Category Archives: textiles

Creating a half-drop repeat

Arranging the motifs
Arranging the motifs
Arranging the block pattern into a half-drop repeat
Arranging the block pattern into a half-drop repeat
Colouring it up with some gouache
Colouring it up with some gouache

Learning how to create repeat patterns was great fun, but had I fully understood that the silly little motifs I created in a hurry and under pressure one Wednesday night were the silly little motifs I was to use for this exercise the following Wednesday night, I would have … um, probably still created silly little motifs like these.

 

Nevertheless, I think the black lines of these flowers have merit and I would like to experiment more with this look, particularly with trying different colours and medium.

 

I thought I’d be clever and give this design the colourway treatment, but later found out I got that wrong! A proper colourway would mean a second design using different colours, perhaps green and brown, not the same colours in different positions.

 

I should also have created colour chips when I began painting, as I couldn’t replicate the blue when I was finishing off the background at home. Joey said that the thick blue paint created a river effect, and the flowers were floating in it (the darling boy!)

Adding more gouache
Adding more gouache
.....and more gouache
…..and more gouache and some black texta
Nearly finished
Nearly finished
Trying some other weird colours
Trying some other weird colours (this time with pencils)

Some thoughts on the Cert IV in Textile Design at RMIT

I’ve enrolled in the Cert IV Textile Design course at RMIT. My sister completed the course over seven years and I was always admiring of the designs that she created and the fun that she had.

But what was I thinking? Am I mad? I have a full-time job, two teenagers and, to top it off, an auto-immune disease. Of course I have time to attend two x three-hour classes a week plus a Saturday once a month. Lucky I have a partner who keeps the clothes washed, the floor vacuumed and the four of us fed.

It’s week 3 and already the homework is piling up. It seems that we no sooner arrive at class, set up to discuss our topic and prepare for the activity that we must start cleaning up. What we don’t finish in class we must finish at home, on top of the homework.

I told Jodie last week that I think I was over-thinking the course. It’s a TAFE course, not a post-graduate at university. It’s geared towards kids with little education and older people with a lot more. It’s assessment is flexible and I should really just calm down. But the reality is that the course is very stimulating and I want to be totally immersed in it. Bugger this working for a living caper. So much of my day is wasted by having to go into the office!!