How work progresses


The above images show how work develops stage by stage and how different the images look from one stage to the other, quite wonderful.

I don’t have a clear objective in mind when I begin a drawing, but the lines I use suggest possibilities.

Sometimes I am drawn to geometric shapes and at times I am drawn to organic shapes, but I draw intuitively with each mark suggesting the next.

I am drawn to Scottie Wilson and Madge Gills work because similarly they are not objective representations but intuitive. Scottie Wilson’s work is more akin to weaving and of regular pattern, as apposed to Madge Gill’s which has more of a spidery scratchy irregular line to it, As shown below.


img_2567I have explored and studied both Scottie Wilson’s and Madge Gill’s work and how their use of line although different is also similar. I have taken inspiration from their work regarding using an intuitive approach to my drawings, and experimenting with ways of completing and filling them in with different patterns.

On examining and analysing my drawings, depending on wether I use curves or straight lines only, seems to evoke a different emotional response within me. The geometric ones seem to evoke quite a brittle response, whereas the ones with curves make me respond in a softer way.

I have also found that where my drawings go to the edge of the paper make me feel free, and that in my imagination the pattern carries on beyond the page.

I feel a sense of confinement where the pattern is more centred on the page with quite a large margin.

Mage Gill’s patterns tend to go to the edge of the paper, whereas Scottie Wilson’s appeared to be more cantered.

I am going to research the work of Adolf Wolfli and outside art for further inspiration.



I tried colouring one of my designs with various colours instead of just using black, just to see how it would look. I not only used various colours , but different thicknesses of pens.  My initial thought was that the colours for me did not work and the squiggles I did in thicker pen and the colour I used was definitely not to my liking. But then it was only an experiment. Maybe the use of different colours would have been more pleasing. This is

something which has room for further exploration.

1st critiques 25th January

The critiques today were given by Harry, Emily and Micheal. Apart from the Fad course some of the 1st year degree students were in the audience.

Harry was the first to give his presentation, he showed lots of images and he tied his work into the theme of politics. I am not sure where he was coming from with that, but he presented his very good work well

He seems very much influenced by Devinci, but as he replied to one of Jamie’s questions, this is at this period of his life.

During the question and answer period, what started off as a tikka masala developed into a vindeloo from Jamie. I felt Harry held his own very well and took on board suggestions that Jamie made and did not take it as criticism.

Although Emily’s presentation was really to do with a Japanese theme, it became somewhat side tracked through questions about a project she had done regarding Donald Trumps quotes and the knickers she had printed them on. A thing I do not think she had expected, as it was not her main project.

The strange thing was, Emily was asked far more questions regarding the knickers than she was about her Japanese project.

If I remember rightly Micheal’s work was all experimental but very good, it involved overlaying existing images and changing the pictures. He really did not say much about where he was going with his work, but I think like most of us he finds that is the most exciting aspect of it all. Micheal made me smile when he asked for a korma critique from Jamie. As Jamis was called away to a meeting, neither he nor Emily got his feedback. It would have been interesting to hear what he had to say about them

Each delivery was different which I think is to be expected, it would be interesting to get Jo and Jamie’s input as to which one worked the best, or whether they were all good in their different ways or how they could be improved upon.

When the 1st year degree students  were asked to do critiques, it was interesting to learn that they had not produced sufficient work to do one, rather odd I thought as I imagined it would have been the other way round.

Image manipulation experimental

Below are images where a book has been altered from two dimensional figures into three dimensional images. I cut around the the figures I wanted to stand proud but left  a strip at the bottom of the image so that I could fold the image to stand erect.

The result was a pop up book rather than a flat surface.