Before starting the 1st Year of my degree I was set a pre-arrival task, which was designed to stimulate ideas and begin a concept generation.
We would like you to complete some tasks before you come to University to help you prepare for your course. These pre-arrival activities are a set of tasks aimed at selecting and initiating ideas and research, which will then feed into your work during the first few weeks of term on the course. You will need to collect some objects and materials from which to draw when you arrive and develop some starting points that inspire you. We encourage you to get out and about to help to stimulate your textile design practice and feed your concept development ideas. This will give you some material to kick-start your design projects, whilst helping you to develop your research skills.
Task 1: select and explore a theme
In order to initiate an individual concept, choose one of the theme strands below:
- Cuddling: freckled, domestic, cute, shaggy, unruly, butter
- Constructive: loss, rhythm, sharing, cubist, layer, energizing
- Graphic: wild, loud, fragments, primitive, pebbles, joy
- Archaic: composted, stained, brutal, planet, geometric, mend
- Earth: veiled, acidic, weird, clouds, scraps, reveal
- Sepia: faded, blurred, dense, historical, emotional, transparent
- Worker: padded, functional, washed, age, farming, outlines
These are from Trend Union: Autumn/Winter 2020/2021 (available to view in the library when you arrive). See also TrendTablet and Edelkoort for trend information and inspiration.
Mind mapping your idea development
Think about what these words mean to you, and look them up to research their wider meanings, and synonyms. Consider them separately and together. Do some mind mapping to consider related ideas, words, and connotations.
I decided to choose the theme of WORKER.
Why? I was instantly drawn to the sub-themes of AGE, WASHED, and OUTLINES. Having an extensive amount of artists to cherry-pick from as influences allowed me to begin both my visual and contextual research in equal measure.
EGON SCHIELE> (Age) The master of line, form, and washes. Observational studies will concentrate primarily on colour, line, and overall tone.
HENRI MATISSE> (Paint) The master of bold outlines, colour, and the decorative. Collage will allow a more abstract interpretation from observational studies.
GIACOMO BALLA> (Mechanical) A Futurist: interpreting movement via the mechanical/machine. Sharp, rough, and metallic facets will create an antithesis to the organic structures explored within Schiele’s influence.
How will I tackle translating the words into actual visual research?
- Exhibitions> Get out and explore other artists’ work
- Observational drawing> Begin to describe theme through visual research.
- Contextual Research> Cross-reference theory and influence of other designers.
- Collecting items linked to theme> Stockpile interesting artefacts to draw upon.
- Scrapbooking journal articles> Broaden research skills to develop through practice.