Thursday, February 10, 2011

My Creative Space

This week, I'm very excited to have begun a four-week textile design course with the lovely Karuna of Design Crafty.  I feel as though most of my ideas usually revolve around what would work well for hand-printing, and figuring out all of the wonderful things that a professional printing company can do with fabric opens up a whole world of possibilities.  Repeating blocks!  Mirror images!  The magic that Karuna worked with her computer after our initial exercise was pretty amazing. 

In the first class we put together "mood boards" which functioned to gather inspiration and focus our ideas.  Having never been to art or design school, this was my first mood board assembly.  I really enjoyed the process, and after I came home, I found myself ripping pages out of magazines to set aside for future image collections.  Here are some photos of the mood board I set up in class.


I've been working with a pen and watercolors to visualize different designs.  I haven't played around much with watercolors in the past, but I really love the effect.  When I got home, Solomon and I set out the paints and worked side by side for a while during Aya's nap.


If you live in the Nelson area and are interested in Karuna's classes, you can find out more here.

I'm playing along with the fabulous Kootoyoo this week.  By the way, I'm loving the new look of Kirsty's blog.  She's just switched from Blogger to Wordpress, and the outcome makes that transition look awfully tempting.  Hmmm, something to think about. 

x Jen

9 comments:

Kt said...

I love mood boards. Those ones you put together gave me a really blissed out feeling. I look forward to seeing what you do with them next.

Michelle said...

I'm going to enjoy seeing where your course takes you!

gret said...

This course sounds great! Yep, I'm considering the wordpress thing too...

Seedling said...

I'm really excited about the course -- textile design seems like a natural follow-on from what I do, and it's something I've been interested in for some time. How lucky to have a course right here in Nelson! x Jen

Maxabella said...

"Worked side by side"... that's all we need, really. I hope you continue to enjoy your classes this much! x

Naturally Carol said...

I've never created a mood board either...I think I would really like that one day. Do you create different ones depending on your mood..or do you just do one for your very favourite look?

Seedling said...

Maxabella -- agreed. Solomon is so focused now, especially with art. It's wonderful to do something together that we both enjoy wholeheartedly.

Carol, I'm no expert here, but my understanding is that you gather lots of images the look of which draws you in, and then hone them a bit, creating different moods or groupings. You use the images to inspire the direction of your work -- for instance, bright colors, bold graphic shapes, and photos with a 60's vibe. Or muted tones, soft lines, and a dreamy feel. I really like the idea of continuing with mood boards to refocus my attention when I'm working on new designs.

Thanks for your comments!

Chantal said...

This course sounds fantastic. Wish I lived in the area. I look forward to see what you create with it over the next few weeks. Good luck!

imba said...

Hi Jen-
OOo I'm so envious you're doing Karuna's course! It looks great. I'm trying to twist her arm into coming to Wellington to run a weekend workshop ;-)
As for the Blogger/Wordpress transition - tempting, ay! It just looks *good*.
Hope you've been having a good weekend. C.