EXERCISE – Experimenting with new materials – samples and visual notes.

BRIEF
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.

Page 1 - first samples to see what could be done.

Page 1 – first samples to see what could be done.

Some experiments were  –

  1. Staz-on printed onto polyshrink and shrunk with heat gun.
  2. Transfoils bonded to acrylic felt with bondaweb printed with Staz-on and heat distressed.
  3. Angelina fibres fused and printed.
  4. Angelina fibres fused, printed and pierced with soldering iron.
  5. Kunin felt distressed with heat gun ( note how the Kunin felt responds so much more than normal acrylic felt)
  6. Kunin felt printed with gesso and distressed with heat gun.
    Page 2 – First samples to see what could be done

    Page 2 – First samples to see what could be done

    Some experiments were –

    1. Lutradur printed with Staz-on
    2. Lutradur printed with Staz-on and distressed with heat gun.
    3. Tyvek painted with metallic fabric paint ( because I thought the colours would intensify with the shrinking) and heat shrunk with heat tool
    4. Tyvek painted with metallic fabric paint, printed with Staz-on and heat shrunk with heat tool.
    5. Lutadur painted
    6. Evolon painted
    7. Evolon painted and bonded with transfoils
    8. 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.

    Page 3 - Angelina experiments - fusing and embossing at the same time - basket weave mat, metal grid, netting.

    Page 3 – Angelina experiments – fusing and embossing at the same time – basket weave mat, metal grid, netting.

    Page 4 - Angelina experiments, fibres and film,fusing and transfoils.  Evolon and Lutradur. painted and bonded with transfoils with a scrunched approach.

    Page 4 – Angelina experiments, fibres and film,fusing and transfoils.
    Evolon and Lutradur. painted and bonded with transfoils with a scrunched approach.

    Close up of embossed Angeliina with transfoil

    Close up of embossed Angeliina with transfoil

    Page 5 - Tyvek samples. Looking at the difference to the bubbles depending on which side its heated from. Painting and shrinking in shapes. Tyvek "crisps". Printing and shrinking and transfoils.

    Page 5 – Tyvek samples. Looking at the difference to the bubbles depending on which side its heated from. Painting and shrinking in shapes. Tyvek “crisps”. Printing and shrinking and transfoils.

    Detail - Tyvek "crisps" -hard to control in the making but I really like the bubbles around the edges.

    Detail – Tyvek “crisps” -hard to control in the making but I really like the bubbles around the edges.

    Tyvek samples.  Left - having made note of which way around gave me convex or concave bubbles. I printed with Staz-on and heat shrunk. Middle sample was heat shrunk and trasfoils applied, Right was printed, shrunk then transfoils applied.

    Tyvek samples.
    Left – having made note of which way around gave me convex or concave bubbles. I printed with Staz-on and heat shrunk. Middle sample was heat shrunk and trasfoils applied, Right was printed, shrunk then transfoils applied.

    Lutradur painted with brusho , bondaweb and transfoils.

    Lutradur painted with brusho , bondaweb and transfoils.

    Lutradur painted with brusho , bondaweb and transfoils and then heat distressed.

    Lutradur painted with brusho , bondaweb and transfoils and then heat distressed.

    Page 7 - Angelina experiments -combining methods and ideas and starting to move towards a final sample.

    Page 7 – Angelina experiments -combining methods and ideas and starting to move towards a final sample.

    Page 8 - At this stage I knew what materials I wanted to use so these are some trials to see what details I could create. Combining Angelina films, fibres and kunin felt, foils and polyshrink.

    Page 8 – At this stage I knew what materials I wanted to use so these are some trials to see what details I could create. Combining Angelina films, fibres and kunin felt, foils and polyshrink.

    Detail of page 8 - wires, foil, film.

    Detail of page 8 – wires, foil, film.

    Detail of page 8 - Polyshrink "embellishment" samples

    Detail of page 8 – Polyshrink “embellishment” samples

    Page 9 - Controlled final samples following on from page 8 to see if I could recreate the results I liked. I was delighted it worked as I had wanted so felt confident to move onto last sample.

    Page 9 – Controlled final samples following on from page 8 to see if I could recreate the results I liked. I was delighted it worked as I had wanted so felt confident to move onto last sample.

    Final sample

    Final sample

    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.

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    Example page of my note taking on qualities and aesthetics. I did this for every product but have not shown this in photographs here.

    Example page of my note taking on qualities and aesthetics. I did this for every product but have not shown this in photographs here.

    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.

    Sketchbook Visual notes - in response to and to inspire samples

    Sketchbook Visual notes – in response to and to inspire samples

    Sketchbook Visual notes - in response to and to inspire samples

    Sketchbook Visual notes – in response to and to inspire samples

     

final board for assessment - samples at the top and resolved samples at the base

final board for assessment – samples at the top and resolved samples at the base

samples detail

samples detail

resolved sample detail

resolved sample detail

 

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