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I have finally found some time to set up an etsy shop, I am gradually adding more work every few days so keep checking out my shop:
Resolved Outcomes -
These are the illustrative patterns that I have developed into resolved outcomes. The photos show the original designs, screen prints and framed versions that have been bought by people.
At the start of this project I wanted to develop a series of illustrative patterns based on the theme “Collections”. Throughout the project I came across the term “typology”, after realising that my designs were far more interesting when using typology as an underlying theme I was able to concentrate on this more. Whilst I don’t have set of “final finished designs” I feel the process throughout this term has engaged and excited more than any other project so far and I am really looking forward to taking this further into the next project.
I have developed my initial sketch book drawings into patterns and some into screen prints with the intention of them being applied to products such as notebooks, tea towels and canvas bags. I am planning on looking into this further over the holidays and into next term so that by the end of the next project I will have a good understanding of how to do this. I have really enjoyed this project as I have been able to draw things that are of interest to me and then work on them whilst exploring different mediums in order to learn and figure out which suit me best. As this project is coming to end it comes at a time where I would have been very happy to continue but also it is helpful in giving me time to reflect on the fact I know that next project I need to push the development of the designs into a coherent series of patterns. Whilst I am really happy with some of the designs I haven’t particularly thought about using similar combinations of colours to ensure a unified collection at the end.
I said in my learning agreement that I would start to learn Adobe Illustrator which I have started. It frustrates me a lot as it doesn’t come naturally to me but by the time I graduate I feel I will be confident enough on this programme.
I have found keeping this blog very useful during this project particularly when noting which pieces of work have gotten the most positive feedback, likes and re-blogs. It is also a way of developing my professional practice through raising my online profile. Over christmas and throughout next term I hope to start selling my work online too as well as keeping up the fundraising effort for our final degree show. I have had positive reactions to my work which has helped raise my confidence and reiterated to myself what I enjoy doing and where I want to be in the future.
Mock ups of Diaries.
I have made these mock ups as I stated in this project I would develop a body of developmental work in order to think about potentially transferring them to products next project.
Mock ups of pencil cases.
I have made some quick mock ups of my designs on some notepads, as this is the type of product I would like to see my work on in the future.
Some of the greetings cards I have made from the drawings from this project, and a few of the framed screen prints. I was asked by some people I know from Uni if they could buy some of the framed prints off me, so the blue bicycles and blue cameras are for them, I was asked if I could put the cameras in a black frame.
A couple of people I know from Uni have asked me for a framed bicycle and camera prints to give to their family members as christmas presents which is really exciting! I’m still not used to the idea people will part with money for my work but it is a great feeling and I am happy as I am proud of the work I am producing this year and I am exciting of the possibility of developing on from this project next term.
This is a photo of the Arts Corner Exhibition space yesterday at iboardsports in Bournemouth.
I had hoped to make the fabric screen prints into tea towels but since some of them haven’t set quite properly in order for them to be ok being washed I have been framing some of them to place into exhibitions around Bournemouth to help raise money for our degree show next year. I took the orange bicycle print down to iboardsports at the weekend along with some cards I have made, this is to be part of the Arts Corner which will be open during the weekends throughout December. The red one I am submitting to a christmas exhibition in Flirt Cafe in Bournemouth, I shall also put some of the paper screen prints of both the cameras and bicycles in and possibly some cards.
I was hoping to be able to give another copy of my camera design to Ed on Friday so he could put it onto a fabric screen so on Monday I could go into the print room and print onto fabric, but Ed is away for a few days which I wasn’t aware of. It doesn’t matter too much I was just hoping to be able to both the designs I have screen printed onto paper onto fabric too.
Once I had printed my bicycle print onto fabric I ironed them all to fix the design in place, I then tested the two worst red and orange prints by putting them in the washing machine. I was a bit worried as I have never screen printed onto fabric before, therefore this was all a bit of an experiment. I had some concerns over the orange paint I had used as they were the first ones I did and I didn’t realise that mixing the already mixed paints with the textile fixative wouldn’t work as well as pure acrylic and textile fixative, this is because the paints for paper screen printing is mixed with thinning solution so the screen don’t clog and dry up. I was right with my concerns and the red came out fine but the orange came out slightly patchy, which you can see in the photos, so I can’t use those ones as tea towels as originally intended. However I have learnt from this and won’t make this mistake again!
Today I was screen printing my bicycle design onto fabric in the hope that I can make them into tea towels. I have created an orange design and a red one too. This was the first time I have printed onto fabric therefore some of the prints didn’t go quite as well as I hoped but hopefully I can get back into the print room on Monday to make some camera tea towels