Textiles 1 (Exploring ideas) - Assignment 2 - Tutor feedback

Overall Comments
Sarah you have produced some attractive printed pieces during this assignment.  Your sketchbook shows that you draw regularly in a range of mediums and that you can use your drawing outcomes to develop the assignment work.  Your learning log could do with some development, which I will go into later.

Assessment potential (after Assignments 2 and 4)

I understand your aim is to go for the Textiles Degree and that you plan to submit your work for assessment at the end of this course. From the work you have shown in this assignment, providing you commit yourself to the course, I believe you have the potential to succeed at assessment.  In order to meet all the assessment criteria, there are certain areas you will need to focus on, which I will outline in my feedback.   

Feedback on assignment
Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Quality of Outcome, Demonstration of Creativity
You have used the course material to produce interesting and attractive prints.  There is evidence you have used drawing to trigger and developed design ideas.  Your prints have been created with skill and care yet they remain experimental.  You have introduced texture to your prints and explored several colour pallets successfully.  There is a considered use of placement and an understanding of how to create a pleasing design.  Continue to be experimental in your sample making; taking risks will help you to develop your own style. 

Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Demonstration of Creativity
For this assignment you have submitted an A5 sketchbook with a series of observational drawings and mark making in a variety of mediums.  You have some skill in observational drawing and appear comfortable with mark making and collage.  I suggest you expand your drawing repertoire by exploring at a larger scale.  Think about creating your own sketchbook from loose leaves of paper of different colours and textures.  Work at A4 and up to A1.  I use a roll of lining paper or a cheap textured wallpaper cut into good size pieces.  Drawing on a larger scale will help you loosen up and explore ideas on a more usable scale.

Learning Logs or Blogs/Critical essays
Your online learning log continues to develop.  There are images of your own work with some discussion of the results and techniques used.  I suggest that you aim to expand your written material.  For example you have included a large number of your interesting sketchbook drawings but they are accompanied by a single explanatory sentence.  I suggest you should be discussing your work more fully in your learning log.  Ask yourself questions about the mediums and techniques you have used.  Were they the right media or could you have used others?  What did you learn and see when drawing the subject matter?  Why did you choose this particular subject matter?  Do you see it translated into a design or piece of art?  How could the drawing be used; print, embroidery or another method?  There is no need to be long winded, annotate each image with a couple of sentences.

The images of your prints are accompanied with some descriptive annotation.  I suggest you progress onto analysing the designs and how well the methods have worked.  Discuss the composition and the placement of the elements. Elaborate on your discussion by adding what you think of the piece.  Were the colours right?  What did you think of the scale?  Could you have changed some of the elements or changed the placement arrangement?  Note down any ideas you have for future compositions.  This way of capturing your thoughts and ideas will help you to become a critical thinker and will assist in the development of design ideas.

I suggest you also need to write more about the material you have researched.  You have written some brief notes about Dionne Swift’s course and the technical books you use as reference.  Your research material needs to include designers and artists.  The work can be seen either in a publication, on a website or in an exhibition.  You should be looking at the work of other artists regularly and commenting on it in your learning log.   Discuss the materials used, the use of placement, colour palette and methods.  Try and pin down what it is that appeals or doesn’t appeal to you.  Understanding the work of other makers will help you develop your own style that fits into contemporary design sensibilities.

Suggested reading/viewing
I have added a list of contemporary textile artists, some you will already know.  I suggest you pick 5 or 6 pieces of work to look at and make a few notes on in your learning log.  Use the Internet or magazines like Embroidery or Selvedge to find further artists to include in your learning log.

Selvedge Magazine http://www.selvedge.org

Pointers for the next assignment

  • Maintain your good working practices
  • Include research in your learning log of artists work
  • Consider creating your own sketchbook and draw at a larger scale
  • Write more fully about your work, analysing its structure and the techniques used

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