Assignment 3 – Project 1


Exercise 3.1 Gouache Studies

I selected three printed samples containing 4-6 colours and one neutral (beige/cream/grey/white) textile that has an interesting surface.

I worked with gouache paint some I had from a long time ago (hardly used) and I found that my yellow had dried up and my blue was not much better.  I am once again in Indonesia at the present and managed to buy some gouache paints for seven dollars made in China.


My printed samples are presented on white watercolour paper with the corresponding colour chips attached below.

3.1 Sample 1


3.1 Sample 2

IMG_62363.1   Sample 3

IMG_6240PART 2

I selected my printed square and drew my 20cm square and place the fabric in the centre.  I mixed my gouache paints again and tried to match to the sample by extending the design out to the 20cm square size.


This was an interesting exercise – some worked better than others – I found the colour of some changed when dry – paler/chalkier which was disappointing.  On the positive side the exercise has made me think much more about graduations of value with a base colour – adding black to make a deeper shade – adding white as a tint.  Combining colours and adding some black or some white in my efforts to match as closely the colour. I also noted different proportions of colour e.g. sample 2 lots of white on the selected background with pops of colour in the pattern.

Assign 3 Exercise 3.1 PART 3

I selected my neutral sample and placed on a 20cm square of paper.  The fabric sample was bought in the Jakarta Fabric Market – see photograph of stall below:


The market is just the most amazing place to visit – there are all types of fabric – cotton, silk, blends, velvet and trims some very exotic.  There are hundreds of stalls and it is very ‘squeeze’ but the tactileness and colours of the fabrics are alluring.

My neutral fabric with the colours extended into the 20cm square:



National Museum of Indonesia Part 1

I went to the National Museum of Indonesia located in Jakarta yesterday.  It was a wonderful experience. I saw textiles from various ethnic groups from different islands within Indonesia and wonderful very old statutes.

I have so many ideas from my visit.  My first selection of photographs is of barkcloth textiles – the colours and the texture was great.  Interestingly bark cloth differs between island groups in terms of its fine texture to rough texture.IMG_6113IMG_6114IMG_6120IMG_6118IMG_6121I really liked the patterns and can see them informing free form embroidery in the future.


How to make Bark Paper – if only it was this easy!!

IMG_6140This has given me more ideas in terms of the papers that I stitched for Assignment 2 – taking it further with imitation bark cloth and a piece of real bark cloth that I obtained.

Cannot wait to work on drawings and samples in my Work Book.

Tutor Feedback – Assignment Two

Assignment Two – Tutor Feedback

I was really pleased with my Tutor’s feedback on Assignment 2. She commented that it was a “well thought through and considered body of work”. My Tutor also spent time in the feedback advising on developing my Learning Log/Blog and the development of my visual research skills by drawing and writing about the work I look at.

I have drawn up the following Action Steps following the Feedback:


1.Need to supply far more of my sketchbook/workbook work including work processes – PHOTOGRAPHS of all pages in my workbook. With the drawing work include the extra work using the “Drawing Projects” book and all samples.

2.Develop further my written skills about artworks – be aware of the words and phrases used. Include images of my work in progress. This will give me the chance to highlight areas in a sample as it progresses or the opportunity to record a stage of development that will later be lost (I am so guilty of this!).NB


1.Written content well done but need to include far more IMAGERY e.g. take a photograph of a page you are discussing in Drawing Projects that relates to the artist’s work you are interested in. Can do this by including an image of work that interests me and then start by using drawing to make an observational study. This does not have to be accurate but helps to show what I see and ideas and thoughts flow. This assists my work too.

2.In terms of Gallery Visits and researching UK artists I need to add IMAGERY as well as words. Also what I am not studying this could be from Pinterest, Facebook magazines like Selvedge books. Museums, theatre, architecture, TV, posters and parks.


Overall fine. Tutor suggests I continue to explore new materials, bringing in ones not mentioned in course material if I find them. Continue to use my drawing to inspire my sample making and recording ideas.


Improved. Suggests that I use watercolour, water-soluble crayons and inks also. Quirky tools like feathers, kitchen implements etc. Use my analytical skills to analyse my drawing and how to continue my development.


1.Kyra Cane’s book “Making and Drawing”. I have bought a copy and will review.

Assignment Two: Written Reflection

Assignment Two: Written Reflection


My immediate thought when I finally got to the end of the work for Assignment Two was one of relief.  The Assignment and Project Work was lengthy, and there are reasons for this that involve my approach and understanding about  the course, my discipline and organisation, illness and the distraction of other commitments.

