Field 1 self reflection

As a whole, I’ve found the module entertaining and very helpful. As a textiles student Colour theory is a massive part of our work, and so I decided it would be beneficial to me to chose this option, and I wasn’t dissappointed. ALthough the first couple of sessions were seasions that I’d already done in my subject module, it was handy to re visit them and better my skills with understanding the colour wheel. 

After completing our colour wheel tasks we then went on to match colours from magazines that we’d been asked to bring in, this wasn’t something that I was familiar with however, I was perfectly comfortable and managed to mix the colours quite easily which David also commented on.  

the rest of the module included us matching colours to natural substances and experimenting with our own colour ways. My main issue with my colours was that Helen had commented that I needed to focus on my colour board, which ive focused in on and as a result of learning how to mix various colours including black (which i had no idea that you could mix out of basic primary colours) I feel that I’ve now bettered my colour theory as a result of these workshops. 

As a designer, I’m more of a ‘hands on’ kind of artist, in that all of my prints are done by hand and all of my fabrics are dyed using my own dye baths. Having spoken to Steve, I’ve also learnt that the skills ive attained on this module will be very beneficial to me in third year when we will be learning how to correctly measure out dyed in order to achieve the desired colour, and having already experimented with that on this module, I’m now confident going into third year that I’ll have a good understanding of the tasks that we’ll be given. 

As a whole, I don’t think i could’ve chosen a more suited option for field one, and am confident that the skills i have learn’t on this module will continue to benefit me throughout my studies.


Experimentation – dye mixing

Now that our actual workshops have come to an end we have a week and a half to experiment and come up with our own pieces. As a textiles designer paints wouldn’t be the most sufficient way of experimenting as it wouldn’t tie in with my work, so my decision was to mix dye baths with a variety of primary colours to try and get the desired colour to go with my colour pallette.

Using royal blue with a touch of black, red with a touch of navy blue, turquoise and a few others, I managed to create the dye baths that fit in with my colours perfectly, that will go well with all of my subject work.

Matching colours – David Fitzjohn

Our second day in field proved a lot more difficult than our first. For this workshop we had been asked to bring with us some colourful magazines, and being a textiles student that definitely wasn’t an issue. We then had to chose some colours from those magazines and try and mix the colours to match them. This part was no issue at all for me, and i found it relatively easy, until I was told to pick a more difficult colour to challenge myself, and as it turns out mixing orange isn’t as simple as just mixing red and yellow. After what seemed like a whole day trying to get the right colour, I finally succeeded, however it’s not a task that I would like to do again in the near future.


The afternoon session, although fun, was even more difficult than the mornings’. We were asked to choose some fruit and veg, and try and mix our colours to match them. All I can say is, to anyone that thought the colour of carrot skin is orange, you my friend, are wrong. Hours spent mixing vermillion and lemon, lemon and crimson, cadmium and vermillion and so forth. No matter how much i mixed i couldn’t get the right colour, and after asking David for help turns out it wasn’t actually my mixing that was the problem.. He went on to explain that we needed earth colours in order to match our paint to natural things, and that this was in fact the point of the workshop. Feeling slightly vindicated I went on mixing the earth colours, and needless to say it took a further 5 minutes and I’d finally got the right shade that I needed. And went on to mix a variety of other fruit and veg. So after a long day of mixing what mainly seemed like orange, I’m happy to say I’ve got quite a lot out of this workshop and am happy with the outcome.

Understanding colour – David Fitzjohn

My main reason for choosing understanding colour as my field 1 option was that I felt it would be the most suitable option for me as a designer. As designers one of the key components in your work is your colour palette, and I felt this module would be the perfect opportunity to experiment and get a better understanding of colour before returning to my subject module. It’s also perfect for me, as I know my chosen palette for my current brief needed expanding, and this was the perfect opportunity for me to develop it further.

Our first day began with a lecture on Kandinsky’s work and his application of colour.  Personally I enjoyed  this lecture as I’ve been a fan of Kandinsky’s work for years. I find it fascinating that Kandinsky’s main objective was to a find a way of combining form with colour. Have you ever listened to music and realised it was just a load of noisy chaos? Kandinsky chose pieces of  Scheinburg’s music as inspiration for some of his paintings, and sometimes when looking at a piece of Kandinsky’s work, it looks like a load of colourful chaos, and for me this proves that he succeeded in trying to translate music into colour. We then went on to discuss Synaesthesia and ‘the age of synaesthesia’. Meaning the interconnections between senses, and artists that try and overlap your senses. Such as, Alexander Scriabin’s prometheus (Keyboard with lights) and the attempt to listen to the music but see the colours in front of you aswell.

In the afternoon we went on to learn the basics of colour: Primaries, secondaries, and how to mix primaries in a certain way. For me the afternoons session was fairly simple as it was something we had already done in Textiles as part of our colour theory workshop. However, we did go into it in a lot more detail so was still beneficial to myself. We went on to paint a number of colour charts transitioning from different primaries to another. E.g Vermillion > process cyan, Lemon yellow > crimson and so on. I think the workshop overall was very beneficial to myself as it showed some colours mix in a much more attractive way than others depending on the complementary colours.


After today’s workshop I went home to carry on experimenting with colour, painting my own colour wheels and mixing some more colours for my subject work. Fair to say some were more successful than others. But all in all, a good start to Field 1, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the module.


End of Part 1, self reflection

Bethan Davies

Self Reflection

As stated in my self evaluation, at the beginning of the module I was more interested in interior design as it appealed to me more. However, after undergoing all of the research required to start the module, I’ve decided to work for a fashion textiles Designer named Elie Saab. Although it wasn’t what I expected, I’m happy with my decision, as I’ve always been a fan of his work, however I had never considered writing my hypothetical brief for him until this year. At the moment I’m excited about this module more so than I have been with any other briefs that I’ve had in the past as it’s something that lets you experiment and be who you want to be as a designer, and I think as a cohort this is a mutual feeling. So far I’m happy with all the work I have produced, I think my sketchbook so far is a higher standard than what I’ve produced in previous modules which is something that I’m really happy with as my drawing skills are one of my main strengths, and having not produced a high standard of drawings in the past I feel as If I’ve redeemed myself this term. I’m happy with my work overall, however after looking back at my research I think I might’ve made a mistake with my top 3 designers as I don’t think they’re the 3 that show my personality as much as a couple of other designers that I’ve done further research into. However that’s a learning curve and I’ve decided to stick with my original top three as they’re designers/companies that have inspired me throughout my entire creative journey since my foundation year. Although I’ve managed to manage my time a lot better than I have in previous modules, I still think there are improvements to be made, but for me I think that will come with experience and is something that will become easier as time goes on.

Overall I’m happy with my deliverables for part 1 of the module, and am looking forward to continuing my work in part 2, and I feel that part 2 will allow me to show exactly who I am as a designer, which is something that I’m very excited about.