Assignment 3: Reflection and Assessment Criteria

Part 3 had been a whirlwind. As always, I wish I could spend more time than I have on the tasks.  I feel that I am reflecting on this at a point where it is 80% complete. I would like to return and update these reflections once I complete the colour book.

I was surprised how much I enjoyed studying the colour in the Rubens painting. I would have happily spent more time on that, playing around with the different ratios of colour. It had so much depth. The more I looked at it the more I could see different colours and tones that I hadn’t picked out before. I have certainly gained more knowledge on the use and application of gouache and watercolour, the properties of colour mixing.

I have sent my incomplete book to my tutor. Despite picking up the pace a lot more in this assignment, I have still found it very hard to be bold with my selections. Learning how to choose what is priority to get everything done within the time allocated. I felt like I wanted to do more, explore more and play more, particularly with the yarn wraps and the collages.

So I would rather hand in the ‘book’ as is, since I am interested and excited at the prospect of considering presentation and layout. I have learnt that this part can often go unforgotten, and something I am clear and would like to focus on just as much as the making and the researching is how to communicate all that. I want to consider what are the moods of the colours I am presenting and what would suit best. I didn’t want to rush it for the sake of it. I feel there is a lot to learn in this area.

I have found it challenging to pick out my strengths here as I feel it is so unfinished and incomplete. I think some of my collage work has some interesting elements. With almost all of the tasks I found it imperative to try them out a few times. To do more than what is asked for as the first ones are often trials/getting it out of the way so to speak. More confidence is gained by trying this out, knowing that not everything hinges on one idea/experiment being ‘successful’. I am also learning to follow my own interest and voice. For instance although I did paint out some colour ‘swatches’ to use, cut and rip up. I was much more drawn to using found papers, old magazines or old art pieces.

To summarise what I feel is incomplete.

I have not:

  • written up my research on artists (Research Point 1)
  • Made and bound the book
  • Stuck in my work and added labels, considering presentation of themes, aesthetic and layout.

Reflection against assessment criteria

  • Demonstration of technical and visual skills – as I worked with the gouache, my understanding for its’ properties improved. The yarn wraps became less awkward the more I did them. My watercolour work needs some refinement and painting out stripes I realised I left some gaps in-between.
  • Quality of outcome – although there is no finished book I think there are the beginnings of communicating my work with some sense of coherence. There is an emerging format
  • Demonstration of creativity – this is probably strongest with the collages, especially the monochramatic and multi-coloured study. There is something about both that I have found to be my strongest pieces and I look forward to seeing how I can present them as a certain mood.
  • Context- some of this has occurred in the making. I have found making notes the best way rather than only rely on the blog. The blog allows me to summarise, but as I am working and making and experimenting many decisions are being made that are not noted or articulated other than in the way they inform my next decision
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Research Point 1: Artists working with found, recycled, worn or discarded materials

 

For this research point, I did spend some time looking at other artists and designers however my interest went back to Celia Pym, which I put off looking at merely because it seemed like an obvious choice, however I have known of her work vaguely for a while, and then having listened to her interview on Woman’s Hour having been selected as one of the finalists for the Woman’s Hour Craft Prize I decided I was so drawn to her work that I would focus on her.

I like what she has to say about understanding people and how they might live their lives by engaging in more depth with their clothes, the worn ones. Interesting to hear that she has found how people place value on their clothes and often the items they want to have mended are not always the expensive ones it is their favourite item, the one they feel most comfortable in and that they count on. She selects the work based on what people give her, however she stresses in her interview that she is not a ‘recycler’.

This interests me in the way I might select my materials. I have chosen not to buy any new fabrics for this project but to choose from what I have a round me. This is partly a way of keeping myself in check and to help with decision making (see this post where I discuss how a dialogue with my tutor reminds me to keep a limited ‘palette’)

Something about the darning and the way a problem like a hole is solved through delicate stitching is beautiful. Again, this links to theme of Wabi-Sabi.

This influences my decisions with stitch, and how I can relate this to some of the drawings and paper manipulation samples that I am using in particular to inform my final pieces for this assignment.

y interest went back to Celia Pym, which I put off looking at merely because it seemed like an obvious choice, however I have known of her work vaguely for a while, and then having listened to her interview on Woman’s Hour having been selected as one of the finalists for the Woman’s Hour Craft Prize.

I like what she has to say about understanding people and how they might live their lives by engaging in more depth with their clothes, the worn ones. Interesting to hear that she has found how people place value on their clothes and often the items they want to have mended are not always the expensive ones it is their favourite item, the one they feel most comfortable in and that they count on.

This interests me in the way I might select my materials. I have chosen not to buy any new fabrics for this project but to choose from what I have a round me. This is partly a way of keeping myself in check and to help with decision making (see this post where I discuss how a dialogue with my tutor reminds me to keep a limited ‘palette’)

Something about the darning and the way a problem like a hole is solved through delicate stitching is beautiful. Again, this links to theme of Wabi-Sabi,

This influences my decisions with stitch, and how I can relate this to some of the drawings and paper manipulation samples that I am using in particular to inform my final pieces for this assignment.