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Formative Feedback – ATV – Assignment 4

Lovely Rebecca, it’s taken me ages to get this assignment completed and sent off and then like a dream she has reviewed it and sent me some interesting and informative feedback. I am absolutely determined to meet the deadline she has set me for the next assignment. I am, I know this is me, but I am going to give it a damn good go. I’ve been looking at the next course in textiles level 1 and I’m itching to get started.

So let’s have a look at what Rebecca had to say –

Overall Comments

It is evident from the work you have sent me and your learning log that you have worked hard during this assignment, pushing your way through negative feelings to produce an innovative body of work. Well done. Your sample work is investigative and experimental with evidence of frequent risk taking. The work is well organised with evidence of reflective thinking in both your sketchbooks and learning log. You have produced a small amount of drawing for this assignment as an expressive exploration of yarns and to plan your practical work. There is a limited amount of research material in this assignment that I believe you could use more effectively. In this feedback document I will outline your strengths and areas of weakness with a number of suggestions to develop your work further. I encourage you to follow up these suggestions and evaluate them in your learning log throughout the next assignment.

It was a huge relief to read this, I had struggled with this part of ATV. I had fallen into the trap of over thinking and had found myself often hamstrung and unable to move forward.

Assignment 4 Assessment potential

I understand your aim is to go for the Textiles Degree and that you plan to submit your work for assessment at the end of this course. From the work you have shown in this assignment, providing you commit yourself to the course, I believe you have the potential to pass at assessment. In order to meet all the assessment criteria, there are certain areas you will need to focus on, which I will outline in my feedback.​

Phew, more reassurance, lets polish off those edges!

Feedback on part four – Yarn and Linear Exploration


Context, reflective thinking, critical thinking, analysis

I am starting with research in this feedback document because I don’t feel you are making full use of the research material you look at. I am aware from your activity on Pinterest you look at and collect a large amount of textiles research material, frequently sharing it with your fellow students and oca tutors. But your assignment contains a minimal amount of material. What is there is good; there are clear images along with your analytical commentary that is developing well. Your impressions of the 62 Group Exhibition are insightful and strongly personal to you. However to make fuller use of your research you could refer to it during your sample making stages. For example a piece of work from the exhibition could inspire a colour palette or a piece of your own work puts you in mind of ‘so and so’s’ work. This explicit linking of your own work and the work of contemporary practitioners demonstrates you are learning from the exercise of researching and it also assists in embedding your work in current contemporary practices.  

I totally agree with what Rebecca is saying here, they is a disparity between the searching, looking and thinking that I do and the actual referencing that I do. The next part of ATV has a specific exercise on this and it will give me a good opportunity to work on my skills. I worry sometimes about how to find the line between copying and being influenced. I think this might well feature highly in Part 5.

I suggest you do two things, firstly include some of your Pinterest research in your learning log. Add good quality images with a few sentences of analysis. Include what it is that appeals to you about the work – this could be the methods or materials used, it could be something to do with the scale of the work, the surface texture, the colour combination or a feeling the work expresses. It could be one thing that engages you about the work or many. This careful looking and writing down of your thoughts will help you see and understand better what it is you find appealing. It will also assist you in learning from the work and this in turn will help you develop your own creative practice. The second thing I suggest you do it make frequent links to your research material. Do this by referring to the work of others when making your own work. This might be through emulating a process another practitioner has used or when a piece of your sampling happens to turn out in a way that reminds you of someone else’s work. Write these links down in your learning log, along with an image of your work and the research, connecting your practice with a contemporary practitioner.  

Okay, plenty of good advice there.

Engagement with textile techniques

Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Quality of Outcome, Demonstration of Creativity

For this assignment you have produced a lovely body of experimental samples exploring yarns and the linear form. There is an innovative use of materials and a broad-minded approach to the structure and form of yarns. I particularly like your use of photographs and deconstructed camera parts. Despite this exploratory approach your work remains well crafted with attention to detail. Well done. Throughout the work there is a considered and well-judged approach to colour combinations and textures resulting in engaging and meaningful work.  

