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Part 3 Creating Shapes and Three-dimensional Forms – Project 7 Theme Book

I deliberated for some time over my theme, trying to think of something I’m passionate about that might make a suitable subject.  Alongside the next assignment, my priority is to focus on developing good sketchbook habits and skills and have decided to use Flowers as my theme.  I wonder if its a bit ‘safe’ but have concluded that its a really accessible subject, maximising the opportunity for working visually.  I enjoy flowers and am excited by the colour combinations and detail and the prospect of developing a theme book.

At this stage I have gathered information in a loose leaf approach as its easier to send and layout to view but I think a book is better.  I worked best and most creatively when I made a booklet for my printing samples because it sat on my desk and I dipped in and out every day as I worked.  This is a habit I need to adopt for sketchbooks and Theme books!

Some preparatory work including drawings, magazine cuttings, my photographs and postcards:

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Part 5 : A Piece of your Own

My thoughts:  Having read this section several times before, with a better understanding of the creative process and increased skills, I am less daunted.  Techniques which interest me most include printing, applique, hand and machine stitch.  I would tend to lean towards bag, cushion, wall hanging rather than collar or waistcoat but probably because ‘clothing’ is out of my comfort zone – will try not to “let this limit the inventive capability of my imagination to conceive new forms“.