I have had mixed feelings about this terms digital brief, not with the brief itself but with using the programs. I am completely new to photoshop and admittedly very scared of it! technology has never seemed to go my way so why should this be any different….? I was quite pleasantly surprised! although I found it very hard to start with (even getting photoshop on my home laptop was a struggle!) i got stuck into it. I am finding the techniques difficult to remember but i have managed to present 5 final designs that i am really happy with and a few techniques that im hoping not to forget over the summer. This term has really made me see how important it is to roll with the times and realize that it cant always be practical work, such as screen printing or stitch, and also that the possibilities are endless once you have mastered how to use things like photoshop and illustrator.
all in all i have learned alot from this term, i think that the more practical side of my course is more suited to me but i thoroughly enjoyed learning new things and am glad to have a little more insight into the digital side of textiles.
Okay, so I’m no Photoshop wizard really, but I have been giving it a go. Part of my digital brief is to create a series of floral designs, here is a little sneak at what I’ve been doing…. Designs to follow ❤
I have been asked to create a digital mood board with my chosen colour theme. after researching i have decided to use a mish-mash of colours, pink, yellow, blue, orange. My intention is to have a retro kind of feel. I have looked briefly at psychedelic designs but i think i’ll need to practice on Photoshop more before get there!
So this term is the dreaded digital brief…. i say dreaded because personally i struggle with technology, im very much a dirty hands kind of gal, id much rather have my face in a tub of paint than a computer screen, but i cant deny that designs done using Photoshop and illustrator can be outstanding! I further understand that if i want to progress in the textiles world then digital is just something im going to have to learn. Now i dont mean to sound negative towards this term, i am looking forward to furthering my knowledge and getting my hand digitally dirty!
Here are some of the designs i have been researching, looking at 60’s prints, tattoo designs and embroidery motifs. i think they could all contribute to interesting designs once i learn how to use them!
Working as part of a group this term was interesting, it enabled me to share my ideas and combine them with others, it was awesome to see how the everyone’s ideas mixed so well as we were all from different sectors. I was really please with the final outcome of the project and got to tie in research from my individual work as they were both based on Keri Smiths book. The book we produces was definitely something I would wold read and take part in, I completed a few explorations for research. in which I collected things from places like the city streets to the forest, i made a collections of rubbings and also collected alternative media to draw and paint with.
I feel that my final piece for the individual field project was a success. I found it a little hard to be creative at first but as my research developed my ideas started flowing, I really enjoyed looking at the grittier side of the city such as the homeless and buskers. I eventually started working with a particular few pictures that I had and narrowed my ideas down to one woman in particular, her face was what captured me and although some might not think its the prettiest of faces i feel i used it to create a quirky, kitsch piece.
During this term i also went to an exhibition called ‘Dark Tales’. I was particularly interested in this as all the work as based on myth and fairy tales. I was inspirational to see so may different ideas, from stitch work mounted onto carved bone to taxidermy covered in jewellery and feathers.