I’m so pleased that Rebecca liked my work and particularly the camera, photograph work. These were a bit of a risk and I wasn’t sure that they would work out as well as the ideas and plans that had formed in my head! This leads us quite nicely to her next comments –

My only criticism would be that you are frequently very hard on the results you come up with. There is no need to be searching so ardently for the ‘right’ outcomes. All outcomes if you purposefully reflect on them are right. I suggest you aim to have a more accepting and playful attitude to your sample making, enjoying your results more.

I think I have been particularly hard on my results from this part of ATV. I am hyper aware that this blog is public and very worried about sounding all puffed up and too full of myself. I personally love some of my yarns and linear explorations, I’ve done work that I could only have dreamt of doing a few years ago. I find it difficult to assess my work in a practical and depersonalised way. Maybe I need to find a set of words/language that allows me to do that without me feeling like I am over promoting myself?


Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Demonstration of Creativity

For this assignment you have included a minimal amount of drawing, sketching or mark making. What is there, in particular at the beginning of your Deconstruction Sketchbook is good quality. I suggest you draw more frequently using it as an analysis technique by loosely sketching the samples you make. This will help you see the sample more clearly and assist you in learning what has worked well. There is no need to aim for observational accuracy but use drawing as a method of observing and recording.  

Ooh, I like that idea. I did find it difficult to fit any drawing into Part 4, it wasn’t clear that it was expected and when I did draw I felt like I wasn’t actually keeping to the brief. So this can be easily remedied.

Learning Log

Context, reflective thinking, critical thinking, analysis

There is evidence on your learning log that you are using reflective thinking and writing to make judgments about your work and planning how to take your work forward. I suggest you continue to reflect on your progress regularly, expanding the language you use to describe your work in terms of colour, forms, texture, composition, scale, etc.  

Yep, I’m happy with that. My descriptive vocabulary is restricted and it will be nice to look around for new words.

Pointers for the next assignment

● Reflect on this feedback in your learning log – done!

● Develop the way you use your research material 

● Continue to be experimental in your sample making

● Adapt a more playful attitude to your creativity

● Use drawing as a method of analysing your samples

● Continue to use reflective thinking to assess and understand your progress

Well done Sally, I look forward to your next assignment.

Next assignment due

9th January 2017 


Better get working!!!

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ATV – Assignment 4 – Written Reflection

What a huge relief, it’s been posted. The assignment has gone, its long overdue and I had to sprint to the end but it’s done.

Now for a little bit of reflection, what have I learnt? I’ve learnt that great ideas don’t always bring great results and focusing and narrowing down my choices helps to create interesting results.

My favourite material across all of the exercise was the photographs, both the Instax pics and the ones printed on sticky back paper. It was less fiddly than working yarns with my hands. This leads to how I preferred knitting, crocheting and weaving to the knitting and macrame.

I really had never thought of making my own yarn, it wasn’t something I had considered before but now I would definitely like to work with the ideas that I have had along the way. I like the small layered pieces but still feel they aren’t really yarn but they could be pieced together to make larger collages.

The twisted yarns and the yarns made with the sewing machine would also be good for crouching and would add big patches of colour and texture.

Working on yarn is quite a different beast from working with fabric, there is no real handle or drape in the same way. The qualities that you are looking to create are different and I’m not sure that I always hit the mark.

Many of my samples have only one side, they would have to be attached to a piece of fabric they could never be stitched or knotted.

I shall be waiting for my feedback to see if I have understood and done what I was expected to, I really have no idea on this one. It’s been very different and very new but I’m so glad I’ve done it even if it’s not right.

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Collage Inspired Yarn – Ex4.5 – the yarns

If every excercise in Part 4 had been as much fun and as quick to do as this I would have been finished a lot earlier, but that could just be because of my change in attitude.

I started by going back to the beginning, I wanted to try out the dip dye technique again, it didn’t work so well before but I still had the tubs of dye and thought maybe I should try it again.

