At the start of the week, I presented in a small critique group of peers and tutors to show where I was at with the project. Using my last post and some digital images, I was able to demonstrate my theme, my want to design surface patterns. I explained my ideas to combine the two in a functional yet decorative manner through design.
I explained that taking a lot of inspiration from my own tie holidaying in the Med, I wanted to create imagery to reflect those scenes and moments through colour and abstract form. Suggestions of society and human presence, and a beautiful setting, but more to celebrate this area.
I also explained my outcome ideas and aims, sketched out in my last post: The tutors really seemed to enjoy this! Inspired by Martin Blanchard's rugs, this tightly crosses over with my Investigative Study area, to explore the themes in illustration and design concerning functionality, aesthetic, and narrative. Creating an illustration print never feels quite finished for me: I enjoy and want to apply it to something, like a product, producing something tactile and physically admirable.
My illustrations and ideas were received really well: My idea of a physical outcome with an illustrative approach, was really liked, as well as the visual approach and methods. I emphasised my decorative approach and attraction to surface design, which was accepted by encouragement to push towards illustration until my work was refined enough.
I gained some really useful feedback and insight into my work, which I will use to develop my illustrations further: