Reflection of process for the final outcome:
I have now finally completed the ‘smaller version’ of my ideas for the final piece. I am in two minds about the final product. On one hand, I feel it is haphazard, perhaps rushed, that further experimentation could have been pushed to iron out the ‘messy’ parts. However on the other, I am pleased with how some of process has picked up some rhythm.
I always wanted to stitch the drawing together to create a 3D form by meeting the two sides of the tree and wrapping it so it form the cylinder shape, like the roll of paper I tried. This was an obvious choice to reflect the shape of a trunk and the branches. I wanted this to show the ‘putting back together’ of the planet, sustaining natural beauty and loving and supporting people and nature around us. I love how the stitches imitate the mark making techniques I used. I was struggling with how I was going to get the tree to stand. My initial idea was that it would be suspended, being help up my string like a puppet. However, this didn’t work due to the various branches being attached to each other the tree was almost hanging on its side. I came across some wire which I experimented with feeding through the branches and down through the trunk. I initially did this so that the tree would have some form to it and not look like a floppy mess, which is how it was looking. I carried this idea on, through all the branches and fed them into the tree trunk and out through the end of the tree, depicting roots. Due to the branches being so small on this maquette I was physically unable to sew all parts together so some of the wire can be seen and some cannot. I quite like this ‘naked’ quality that the wire gives. To me it portrays the connections of trees, like the electro magnetic field that we are told trees have, which also resonates with humans. This constant comparison between humans and nature is what I wanted to portray. At the base of the tree I needed to make some structure to enable the tree to stand by itself. I made a wire ring and attached the ‘root’s to it. Taking this further I would consider expanding this wire rings, to imitate the rings of tree bark, representing its age.
In contrast to all these positives, I feel that there are many unsuccessful points about this piece. As I was working through my ideas, being advised to stop the larger piece and produce a smaller version, I started allowing myself to relax into the work a lot more and I found that I wanted to experiment further, take this idea further now that the pressure was off me to make this huge piece. Pressure that only I had put myself under. I don’t think that the photo transfer actually worked very well on the organza fabric and this was quite a bit disappointment for me as this was the main part of the piece. I wish I had experimented further with different types of fabric, using Emma Talbot’s work as a starting point but developing ideas of how I could produce my drawing onto fabric. The whole idea was that the organza would be transparent and it now wasn’t with the photo transfer. I should have taken more time on finalising ideas for this – perhaps even coming away a little from the photo transfer and simply drawing directly on the organza – but saying this, I was keen to incorporate the printing experiments that I had completed into my final piece.
I feel that all this is part of my learning journey, particularly in completing a distance degree course. The photo transfer itself was a little ‘haphazard’ as it was difficult to attach to the organza. I feel that if I had been more delicate with this part of the process, some parts of the print would her worked better. Although I feel that perhaps my less delicate approach can be seen as an interesting opportunity for growth. In my experimentations I learnt that when wiping off the paper from the now printed fabric, I could wipe away too much and the fabric would be left blank. With this particular fabric, parts of the tree would be transparent. I felt this was rather exciting as you could see what was happening inside. The wire, veins of the tree were visible and I quite liked the possibility of taking this further. It felt like another dimension. The drawing itself was slightly disappointing, as it meant that when transferred onto the silk and cut out the sew together, the branches didn’t have ends. They were just simply cut off. I would have liked to extend the branches out until they come to a natural end, but because of the size paper I used to draw it, I was restricted. I should have thought about this a little more and perhaps extended the paper I used for this part of the drawing.
Overall, my very honest reflection has made me feel happy with what I have been able to produce considering I was close to not completing at all but I feel that it was rushed and after the weight was lifted off my shoulders about not having to complete the huge drawing, I felt that maybe I could have pushed my experimentation that little extra bit. I feel that if it was on a larger scale, it could be quite impressive and dominating in a gallery space or even installed on site in a forest.
Demonstration of visual and technical skills:
I think I have covered a variety of different skills and techniques within this part of the course. I wanted to include experiments that I had touched on in other parts of the course and bring them into part 5. I was aware that the pathway I had decided to take with my work wasn’t going to clearly evident my observational drawing skills so I made a conscious effort to make some drawings in pen to fulfil this. I think the majority of my prints, were fairly successful on paper, I feel that when it came to using the fabric they weren’t as ‘polished’ and this is where I should have spent some more time perfecting these. On reflection I really enjoyed using the prints with collage, and I feel that my outcome would have been more visually interesting with perhaps some collage, particularly magazine articles of language from the travel magazines.
Quality of outcome:
I think the quality of my outcome has suffered due to my frustration and mis-understanding of my own reflection process. I have been able to produce what I had in my mind as a 3D form, however the execution of the piece, I feel is my downfall. I think with more time, I would have thought more carefully about the photo transfer process, and perhaps even different materials. I thought the stitching was a lovely way to create the 3D form as the stitches mirrored the drawn marks. I think my original drawing (of which the print was made from) should have been considered more carefully, as I knew that I would need to make it into a 3D form. I found it almost frustrating that parts of the branches were attached to each other so that I couldn’t separate them. I wanted to stage the branches in a more outwardly arrangement. The quality of my outcome was affected due to the immense task I had set myself and then in my decision to create a maquette of it, I feel that perhaps the piece was rushed as I just wanted to get it done. I actually feel that its almost like a development piece…. I still had ideas that I wanted to pursue and question, but perhaps this could be carried through to level 2.
Demonstration of creativity:
I was keen to come away from the idea that drawing has to be a 2 dimensional object and start pushing the boundaries of drawing itself. This was prominent thought that developed from my gallery visit at the Drawing Room when I saw Emma Talbot’s work. I wanted to keep to the idea of not simply drawing a tree. I didn’t want to replicate a tree that you would see outside. I wanted for the work to encompass all my ideas and thoughts in regards to climate change, the laborious task of drawing, human connection. Again, I don’t think all of these ideas are evident in my final outcome and this means the reflection process was rushed. I feel that I covered a varied approach to trialling different surfaces to print and draw on. Hand-made paper, different types of fabric, newspaper print, cartridge paper and also other materials such as, printing ink, pen, pencil, sugar, collage, ink, oil pastel. I think because my initial ideas were so broad, that perhaps when it came to reflecting I was choosing what I enjoyed doing rather than critically reflecting on what was working well and what wasn’t. I had in my head what I wanted to do and I tried to execute that to the best of my ability.
I unfortunately feel that my reflection process has really let me down on this part of the course. I feel that my thought process and time to reflect was rushed and I feel that my work has suffered because of this. I think a lot of the time I got lost in what I was making and I often forgot to take to look and understand the artists work’s that I had chosen to inspire me for this part. I had roughly decided which artists were to guide me, but I don’t think I seriously took the time to look at the artists work in depth, enough to inform my decisions about my work. I am disappointed in this as I find that is a particular interest of mine when making work. I feel that perhaps I got excited at the possibility of starting something that was my own and not directed by the exercises, but I almost forgot all the important parts that had worked well in previous assignments. I feel more time looking at and comparing artists work would have meant a more developed and final outcome in my work.
Overall, I think the final piece that I have produced is what I set out to complete, I just think that my initial ideas were so unrealistic that it threw me off my pathway and I ended up getting a bit lost in the completion of this assignment.