On each of the photos I tied a ribbon strip of sari silk and after clipping all of the photos together with small bull dog clips, I then balanced them onto a little jar of dye. 

Once the dye had soaked into the ribbon I hung them over a jar stuffed with more ribbon letting the dye drip down onto the pale fabric.

I then moved onto dyeing some threads and ribbons. I soaked my materials threads in water and lay them across the chenille sample with the ends dipped into the jars of dye.

The dye ran quickly because of the water and the thread was soon damp with colour so I put the threads in the jar stuffed with ribbon.

All the threads and ribbons then had a nice sprinkling of pale blues and greens. Very delicate and similar to the retro colours in the Instax photos.

I started by using up the remaining pieces of the camera bellows, I laid them onto a piece of dyed sari ribbon and sewed them down with dyed thread. I’m always looking for little extras that are lying around so I also caught up some bit of thread etc in the stitches. This gave me a fairly long yarn suitable for crouching. I am a little worried that they look a bit like Xmas trees, it’s really to early to be thinking of Christmas.

Alongside this blog I am also keeping a handwritten technical log which records how each of the yarns was made. To do this I print photographs of the yarns onto sticky backed photo papers. I had a small pile of outcasts from the last print run which I had ripped up ready to through away but then I thought I should use them in the designs. 

I cut the photos into circles and stuck them onto holed hand made paper back to back so I was able to make a reversible yarn.

Now it was time for me to make some yarn with the photographs, I bought all of the materials together, using the sticky backed photos to hold the yarn and elements together. This made a nice long, energetic yarn with lots of detail and texture.

I still had lots of materials left including some of the camera negative and I decided to use them as the base for a layered thread. I love the bright orange sari ribbon, it’s so bright and eye catching.

For the final piece I put together the last of the burn metal with the last few bits of the camera bellows and made a quick layered thread, well it really isn’t a thread but I like it anyway.

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Collage Inspired Yarn – Ex 4.5 – Planning

I’ve been looking forward to this exercise right from the beginning and it’s been fun. I usually start most exercises with a bit of a brain dump and this one hasn’t be any different.

I looked back at the collage work that I had done during Colour Studies and picked out some of the main elements and points that appealed to me and then put some of the ideas together with the instructions in the course materials and some of the more interesting elements from Ex 4.4. 

The idea that appealed to me most was the Polaroid photographs and at first I thought I would take photos of the workroom to replicate the original collages but time got the better of me and I ended up taking the Instax camera out with me on a dog walk. My plan was to look for fairly interesting shapes, flowers maybe but I soon became drawn to the fences that are all along my usual dog walk and I took 9 photos of the various fences. I was particularly drawn to the ones around the children’s play area and those around the wildlife areas and pools.

They were really interesting, I enjoyed taking them and they started me thinking about the feelings that they gave me.

It’s quite a well worn path, this one looking at the loss of our green spaces and the way that us humans are slowly spreading out across the world. Inch by inch covering more and more of the land with structures and concrete and tarmac. 

I need more time to think about this to stop it just becoming another cliche, therefore I decided to keep this idea on the periphery, let it develop on its own.

Before I started the last yarn concepts I put together some ideas and materials, it’s lovely layering up colours and fabrics.

And I had a go at a couple quick little yarns.

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Deconstructing Colour as Yarn – Ex4.4 – Focus?

Before I show you what I have done to finish this exercise I’m going to quickly mention ‘focus’. This is another of my weak points, I find it very difficult to focus and to work within self made constraints. Today I received another reminder for the submission of Assignment 4. I really am so far behind on my deadlines but once I get started on something I enjoy I find it very difficult to restrict myself. Is it the case that these ATV exercises should be done in a day? If I was attending classes is that how I would work? If I give myself deadlines I become a quivering mass of tension and anxiety, just how am I to find a balance between working swiftly and not sapping all of the fun out of what I am doing? Everyday I think about the exercise I’m working on, I reflect on it and research but I just don’t accomplish anything. Is there a habit I should cultivate to kick start me and get me going. 

