Part 5 – A piece of your own – Stage 3 – Developing your design

This section started by looking back through my theme and sketch books for ideas for pattern, colour and texture. I had already played around with a couple of samples trying to re-create the texture and colour of rusty gears and decided to carry on with this idea.

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I decided to take the basic gear shape from one of my drawings and the samples above to develop further.  The drawing and samples suited the repeating, interlocking and lace-like idea well and although the original page was in black & white  I experimented with a rusty brown and black background. to apply the rusty gears onto.

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I am really pleased with the design work above and feel that it will work well made up into an item. There is a strong pattern, texture and line to it; yet it remains simple, uncluttered and dramatic. I feel it is a strong, coherent idea and I look forward to moving it towards a completed design.


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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