I understand this course to be helping me learn about materials, techniques, processes and how I impact these as maker and in turn how they are received as audience.
While I have found the exercises in this course to be prescriptive at first I can understand the purpose. It is impossible to be innovative in a creative field without being fully conversant in the materials and processes of that field. While it will be many years until this proficiency is experienced this course very quickly fine-tunes processes and encourages me to be curious about where next and what happens if.
Using paper as the initial experimental material and exploring its capacity to be manipulated through a variety of processes has been useful for future work. The rapid sampling has enabled me to quickly see contrasts and potential – I feel I am storing up a library of resources in this assignment.
For example, with paper alone I now have a range of approaches that I can utilise:
All of the above show one surface distorted in a variety of ways. I hope to have shown that I am beginning to push the boundaries and brig in conceptual thinking: for example some of the paper forms above are very organic in nature: namely the crumpled samples; whereas other are very structural and architectural: the cut and folded samples. In the punctured sample I’ve tried to explore my interest in semiotics and how I can explore playing with conveying meaning. I’ve tried to work at a variety of scale and with a range of tools. I have also thoroughly enjoyed taking the suggested artists to research as a starting point but rapidly finding my own contemporary makers who inspire me.
Being able to visit two local exhibitions during this course has enabled me to feed this context into my work too.
Demonstration of technical and visual skills
I have followed the brief carefully selecting exercises from across the range of this part. I have used new techniques and tools to me and worked on familiar and unfamiliar processes across the range of found materials I have access to. I have aimed to refine my observation skills by feeding back into my sketchbook from worked samples encouraging me to look and look again. This will hopefully show in a developing visual awareness – I also feel the range of samples and the challenges these offer to photograph is another area where I have been able to demonstrate a growing awareness of composition, interplay of light and shadow and use of the camera as a drawing tool. I also feel that I am exploring design at the sample level but also at the conceptual level and I am beginning to grow in understanding of the role and place of textiles designers today. I hope that overall I have been effective in developing these skills.
Quality of outcome:
The greatest challenge with this criteria has been the packaging of samples to post in order to present my creative output in a cohesive manner. The blog as learning journey helped enormously with that and I hope the categorising and organisation of my menu has helped structure this for an observer. I believe I have explored a good range of content and included within this: range of technique, tools, materials, processes, research, recording and documenting. I feel that one strength that has been emerging from this part has been the ability to innovate divergent thoughts that are then conceptualised in form. I am aiming for a professional presentation that communicates clearly and comprehensively.
Demonstration of Creativity:
I strive for this. I really want to learn enough about the Textiles Domain so that I can be innovative. I sense that I enjoy experimenting and continually asking myself ‘what if…’ and ‘where next’ and ‘I wonder if…’ Whether these experiments are yet conveying individual voice I am not sure. Something that feels ‘new’, may just be ‘new-to-me’. Something that feels innovative my in fact still be derisive. I love inventing. It is the food that sustains me. In order to invent I appreciate there will be a stage if imitation and innovation before original invention can truly emerge. I do feel that my breadth of interest will allow me to make interesting connections and it is through these that I sense creativity will come to the fore. I have tried to be analytical as well as thinking creatively in order to ground the ideas in context. I have had to make many independent judgements and hope to have been showing refinement with this.
This is much stronger in this module as I am beginning to understand how to show where my research feeds into my output. I have tried to explore this further in my sketchbook trying to show visually the journey I have taken that underpins and embellishes experiments. I consider that in process my reflection skills are good, but I do find this formal reflection and evaluation to be difficult. Having not yet received confirmation from assessors for where I fit on a scale for my first module I find it very difficult to ascertain where my work falls in terms of the given grading scale from ‘below inadequate’ to ‘exceptional’. I appreciate this is a self-confidence issue! On the forums I have been exploring semiotics of colour and my on-going concern with monomodality. I believe it is through cross-fertilisation of creative fields that I can grow further in the Textiles domain – although many of these discussion are in their infancy on the forum, my personal intrigue and fascination with these areas will go forward nevertheless. My quest for how to make meaning continues…