It has been very difficult for me to prioritise my collage work, there are 3 of us studying in my household and I’m the one studying at the highest level but I am always the first to drop what I am doing to help and support the others. They are my offspring and I naturally put them first. But, the big but is they are growing up; 22 & 16. In truth they are more independent now and it’s up to me to change my attitude and acknowledge that I am undertaking a serious piece of education and that I should give it the time and respect that it’s due. Well, after a quick cuppa and a look at the latest edition of Uppercase!

So back to business. Despite giving myself a nail infection from the grub and dust on the camera bellows I’ve really enjoyed making these linear explorations. I haven’t stuck religious to the brief and I’m really not sure that all of the pieces could be categorised as yarn, in fact I know they aren’t. I have made some in longer lengths that I believe would function well as couched yarns, I would not be able to knit or stitch with them and after reflecting on focus and deadlines I’m going to have to accept at this point that I can’t explore that avenue at the moment. 

For these pieces I cut the camera bellows into strips and then used sandpaper and a file to roughen up the edges and surfaces. To emphasise these frayed edges I added gesso and some liquid watercolour. My intention was to lighten the very dark colour of the bellows. 

I had a little play with the first two strips, adding some sniped mulberry cocoon and beads from a deconstructed bracelet.

I wasn’t particularly pleased with these samples and they have been relegated to my ideas book, not the yarn collection. I felt they were just a bit too fussy and twee. 

This next piece brings together all of the various elements (materials) that I have gathered. There’s a piece of the burnt out car, some of the beautiful holed paper, thread from the ladies Thai blouse and a cog and some of the bellows from the camera. Yep, I know it’s not yarn but I love it anyway. 

After making this piece I decided I should at least try to make a yarn like sample and I went onto attach some of the thinner strips of bellow together.

These pieces have more of the gesso and paint and are lighter. The pieces had some interesting holes which lent themselves nicely to having threads worked through them and then I added a little yellow bead from another old bracelet to add a focal point. 

For the final piece I tried to keep with the idea of length and more subtle embellishment. I’m really happy with how these 3 samples and how they look together.

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Deconstructing Colour as Yarn – Ex 4.4 – Dismantling & Rebuilding

Reading back over my last blog I have noticed that it is simply a description of what I am doing.  I think it is time that I thought a little more about what I am doing and why I am drawn to the idea of reusing materials and in particular things that you would not usually associate with textiles. 

In the book Hand Stitch Perspectives I’ve found a small paragraph about Betty Pepper it says that she uses found objects and discarded memories. It goes on to say that ‘the stitch she uses is an agent for mending, darning and reworking the echoes of a tradition of oral storytelling where words are passed on and retold over and over again Betty’s work recycles the savings and leftovers of fabric and the decayed and cast off ephemera which she pieces back into new composite forms using tiny pictorial stitched drawings’.  

I find this fascinating, I’m a collector and hoarder by nature and my home is full of junk shop finds and pieces of ephemera that I pick up from the ground just about everywhere I go. I have jars of feathers, trays of shells,  boxes of stones and pieces of metal and pottery cluttering up my home. I even keep leaves until they have turned to nothing but dust. 

During my childhood I was surrounded by my mother’s and my grandmother’s stitching projects and my father’s modelmaking and engineering. This project; where I am using the camera has given me the opportunity to bring together these two elements and I have even involved my father by borrowing some of his small delicate screwdrivers.

This return to playing and the use of objects that bring back childhood memories has allowed me to overcome my original reluctance to complete the exercises in this part of ATV. 

I am still finding it very difficult to express in words what it is that I like about the process of dismantling with loving care objects that has most probably been used before with loving care but with a different purpose. I have chosen my camera carefully because I did not wish to destroy an object which still had a life/longevity in its original purpose. I cannot say that I saved the camera it could easily have been rescued by someone skilled at repairing cameras or who wished to use it simply as an ornament. It is difficult to deny that I bought it with the sole purpose of ripping it apart and completely changing what it was originally designed to do and this does feel almost brutal.

