Exposure Week 9 – More Collage and Designing

This week I have continued to paper cut and collage, and have also kept on designing. I have cut/collaged some small motifs, taken from my previous drawings which I have/will take into designs.

The patterns below are taken from the paper cuts I did that were inspired by the statues at Tiwanaku. I previously made a design similar to the left-hand design, but it was completely digital. I think the cut version is a big improvement, I really like the texture that it brings to the design, and it fits in much better with the rest of the collection. I then played around with the placement motif I created, which also works quite well repeated.

Below are some simpler repeats that I made using the same shapes, which I like, especially the ‘zig zag’ design. I think it would well small scale, on a product like a pencil case or a notebook. The design with the yellow background is quite blocky, and a bit too simple for me.

I really like the left-hand design below, and I think it is a really strong design for a notebook, with the pattern going around the side and onto the back, with perhaps ‘notes’ or some similar text to the right. I think because there are so many colours used, the white background makes it look really fresh and crisp. The design on the right would be an all-over repeat, with the collage taking up the majority of the surface. I have done/am planning to do a few of this kind of design, where the collage is all over, not cut up and arranged as it is on the other designs. I think it looks really nice and uncomplicated, and it gets across the texture element of my theme.

Next, I need to work on my main hero designs, to make it easier for myself to create co-ordinates, as most of my designs only feature one motif each (or several very similar) and I need to expand my design options!


Professional Practice – Michelle Griffiths

For our final professional practice session, we had a talk from Michelle Griffiths, who works with shibori. I attended a talk by her in first year, and it was interesting to hear her story again and to see what else she has done in the last two years. The word shibori comes from ‘shiboru’ which is the action of squeezing/wringing fabric, and shibori is embellishing textiles by shaping and securing it before it is dyed. In Michelle’s case, she doesn’t always add dye to the mix, and creates beautiful shapes out of fabric just by tying objects into it or sewing and gathering it – taking shibori one step further, turning it into art. I enjoy seeing work like Michelle’s, where a traditional technique has been modernised or changed to give it another use or new lease of life.

Exposure Week 8 – Patterns!

This week I have focused on taking the collages I have done, and turning them into repeat patterns. I have featured some of them in this post, with the majority of them having an element of collage within them.

The above patterns are made from a collage that I did which was based on a tiled archway. I like how the curve is an easy shape to play around with, and it allowed me to try out quite a few different arrangements. The above two are my favourites, the one to the left because even though it is a basic repeat, the curves make it pleasing to look at, and the arches seem like they are linked. The design to the right is a bit psychedelic, in the way that it makes your eyes go a bit funny if you look at it for too long, but I like that! I made the motif just playing around with copy and paste as well as scale, and I like the variety of sizes used in the design.

These two patterns were also made using a collage that was inspired by tiles on a building (in the same area as the inspiration for the curved designs). I wanted to replicate that diamond shape that is seen in Quechua textiles, traditional in the Bolivia/Peru area of South America. However, I’m not sure if these are the best representation of them. I think because of the scale of the products my designs are intended for, the number of small squares in the designs would be too much, and wouldn’t be great to look at.

The two designs above are taken from drawings of statues in the ancient city of Tiwanaku, near Lake Titicaca. I like how the faces are in ‘boxes’ in the left hand design, and this could probably be taken and used with other imagery too. However, as most of my designs do not feature figurative imagery, I think the more abstracted design on the left works better in terms of fitting into the collection. It would work well as a placement print, to go on a cushion for example. However, the design is completely digital and doesn’t fit in with the collection because there is no element of collage, so I am going to create a collaged version.

These two designs are very similar, as they use the same imagery, but I just changed the space between the shapes. The shapes come from tiles again, but this time I collaged using brighter, more vibrant colours, which have a younger, more exciting feel. I prefer the right hand design, where the shapes are closer together, and I can really see it on a notebook.

