Part Two: Surface and Stitch: Project 1: Creating Surfaces

Exercise 2.1 Selecting

I cleared a space in my sitting room to lay out the drawings made in Part One: a mini exhibition! Here’s about half of it.

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I spent some time evaluating and reviewing the drawings, with regard to line, marks, texture, scale, pattern and surface qualities, as suggested in the coursework manual, before selecting the following six…

Coursework Part Two

1 Patchwork Quilt Mark Making Drawing I picked this drawing because it has a range of different types of marks and lines, and I may use a viewfinder to focus in on one interesting section. It has a drapeable quality since it is drawn on tissue paper.

2 Digital Flower & Foliage Drawing This was one of my favourite drawings that I made. I liked the colours and different qualities of lines and marks in this piece. It is very flat and glossy, printed on photographic paper, but I think it will be interesting to try to capture these very two-dimensional marks on a three-dimensional surface. I am hoping to be able to use some colour, but I may try a monochrome version as well.

3 Grass Pullover Mown Drawing I felt that this drawing had the potential to produce some interesting surface experiments comparing where the mown and unmown edges of the drawing meet.

4 Rag Rug Collage This drawing has quite a lot of texture already, but I think it could be interesting to try to capture in close-up detail. The contrast between the fraying at the outer edge, large puffs used in the border and smaller balls in the main section should provide some variety.

5 3D Cone Flower Painting/Collage I chose this drawing because of the range of marks and textures – flat, painted marks; balled, cut and torn paper; and various yarns. The torn areas will be of particular interest.

6 Slug Drawing: Parsley Seed Head There are a number of contrasts to explore in this drawing: dusty, powdery flour; rough, chewed areas; matte background; and silvery slug trails. The shape of the seed head itself inspires me to make a 3D version.

Summary

I thought that these were a good representative sample of the drawings I made in Part One: (three from different textile sources and three from different plant sources). They show variety in subject, marks, lines, suggested and actual textures, and different forms to play with. Some drawings have patterns to explore, and/or different scales of marks and forms to experiment with. I think there will also be an opportunity to include repetitions in the pieces I develop from them.

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