St Fagans Trip

As part of our current module, we were taken out as a group for our directed independent study day at St Fagans national history museum. After being handed out brief we had the opportunity to explore the museum in small groups and carry out the 4 exercises.I can remember visiting this place as a child on school trips so I assumed I was familiar with the surroundings there. Not long after arriving I realized it had been a LONG time since I had been here and I did not recognize it at all. Fortunately, along with that came the chance to explore some of the amazing gardens and building.

Some exercises in the brief allowed us to really open our eyes as to how we see things, we were told to draw things for how we see them and not how we imagine them so for the blind contour drawings it was a fun way to do quick drawings and have no hang ups about how they turned out. I found this exercise very useful and here are some of the outcomes:

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We visited in late October so the scenery was as picturesque as imagined with a crunch after every step and the occasional chance of catching a falling leave if really was the perfect time to visit.

During my visit here I managed to capture some photographs of the flowers, shrubbery scenery around the gardens. Here are a few I took below:

GARDENS AND SCENERY – Photographs taken whilst exploring the garden.

FLOWERS – I even managed to capture a bee landing on a flower.

Whilst inside the beautiful manor house I discovered some beautiful wallpaper with a vintage print I would like to try with print or stitch.

I really enjoyed this trip as drawing is an aspect of the course I really enjoy and being able to draw as freely and independently as we wished was something I feel helped me out with my drawings a lot and definitely expanded my mind of the different ways a sketch can be made.IMG_1095[1]



Stitch Week 1 | Induction

Today was the first day of stitch and before we could start it was compulsory for Maggie to start with a health and safety induction. Once that and the sewing machine inductions were  could have a go on the sewing machines. I was very excited about this I hadn’t used a sewing machine for a few months now and was excited to dive back into it. To get everyone back into the momentum of sewing (first time for a few) we practiced some simple stitches as well as some decorative ones too.

We learnt about twin needles and hanging the bobbin thread to add texture. The sewing machines have 3 settings with different stitches.

We also had an induction to free machine embroidery. I really enjoyed I hadn’t used it much before so it was still quite new to me. We were set an exercise to complete 4 embroidery samples to bring to the workshop for our final week.

I have yet to complete the four samples but I will be sure to post once I have!

Botanical drawings | Cardiff Museum


We recently visited Cardiff Museum as a group to study and draw from some of the botanical archives. As well as some of the archives provided we also had the chance to look through some old book lovely old books with lots of botanic drawings. I decided to use some of the flowers from there as well. I was really excited to start drawing again, I have always been fairly confident with my drawings but not as much with my shading. So I used this as my opportunity to try out different shading techniques.

IRIS FLOWER, STEM AND PETALS – I sketched in pencil for better detail.

BIRDS OF PARADISE FLOWER – I shaded in the flower very lightly and I am thinking about photocopying and trying in colour.

I really enjoyed my experience at the museum, it was nice to get back into series drawing again and being able to take the time to perfect my drawings and try new techniques. I feel it was also very beneficial for me and my fellow peers. A lot of positive feedback was given out, as well as comments and ideas to improve my work. I found these very useful and I was very happy to hear some of the feedback I was given.

Cultural Visit – Cardiff


Our first task was to explore some places around Cardiff we took and interest in or somewhere we would like to explore. Before university I had visited Cardiff on a fairy regular basis. I would say I am familiar with the town centre and some other parts of Cardiff but I found it very refreshing to explore some of the quieter parts and really take in the beauty of some of the more rural places.

The first place I decided to visit for this drawing task was Bute Park. This is a really calm and quiet place in the city and made a perfect place to do some primary research. I visited the park on a fairly sunny day so I managed to capture some of the light really well on a river that runs through the park and the reflections from the castle as the water was really still and clear that day. I also found that in certain spots in the park I was able to photograph some of the shadows from the trees on the castle walls which produced an really nice affect that worked well with the castles stonework.

I began my primary research by looking closely at some of the patterns and textures from some tree bark and drew some of the lines and marks that came through on the bark. I feel some of the lines and marks I produced I come use into my work as they would make really nice patterns to develop into embroidery and use in my stitch work.

I then began to have a walk around and collect some of the fallen leaves and taken a handful home to look at and play around with. I used some of the leaves to make some rubbings with using my chalk pastels and some of the textures and veins on the leave came through better than I expected as the leaves were beginning to die once I had taken them home.


The second place I decided to visit was Llandaf cathedral. I took a walk around the outside and the garden of the building.  I tried to take pictures from different angles. I also took some photo’s of spots around the cathedral that had a similar feel and that were maybe linked to the cathedral in some way.

I decided to look at this place as I love the structure and the design of the building but this building will be something I pass everyday to walk to University and I found myself intrigued to take a closer look. I found some of the textures on the walls and the detailing around the entrances very interesting. I am hoping to try and interpret these in stitch and print in the future!