Key Aspects of Part Three: Colour Studies

This part of the course is broken down into two projects, four exercises and two research points, followed by Assignment 3. The key aspects  of the coursework are investigating colour with reference to textile design: learning to observe, choose, mix, work with and present colour, through practical exploration. Keeping a written record of thoughts, ideas, experiments and outcomes in my Learning Log is required for future reference.

Project 1: Colour Palettes and Proportion

This project is about analysing textiles, identifying the colour palettes (number of colours and proportions of each colour) employed.

Research Point 1

I will research the suggested textile artists and designers, and study examples of their work, recording the findings in my Learning Log (LL).

Exercise 3.1

This exercise involves selecting textiles, studying them closely and making representative paint chips of the colour palettes found in the samples.

Part 1

The key tasks are:-

  • select six textiles (3 printed, 3 neutral with interesting surfaces);
  • identify the individual colours visible in each textile;
  • mix gouache paint to exactly match these colours, and paint it onto 3 x 3 cm squares of paper;
  • present the resulting successful samples alongside the textile, on white paper (unsuccessful samples should be store in my sketchbook);
  • making notes in my LL.

Part 2

Key tasks:-

  • select a textile sample 10 x 10 cm;
  • attach it to white paper, and surround with a 20 x 20 cm pencilled box; and
  • mix gouache paint to match the colours in the textile (make a test sample first) and extend the design to fill the box.

Part 3

Key tasks:-

  • repeat instructions for Part 2 using a neutral textile sample; focus on creating multiple tones of the same colour;
  • record thoroughly in LL.

Research Point 2

  • explore digital resources for textile development and design;
  • record experiences in LL.

Exercise 3.2

This exercise is about analysing a two-dimensional image with respect to the colours and proportions of colours used in that image; selecting linear media that match the colour palette, and exploring placement/proportion of colour, and presenting the palette on yarn wraps.

Key tasks:-

  • select an Old Master postcard with rich, differentiated colours;
  • source representative (in colour and quality) linear media;
  • make 5 yarn wraps with linear representations of the colours, combinations and proportions of colour found in the chosen image (or sections of the image);
  • reflect on the process in my LL.

Project 2: Materials and Composition

The aim of this project is to develop my skills with colour through selection of a visual source; photographing and analysing the colours and proportions of colours in the source material using a range of techniques (paint, collage etc).

Exercise 3.3

This exercise aims to aid me in better understanding colour opacity, through studying transparent objects and isolating the colours and proportions of those colours found in a still life arrangement.

Key tasks:-

  • select 6 transparent/semi-transparent items of differing size and shape;
  • set up a still life composition on white paper, experiment with/without a white background, and with the arrangement of objects;
  • observe the resulting colours visible and experiment with different light sources;
  • paint in watercolour on watercolour paper (20 x 5 cm), forming representative stripes of colour;
  • change the arrangement/focus on one area; change the size and orientation of the watercolour paper, and paint again (5+ examples);
  • keep a record in sketchbook of photos and resulting painted stripe representations;
  • reflect in LL.

Exercise 3.4

This exercise is focused on developing my collage skills with regard to colour and composition.

Key tasks:-

  • photograph a disorderly cupboard or part of the room;
  • assemble (and paint) appropriate papers to represent the colours found in the photo.

Part 1

  • make 3 x A4 collage studies representing the colours and composition of the photo (one ‘simple’; one ‘unusual’ and one ‘complex’);
  • keep notes in LL at all stages of the process.

Part 2

  • select one collage for further development;
  • make a black and white version;
  • make a single colour version;
  • make a multi-coloured version;
  • make and place some colour chips next to the collages, isolating the colours and papers used, on white paper;
  • reflect in LL.

Review Point: Quality of Outcome

I am reminded to refresh my memory about the assessment criteria for the course, particularly the ‘Quality of Outcome’ criterion with regard to content and presentation of my work.

Assignment Three: Colour Communication

This assignment involves judging the merits of the work I have produced; picking which pieces will be presented for assessment; and showing that I am able to design, lay out and present my work in a coherent and logical way, that narrates my learning and skill development in this part of the course.

Key tasks:-

  • read all the reflective notes made during this part of the coursework;
  • lay out my coursework to assess the development and strengths and weaknesses of the work;
  • select work from each exercise;
  • present the work in a beautiful book format, giving careful consideration to the:-

content (make and include text labels, extra paint chips, photographs or yarn or textile samples where necessary) Include a front and back cover.

design/construction (the book should be carefully and precisely made to my choice of size, orientation and layout, using heavy white paper or card as a background. It should have capacity for future additions.)

layout/space (content should be well spaced, uncrowded, carefully ordered, labelled simply, with added text where useful.

Submitting The Work To My Tutor

I will send:-

  • the completed colour resource book
  • samples of work that did not ‘make the cut’
  • LL url
  • related sketchbook work
  • 300 words of written reflection (also in LL)
  • 500 words of reflection of my performance against assessment criteria (also in LL).

Reworking The Assignment

Following feedback from my Tutor, Cari, I should rework items highlighted by her, and reflect on what I have done in my LL.

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