Reaching the end of my fifth and final assignment has felt more of a milestone in many ways. From losing the will in part two creative writing to getting back to it in part four photography and then realising quite quickly that textiles and any studying of it full time isn’t for me.
I have spent an awful lot of time worrying about my final assignment and also the following assessment of my work. I know that this is silly and I can ask for help but once the fog has cleared a bit from the past few months I will be submitting in January.
For my fifth assignment I looked at how textiles play a key role in their environment.
I chose to analyse and explain the fabrics that I came across on a visit to the Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool, to see the exhibition- Love Life 2 by Jonathan Baldock and Emma Hart.
I enjoyed the richness of the exhibition and the ways in which textiles and colour were used within it. I have started my assignment based on the feedback I received and this goes for the previous four as well. I can see now with the assignment feedback I received that I have made mistakes and have not always been very clear in the ways in which I wanted to say something. I haven’t always expressed my views in the best way, a bit like this corker- ‘I have chosen to look at the installation which was a giant head made out of felt stitched together.’ I can now see that ‘giant head’ isn’t the best way to describe something no matter how much it looks like one.
I have felt that my tutors feedback has always been constructive and it has pushed me to look again at what I have written and how I have described something. Once what I have written has been questioned and that ‘something’ has been pointed out, I see it and I usually feel a bit silly for not seeing it in the first place. This is all part of the learning process so I try to use it for the better. Read and read again.
As I have worked through each project in part 5, I have been surprised at how much we use and rely on textiles and how their usage is everywhere. The sustainability processes interested me greatly and how we can be better at recycling and making clothes last. The print and pattern sections I also enjoyed as picking any fabric or fashion designer to research will give you so much to go on. I chose Matthew Williamson for some of my research and I became embroiled in all of his variations of prints and patterns which stem across clothes, settees,wallpaper and jewellery.
The parts about the cut of an item and how it is styled to fit and move was very interesting as again I didn’t know much about the details that go into clothes making. The artists research into the context of textiles was also very interesting and showed me artists I had never heard of before and this made me look into their work further such as Christo and Jeanne Claude’s-surrounded islands.
I found by researching the Chanel cat walk shows I became obsessed with the events as a whole, the fashion, the music and how it all works. It is the parts like this I found interesting and really brought the section to a good rounded end as it tied in well from the beginning of fabric production to the end design stages and finished products.
I feel my learning log has progressed well and even though I still have a lot of posts to catch up on such as writing about exhibitions I have visited this year, I am happy with it and it runs smoothly and works well within the sections. I hope for it to become a go to for myself as a research blog as well as for my course tutors to see.
I think I have gained a lot from this first course as it has given me a very clear idea on what it is I wish to continue with, what I find interesting and what I do not wish to pursue. I look back now over part 5 and I was very excited to be starting it but coming to the end I have decided that textiles isn’t something that I wish to pursue further. The whole point of Creative Arts 1 is to give you a choice and an introduction to each medium ready for your chosen pathways and I think visual culture and art history research is what I would like to continue with.