Brief Develop a series of three stitched pieces showing: a sense of repetition, variety of scale and a placement design. Piece #1 Piece #2 Piece #3 Choosing Imagery The stitched plastic piece from Exercise 2.3 intrigued me: the serendipitous discovery that the straight lines took on curved edges when stitched into this medium and seemed … More Assignment

Paper Manipulation Library

Translating to surfaces and textures. Here are my first thoughts/brainstorming list, as well as the papers chosen and the result of manipulating them. Drawing 1 – Edges and Seams (Coconut Inside) Paper Options Potential Treatments Translucent – Tracing Paper Drips, Watery Delicate – Tissue Paper Watercolour Paper Layering Tearing Laminating Melting Dipping, Dripping Wetting Results … More Paper Manipulation Library


Choose drawings with most exciting qualities in terms of: line, marks, texture, scale, pattern and surface. I tried to choose drawings with a variety of connotations to give myself as wide a scope as possible. Drawing 1 – Edges and Seams (Coconut Inside) This one was chosen for its very delicate marks, with subtle, interesting … More Selecting

Sources and Media

Decisions on subject and media. As it is winter in Rockhampton and many of the native flowers are in bud waiting for Spring, my choice of subject is limited. I want to select a plant from my garden which will provide an abundant source of material, because: * Travel is restricted due to controlling covid-19; … More Sources and Media

What is Drawing?

Had I not listened to Alison Carlier’s Jerwood Drawing Prize entry (an audio description), I might have included “marks” or “visual” in my definition. However, she blew apart all such ideas. Her drawing does not require information to be acquired through the optic nerve. So more general words, such as “depiction” or “visualisation” seem more … More What is Drawing?

Timorous Beasties

Artist Overview The Timorous Beasties are Alistair McCauly and Paul Simmons, textile design graduates from Glasgow University. They formed their company in 1990, and have since become a beloved Scottish icon. They make a very strong link to their floral and nature-based imagery: “The art critic John Ruskin related a universal connection between nature, art … More Timorous Beasties

Wabi Sabi

Consider the Japanese concept of ‘wabi-sabi’. “Wabi-sabi is a beauty of imperfect, impermanent and incomplete” (Koren, p. 7) is the usual definition of the Japanese aesthetic arising from the ancient tea ceremonies. After reading Koren’s little book, my understanding of wabi-sabi is that it is as much about the viewer as the object being viewed. … More Wabi Sabi