Assignment two- Stitching: Placed and spaced. Sketchbook

Starting to think about my final series of three works. 

These are the three works I think I’ll be using to inform my first textile works. The features I am looking at are the embossing and the dense red textural colour in the first, the net overlay with something visible beneath and the kimono shape in the second, and the drape and linear marks of the third.

Don’t know what this has come from. It was just lying on the ground in the middle of the road. There is a fair bit of discarded material on the ground here. Brian called our walk “going shopping for free art supplies”.

Thinking ahead 

Considering the need for some base textile to work on. I am living remote at present and only have undyed textiles that I brought with me, and some dye.

So before I think about manipulating the textile, I first have to consider what colours I would like to use in my base textiles. At this stage I’m not sure where I will be going with my textile works, but I can’t ignore my surroundings. I am draw to the distinctive colours of the outback, the red of the earth, the green of the plant growth and the blue of the sky.  

It’s going to be pretty hard to choose textile for my base because I don’t have much available  and I understand that I am making links always back to my drawings or my stitch works so possibly I should be using my cream/ white fabrics undyed as paper is undyed.  Actually reading the brief again I see that I should only be referencing colour in a limited way and relating it to the colours in my drawings.

Still I’m going to have some fun dyeing some fabric to use at some stage anyway in the colours of the outback.  I want to extend my work ultimately and apply what I’ve learnt to a body of work relating to my time here. 

Here I am trying to match the colour of the sky with dye on paper

Feedback on Assignment One

 Last night I had my video feedback session with my tutor which was fine. I’ve included a copy of the report sent below. I was excited by his encouragement to go beyond the brief a bit and include more of my own interests. I’m happy to do that because I’m in a pretty unique place at present. Working in remote central Australia means that I have limited resources in regard to shopping but new and exciting resources in the environment. 
Overall Comments


Congratulations Susan, you have worked at a good level for this assignment.


You have produced some well-executed pieces of work. There is evidence you have researched widely and used different techniques and processes to influence your thinking and making. Your learning log shows that you have been looking at adequate research and artists required for the projects. Overall this is a good body of work.


We discussed on Video call that you are enjoying drawing and painting and that you are feeling very comfortable working on big formats, like you have done with some of your paintings and collages. We also commented about developing some of your drawing with a bit more detail and maybe spend more time on some of them, prioritising quality to quantity.

You have successfully explored different scales, it would have been great to see more detailed drawings and more bigger pieces.


Your Collage pieces were amongst your favourite pieces and some of the strongest pieces of your work, you have worked with many different materials, layering and combining different colours in a successful way.


It is good to hear that you are enjoying Drawing, and that you want it to be part of your start of every project, I really encourage you to continue developing them and exploring different ways, materials and techniques. You mentioned today that you don’t have too many resources for material around you, as there are not many shops near you. Take this as an opportunity to be a bit more experimental and explorative, maybe using recycled or found materials, Don’t feel you always need to work with paper, you can find elements found in nature, plastics, card boards, metal…etc


We discussed the possibilities of trying to work beyond the exercises and explore a more personal approach to the projects. Possibly adding some primary research like photographs, found objects… and create colour palettes that you can then add to your drawings and future textile samples.



Overall, I think you are enjoying the course and generating very exciting pieces of work.



Please inform me of how you would like your feedback for the next assignment. Written or video/audio


Well done Susan, I look forward to your next assignment.


Tutor name

Pere Bruach


3rd September 2017 

Next assignment due








Assignment one reflection

Some of what I think of as the stronger works from Project Two

And my favourites from Project Three


My initial response to the first assignment was that it was going to constitute a lot of drawing. I have done some drawing at Uni but I found that it can take me ages and I am very often not happy with the result. But looking at the examples given in the course handbook and the suggestions of other artists to look at relaxed me a little, and I realised I didn’t have to produce a huge folio of photo realistic drawing. Instead the exercises took me through a range of different possibilities for drawing and I was reasonably happy with the results. I didn’t feel lost as to where to start as the exercise notes were enough of a push for the ideas to start flowing. Placing limitations on me in terms of colour and trying to represent only a specific feature about the textile gave me the freedom to experiment and I thoroughly enjoyed all the exercises. 

Selection of the textile works was an adventure in itself, and I enjoyed examining each piece closely and imagining the stitcher and the wearer, and what their story may have been. I experimented with a range of drawing techniques using only ink or watercolour, on a variety of papers. I was especially drawn to the line exercise and was amazed at what I could portray using line alone. I was excited by this but ran out of time at this stage to experiment further.

Moving on to Project Three I decided to use watercolour and ink again. I didn’t feel like I had fully explored its potential and wanted to play with the wet media seeping into soft paper. I have mostly used recycled paper and my works are nearly all the same size. I haven’t been too adventurous with composition but I have tried to think about using the whole sheet in some of the works. I love colour and was pleased to be finally using colour. I had a limited palette of watercolours and I attempted to mix the shades of green I saw, but was less successful at this than I would have liked. 

I think I have definitely broadened my drawing skills through these exercises. I tried to think laterally about how I could create work and found that I was never stuck about where to start. In fact the opposite: I had lots of ideas and not enough time to execute them. 

From now on I’m thinking that a lot of my textile work will start with drawing. Taking a source material through a range of manipulations that I subsequently work from, seems like a fun and effective way to develop and test ideas before committing to a final piece. It also serves to provide additional secondary sources of inspiration that would result in a more complex and less representational work. I am looking forward to transferring line into stitch now that my eyes have been opened to the potential of line in drawing.