Personal Critique of Textile Degree Shows 2017

Personal Critique of Textile Degree Shows 2017

Name of Degree Show student: Georgia Reece
Critique /comment on the development of ideas and concepts in this work:
The link between the bleeding colours in the background with the flowing lines layered on top works really well. I think the idea of combining man and nature is clever, and has been presented well in the textile pieces. You can see that the process of doing drawings based on minerals and the built environment has developed into a successful collection of final pieces.

How successfully are the materials and techniques used to convey the concepts?
The merging colours used represent the idea of nature and minerals well. It reminds me of the sea, especially with the silver lines on top, like waves. The silver in the lines could also link to the idea of the built environment, eg: big steel structures in cities. The background is soft and flowing like nature, whereas the lines on top are clear and precise like man made objects.

What is it about this exhibition that most impresses you?
The overall look of the collection is extremely professional and it all links together well. It stands out for me in terms of style, I love the colours and all of the samples are beautiful. I found this exhibition really inspiring and hope that I can achieve something as successful as this!

Briefly evaluate the presentation style of the work:
The work was presented really neatly and it draws you in to get close and look at the detail in the pieces. The variety of pieces to look at made it interesting.


Name of Degree Show student: Melissa Macdonald
Critique/ comment on the development of ideas and concepts in this work:
The collection reflects the concept of well being and is lovely as a group of work. The colours represent calmness and work well together to reflect the concept. I think the variety of different pieces like including ceramics really provides the feel of a cohesive home wear collection. It shows the possibilities for uses of the surface pattern designs.

How successfully are the materials and techniques used to convey the concepts?
The colours and use of shapes reflect the inspiration of Kew Gardens well. The patterns look lovely together as a collection and are aesthetically pleasing. The natural forms in the designs reflect the idea of well being described in the concept.

What is it about this exhibition that most impresses you?
The collection as a whole is wonderful together, with so many different products you get a great sense of how it would feel to be in a home environment with the designs in. I think the overall look of it is extremely professional and all of the designs are lovely. I really love the addition of the ceramics!

Briefly evaluate the presentation style of the work:
The work has been presented in a professional way and works really well as a collection. It creates an atmosphere of being in the home, you can visualise how the pieces would look in a real life home environment.


How do you perceive the shows, generally?
I found the show really inspiring to see. All of the work is so unique and professional, I can’t wait to be at the same stage in my 3rd year. It was really enjoyable to walk around and see everything.

List 3 key things you have learnt from what you have seen overall?
1. A fully developed and explored concept can produce amazing results.
2. Creating a collection with a whole variety of products like wallpaper, chairs, cushions, ceramics, stationery etc can really show off a successful design idea.
3. There are endless possibilities of what you can create for textiles, with so many different inspirations and products to look for.

Two of a Kind

A couple of days ago I received an email asking me to create a piece of artwork for a USW Fashion students pop up shop in Cardiff. I accepted the offer and today went and did the painting! Angharad wanted me to paint a feature wall as part of her pop up shop for her brand ‘Two of a Kind’. She is selling jumpers that she has made and wanted a wall to take photos of her customers in front of. Her poster featured hands in different positions, and she wanted something similar for the wall. All of her profits will go to the homeless charity The Wallich.

I sent her some initial drawings which she was happy with so I brought them with me today to the pop up shop in Duke Street Arcade. I used these as a starting point and painted hands in blue and orange around the edge of the wall as a frame for the photos she wanted to take. Above this I wrote the tagline ‘The jumper is just the start’ in black.

It was a great experience to work to a brief and have a go at something I haven’t done before, and I loved being able to help a good cause. Painting the wall gave me some publicity which was amazing!


Craft in The Bay

Today I went to Cardiff Bay with a friend and visited Craft in the Bay while we were there. There was a huge variety of art pieces there such as ceramics, jewellery, clothing, art prints and toys. One artists work in particular that I really loved was Anna Noel. Her detailed ceramic animals and people are beautiful and witty with a lovely illustrative style!

Here are some of my favourites.

Below are a few photos I took at the Bay during the sunset.

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Bookbinding Workshop

Today I went to a bookbinding workshop and made a little concertina book! I have done some bookbinding before, so I was familiar with some elements of the process, but this workshop showed me a more professional and neat way of creating my own books. The process is precise and involves carefully measuring your paper and covers to the correct size. To get crisp folds in the paper we used bone folders, and we covered our books with proper book cloth. At the end we placed our books in a machine that can flatten the books overnight which gives it a professional finish. I was also shown the stitching method used to sew paper together for the inside of a book, which is a really useful technique to know. I will definitely be making more books to use as sketchbooks!