External Examiner Meet

My meeting with Stephanie, our external examiner went well, we talked through my work so far and what is coming next. She suggested that in my drawings I could perhaps be more playful with my lines and include colour, as my drawings are mostly black fineliner. She also told me to make sure that the digital versions of my collages aren’t too flat, with the same weight of line in them, think of scale and what materials are really suited to my client.

Once out of the studio, I discussed what was said with Keireine, and it’s clear that I need to decide on the groups within my collection and start working on getting my numbers of designs up. I am going to come up with my groups and decide what can be included in each one, and I think that then I will feel a lot better and relaxed about the collection, as I currently feel a bit stressed!


Exposure Week 7 – Collage and Pattern Making

This week I have focused on collaging, looking at shapes in my inspirational images, some from buildings, as well as nature. Some of the collages are to create a background, and others depict something physical, but the shapes in all of them are inspired by Bolivia.

The collages above and the bottom left are inspired by a building I saw in a small town whilst on a trek, which had lots of tiles adorning the outside of the building, in lots of tones of blue. I like how the cut paper looks quite similar to the tiles, as they weren’t perfectly placed in line, and the cut paper emphasises this.

The collage above to the right is also inspired by a trek (called Apolobamba), and includes things that I saw along the way, using photocopies of paintings and drawings in my sketchbook. I like this collage, but I think it could be improved by including other elements like cut/ripped paper. It is very full on because it is compiled completely of drawing and painting, where adding plain blocks of colour could give ‘breaks’ to the eye.

Above and below are some designs that I have taken from some of the collages that I have previously done. The ‘feathers’ design looks good but loses its charm slightly compared to the original collage, which is not so square and has more personality, because of it’s unusual shape. I am going to create some more designs using the collage but I will keep the shape of the original visible. With ‘fabric’, it was difficult to get a perfect repeat, as the background is a collage, not a plain colour but I do like using the collage as a background – I just need to work out how to repeat it properly!

The ‘cats’ design (so-called because the faces that feature are cats that appear in Quechua textiles) loses the impressiveness of the big collage, as there is a lot of detail and when it’s made smaller it’s not as visible, so I think it would work better as a placement print. The stripe comes from sections of a big collage that I did, and I modified the paper parts on Photoshop to create the stripes. I like how the texture comes across in the stripes and it’s started to bring the pink into the collection.

TV and Film Careers Forum

On Wednesday afternoon I attended the TV and Film careers forum, which took place in the heartspace. Es George suggested that I may be interested in something like set design, so I went along to find out more. There were a few speakers, some not really relevant to me, but interesting all the same. Below are the notes I took from each speaker.

BBC Wales – Louise Hillam

creating title sequences – has to work across all media, tv, social media etc, and brand goes through everything (consistency)

if you decide you want to work in the industry, do lots of research, know what lots of different companies do, know what you can bring, be a team player. work consistently to a high standard, sustain performance under pressure, high volume workloads and quickly

strong interest in design of all types, passion and enthusiasm for media production

Brees Media – Anna Brees

started off in newspaper, 10-year news reporter career in BBC and ITV. Now works for herself creating news style youtube videos all done on her phone.

Emina Red – PR and Communication Specialist

manage social media accounts etc, be passionate and enthusiastic.

Paul Sander

took a year out to do placement – given him new skills and ideas for his third and final year of degree.

It’s my shout – Roger

paid placements in TV and film including set design.

Final Updated Mood Boards

Below are my final updates on my mood boards for the ‘Consultancy’ brief. I changed them again because the first edit was too far the opposite way – I had gone from too busy to too blank! I kept my boards to squares this time, as it gives them a clean, tidy feel; and keeping the backgrounds the same also gives all the boards a coherent feel too. I am pleased with them, as each one clearly shows what I intended for it to show – you can tell exactly the theme and customer etc. They give the feel of the collection while showing the style that the cards will feature, and I think they are a big improvement on all the previous versions of the boards!

new theme
colour board
client board
competitor board redone