Written Reflection for part 2 ATV: Surface and Stitch

I started this project by brainstorming a list of different types of papers, techniques and tools that I could experiment with. I then looked back at my drawings to select 6 to work from. I looked for drawings where I had captured interesting lines, marks and textures and chose ones that I felt would give the best scope for further development. For each of the works I chose, I wrote lists of descriptive words to help me translate the qualities into paper samples. I wrote notes on papers and techniques I could employ to create effective paper samples, experimenting and logging the results and evaluating the successes and failures.

I took on board what I had learnt in 2.3 to develop my larger considered pieces for 2.4. I now had a better idea of the properties of different papers and how they might react. Using a viewfinder was very beneficial in selecting interesting areas of work- a part instead of a whole can give a whole new perspective on a piece of work and it’s something I will definitely use again. I feel I chose works which allowed for the criteria of scale, repetition and placement.

I feel I have gained new knowledge on how different materials will react to manipulation. Also using stitching in new and different ways and combining the materials and stitch to create a ‘feeling’ or tactile representation of a drawing has given me new ways to work which I may not have considered before. I feel I have opened up a bit more in this project, trying not to worry so much about whether something is right or wrong and experimenting and not worrying if something doesn’t turn out right- if it doesn’t work I have still learnt something and these failures often lead on to something that does work. I have made comprehensive notes detailing all the experiments which will be useful to look back on and have researched different artists, created Pinterest boards for inspiration and looked at several books on manipulating materials and going from drawing to stitch.

I need to still learn to push the boundaries a bit more and not be afraid to experiment and developing skills to enable me to move a piece of work forward, taking it in a new direction with different materials but still having it embody the essence of the original piece.