Reflection on Tutor’s Feedback for Assignment three

Tutor’s Feedback Assignment Three

I was pleased to receive prompt feedback from my Tutor on Assignment three.  Overall, my Tutor indicated I had done well.

Points raised by my Tutor that I am reflecting on and will incorporate in my work are:

  • Sending my next assignment by Mail to Tutor as well as documenting on my blog
  • Further development of my Learning Log(part of my blog) included as indicated by me too writing down more and examining my thinking.  Also to understand better that learning comes through mistakes and ‘happy accidents’.  To discuss my ideas in writing with myself.  This should encourage me to be more inventive and experimental to make ‘braver decisions’.
  • To think about work I view or research in terms of colour balance, scale, tones, placement, composition, texture, surface etc more.  A feeling I got from a work, technique, colour palette and if I would want to create in my own work. What appeals to me and why!
  • Included in my own analysis too  is the need for me to be more experimental in my approach in, for example, materials, size of work, colour combinations, substrates, etc
  • Continue with my drawing regularly.
  • Obtain two books recommended by the Tutor.  ‘Critical Thinking Skills’ by Stella Cottrell and ‘Steal Like an Artist’ by Austin Kleon.  I have these now I love books so I really enjoy getting recommendations on books.


I have purchased the two books recommended and am currently reading them.  I am doing a thirty day challenge for November to draw ever day and I have also obtained the book ‘Expressive Drawing’ by Steven Aimone to give me added challenge.

I need to refer to my dot points above often to remind myself to stay focused on the issues I need to address.

I am going to send Assignment Four to my Tutor when completed.


Assign 3, Part 3, Proj 1 Research Point 2

Assign 3, Part 3, Proj 1 Research Point 2

It was noted from my course material that digital resources are being used increasingly in the development and creation of textiles.  We were provided with a list of some of the simple resources that are available and which allow the textile person to explore colour on screen.

Because I use Adobe products I decided to try the Adobe Color CC app but I found it was not available in the Australian Store, only the Maltese one.  However, I then used the link provided in our course notes and I could access the colour wheel on my Macbook.  So I decided to try my iPad again using the link in the course notes and up came Adobe Capture CC which I then proceeded to download the app.

I took a photo on my iPad of a flower in my garden and used the App.  The result is below:


I then applied aspects of the flower.  Result Color Theme 2 and Color Them 4.img_8881img_8885

I continued and started to built a Library of colours see photograph below:img_8894

I found this tool useful especially for a graphic designer as you can build up a Library of colours and combinations.  For me I would not use it – I like the serendipity of playing with colour especially using dye and paint.  I procion cold water dye a lot of fabric and love trying to combine dyes and experiencing the wonder of the combinations.  I also have a detailed dye book of maybe 500 combinations of dyes varied by dilution to refer too.

I have also looked at Blendoku another colour app which is about colour mastery with palettes and layouts all hand designed and crafted to test your colour skills.  This was fun to play with.

I think for the type of textile and mixed media work I do that I would not use digital colour tools.  My answer would be very different I think if I was designing commercial fabric or doing graphic design work.

Assign 3 Part 3 Proj 1 Research Point 1

Assign 3, Part 3 Proj 1 Research Point 1

I decided that using Pinterest was probably the best way to research the designers listed in our assignment, viz, Voyage Decoration, Marimekko , Mary Katrantzou, Wallace Sewell, Cole & Sons, Norma Starszakowna, Paul Smith, Vlisco and Ptolemy Mann.

The link to my Pinterest page is :

Rebecca’s Pinterest

I found the work of the designers fascinating and inspiring.

I have now to consider :

  • how do the designers control the colour in their designs?
  • what(if any) is their signature way of using colour?

I have to choose some key pieces to analyse –

  • do they demonstrate interesting proportions of colour?
  • does the colour used work well with the actual design?
  • which is more important the colour or the design? Or are they independent?

For me also it is the mood created by the pieces.


This is a brand well known in Australia producing for the last 60 years colour and patterned pieces for living areas bedrooms, bedrooms and bathrooms and beyond.  It was founded in Finland.

Marimekko founder Armi Ratia once said:

“To be part of our everyday life and to make our every secret dream come true – no more, no less. That’s how I see Marimekko’s future” (In patterns marimekko,p6).

