Field 3: Exhibition
‘Natures Beauty’ evaluation
I can’t believe I’ve actually made it to this point where I’m sat here writing this statement. It’s been such a roller coaster to get to this point but now that I’m actually here I couldn’t be happier with myself and how far I’ve come throughout my time and Cardiff Met.
My final project: Natures Beauty has been a very high note to end my time at uni and I feel it brings all my time here to a close. Throughout my time at Cardiff School of Art and Design I have developed into a confident, independent women with a passion for surface pattern design. This final project has taken my on a journey on understanding, learning and discovery of new skills and design work that has always been hidden. It has made me question all of my decision 3 times over and I feel it has made me much more aware of the pressure of working under a strict brief to a set time scale.
The idea behind my final major project was the fact that insects have been something that has always scared me. I have never had any interest for them and in fact when I would see them I would often run away, quite ironic knowing that my initials spell B E E. Despite this for my final major project I wanted to do something that would push me out of my comfort zone and that would challenge me physically and mentally so that when it was all finished I could say that I’m extremely happy with my work and whilst completing it I have managed to get over one of my biggest fears, and now that I have finished I can safely say that I am extremely happy with collection, and I have overgrown my fear for insects (maybe not all).
My main aim for this project was to turn the creatures that we see as ugly and horrid into something beautiful that we wouldn’t run away from. I set out to produce a creative collection of designs appropriate for the mid market for their living room interior. I wanted to create a sophisticated, elegant and classy collection of interior fabrics that would inspire the great outdoors into any home.
To insure that I would answer my brief completely I made 4 mood boards to put up on my wall so that I could always look at them to remind me exactly my aim so that I wouldn’t get side tracked. Each mood board had a selection of my project on it. My colour, theme, market and competitors. I feel that these were the beginning to the biggest project of my life so far. I wanted to insure that they were all completed to a high standard so they would reflect well within my project and that my final designs would coordinate along with them.
From here I moved on to the next stage of the journey and one that most people find a bit boring and not very creative- the research proses. I do understand why people find this part a bit tedious but I think it’s so important to do your research properly so you can know what’s out in the market now and how you could make your work stand out from the rest on the market at the time. I feel that my research is very in-depth and I’ve managed to annotate everything within it stating my opinion on the work of the artist and designer and also how they would influence my work. I’ve looked into a load of different artist, fashion designers and interior designers to insure that my research was thorough and that I had looked at every possibility regarding my chosen theme.
After I was happy with my research and my mood boards I moved onto the next chapter which one of my biggest struggles- drawing. I have never been a confident at drawing as I never felt that I was that good at it, it was never my strong point. But through out my time at Cardiff Met I feel that my drawing has continued to improve, especially within this project. I have actually enjoyed doing it. I feel I’m a more tactile, textured type of girl that loves getting her hands dirty, so within my sketchbook I have tried to use as many different techniques that I felt necessarily so that my work would be diverse and I had a choice of textures and mark makings that I could choose from for my final pieces. You wont believe this but I actually managed to complete 5 different sketchbooks, the most I have ever done, and yes they are all finished to.
I always knew that I wanted my designs to be digitally designed as I just felt it looked more professional and it fitted in better with my chosen theme. Whilst designing I think I was the most critical person ever! I was never happy with my designs I always felt that I could do better so I would always go back and change everything. All my designs have been created from my drawing so I feel that all my work within my collection including my sketchbook work all connects. I feel that my all my designs answer my brief and that they have been finished to a high standard that I am happy with.
As a young designer I pride myself on having a good eye for different colours and patterns. It can be seen from the designs that I’ve included in my portfolio that I have a flair for colour and textures, an innate understanding of trends and am competent working with most fabrics. I have exceptional illustration and artwork skills. I feel that it is very important for me to have these skills going into the textile industry and to be able to complete projects with confidence in these areas of skill.
My final project has been a very eventful and exciting process, of not just developing my existing skills and passions but also developing new ones. My main source of inspiration within many of my design work has been the outdoor environment, this is something I have a passion for and have enjoyed the research process that goes along with the design work.
I am a hardworking and confident individual with a lot of determination to succeed, who is more than ready to start a career in the design industry.