Starting to present final pieces 

Picture 1

It’s important to tie the pieces together to give unison. Due to changing my mind several times im looking at using hessian dyed as a border.

about the final fabric and eventually decided on sheer fabric as I am wanting to give the viewer to opportunity to see each individual picture front and back and also look through the pictures to see the passage of time. I looked at hanging from coat hangers as opposed to frames. Discussion between tutors and my own thoughts led to the decision to frame. I want a stable picture because the movement of hanging loosely may not show the pieces off in the best way. which the .


Ideas for final display

I want to be able to display the work to allow the viewer to see each individual piece but also look through the first piece and see a glimpse of the others.

Ideas I wish to incorporate in my final presentation

  • See the journey of life from beginning to the end
  • View the backs of each artwork as these add an interesting alternate.
  • Suspend the works to allow movement.
  • Explore light to creat shadows and reflection which can also explore passage of time.

I am interested in Newtons cradle which has often been an executive desk toy over the years but i am intrigued by the relationship between the balls.

I will investigate to see if I can purchase embroidery hoops large enough for my works.

Annie Leibovitz

This photographer is known for capturing   Celebrities in striking and flattering poses. What I like is how her expert use of positive and negative space by use of light and shade which adds an interesting dimension to the photo. Her talent enhances and creates interest for the viewer.

She is often considered to be one of America’s best portrait photographers she has the ability to show her subjects in a variety of poses that often shock or surprise the audience.

Trip to London Tate Britain 

David Hockney portrait of his mother and Father. I like how the colours he uses act in sharp contrast to each other yet the brilliance highlights the neighbouring colour. Hockey shows compassion and feeling in the faces of his parents. There was also a painting of Hockey’s muse, Crlia Birtwell and Ossie Clark and again he captures light and radiance in the faces of his subjects.

I’m an admirer of Francis Bacons work. The distortion and disturbance he portrays in the faces of his subjects displays a juxtaposition of emotions in the viewer as they both shock and elicit compassion. His brilliance and expertise in drawing and altering of the human anatomy of the face shows great originality.

This painting by Bridget Reily when observers for a short time had the effect of convincing me that I would loose my mind if I stared at it for any length of time. Art work like this both astounds me and creates a feeling of disturbance

which continues to interest and stimulate my mind.


These artworks explore Art and Alcohol. The Hogarth depicts the famous Gin Lane. The way Gilbert and George display these photographic pieces attracts the eye to them and when you get closer your eyes dart up and down to take in the individual photos. They further  explain the significance of their reasoning behind the choices they have made about the size and clarity of the development of the photos.

This reasoning and attention to detail needs to be considered when I consider my FMP display.

Reflection week 6

This week has been a busy week with a deluge of sampling. I have spent many hours dyeing fabrics, painting and bleaching and drying out teabags. I have used one of the photoshopped images to try and create an image out of fabric that has taken inspiration from artists such as Kathryn Harmer Fox, Dorte Jenson and Joe Cunningham.

I used the contours of the image to try and recreate in fabric. I wasn’t happy with the dullness of the colours blue, grey and brown so I tried to change to brighter colours and again I was not happy with it. I feel the image is not clear enough and not the professional look I was aiming for.

This is a common theme I have come across whilst working the image I have in my brain does not transfer to the work I produce.

The screen printing was considerably more successful. I was happy with the strong colours and the faded aspect the prints give to my work. With experimentation I discovered that varying the amount of dye and pressure of the application gave me the faded blurred effect I was looking for. This is important to my work as I am wanting to represent the ageing process of the portraits. I was also able to experiment with double exposure and overlaying of the images to create the abstract effect I want. Due to insecurities that I have already outlined the blurring of the images coincide with this feeling. 

The colour pallet I had origonally chosen did not really have a set pallet other than bright colours which I want to use to represent the brightness and positivity of my life. Yet through the screen printing process I discovered that I liked orange, black and yellow. This theme will need to be carried forward through all my portraits to create cohesiveness. I also need to make a choice on the style and weight of fabric that will be used in the final pieces.

Screen printing 


I spent the day screen printing the images I had altered on photoshop. I had chosen 4 colours but after sampling I decided on a pallet of black yellow and orange even though picture 1 included green and pink also. The 3 colours looked more dramatic and I felt 5 colours of print may be to busy. I may still add further colours at the stitch stage. Time contemplating the images later I decided that the image above which was experimental as I was using the left over ink on the screen to press this image was the one I preferred. I had only screen printed this image on paper so i went back into the screen print room and reprinted. Looking at my choice of fabrics I liked the muslin as this would enable me to look through image 1 to image 2 and so on. This could be an idea for displaying the images at the end.

An issue i had to work out was how to get the images to overlay for a mix of the colour pallet and also to give a blurred or double exposed image. This required measurements and thinking before I went ahead with the print.