Finding words to illustrate was difficult. I did make a lot of samples but didn't consider them to be very successful and struggled to come up with any samples to use.
The mood boards/colours bags based on images that I found interesting was really enjoyable. I love looking through all my samples and picking out fabric/yarn/papers to re-create the mood of the image.
The stitching exercises were interesting. The effect on the colours depending on the stitch/spacing/proximity of other colour was surprising. The French knot exercise was monotonous but the results were good. I prefer the pointillism effect of mixing the colours by density and not by mixing the thread in the needle. I thought working from an image worked well - I liked both of my sample drawings and the finished piece.
Finding design ideas was also difficult - I couldn't find anything that I had worked on that I wanted to develop. The stained glass image was successful and generated quite a number of good examples and very different feelings. I liked the idea of using the shards of pottery that I find in the garden and isolating the designs on them. I would like to develop this idea further.
I found it difficult to select anything from my drawings to develop into print, but once I started manipulating them on the computer I realised that anything can be isolated, repeated, flipped, etc and it always seems to produce a really interesting design. I found them all a bit too complicated to then recreate by printing by hand though.
I enjoyed the silk painting, although this technique definitely needs more work and experimenting.
Again for the painting and printing on fabric, I found it difficult to find any of my designs that I could develop. For my final large sample I chose various elements of ideas I had worked on and put them together into a half-drop repeat. I like the way this has turned out. I don’t think it is anything special, but it is a good workmanlike design.
I am glad that this assignment is finished and I am hoping that the next one doesn't make me feel like this one has. I don’t know if it is because I have had a series of illnesses over the past four months and am feeling a bit run-down or whether the course is designed to test your mettle – but I have certainly struggled with this assignment.