To me this sums up the current relationship between the Marimekko product design and everyday modern life.  Marimekko patterns are bold, colourful, creative and intuitive.  They are created having consideration for how they will be used, the place and situation.  The type of customer who might buy Marimekko is also very paramount to the company. What hits me most is the colour – it is vibrant and energising.  The combination of colour is exciting.


Marimekko – saved from Pinterest – source

The black and white prints are pulsating.  All designs make a real statement.img_8877

Marimekko – saved from Pinterest – source

Reference book:

“In Patterns   marimekko”, 2012, Chronicle Books, San Francisco

Wallace Sewell

I was fortunate to see Wallace Sewell scarves when I was in London last year and visited the UK Handweavers Studio.  I was drawn to them because of the ‘grid like’ design and the colour combinations.  I think the two are interdependent in terms of the work I saw.


Wallace Sewell scarves saved from Pinterest – source Tate Shop.


Wallace Sewell multicolour kew shetland waffle throw saved from Pinterest – source

The colours work together and are harmonious which suits I think the nature of the product like a warm scarf and waffle throw. The core design is basic but it works for the type of product.

Overall the designers I have highlighted illustrate to me the importance of examining the product being produced what it will be used and /or the type of consumer it is being produced for.  This then can influence the design and the colour.  Different consumers may be drawn to the bold Marimekko colour and design to say the mostly more conservative Wallace Sewell.  What sort of feel or lifestyle as a textile designer are you trying to create becomes a very important question.

Assignment Three Colour Communication

Making the Colour Research Book

The aim of this assignment is to employ a process of evaluation and selection in my own work and to demonstrate effective design, layout and presentation skills in the visual communication and presentation of my work.

I need to use my work from Projects 1 and 2 to develop and create a beautifully presented colour resource book. This book will form and ongoing (pages added in future) resource.

Choice of Book

I considered the type and weight of substrate for the book first.  I have worked my collage and watercolour exercises on 185gsm paper so I knew I needed a heavy paper for the book.  I choose 300gsm which is obtainable here in Brisbane. The paper is by Bockingford and is purchased in a pad of A3, with 10 leaves.

The paper size I considered at A3 or A4 – I am aware that later I will have to send my work by post to the UK so I considered cutting about one inch off the A3 leaves which would create a book slightly smaller than A3.

I have made a number of handmade books and these have been stitched simply or with  ring binder, spiral, concertina and some with coptic binding.  Given the need to post the book eventually I choose to make the cover and back page also from the 300gsm paper.

I thought about the aim of the book which is to present a colour resource book so dismissed complicated binding as detracting from the aim of the book.  Instead I choose a simple ring binder.  To reinforce the pages I choose metal eyelets.

I had some fun trying to get the rings right though for something so simple.  My first attempt result in none of the pages lining up and the book looked a mess.  Next I found my Crop a Dile which I had purchased years ago and watched some U-Tube videos about how to use and importantly for me how to line up the holes!

img_8197I thought about how many rings would work I tried a sample of three but that seemed clunky so decided on just two rings.

img_8196For the layout I decided I wanted just one piece to a page – to create a clean line and draw attention to the colour work.  In addition, as appropriate though I included the photograph that had inspired the piece.

I examined my work for Projects 1 and 2 and choose those works I was most happy with in terms of colour and design.  I added an additional piece of collage at the end of the book in neutrals with a pop of orange.

In terms of the cover I decided to use leaves from my garden to make it more my Book and I used my gelli plate with slow drying Golden acrylic paint and Bank paper (takes the paint well) to make a series of prints of palm leaves and an unidentified umbrella type shrub.


I decided to use a warm coloured print on the front and a cool coloured print on the back of the Book. It is very hot here in Brisbane this week (32 degrees) and it was a challenge to find a glue that would not dry before I finished applying in the end the Matt Medium Gel  by Liquitex worked best. Also I found if I used a thick rubber brayer to roll the pages after the gel medium was applied the works sat pretty flat.


So the print I choose for the cover is taken from a palm leaf and is double printed. I like that it has several colours incorporated the first print was yellow/orange and the next blue but I created mostly green on the plate.


The second page includes the story of the Colour Book.  I wanted to write this rather than write one for each page because that would detract I thought from the main emphasis of colour on the relevant page. Here is the Introduction which is inside the front cover.


