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.