Project 1 – stage 4 – Review of project 1

Have you ever thought about drawing in this way before?

Although I have done design courses before, this was a new approach for me. I had never attempted to show emotion through mark making before so this took a little time to get used to. Once I started to open up to the idea I started to enjoy it and found it fun as well as challenging. I hadn’t used ‘crayon scratching’ since doing drawings of fireworks as a child and it was a revelation!

Were you able to be inventive about the range of marks you made?

I must admit it took a while to get going but once I did I found I could be very inventive about the range of marks I made. I always find working with anything on paper harder than on fabric, there is something about a blank piece of paper that I just don’t like but once I started it all started to flow.

Did you explore a wide range of media?

I think I used everything n my art box! It was great fun combining media, some of which I wouldn’t normally think to use together. Stage four really allowed be to find the inspiration to explore a much wider range of media.

Are you pleased with what you’ve done? Will it help you approach drawing more confidently?

Overall I am pleased with what I have done. I was not so pleased with the first few exercises but it was nice to explore drawing in a different way and I feel I did grow in confidence through the course of the project. Stage 3 & 4 were much more interesting and resulted in much more interesting marks.

Which exercise did you most enjoy? Why?

My favourite were the exercises in stages 3 & 4. I feel this was because they related to a source rather than just random mark making. I felt it was less prescribed and I could let my hair down more and be more experimental.

Which media did you most enjoy working with? Why?

The media I enjoyed working with most was collage and printing with bubblewrap and paper to create texture. It produced some really exciting outcomes.

What other forms of mark making could you try?

I would like to try things like gelatine printing and using more wax resist. I would also like to explore rubbing in more depth – perhaps using heavily embroidered textiles to rub over.

How will these exercises enrich your textile work in the future?

I feel it adds another dimension in that I can now think about the type of marks I make and choose marks that show emotion. It is another tool I can use in my work alongside everything else I already use.




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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