Assignment 5, Minerals & Fragments: COLOUR

After drawing, I immediately and very happily turned to colour extraction. Creating yarn wraps are a really helpful way to begin to think out loud the textures, the tones and juxtaposition.

Self directed theme: Minerals & Fragments

Listening to advice from my tutor I strengthened my theme by paring down my choice of objects. I know this as an art tutor myself: the biggest challenge for art students is in the process of refinement. How well are they able to select. It takes some courage and boldness I think to be prepared to get rid of stuff!

By using the theme of Minerals & Fragments, I have chosen my crystal collection, the copper bottle and the fish leather. I took endless photos of these. Playing with light, combinations, composition and scale.

I see photography as a useful tool to look at and explore objects. It’s fast so great for those early days when you want to capture everything.

I made many visual responses. I found painting, drawing and photographing the objects helped me to understand what it was that interested me the most. I like the space around the objects, looking at how they lay next to each other. I spent much time arranging and rearranging them to see what worked.

I also spent time finding words to describe the drawings, so as to help me consider what qualities I wanted to translate.

Many words emerging were: spaced, suggested, watery, fluid, pattern, repeat, edges, scratched, fragment, rose, line, undefined, trails, investigative.

After a lot of consideration I have chosen that I would rather work in depth at my pace although that means I’ll forego tutor support for the last bit as I plan to continue on with ATV through the summer and apply for the Oct/Nov formal assessment.


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.