Page One: ( Translation through yarn)


Page Two and Three: (Fabric and Colour matching)

img_8202Page Four and Five: (Watercolour exercise)

img_8203Pages six and seven: (collage)

img_8204Pages eight and nine: (Collage)


For the back cover I decided to select one of my gelli prints which reflects cool colours.


Assign 3.Proj 2 Ex.3.4 Part 2

Ex 3.4 Part 2

Monochromatic study – Black and White


I read the information provided concerning this exercise and saw that patterned papers still fitted within the parameters of the task.  I used a gelli plate and acrylic slow drying paint to form patterns and used mostly thin deli paper to print on.  I also gathered some textured paper I had found in Indonesia and thin rice paper.  I used my previous collage 2 to inspire this collage.  I liked the interest that was created with the textured paper and the patterning.  The photograph shows the black patterning as very dark which was disappointing I think the actual work has more definition especially in the right hand corner.

Single Colour Study

For this collage I painted with acrylic paint pieces of  light paper.  I wanted to create dark , medium and light colours.  I added white to the blue acrylic and then black to the blue acrylic.  I tried to retain the same tonal values as the original collage.


Multi-colour study

For this third version of my chosen collage I decided to explore more pattern making on my gelli plate using a variety of tools.  These included plastic tile tools from the hardware store a hexagon shaped print block.  I collaged the background using light papers and ghost printing from the gelli plate with the aim of forming a more interesting background to continue layering the collage.  I once again used some deli papers and like the translucent effect.  I liked this one because it was more interesting and to me subtle.


Assign3, Proj 2 Ex 3.4

Assign 3 Ex 3.4 Collage Studies

Part 1

This exercise is aimed at working in collage with a focus on colour and composition.

I took a photo of a messy corner of my pantry and using this photograph as a reference I made three collages.

img_8084I  sought my papers collected for collage which I keep in an old suitcase and for Part 1 of the exercise using A4 paper as background I created a ‘simple’colour combination collage of the top section of my pantry shelf.  By simple ,I interpreted it using simple elements .

img_8120 Collage two was created using an ‘unusual’ colour combination.  I took this to mean colours that I would not necessarily use together and may not feel pleased with putting them together.  So I used pink and orange and yellow and a rose colour together.  These are not combinations of colours I would chose in my work.

img_8118The third collage is made using a ‘complex’ combination of colours.  I chose lots of colours and I was tired of the straight line sides of my collage pieces so chose to rip the papers and have uneven edges.  It also represents the second shelf photographed in my pantry. This image represents to me the chaos or disorganisation of my pantry shelf!



Assign 3 Project 2 Ex3.3

Assign3 Exercise 3.3 Watercolour Studies

This exercise aims to help me explore and gain an understanding of opacities of colour through the observation and recording of transparent and semi-transparent objects by extracting colour palettes and proportions of colour.

I gathered together a range of transparent and semi transparent objects and set up a small still life display on a white paper background.  I experimented with different arrangements and objects and glass.  I found I liked the slight colour in the coke glasses.  The Fowler preserving bottles had a faint tinge of green/yellow.


I mixed my watercolour paints and painted stripes of colour on watercolour weight paper to reflect what I saw and the proportions in my composition.  Image below.  The colours have come out darker in the photo than my actual watercolours.

img_8079My second go was to place the coke glasses closer together.

img_8069My watercolour stripes made on watercolour weight paper are presented below reflecting my perceptions of the colours and the proportions.

img_8076This task was interesting because it made me really look at the glass and to look for some hints or actual shades of colour.  It made me see that there are so many different hints of colour in many different glasses.  After I had completed the exercise I continued to look at glass in shops, windows, household items and antique glass.

Exercise 3.2 Translation through Yarn 2

Ex 3.2 Translation through tarn – yarn wrap

For some reason my iPad would not let me post photos of the yarn wrap on the previous blog post so I am doing a separate post.

I examined the colours in the Niccolo Possino painting I had selected and created a yarn wrap to reflect the colours, colour relationships and proportion so colour across the painting. The wrap is shown below. imageI tackled the task by going to my big box of threads and yarns which I have organised into plastic bags of colour families.  I have collected the threads/yarns over the last few years.  I chose the colour that was closest to a particular colour used in the painting working from right to left from the painting and also right to left on the yarn wrap.  I found the exercise interesting and it made you really look at the colours used by the painter and the variations of a colour.

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: