I guess all my creativity has gone into my school work over the past six months - that and the fact that I have been struggling a little bit to find my focus and direction.
School has been a challenge in many ways, some good and some bad, but overall, it has helped me move forward. I feel like I am much clearer about the things I need to do to be a textile designer.
There are so many things to write about - from the actual projects, to the school politics, to group dynamics and personalities of the students and teachers, to my creative musings - I should have kept up, but I didn't and now I have to either back-track, or skip it, or try to sum it up.
I think I'll just start and go forward randomly (as is my usual style). One thing I have learned, and continue to learn, is that it is so important to be true to my own ideas and vision. I know this sounds like a cliché, but when you see the negative results of not doing this, it really hits home. Sometimes this is hard to do because you have to follow a brief, or you doubt your own taste, or you simply don't have the technical capabilities to manifest your vision. Being in school has been a good place to learn, to research, to play around with ideas and to practice, practice, practice. I know I have lots of room to keep growing (and that is exciting) but I am not too shy to say that I think I have come a long way, and I can see my progress in my work. I don't want to appear to be bragging or showing off, but I think some people want to see what I have been up to, so here are a few examples: the first two are exercises from the beginning of the year, and the last three are artwork and a class print project.
|all of our deco designs mixed together. mine is the lilac and teal crystals in the front. they will be cut and sewn into seat covers for an event|
|phase one of a fabric print design|
I am going to be scanning all my work and putting the best into a portfolio (we have to do it as part of our curriculum) so I will post more of the recent stuff soon.
Next time I will write about the time I spend at school and how that whole thing is a challenge. I've been managing to keep up with my assignments, and just managing to stay healthy and sane. Sorry I haven't kept up with the writing.