‘Module ADZ4771 Subject ‘Material Matters’
Monday 9 October.
Taught Drawing Lesson 3- ‘Deconstruction! Drawing with Thread’:
You are asked to prepare in advance for this session:
- Photocopy some of the pieces you created last week, both in black and white and in colour, ready to use today.
- Collect and bring in a group of natural form items to draw. This could be anything portable, such as flowers, foliage, twigs/ small branches, berries, seed-heads, fruits, vegetables, spices, feathers, shells, bark, driftwood, etc.
- Bring in a good selection of drawing pens, pencils, inks, watercolours and brushes, Pritt stick and any threads/ yarn/ cord/ ribbon you may have.
- You will be arranging, observing, recording and drawing several studies at differing scales.
- You will then be incorporating threads, either glued or stitched on to your photocopies and other papers whilst observing a still-life of natural forms’
This was the brief set for today. Really excited to see what my creativity produces.
All my mark making ideas had been photocopied and brought in with me. I was a little concerned, initially, at the monotone/darkness aesthetic of the images, but actually found that the black and white of the photocopies meant that I could concentrate on being a little more lavish with the colour of the thread.
‘Drawing is like taking a line line for a walk’ Quote from Paul Klee.
Sasha had kindly brought in some incredible natural forms, including dried seed pods, branches, flowers, leaves and all other matter of wondrous gifts from nature. I was immediately drawn to the twists and sinuous turns of a drying out Lily flower head/stem (above). The form could be manipulated into a continuous line drawing effortlessly; fine liner and pencil were my chosen medium to record on paper.
(Left) Simply ripping the photocopied image roughly horizontally and laying down alternate inverted strips; Four observational drawings were recorded within specific areas of the paper; in hindsight I think I should have used a different colour medium on the monotone image, parts are a little difficult to see. (Right) Ripping photocopy and arranging at 45/90degrees to each other. Chronicling one larger drawing to straddle the white paper and collage. Specific coloured thread will be added later. I will document many different ideas before applying thread.
During the session, Helen Watkins our head of year, presented the group with a short retrospective to the type of exploration that makes her practice individual to her. I found the discussion most interesting, her inspiration is gained primarily from taking inspiring walks, this resonated highly with me. During my youth I loved nothing more than taking a trip into nature with my Dad. He would describe to me in detail all the wonders of the natural world, himself being an artist made the walks even more colourful and formative. Even to this day, I love nothing more than being surrounded by Nature.
Helen began to discuss ideas that could take our exploratory studies to the next level, after all the module is called ‘Material Matters’. She gave extremely generous advice in how to begin collecting/absorbing tools/materials of interest that could be utilised in an individual way.
(Above) The exploration/collage/juxtaposition from photocopies of my mark-making exercises. Next step will be to create observational drawing/stitch interpretations.
CUT, RIP, PASTE. OUT & ABOUT (TAKE SKETCHBOOK). MOOD – USE OF COLOUR. MIXED MEDIA – WHAT DO I LIKE?. FOUND OBJECTS – PLACE WITHIN SKETCHBOOK. BEACH COMBING – PRINTING IDEAS. FABRIC CUTTING TO CREATE NEW AND INTERESTING SHAPES. SOFT TO HARD. CHOP, LAYER, DISTORT ETC. This is a wonderful knowledge to start further exploration.
‘I have learned that what I have not drawn, i have never really seen, and that when I start drawing an ordinary thing, I realise how extraordinary it is, sheer miracle’ Quote from Frederick Frank