I learned a tremendous amount as I  progressed through the exercises.  I had never really used a sketchbook to inform my work or drawing.  Drawing has been and continues to be a big learning curve.  What I thought was drawing was really outline sketching and this has been satisfactory for my efforts in my past fibre work.  So I have been learning to draw and to practice drawing and I have begun to find it enjoyable.  I like the way it is training me to really look and see objects and nature.  I am continuing to access external material/courses to help with my drawing.

I have gained insight into taking the drawing, the paper manipulation and thread on paper through to textile pieces and I really am happy with this discovery.

My organisation skills and approach to the course have improved in the last few weeks.  I now have a system in place that works for me and I try to work on my course each day as opposed to earlier doing some than not doing any work for a period.  I find using mind mapping to visualise what is needed has helped and a more detailed project plan. I have fought off a few illnesses and feel really well now which is great.

My strengths with the work so far are in my stitching and fabric use.  I have used stitch on a variety of papers and fabric.  I like the fact I hand dyed all the fabrics and found this worked well for choosing what fabric to use in the stitched pieces.  I felt much more confident when I moved to the paper manipulation and the stitched samples.  I could see the progression from the drawings and the importance of the drawing but with thread and cloth I felt more at home although I used different approaches and substrates.  I deliberately used a very narrow colour scheme because I love colour and that would have distracted me from the work needed.

Assessment Criteria

Demonstration of Technical and Visual Skills

I think for materials, techniques (other than drawing), observational skills, visual awareness, design and compositional skill I have learnt and developed.  For drawing I made a big error in that I thought that I was drawing and I was outline sketching I also did not understand what was required (my mistake).  Not until I was given feedback on Part One did I realise what I was aiming for – what I really needed to strive for. I have been working on my drawing since then and  I have improved. I am continuing to access external materials and courses.  Whilst I have used some innovation in my samples I want to do more experimental work with fabric, paper and stitch together and separately. I think I relate to my materials and methods but need to stretch myself and see further the opportunities to take risks and use other approaches and materials.

Quality of Outcome

In terms of content, application of knowledge, presentation of work in a coherent manner discernment, conceptualisation of thoughts, communication of ideas  I have presented my work in a logical way and tried to explain how I got to a certain point.  I have translated my designs into fabric keenly and can see that I have so much more experimental work to explore.  I have communicated my Research Points well and have done a thorough job on researching each one.

Demonstration of Creativity

Imagination, experimentation, invention, development of a personal voice  I have been seeing doors open in terms of trying more innovative approaches.   I have used paper thread and less usual paper sources.  I have experimented with stitch in my samples.   I have challenged myself to produce interesting fabrics for the stitched pieces by hand dyeing a selection of fabrics and not doing flat type dyeing. I want to be more experimental and inventive in my work in the future. I would not go so far as to say I have a personal voice yet  but I have more affinity with natural materials and a strong preference for the use of surface design on textiles.


Reflection, research and critical thinking –  I have displayed research skills in my work on Research Points.  I have tried hard to reflect on my strengths and work hard on my weaknesses as I perceive them.  I have been open in my comments on this blog.  I sense I am a visual person and need to develop further my communication skills in describing my approaches to my work.  I found researching UK artists very interesting as I was not familiar with them prior to the course and I have followed up with visits to local Galleries to look more closely at familiar Australian artists.  I need to write up more about these visits and reviews and what I liked and why to assist in my artistic development.

Assignment Two: last Research Point 1

Assignment Two: Research Point 1

This Research Point focuses on textile artists and designers who choose to work with found, recycled, worn or even discarded textiles and materials.  I can think of several like Claire Wellesley-Smith(UK), Cas Holmes(UK), Judy Martin (Canada) but have decided to look at the work of Jude Hill (USA).

Jude Hill has been described as a storyteller whose textile work blends piecing, appliqué, kantha stitching and embroidery into organic who cloth pieces rich in imagery and revelation.  Jude’s materials are made up of raw fragments of cloth and she uses repetitive hand stitching to weave her mythical, imaginative and interesting work.  She shows her work which she calls ‘spirit cloth’ using social media primarily a blog.  Her work has been featured in several magazines like Quilting Arts and Handeye.  She challenges herself with the phrase “What if …”.  She has always used found cloth and preused cloth and started by using her stitching as a drawing tool and sewing on her long commute to work.

She has used imagery like lions, often hearts, circles and dots.  Jude has travelled and studied ethnic textiles and different cultures and this background is sometimes reflected in her work.  She uses simple hand stitches mostly based on the running stitch.  She has indicated that her pieces evolve through a process of ‘thought catching’ and ‘what-iffing’. I like this approach and especially the ‘What if …” which challenges one to take a piece or technique that much further.

