette.

For the sake of the course I should probably have stopped at the drawing stage and tried different colours to achieve various moods, changes in line placement and so on – and I’ll get to that. Yesterday I just felt like a bit of fun, I wanted to practice my free-motion machine stitching and create something in a way I had never done before. Continue reading

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Recent sketchbook work

Instead of working on a blank sheet drawing in outlines and then concentrating on the design detail  the intent was to work from a totally covered base and uncover the highlight areas.  In effect it felt like working backwards. Charcoal … Continue reading

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