Module 2: Shape
The next stage is design development.
Design development is the route to your finished product. It begins with research .. finding out as much as you can about the subject / theme you have chosen. Take photographs; look in books and make lots and lots of sketches. These can be simple line drawings or can include texture in the form of shading or pattern. There are a number of stages to work through before you get to your final design:
Step 1: Research:
I drew my sketches for this module in 2 main locations: The Isles of Scilly and the city of Barcelona. The theme was to be industrial and I opted for 'harbours' to sketch my source materials as I was visiting both places on holiday. I found it was a good idea to read ahead in the modules to find out about a theme and take or make opportunities to sketch and acquire photographs.
It is more effective if you choose something you like or are interested in. Don't be sucked in by examples you may be given if you think they are boring!
I love the seaside, harbours and walking on the beach. Looking at them in a different way (to focus on ideas for this module of work) was enlightening!I saw patterns and shapes and texture that I just hadn't noticed before. Harbours play a vital role in protecting shipping and boats, and as I walked around several of them, I discovered so many interesting and valuable resources to use.
Samples of sketches made in The Isles of Scilly and Barcelona. I made quite a few, but only about 16 were used in the end.
Step 2: Getting Creative and Exploring possibilities:
I used my view finder card (2 L-shaped pieces) to zoom in on one area of a sketch and then made an enlarged drawing of that section. Here are several examples:
These drawings were then enlarged on a photocopier and used in various ways. These design images can be used as motifs to create various patterns.
For this example, I took my enlargement and added pattern and colour to create a design suitable for use as a patchwork motif; or it could be developed further as a repeating pattern.
Copying a motif several times and used these to create this repeating pattern.
Pattern, line and colour were also added, but some of the background remained white as a contrast.
I also used my computer and Photoshop software to manipulate motifs. The resulting images are very interesting and have inspired me to use the computer more in my designs.
I then thought about using these design elements in different ways.
I took the posterized image and began by cutting up a black and white photocopy into triangular shapes. After I had rearranged them and glued down the pieces that I liked, I added colour to extend some of the lines and make connections. I prefer the design with the added red lines.
Another development was to create a 3D object, based on the 3D computer manipulation:
I used card to create a 4 sided pyramid with a rhombus-shaped base.
Garden string was glued into place to recreate the design on the surface. This would also have made a good medium for printing.
The possibilities for design development are endless. It's a fun thing to explore what you can do with something. Just get creative .. cut, explode, weave, curl, twist, print, etc
Having said that, you also need to show restraint! You can have too much of a good thing and so, as with all art, you need to know when enough is enough. Remember this is just playing... having fun, but from this will come your final idea.
For this module I also researched 'Shape' and completed a study of the artist Oriel Hicks in my portfolio. Oriel is a glass artist living and working in the place where she was born, in the Isles of Scilly. The inspiration of these beautiful islands is evident in all of her work.
“There is plenty here to stimulate an artist on a daily basis. The clarity of the light and intensity of colour is reminiscent of the Caribbean... though the water is much colder!”
Oh .. very important to begin evaluating your work! Look at each design development and stitched sample and consider: What went well and why? / What went wrong & why? / How you could improve future work? keep lots of notes and this will help you to complete your portfolios.
Lastly: Health & Safety. Research what is needed and make yourself a Risk Assessment sheet for each aspect of say: sewing, melting, cutting, working at the computer etc.
The next page will cover stitch samples.