The only way I can justify my actions of tearing at the soul of the camera by compounding it’s demise, which began by being abandoned to a dusty corner of a junk store, is to use the parts that I salvage to make something new with integrity and its own soul. No pressure there then!

In writing this blog I have also recognised that the selection of the ladies Thai blouse also has an echo back to my childhood. My father was in the Merchant Navy and travelled widely in the Far East. I was lucky enough to visit Japan when I was as young as five and then later at 12. My parent’s home is full of Oriental treasures and for a while they even lived in Singapore. So I can see why I was drawn to this simple piece of Far Eastern fabric.

That’s the introduction now let’s see if I have been able to meet my own brief of creating some samples that at the very least show the potential for integrity and a respect for their original makers and owners.

Once I had borrowed the slim screwdrivers from my Dad I set to removing all of the interesting elements from the camera as delicately as I could, there was some heaving and wrenching but I tried to keep that to a minimum. There is something about these little pieces all set out like displays in a museum that makes me happy. 

They demonstrate the craftsmanship that went into the making of this affordable item. Even though these cameras were mass produced to sell at a reasonable cost to allow Kodak to bring the magic of photography to a wider audience they were still given beautiful Art Deco design elements and finely milled screws and levers.

Using my sketchbook and some paper I worked a simple sample of an idea I had brewing about cutting the bellows into strips and using some stitch and knotting techniques to add both light and heavy elements to them.

I attached a bead using the ‘overhand knot’ technique. It was fiddly and the bead still twisted and turned in the way that it wanted with no regard to my design.

The small washer is far more effective and I was pleased with the overall effect.

Whilst I was hard at it, like all women I was multitasking, chatting to a fellow maker, in the room and her daughter in Australia via Viber, it’s like a kind of text message but cheaper! And Tori, sitting down with a G&T (we assumed this was because it was evening down there) suggested I include some old film in my samples. Now we didn’t have any old film but we did have some blank negatives (thank you Jenny Compton, I hope you don’t need them back).

At this point it became clear that I was now juggling quite a few elements and I decided that I needed to work through some thoughts and ideas in my sketchbook. 

After building up some confidence with a paper samples and off loading some of my brain into the sketchbook I had a go with one of the corners of the bellows. I’m really quite pleased with the result and I can see lots of potential for more of these small pieces. They really are not yarn but they would make a nice series, especially if I could include an element of progression. Maybe in to or out of ageing and decaying?

I had a little bit of a wobble at this point, the yarn sample is very dark and the exercise brief asked for a demonstration of the use of lighter more delicate qualities. Consideration of this point led to this more subtle colour palette and yarn sample using a bracelet that I had deconstructed (cut the cord) and some of the beautiful holed paper and the threads removed from the ladies Thai blouse. 

I’m very happy with this sample and I promise I will start practising ways to better express the qualities of my pieces and the feeling they provoke in me. 

It was now quite late in the day and I was nicely full of caffeinated tea and feeling quite satisfied with what I’d achieved, it’s not a lot but I did say that I worked very slowly! So this last sample is just a bit of fun, it’s full of jarring lines with bits of crochet. It’s like a big tongue of camera film full of all the stuff I had been talking about and considering throughout the day.

It includes some of the sari silk that is supplied by YarnYarn which I am unashamedly becoming addicted to.

To finish off the day I attached the samples to the pages of the original sketchbook that has now become so unmanageable that I have had to remove the pages from the metal ring binding with a view to attaching a more suitable and practical binding for the submission of the assignment at the end of Part 4.

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Exercise 4.3 – Reflective Commentary

For this exercise I have decided to answer the questions in the brief.

1. How did you build from your successes?

Despite working through this exercise in a liner fashion my development of ideas has been very jumbled. In places I have ignored what I had previously done as I went onto the next bit. I didn’t really feel that anything was working as I wanted it to and it was only when I started working with the crochet and particularly the knitting that I felt I could see a building of ideas and influences in the samples. In these samples I started to take more risks with materials and in the way I used knit and crochet stitches in a less conventional way.