She uses layers and unconventional cloth construction always with pre loved fabrics. Her website is extensive and really inspirational and contains numerous examples of her work.


Handdyemagazine –

TAFA: The Textile and Fiber Art List/Jude Hill – Spirit Cloth



Assignment Two: Stitched Piece Three

Assignment Two: Stitched Piece Three

For the third stitched piece I thought about developing the design pattern formed by the poinciana tree pod I had drawn previously.  The pod has a series of little bridge type lines that inspired me and I worked on my ideas in my sketchbook.  As in the previous sample Two I included a small print of my drawing glued to the sketchbook page as an easy reference particularly when looking back in the future.

IMG_7920I played around on the sketchbook page and gave lots of thought (the way I often work) to what might work.  I finally decided to gelliprint with black/brown red fabric ink on a piece of my hand dyed cotton fabric (procion) a pattern  inspired by the ridges on the seed pod.  These I then decided to stitch in lighter brighter threads using a mark making line slightly wonky to achieve what I hope is an interesting pattern.  I varied the colours to add interest and the hand printing produced variation in the lines too. So the fabric would be more stable to stitch I attached (bonded) a piece of thin cotton batting that I had also hand dyed (procion) to the back.  The piece is larger than A4.

I liked the way the pattern emerged and the colours without consciously thinking are Australian Aboriginal ochre type colours.  The piece could be finished off differently like being mounted on an artist canvas finishing for show right on the edge of the stitch line.


And a close up of the stitching and showing the gelliprinted lines.  I like the way the gelliprinting worked with a type of outline on each section.IMG_7922

Assignment Two – Stitched Piece Two

Assignment Two – Stitched Piece Two – Variety of Scale

I thought of my newspaper scrunched sample of a large seed pod, based on my drawing of the seed pod, for my second piece.  I wanted a textured type base cloth which you might find on some tree trunks and I wanted a fabric I could create folds with for the seed pod.  I decided to scale up the seed pod sample to fit a piece of fabric larger than A4.

I played with my ideas in my sketchbook first:


I hand dyed using procion dye a number of different fabrics including cotton, cotton drill, silk, organsa, cotton velvet, ‘butter muslin'(similar to scrim in the UK).

I chose the cotton velvet for the base cloth as I liked the richness of the dyed colour and the texture.  For the seed pod I auditioned silk, cotton, organza and butter muslin. The butter muslin worked really well.  The muslin piece I had dyed I had pleated to create folds created more interest too.  I felt a little out of my comfort zone doing this piece but it is also interesting to see what evolves and works!  I chose a thin thread for the stitching and overcasting.


Assignment Two Stitched Piece One

Assignment Two, Stitched Piece One 

The aim of this assignment is to consolidate my exploration so far by creating a series of stitched textiles.  To employ observational and compositional skills in addition to material and technique handling in the creating of these stitched textiles.

The idea is to create a series or small collection of stitched textiles inspired and informed by my drawings and my stitched paper explorations.  In doing this I will develop a series of three stitched pieces showing a sense of repetition, variety of scale ad a placement design. These pieces will be larger than A4 and may not necessarily be the same size.

Stitched Piece One – REPETITION

I explored my idea to use kantha stitch inspired by my paper samples and drawing of the kantha purse and the waves in the way kantha stitch works on the fabric in my A3 Sketchbook.  I like now the idea of working in the sketchbook before I undertake the actual work on a piece.  This is not the way I have worked in the past but I now am seeing the value of using the sketchbook for ideas and samples and drawing.

The first photo below is my thinking and sampling of different types of fabrics which I have hand dyed with procion dye.  I also sampled the type of running stitch I wanted to use and the colour of the thread I would use.


I chose the flour cloth because it was soft to show the drape/waves in the piece and for a backing I chose kona cotton – all hand dyed by me with procion dye.  I chose a valdani cotton thread with a slight variation and it is a perle 12.  The piece is larger than A4. I decided to add the top flour cloth using  a diamond pattern for more interest. It took me 10 hours to do the stitching but I enjoyed.


A close up of the stitching showing the movement/waves on the flour cloth fabric creating shadows.


Assign 2, Project 2Ex 2.4 sample2

Project 2 Exercise 2.4 Sample 2

I did some drawing and writing ideas up in my Sketchbook for Sample 2 based on a wattle seed pod.

I used soft fibrous paper for this A4 sample and did an expanded version of the wattle tree seed pod.  I found the paper soft to stitch into and used rubbed holes for the seeds with a fine tissue type paper underneath and three shades of thread light to darker. Disappointed with the photo hard to capture. Think there is lots of possibilities in design with seed pods.