Key Aspects of Part Five: Building A Collection

This part of the course is laid out as three linked projects, with one research point, followed by Assignment 5. The key aspects of the coursework are to refer to earlier coursework and make new drawings, yarns and textiles exploring the source material with the knowledge gained so far on the course.

Visual evaluation of the source material through new drawings and sample-making will feed into the development process, along with contextual research of my chosen artist or designer. Documenting the process through reflection in my Learning Log (LL), keeping technical records, and taking clear photographs will be necessary for presenting the work.


Research artists mentioned in the course guide.

Introductory Task

Reflect in my LL about the ‘laboratory versus factory’ quote by Chris Ofili.

Project 1: Developing Visual Research

This project involves selecting drawings from my previous coursework, or new, related, inspirational material, to draw from, with the benefit of my learning in this area. The key tasks are:-

1 Review visual research from the Introductory Section, and Parts 1 and 2 of the course).

2 Reflect on the stronger and weaker aspects of the work in my LL.

3 Select a project from the three options provided, considering which will be the most satisfying to work with and build upon.

4 Email Cari with my choice and a brief action plan.

5 Describe how I plan to approach the project in my LL.

6 Make 10 new drawings in any media and any size. The emphasis is on generating new information (marks, lines, and colour palettes) and taking an experimental approach.

Project 2: Building A Response

In the second project I will be developing materials to enhance the information gained in project 1 in presenting a textiles capsule collection. Key tasks are:-

1 Observe the drawings from project 1, paint and present paint chip or stripe designs from one or more of the drawings. Give consideration to the proportions of colours in the palette.

2 Research 1 or more artists, designers or design companies that I admire. Compile a small research file containing both visual and written information. Reflect in my LL on what I can learn from this person/company, to influence my approach.

3 Create a series of 10 – 15 textile concepts using paper and other surfaces to develop ideas, textures and structures.

  • revise work carried out in Part 2 and re-read the course guide for this section
  • refer to my colour palette to guide investigations
  • translate the range of qualities shown in the drawings
  • source new materials to work with

4 Develop 8+ yarn/linear concepts, with reference to the techniques learned in Part 4 of the course. (Translate linear qualities from drawings into material explorations).

  • yarn designs should be combined with, and applied to, textile concepts
  • keep a sketchbook/workbook specifically for this project. Show developmental work/ideas
  • present key pieces and larger-sized pieces separately from the workbook

 Project 3: Experimenting and Taking Risks

This project encourages me to experiment and take risks with the translation of qualities in my drawings, through to the creation and manipulation of materials, and stitch exploration. Textile and yarn concepts will be developed into textile results.

  • revisit earlier processes if appropriate
  • select a focus for the experimentation (eg, a material or technique, different scale, colour, etc)
  • one experiment should lead to the next sample, including analysis and evaluation at every stage
  • be sensitive to the materials, processes and techniques employed, and learn from explorations

1 Make 10+ experimental textile samples.

Assignment Five: Your Capsule Collection

This assignment involves presenting my work to clearly show the developmental aspect, and to communicate the most interesting and attractive findings and outcomes.

1 Study and evaluate the work created so far in Projects 1 and 2. Decide which can be further refined and improved upon.

2 Make a capsule collection of 6+ related samples (minimum size 30 cm square). These pieces should show an increased perfection of technique and finish, building on the previous samples.

3 The capsule collection should be presented simply and appropriately on white/pale card. The order and unity of the collection should be considered. Samples should be attached by the top edge/top corners only.

Written Reflection

500 words reflecting on learning and development achieved; strengths and weaknesses; future work, added to LL and sent to tutor.


Performance against assessment criteria for this course (500 words), added to LL and sent to tutor.

Rework The Assignment

After feedback from Cari, I should rework parts of the work according to her guidance and reflect on this in my LL.


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