Field – Term Two

Today I got the chance to speak with the lovely Emma Smith (Texiles MA) about my plan for the easter break. I found this tutorial very helpful, I knew I needed to balance my time well in order to get everything completed but speaking to emma helped me set personal deadliness and form a plan. It was useful to hear ideas from a different perspective in regards to my project and some of the ideas we discussed helped me invision my final projects in a clearer light.

We spoke about my 30 final samples and as I plan to produce 10 handprinted and 20 digital I need to work out when I can come in to produce them. My timetable helped me with this but I also planned out a list to follow for the first week I am back and I will continue each week to make sure I complete everything.
We also discussed the fabrics I will be using and the different weaves of fabric I want to print my designs onto for some of my final products, for example the rug and the reupholstered fabrics.

I have given myself a personal deadline of the 24th April, this is that the final day I can send of my designs and if I can do this before this date this will give me more time to finish off the rest of my work. I felt this was a very important tutorial and feel a lot less stress now I have worked out how to conserve the rest of my time over the Easter break.



Field – Term Two


Today’s workshop was all about the ancient printing technique that is Shibori. This techqniue is a Japanese term, which derives from the work shiboru. It means to ring or squeeze – squeezing out a dishcloth, ringing out your washing. Leaving a unique pattern on the clothing.

discussed how a key element of her initial interest in Shibori stemmed from a want to communicate her personal battle with depression. An example she discussed was a feeling of being tightly wound up day to day throughout her battle. This feeling was portrayed through a technique of winding up screws and metal bolts very title throughout fabric to create a beautiful shibori pattern. I thought this was a fantastic way of clearing the stigma behind mental health and a great representation of her personal feelings and journey.  Michelle explained that she liked the concept behind using her hands to aid her mind. This continued to reveal that the actual act of making the piece was just as important to Michelle as the final outcome is.

If you are woking with contemporary fibres like polyester, if will scrunch up the fabric. This is used in a controlled way, by applying pressure will create this effect. Clothing pegs will create lovely effects.



Field – Term Two

So after a tutorial with Keiriene I soon came to realise, I don’t have as many ‘Hero’ designs as I do secondary, and repeated patterns. This encouraged me to go home and try and create some more designs. I knew once I had my hero design I could create more repeats and play around with scale and different directions of repeats like I have done with the designs below.

I believe this type of pattern is called ‘Terrazo’ but normally used with brighter colours and different shapes. I have given my own take on this pattern and used softer colours and sharp / rough edges similar to rocks.

The designs below are made from a mixture of hand drawings and mark making technqiues I create at the beginning of the project. The left design is from a bubblewrap print, inspired from rough pebbles and rocks found of the beach during my primary research. I like the uneven shape and the texture of the bubblewrap. I think it represents the true shape and feel of pebbles.

The designs on the right are front continuous line drawings and contour drawings created with fine liners. I scanned them in and had a play around with colour and overlaying of the designs. I think the free, uneven lines create a a very textural feel to my designs and make them more unique.


Field – Term Two

This mornings cohort meeting was different from our weekly ones. We were joined by Stephanie Tuckwell our external examiner for this year who discussed how we have found our studies at CSAD for the previous 3 years.

I was pleased to speak to Stephanie today, spending the time to raise issues (very few) and also discuss with my peers about our experience throughout our three years here. By raising issues this will help give the University a understanding and open the doors to improvement. This will hopefully help our studies as well as the students in the following years to come. It was motivating to discuss previous modules we have completed and skills we have learned throughout our study, discussing techniques we use and the facilities we have available is always a good way to get inspired to create more.


Field – Term Two

Today I presented my work to the external examiner Stephanie Tuckwell. I was very nervous to begin as I was unsure of how I was going to present myself and my work. Looking back, I believe I covered the overall aims and objectives of my project, in the 10 minute time frame we were allocated.

One thing we discussed was my next steps in regards to my project. I will further develop my collection by grouping together my ‘hero’ designs and working on more to reach my goal of 20 designs. I will also try to print some of my current designs onto fabric that I will be using to create my final products.


I wanted to try and create more designs in order to select my favourites later on in the project. have created some simple, linear prints from a lino design I have previously printed with. I really like working in a graphic style with bold print but subtle colours, I want to achieve this style throughout all the designs in my collection.

I have spend my time over the weekend creating more designs that could work in my collection and I will update my blog with any further design developments.


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Field – Term Two

I wanted to create a separate blog post on my fabric experiment using my new screen. I have previously dyed fabrics in the print room, ready to be printed one. I dyed different fabrics, one of which was quite a thick cotton as I plan to print onto a rag style rug so wanted to see how the dye would take to a weaved fabric.

I tried overlapping one on my prints with a the lighter turquoise colour from my palette which was quite faded, but I did like the effect it had looking closer at the sample and I will try to experiment more with this overlapping techniques when printing on more dyed fabric samples.

I also experimented with lighter fabrics like silk. I wanted all of my final products to be made using natural fabrics and this silk was made from bamboo.
I really liked the effect with the way the fabric hangs and the folds, I feel it worked well with the lines and movements in my screen print. I feel this brings out a real abstract feel to my designs, which is something I planned to achieve.



Field – Term Two

So after a very busy week, today I finally got the chance to play around with my new screen in the print room! My designs have come straight from my design book, some continuous line and bling drawing I created. I really like the linear, graphic effect these designs have, inspired from structures of rocks and landscapes.

I started with mixing four colours from my palette and printing straight onto paper, this was a way for me to test out my screen before printing onto fabric.
I am very happy with the results and I think the graphic, abstract effect I wanted to achieve really came through. I particularly like how I have worked with scale and tried different sizes, the composition has worked very well with this size. Next week I will try to achieve some actual designs and used some of my dyed fabrics to print on. I feel this print will work really well on top of some of dyes fabric samples.