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Category Archives: Exploring Ideas: Sketchbook
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
Above: Back of following board.
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
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
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
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
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
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
The temperature is hot, the sun is shining and the plants are coming into bloom. Spring has arrived. A little recent sketchbook work:
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
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
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
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
Stage 1 Sketchbook Work
Some ideas for creating source material from which to develop design ideas.
The 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.
Change of subject matter:
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.
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).
I 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.
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’ 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