Term Three – Field
To reflect on my progress throughout this module and level 6, I could never have imagined producing a body of work like I have for the degree show. I understand now that the previous modules were good practise to prepare us for our final project and looking back over my previous work, I feel I have come a long way and this project has prepared me as a designer and I now feel I have the confidence as an individual to stride in whatever career path I choose. The professional manner we have been working in has become second nature to me as a designer, I have began to use my own initiative and take decisions and feedback on board in a way that is constructive and useful for my work. I have had to consider every element of my collection, this has made me think like a professional and work in a way that is organised and punctual. Time and general organisation is something I have improved the most from level 4 and something I am very proud of.
This project is very personal to me and I feel this theme suits my style and personality as a individual. I feel my theme was portrayed exactly how I had hoped in my final show and my collection, I have created a mood that shows throughout my whole project. As this project is inspired by my hometown beaches, I have gathered lots of primary research, this is something I have thoroughly enjoyed and drawing more frequently and learning different ways to draw has been very useful. Not getting caught up my drawings by producing quick sketches as helped a lot with the creating imagery stage in preparation for designing. I have discovered my own personal style that I will carry out throughout the rest of my professional career. I have developed a very graphic, linear style that is intertwined with loose, free hand drawings and continuous line marks. I feel this style suits my imagery for this project that is based around the rocks, formations and textures found on the coastline in beaches in Pembrokeshire.
I am really surprised with certain elements of this module that I have enjoyed over other things. I have always enjoyed working with colour and print throughout my three years in University and I feel I have excelled further in my hand printed and surface pattern skills, but surprisingly I have really enjoyed working digitally and working with Photoshop to create designs. Turning my drawings into designs and working with more than one motif is something I find very rewarding, seeing a simple drawing being turn into elaborate design gives me a positive attitude towards my own work and makes all the hard work seem worthwhile. I have really enjoyed working with CAD visuals throughout this module which is another element of the course I have surprised myself with. I had struggled with this software throughout previous years and over time I have developed a skill which now enables me to produce, realistic visuals using my designs and something I feel very happy with. I feel these digital design skills will be very important when job hunting and are skills I can carry on after University.
The actual degree show build was very exciting and with the help of my fabulous buddies I feel I achieved everything I wanted to achieve. These two weeks were massive steps for me, I took my own initiative and seeing my other peers gather so much input from tutors and other peers around them, this encouraged me to independently put together my space and take my own initiative. I wanted this project to be all me and I feel taking on feedback is very important but using it to work with your own ideas is what makes is yours. I feel very proud of my space and having a huge sense of achievement knowing it was all my own ideas. If I could of improved anything, I would have created more hand printed designs using different more techniques. In this project I wanted to work with design techniques that I wasn’t as confident in, like digital designs on photoshop. I have always enjoyed working with hand printing techniques so I really pushed myself to work outside my comfort zone. This meant I created fewer hand printed designs but I now feel confident in all elements of the course which is a positive thing to reflect on.
I feel this project has really helped me put everything into perspective and I can now decide on the things I have enjoyed and things I have struggled with, to help me visualise what career path I want to take in later life. I now feel clear who I am as a designer and I will be using my body of work from this collection to show other designs and buyers the skills I have in these areas. I feel my communication skills and ever growing confidence I have developed throughout University will be assets that can assist me with interviews and job opportunities, making me feel able to take on anything.
To conclude, I feel this module was the right step we needed to take after level 4 and 5. All the work we put into practise throughout University has all come together and has prepared us for out professional careers after we graduate. I feel great sadness for it to all be over, but these three years have taught me a lot and I am very grateful of all the help and shoots I have received throughout my time here.