Assessment Part 4 – Reflective commentary

Assessment part 4- reflective commentary

Technical and visual skills

There were two main areas of development in the area of technical skills in this part of the course: firstly matching colour and understanding proportion and secondly, weaving.    In addition I was working on my theme book in preparation for part 5 of the course unit.    The weaving was an entirely new set of skills of me so I had quite a lot of preparation to carry out to understand the weaving process. Learning new terminology and using new equipment was both exciting and challenging.   Of course this section of the course only allowed an introduction but it was really interesting and I have signed up to take two courses in weaving next year to further my technical skills and to build on what I have learned from this section of the course. Despite having limited technical skills starting this block I really enjoyed the experimentation with yarns and materials and building up a range of yarns that could serve was a wide enough palate and be varied enough to create interesting texture and pattern.     I particularly enjoyed working from source materials, which h reflected the exhibitions I had been to over the last few months.  There was much to learn from the use of colour and proportion used by a range of artists work I had seem which were very varied.    I experimented quite freely – some results were better than others.  I found the time needed to complete even quite small samples was greater than I had anticipated but enjoyable none the less.

Quality of outcome

My output was restricted in size in this section of the course – in part because I wanted to try out several ideas and the process of weaving is quite time consuming.  Nevertheless I felt the samples demonstrated all the techniques asked for in the course and the range of source materials allowed me to work in different ways with very different outcomes in each piece.     I did have the opportunity to develop ideas and concepts and worked in a more interconnected way through the course materials to build on each stage of development.    I also wanted to think about mixed textile and mixed media work which stepped out side was required and take a bit more of risk with how I approached the work.     I feel confident that  I will be able to draw on these  ideas to work through some more complex and resolved pieces of work as I build up my skills in weaving and as I combine what I have learned with other textile approaches.    

Demonstrating creativity

This was quite a technical part of the course.  There was some room for the development of ideas but in the main the section focused on skills development.  I think I took some opportunities to combine what I learned in this section of the course with prior learning and do things a little differently or in addition to what was prescribed in the course materials.  I believe I have completed enough work for this section of the course but I have some further ideas I would like to develop in weaving based on a sample I have already done so have begun work on a larger piece related to the  painting by Gear in black, white and grey.  I will continue to experiment with this as I move on the next part of the course.

Context and critical thinking

I did a lot of research to understand the art and craft of weaving.   I read widely on both the technical side so that, as a beginner in weaving I would understand the skills I was developing.  I also took the opportunity to read about the history and the global influences that act on weaving today and better understood the construction of textiles and how they have developed over the ages.   I was particularly interested in the vast variety of woven textiles from across the globe and how they described the customs and beliefs of the indigenous peoples.  I as really interested in how artists and makers working today draw on those traditions as well as bringing new innovation and fresh perspective to the art and craft of weaving.   I also completed my research in to the work of the textile artist the report for which is in a separate post in this blog.

As well as research in to weaving and textile artists  through course reading I visited several exhibitions whilst undertaking this part of the course.  These included: a visit to the Yorkshire sculpture park; and excellent exhibition by the artist Amar Kanwar: a visit to the Hepworth Wakefield; an exhibition at the quilt museum in York; and a major exhibition of the work of the Scottish colourist, JD Ferguson.

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