1 – Investigate the properties of the new materials and make notes on their potential in terms of both function and aesthetics.
2 – Then take a more playful approach to the development of ideas into samples.
3 – Create 4-6 samples – record the process and technique.
4 – Make visual notes to inspire and in response to ideas.
5 – Develop one sample into a more resolved piece.
6 – Write evalauation
1 /2 / 3 INVESTIGATE THE PROPERTIES – MAKE NOTES ON AESTHETICS leading onto CREATE SAMPLES.
Images that follow are pages in A3 sketchbook illustrating the first sampling of materials. At this stage they are small and more than was requested but being unfamiliar products, I needed to see what each one did to get a basic understanding before I could move on with them to make my samples more experimental and interesting.
Some experiments were –
- Staz-on printed onto polyshrink and shrunk with heat gun.
- Transfoils bonded to acrylic felt with bondaweb printed with Staz-on and heat distressed.
- Angelina fibres fused and printed.
- Angelina fibres fused, printed and pierced with soldering iron.
- Kunin felt distressed with heat gun ( note how the Kunin felt responds so much more than normal acrylic felt)
- Kunin felt printed with gesso and distressed with heat gun.
Some experiments were –
- Lutradur printed with Staz-on
- Lutradur printed with Staz-on and distressed with heat gun.
- Tyvek painted with metallic fabric paint ( because I thought the colours would intensify with the shrinking) and heat shrunk with heat tool
- Tyvek painted with metallic fabric paint, printed with Staz-on and heat shrunk with heat tool.
- Lutadur painted
- Evolon painted
- Evolon painted and bonded with transfoils
- Evolon and transfer print.
The colours weren’t really important to me at this point , it was the way they behaved that I was interested in.
I then developed some of the ones I liked a little more making notes.
The final sample combines all the successful controlled layering techniques with heat distressable products and wires that were revealed only once the kunin felt had been melted. The sample moves from one colour range to another taking full advantage of the iridescent qualities of the Angelia products. I would have loved to have made this longer but it was only a sample rather than a finished item so knew I had to accept this was the final stage for now.
The following images show some of the lovely textures in detail.
4 – VISUAL NOTES IN SKETCHBOOK
(all looking a little pink as the ink was running out !) – I collected ideas before starting to inspire ideas but only stuck them into the sketchbook after my samples as my response to my ideas.