2. What did you learn from your failures?

I don’t really think any of the samples really failed, they have all stayed held together and the colours have worked but the failure for me was more in the way I worked with the techniques I had first chosen. Some of the samples were particularly amateurish and as I looked at these I became increasingly frustrated until in the end I decided to work with techniques that I was comfortable with. I learnt that I am not a quick learner and that is it difficult for me to take something new and immediately start to evolve and re-invent it. I’m not going to let this define me and I am going to work on this but I am so behind with this exercise that I can’t dwell and need to get it finished.

3. The aim was to push the techniques towards your own interpretation and re-invention of them. How did you tackle this?

Badly! Until I got to the crochet and knitting and then I played with different yarns and threads and sizes of hook and needle. I didn’t do any planning and I went straight for making. I built each sample, working backwards, forwards. Reviewing often and adding more colour and texture as I felt the yarn needed it.

At the end I used unusual materials and this enabled me to develop samples that were more representative of my style, with the combining of the old and the new and a nod towards stitch in the paper sample.

4. How did you re-invent and re-interpret the imagery, colour and yarns from Exercise 3.27?

I think I have probably over thought this exercise and in doing so I have given myself too many variables and ignore some of the clear instructions.

I did consider the colours and qualities of the original photograph when I chose the materials that I used for the samples. I selected the correct colours with a rich quality. I did not base the actual shapes of the yarns on the shapes in the painting, I only looked at the colours. I sought this information from another source. That was probably a mistake and could well have been why I struggled to make this exercise work for me. 

That’s enough now, I’m very grateful to be moving onto exercise 4.4.

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Exercise 4.3 – using more unusual materials.

Whilst I was happy with the crochet samples I still felt they weren’t as inventive as they could be so I decided to include some unusual materials in the knitting samples. 

I started very simply by including some merino fibre tops and knitting through it with mohair threads using a variety of needle widths. The tops puff up nicely and add lots of texture.

This still was not unusual enough so I thought it might be nice to include some textured paper that I have with holes in so that the needles could be put through the wholes and then yarns could be worked into the paper.

At times this was a little scary because the paper had a tendency to seperate and the holes disappeared. The end result wasn’t as long and thin as the previous samples but it does still have a linear feel to it. I like the bright colours and at they are off set by the white paper.

Finally I found a metal bar that I had rescued from a burnt out car, it was quite cold and not on fire at the time, and with a lot of fumbling I managed to knit around the bar, again using a variety of thicknesses of yarn and some more silk that frays beautifully. 

There was quite a long tail of the yellow sari silk so I found another piece of rescued metal and tied it at the bottom of the knitted area. I’m really quite pleased with this last sample, it’s unusual and has a complex but complementary mixture of textures.

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Let’s Play!!

I’ve decided that I’m not satisfied with the samples I’ve made for Ex4.3 so I’m going to have a play. 

This is my colour scheme source.

So I’ve collected a load of yarns in the similar colours, I’ve used most of the specific yarns up with the unsatisfactory samples.

My plan is to go back to some line making techniques that I am comfortable with; crochet and knitting and I’m going to have some fun seeing how far I can take the yarns using as many silly stitches as I can. 

I really want to get back into my working territory so that my mind can run more wild. At least if these samples don’t work I will have had a good time making them!

Happy weekend everyone. 

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Re-interpret, re-invent. Design and Planning

Although this exercise called for the use of the colour wraps from Part 3 I wasn’t quite sure how to start this exercise so I decided to gather some ideas together about the colour wraps and do a review of what I had done so far in my sketchbook.

As I reached the end of this review I decided that I wanted to look to my flower paintings from Part 2, they have a luxurious feeling and I wanted to use them as the source for the shaping of the linear samples. 

Again I worked in my sketchbook and looked for some suitable shapes and referring this back to my book of knotting techniques to match the designs with a suitable technique. It’s only now as I look back I realise I’d forgotten I was meant to use the techniques I had previously tried. Doh!