Assignment 5 – Beginning

Looking back over my previous work, I considered using Iced Landscape and revisiting the first brief because I remember enjoying it and found drawing from the objects there was more scope. However after talking with my tutor, I was also excited by the prospect of creating a more self initiated brief.

I spent most of March still working back into the yarn exercises whilst mulling over my focus for assignment 5.

I had two different ideas emerging.

1) a collection of objects – not sure how they related but I put them up on my pin board:

  • a plastic bag from the V&A museum in bronze and black – originally I saved it thinking I might want to use it for alternative yarn making but I liked the islamic style design on it too.
  • a fish leather – one of my original chosen objects from the iced landscape project that I would like to explore further in terms of texture, pattern, colour and concept
  • a little sample of a velvet fabric with a bird on. I am interested in the texture and colour of the piece.
  • A book on Rodin and a book on Islamic Art
  • I found all  pieces fascinating, hence having them pinned up, but not sure they would  pull together and I assume the objects/collection needs to have some thread to connect them.

2) I have a load of crystals, Some of which I inherited, and some I bought.

I have become really fascinated by them for their range in colour and the potential to make a capsule collection inspired by them.  I also thought the Islamic art and bashed metal bottle remind me of some the smocking work I began to investigate in assignment 2.

I emailed my tutor for advice on which option might be a stronger start.

I knew I needed to refine the selection and began the process by drawing my chosen items. The more I engaged with them and photographed them, the more I was able to get more of a sense of how some may go together.


Assignment 4, Yarns: reworked and re-presented

I continued to work on the last 2 parts of the project. In particular sticking and attaching in multiple ways to construct the yarn. I sewed bits on and also experimented with sellotape to join.

I still feel that I could explore these ideas much further. I would have been interested to explore using plastics, and to refine ways to make slit film-esque yarns.

One thing I am still learning about with studying this course is how to discern when enough is enough. How to manage the time I have left. The more I reworked this part of the course; the less time I was giving myself for Part 5.

When I sent my work off originally, I chose to temporarily stick the yarns in a book as I hadn’t worked out the most effective way to show them. My tutor suggested card or sketchbook but finding more subtle ways to stick them in.

So I took them all apart and decided to present any initial small samples along with the inspiration piece as a ‘landscape’ board. End then selected yarns to show side by side, perhaps elevating one or two by showing them on an individual board.

I think this worked much better, I appreciated the importance of giving work S P A C E !


As I had reflected on in my earlier reflection post, I chose to present my yarns on A2 boards.