We finally had a workshop on how to use the rug gun and it was really good fun!
After each trying out the rug gun we had time slots and were able to do whatever we liked. As we had tried mostly straight lines, I asked James if it was possible to do curves like waves and he told me to give it a go. It was quite hard at first but I managed to get the hang of drawing waves (although they were still quite wobbly and not so neat).
What was really amazing was looking at the final outcome of everyone’s own pieces together!
(Not gonna lie though, my left arm ached for 2 days after, because the rug gun was a lot heavier than I imagined!)
For the 9 gifs I took the same patterns and sewed them on paper.
I used different colour thread and different thickness because I wanted different types of lines.
After sewing them, I took photos and made gifs from the photos. Some of them were made by removing different threads in Photoshop, others by taking a photo at each stage of thread removal and some of the gifs were originally filmed.
I’m happy with most of the outcomes, but I think I may revisit some of them and refine a few of the others.
For the trial run of my final poster I brought back the red biggie50 and a white A2 sheet of paper.
I wanted to highlight only a section of the patterns drawn, so I just painted the middle of the page. I chose specific areas of the patterns I drew and sewed them onto the sheet.
Although it was difficult to sew on paper compared to cloth, it was quite fun and I quite liked the outcome of these. It gave the poster a interactive feel, because I knew people would want to play with the strings.
I wanted to sew the words and information on as well, but I didn’t have enough time for that for the crit, so I decided to just write on how it would be sewn.
For the information I put:
The word it was about
“Featuring” the two people’s patterns I drew which I chose
Looking back at Pinterest, I went to look at display methods.
I really liked the simple ones, because they didn’t take away from the main focus, yet they were unique enough to draw attention to the piece. The ones I liked the most seemed to have minimal colour and were made with common materials such as wire or wood.
We had a workshop with Kim on grids. First she gave a talk and once we had a broader idea of grids we were asked to do an activity on grids. We had to use some grid paper and rearrange text given to us to make 16+ different examples and then post them on our blog.