Starting back at uni after Christmas, I'll be taking up an evening short course to accompany my degree, in Pattern and Surface Design! It runs at uni one evening a week, so it's super handy, and is ran by a local surface designer: It'll be great to be taught by someone new and outside of uni for a change.
I've actually been looking into the short courses since I started at AUB in my Foundation year! I then became interested with the surface design course in particular when my obsession with pattern began at the end of first year. I'm hoping this will not only add to my qualifications but also add knowledge, interest and experience into an area I wish to explore as a career path.
I'm really excited and eager to start! In the last couple of years my interest has grown greatly into surface pattern design; developing my illustrations into abstract form, and learning how and where I can apply it. This short course, running for ten weeks, will hopefully bring that extra level of knowledge and understanding alongside my illustration degree. Recently, my interest in textiles has grown and I'm keen to combine my illustration skills with this area of art: It's definitely a path and idea I wish to entertain when I graduate this coming summer!
I began my illustration degree knowing it to be a highly sort after area of contemporary art and design; a great skills base to have as it is so broad and a highly collaborative subject. This is great as I now know I wish to pursue job interests into the more textile, pattern and decorative areas of art. However, these areas in their own rights, need further more specific skills and development. So in comes my new course!
I'm hoping that this will also help with my Final Major Project that we're currently in the beginning stages of. Continuing on with my Mediterranean exploratory theme - from my Pre Major Project - I'm aiming to develop this series of works into a more abstract approach, and then further into a series of surface pattern designs. I'm hoping to use the ongoing skills in the short course directly in my FMP, and vice versa.
Let's see how it goes!
(I use Pinterest to track a lot of my inspiration, but also new Instagram archive/collections)