Project 1 – Stage 2 – Exercises 1 & 2

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Today I have been working on Exercise 1 & 2 from Project 1 – Making Marks. This involved exploring expressive mark-making. The first exercise included making marks that are expressive of words like: Fast, Slow, Hard, Soft, Sharp, Delicate, Bumpy, Smooth, Sensuous, Sad & Happy.

Although I have done similar exercises before I did find this one more difficult than expected. Especially when trying to make a happy or sad mark. Fast, Slow, Sharp, Soft etc. are quite self explanatory but expressing emotion? Anyway I think I achieved it in some way with marks that were like explosions or implosions, jumpy or slightly wavy.

The second exercise called for different pencils to be used to create three areas of tone.

Here are some of the experiments:

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About Julie Hooker

Having recently returned to my roots in Surrey, I am currently studying a BA Hons degree with the OCA. My work is often inspired by the local countryside in the beautiful Surrey Hills area and the wild rugged nature of the North Cornish coast. Steam engines and abandoned industrial history are also recent themes. A free machine embroiderer and felt maker; I like to explore the use of natural, found materials to create my art, whether that be as raw materials to stitch or weave with or as a material with which to produce dye or print with. Previously, I completed City and Guilds parts 1 & 2 Creative Embroidery at the East Berkshire College in Windsor in 2007. I was also awarded first place in the wearable art section of the National Quilt Championships 2008 and 2009 held annually at Sandown Park.
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