Assignment 4 - tutor feedback


Overall Comments

The work you have sent for this assignment shows that you have developed a good technical knowledge of textiles structures along with an understanding of their creative possibilities. There is also pleasing evidence that you are becoming increasingly able to apply what you have learned in previous assignments to current work. This is evidenced in your confident use of visual elements and the sound colour analysis that you have undertaken for both projects.

 The careful presentation of your work shows a systematic and logical progression of your ideas and an increasing ability to make appropriate and consistent judgments in terms of outcomes.

Your learning blog and research tasks show a pleasing ability to engage with the wider textiles community and to make informed and objective commentary. At this point, I think you are in a very strong position to progress to your final assignment.
  
Project 8: Exploring Structures

Your preliminary work with yarn wraps based on artists’ work showed just how much you have learned from earlier experimentation with colour in assignment 2. I was interested to read your comments regarding the balance of colours in the Shirley Trevena watercolour. I can see why you were drawn to the pink. I had a similar moment with the lime green and orange!

Your paper weaves, especially the plain and patterned combination show how effective this can be as a way of breaking up representational images into more abstract forms. You talked about your apprehension at working directly with materials rather than by reference to a concrete starting point but this weave could provide you with a potentially rich source of further experimental work. You might like to try isolating small sections of the weave and then making quick line sketches. Think about some of the compositional considerations you made in assignment 2 when playing around with the moving the black squares.

I can understand your excitement finding the brown packaging paper. It provided you with a good readymade structure for further experimentation. Although I thought the blue ribbon worked well, how about choosing some materials which have a greater affinity in terms of surface texture and colour. Maybe thin strips of torn linen or fine string, textured handmade paper might also be quite exciting to work with.

I was really interested to read your comments about the childlike nature of the braiding and plaiting and I think that there is a temptation to dismiss these techniques because of this.  I liked your samples very much. Did you notice the way that the plait was beginning to curve of its own accord? Could you capitalize on this and begin to coil the braid to make a 3D structure? The Braided Rug Company has begun to stock utility baskets made in a similar way. Have a look on their website. www.braided-rug.co.uk. You could also think about using non-conventional materials such as wire for braiding and then distorting and bending the structure. I will attach an image.

Project 9: Woven Structures

You very quickly got to grips with basic weave techniques and produced some very competent samples. You made very good use of contrasting colours to highlight the curving lines in your eccentric weave and I felt that the bump you accidently created added to the surface interest.

The Jubilee weave was a fun way to combine different materials in one sample and there were some lovely elements. The twisted multicolored paper worked very well visually and texturally. If you use newsprint again, tear it vertically rather than horizontally as is then easier to manipulate. In a weave such as this it is also interesting to see the warp thread as this emphasize the structural quality of the sample.

Developing design ideas

I was so pleased that you took the trouble to dye your own yarns for this final sample. You achieved some subtle colour blending which echoed the colours in the painting very well indeed. What I found intriguing was the colour analysis from colourlovers.com. This was a real eye opener. The balance of colours was quite different. From looking at your sample, I would have suggested that you may be needed some deeper shades of greeny grey. The analysis highlighted a much greater use of yellow in your sample than in the actual painting, so food for thought here.

Although you didn’t include a second sample based on the words suggested in the course handbook, I loved your flower weave on your blog site and the associated reference to Shane Waltener’s work. I would really like to know if you were successful in drying out this weave. You might also like to try weaving with willow stems and hedgerow materials or maybe beach finds. I will send you some images to get you thinking!

Learning Logs/Critical essays

Your learning log supports the development of your work and gives valuable insights into what you have learned to date. Although you have been unhappy with some of your experimental work e.g. the washing line weave, it was very useful to include it on your blog and to analyse why you felt it did not work. I think you were wise not to spend time pursuing it further but you did learn a great deal about structure and combining non compatible materials.

Research point

Your research tasks have been very well structured and you have taken a well-considered view of the diversity of craft based textiles, supported by appropriate reference to reading and gallery visits.

Sketchbooks

These continue to be strength and there is a real sense of how you use these to document your observations and ideas as well as the extent to which they feed into your projects. You have become increasingly confident in working with a range of drawing media and I really like the way that you use annotation to make your thinking more explicit.

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