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

Selecting

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

Mary Elizabeth Barron

Overview Mary Elizabeth Barron is an artist based in Logan, Queensland who makes bobbin lace from plastic bags. Works When I saw this post on Facebook, announcing Barron’s exhibition in Logan, it intrigued me, as I was working with a antique bobbin lace handkerchief made in the 1920s by my husband’s grandmother. The videos on … More Mary Elizabeth Barron

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

Collage and Creases

Exercise 1.5 Explore collage as a drawing technique. I’ve never made a collage, so found this exercise a bit daunting. However, once I got going I loved the technique. This is definitely something to which I will return at a later stage. Handkerchief I spent some time chasing a piece of paper with adjoining circles, … More Collage and Creases

Portraying by Drawing

Exercise 1.8 Portray your visual source through your own self-directed drawing approach. Purpose/Outcome The over-arching purpose my approach will be to create a floral design for wallpaper or furnishing fabric. This roots the task in textile design considerations. Methodology My overall approach is: * to gain familiarity with my subject by producing drawings of the … More Portraying by Drawing