I have really enjoyed Part Five of the Course because I had a sense of things coming together for me. I found my drawing improving with this being a major challenge for me at the beginning of the Course. I understood how to drill down on a theme and focus on a few elements and the ideas kept coming and still are coming. Importantly I found I had more organisation and structure to my work. I think the analysis at the end of Part 4 on “A Structured Approach to Reflective Thinking” leaning heavily on the work of Cottrell(2011,p211)help me to approach Part Five in a more cohesive way.
The model I presented of critical reflection encouraged me to do a “Review of Formative Feedback”(blogpost March 30, 2017) for assignments 1, 2 and 3, for example the question I posed to myself in terms of Assignment One Feedback “Have I looked hard at other practioner’s work and fed that into my own practice? provided me with a prompt as I commenced Part 5 to ensure I documented my Research of other Practioner’s who I was drawn to (e.g. Dorothy Caldwell, Bobby Britnell). The reminder to draw in a range of mediums, to draw without looking on large A2 paper all were highlighted to me. I also did an update of the book “Steal like an Artist”. The review of the feedback from Assignment Two also encouraged me to include more photographs from my sketchbook,and to use to water soluble crayons and other materials. I took on board the feedback from Assignment Four also and revisited Debbie Lyddon’s Book and provided more in-depth analysis.
In terms of my Model which is a continuous loop Model I followed along on the Acting and Experience by research gathering and documenting this, by preparing a portfolio of work. I reflected on my previous creative experience in Assignments 1,2,3 and 4 and my current experience. I tried to integrate my reflections with ideas and approaches by other artists and I think I achieved this at least to be influenced by Caldwell, Britnell, Blake and Streefkerk in Part 5. Review and Assessment I will comment further below and finally evaluating in terms of my development.
Overall for Part 5 I have had a shift in my thinking about my textile work. For the first time I feel a deeper relationship to my subject matter to what I am doing and how I am doing it in some way it feels part of me. It is not just a selection of techniques it is more than that. I have also come to value the use of the sketchbook (I have to confess I was trained by a master US quilter to work intuitively with no sketchbook)as my place to sort out ideas and experiment I still have work to do though. I think I better managed my time in Part 5 but there is still room for improvement. I understand so much better now what I need to do than when I started the course.
The course in general has provided so much to me in way of my textile work. I feel so enriched by the experience. I now approach my work from a deeper mindset. This has had a very positive effect on my other textile work outside of this course. I plan to enrol in the Mixed Media in Textiles Course next. I will enter Exhibitions also (I have done this already) but be more experimental and less risk adverse with my approach. The course has stimulated me to think of textiles far more broadly and I look forward to expanding in this context further.