Behind the scenes, I've still been going to my Monday evening's short course for fabric printing! I'm LOVING it, but sadly I've only got a couple of sessions left!
We've learnt how and when to use certain bases for certain fabrics, and mixing the pigments to get that exact colour you want. Fun tip: I've been taking my paint swatch cards with me to help me visualise colour palettes and match the pigment mix best I can.
A couple of weeks ago we learnt how to silk screen print onto fabric using stencils - which takes out a lot of the usual screen prep time of exposing it with UV! After a couple of goes, I got into a rhythm and now don't want to stop! I've just been printing tonnes of different shapes and colours; understanding better how they print and how the colours mix... Also, onto darker fabric and learning I need to adapt my ink mixes!
This is definitely an area of print and illustration I'm going to keep up and invest in. I also have some FAB ideas for my uni final major project to utilise these new print skills ... watch this space!
Yesterday I started my first evening/short course at uni - in Pattern & Fabric Printing - and I LOVED it! I've been wanting to do this particular course for a while, as I spoke about at Christmas, and just the first evening was great.
Having the course at uni was obviously easier actually getting there, and I felt more comfortable knowing my way around - especially as my particular course is in my old first year studio! We got straight into it and started discussing fabrics and inks, how to mix pigment colours and how to tell a good printing fabric from others... We talked a lot about what the course will entail, and after a few weeks of learning techniques and experimenting we get our own "project" and can create whatever we wish!
I love how open the course is: It feels great to take a few hours out each week to still be creative and learn a new skill, but to just enjoy it and not worry about criteria. It was also really refreshing to be with a whole new group of people! All different ages, all different backgrounds, and all hoping to get something different from the course. It's so encouraging to start something new and take some time "off".
Ailsa Wilson is the surface design that runs the course. She is super welcoming and it's great working with someone outside of uni that is in the industry. As her day job, she's got plenty of at-home tips which is really encouraging as a student wanting to start in this area.
One of things I liked most, was her method to reuse found objects for printing! I love incorporating textures into my work and adding it to block colours, and Ailsa showed us an easy cost effective method: Plenty of packaging and everyday objects and foods have great surfaces, so take a rubbing or fill it with plaster and hey presto! there's a stamp!
At first, I thought of linking this course directly with my degree, but after the first evening I'm thinking of just crossing over techniques. I really enjoyed keeping it separate and just having fun with the work, as we just played with stamps and colours to get a feel for the printing. I will definitely do more at-home printing now I know how, and I can't wait to see what comes out of the next ten weeks!
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)