Tutor report – Assignment 2

Overall Comments

Julie this is a strong assignment with many positive elements.  You have made good use of your sketchbook to explore your design ideas.  There is a sound use of colour and a thorough investigation into stencil print methods.  The work is displayed with care, feeling cohesive and easy to navigate.  Your learning log is well organised and reflective.  However you do need to include research material between each assignment.

Assessment potential (after Assignments 2 and 4)

I understand your aim is to go for the Textiles Degree and that you plan to submit your work for assessment at the end of this course. From the work you have shown in this assignment, providing you commit yourself to the course, I believe you have the potential to succeed at assessment.  In order to meet all the assessment criteria, there are certain areas you will need to focus on, which I will outline in my feedback.    

Feedback on assignment

Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Quality of Outcome, Demonstration of Creativity

For this assignment you have submitted a collection of appealing printed samples.  They have been displayed in an effective way.  There has been an exploration of colour and design possibilities.  You have chosen an interesting subject area of the wind turbines and the electricity pylons. Through drawing and collage you have looked at their potential as printed design motifs.  Based on what you learnt through drawing you have created a range of possible printed designs in a number of colour palettes.  I have a few suggestions in how you could further develop this assignment.

Placement.  I suggest you spend some time thinking about and experimenting with placement.  From this current assignment it is clear you are starting to do this but you could develop this further.  The pylon motif is very effective with its strong lines and recognizable silhouettes.  In this assignment you appear to have based the motif around the central space and they are all of a similar size.  I think you could have explored the size of the motif more fully by shrinking it down to a few centimeters and expanding it so only a part of the motif fits on the paper or fabric.   Working at A1 and A2 size helps further inquiry in your design ideas.  I use a roll of wallpaper lining cut into the size I wish to work at or spread it across my kitchen table, drawing or printing across it then cutting out the arrangements that appeal to me.  

When thinking about a base colour or design to print your motif onto I suggest you always create you own.  The green/blue/grey stripes work well with your print but sadly it is not your own work.  I think you should consider producing your own version in the same or similar colour palette.  This will avoid any confusion about what is your work. * These were part of a selection of early experiments printed onto patterned ready printed fabric. I have clearly labeled these samples as such to avoid any confusion.

In your samples you have put the motif together to create new forms and shapes.  This is great.  Consider exploring this more by layering or putting multiple motifs together of different colours and sizes.  Think about rotating the motif, placing different sizes and colours along side each other or alone.  The negative space is as important as the designs you are using.

Colour palettes.  For this assignment you have explored in many colours.  This is great but it feels slightly haphazard.  My suggestion would be to spend some time creating several possible colour palettes using colour chips.  This can be done by mixing paints or using a computer programme like Photoshop.   Take a look at Design Seeds website, nearly every day new colour palettes with the image that inspires them is posted.  You can use these for your work (referencing where you acquired the colour palette) or take the colours from a photo you have.  If you are struggling to find the right photo in your collection use a photo from a magazine or website that you think is suitable.  There is also a website called Unsplash that has images you can use copyright free.  Reference any images you use that are not your own to ensure things are clear at assessment. *Thank you I will take a look at these. I was repeatedly drawn to the sunset colour scheme used in many of the source pictures. I chose the photograph of the pylon not only for the shapes but also the colour. This is now displayed more prominently on the design board for the final sample

Use your learning log to discuss your testing and experimentation in placement and colour.  Share your thoughts and ideas about what worked and what didn’t and why.  This thinking and working through possibilities is an analysis of your own work and thinking critically.  Pin point what it is that works about certain samples and not others.  This could be to do with the scale, colour palette, placement, etc.  Then reflect on how you found this process of analysing your work. *Thank you, it is really hard to know what to place where. Everyone seems to get really confused where all the work should go; sketchbook, learning log or final board!



Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Demonstration of Creativity

Your sketchbook contains a range of good explorations of your chosen design idea through drawing, collage and printing.  Several media have been used in a number of colours.  You appear to have taken on board my suggestions from your previous assignment.  I particularly like the page with a number of small versions of possible design ideas.  I am not sure that the quality of the paper in the sketchbook helped with your pencil drawings.  I suggest you use paper of a softer more forgiving surface.  

Continue to develop your sketchbook skills by drawing regularly in a wide range of mediums.  Add brief descriptions of what is being looked at.  What media and methods have been used, what did you learn from the sketch, and any ideas and thoughts you have about using the drawing in a textile design.

Learning Logs or Blogs/Critical essays


Your learning log is a little too brief.  It is well laid out with a good number of images of your work.  I suggest you label the images so the assessor will know exactly what they are looking at.  For example what materials and mediums have been used.   You should also be including research material for each assignment.  This includes the work of other artists and any photographs you have taken as inspiration for your designs.  For this assignment you could have investigated other textile artists who examine the impact of the man made world on the natural environment.  Add your thoughts about the work, look at materials, methods, placement, scale, etc.  (This is how to develop critical thinking) Gathered together images from magazines or from the web of wind turbines and pylons.  Collected written information on the political struggle for renewable energy. (Add your thoughts) Perhaps most importantly photographs that you have taken of your subject that you used to draw from.  Taking photos or drawing directly from a source is the best way to get to know it.  You will choose your angle to view it from, get a feel for scale and movement that being there gives you.  Then go onto discuss the images and how you may use them as design ideas. *I have re-written the blog posts and added to them in response to these suggestions thank you.


Suggested reading/viewing


Use the suggested reading/viewing list from the last feedback form to add research to your learning log.

Follow up my suggested websites and additional research material for your learning log.

Pointers for the next assignment

  • Maintain your excellent working practices
  • Continue to develop your sketchbook
  • Include research material in your learning log

Well done Julie, I look forward to your next assignment.  


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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