Final Major Project Introduction And Reflection

So, it is final major project time! This project is 9 weeks long, including the 2 weeks I have off over Easter, and it runs from 26/03/2018 to around 23/05/2018, give or take a few days. To start off my FMP, I want to reflect on everything I have done over the past months and see what I need to do going forward and to do this, I have answered the following questions.

  1. What was I graded at Assessment Part 1 and Assessment Part 2?
  2. What criteria have I been the strongest and weakest at?
  3. Have I determined my subject pathway? Do I have options?
  4. What do I enjoy the most and the least?
  5. What personal traits have I shown in the way I work?
  6. Have I determined the best approach for the way I work?
  7. How do I do what I set out to achieve?
  8. How independently do I work and have I previously worked?
  9. What do I know now and what does it mean to me compared to before the course?
  10. What are my strengths and weaknesses?

I will also be looking at things in terms of knowledge, skills and understanding and I will evaluate this reflection. I also want to focus on what skills I want to take forward, what technical resources I will need and what form I will present my work in. I will also look at what problems I will face and what problems I want to tackle in my work, along with developing some theme ideas and looking at the criteria in more detail, under the headings of: context, research, problem solving, planning and production, practical skills, evaluation and reflection and presentation.

1. What was I graded at Assessment Part 1 and Assessment Part 2?

At Assessment Part 1 I was graded a pass, and at Assessment Part 2 I was graded a merit, so I have improved between the two assessments and am currently working at a merit, and this is what my FMP should be working at. In order to get a pass, merit or distinction for my FMP, I need to hit each and every criteria mentioned above in the level to achieve that grade. For example, if I get a merit in 6 out of the 7 criteria, and a pass in 1, I will only get a pass overall as they would all need to be a merit.

2. What criteria have I been the strongest and weakest at?

I have been the strongest at evaluation and reflection, planning and production, problem solving and research. I have been the weakest at practical skills, context and research in certain aspects.

3. Have I determined my subject pathway? Do I have options?

I chose fashion / textiles for my first elective, but I chose fine art for my second elective, just to try it out and because I really liked the look of the project brief. However, I chose fashion / textiles for my specialism because I really enjoyed it during my elective, and it has been something I have always been interested in. Fashion brings me the most enjoyment, so I have chose to do this over a textiles route because I want to make garments, nevertheless, most of my work is usually quite textured anyway. I know I have a lot of options within fashion, as I could go down many different avenues such as high street, couture etc.

4. What do I enjoy the most and the least?

I enjoy completing research in my projects a lot once I decide what to do for my primary research as I like gathering my own things and using them to progress further. I also enjoy research the most because I get really inspired when looking at contemporary artists and their work. I also enjoy creating design ideas because I like exploring the possibilities for my work from my research and samples / experiments. I like to see my work coming to life and forming, and creating design ideas on my own croquis’ works really well because it is a body type that I have chosen so it seems more real. I enjoy sampling and experimenting the least because it takes me a while to decide on what techniques to use and how to link samples to my own research. Once I get into the swing of things, I enjoy this more but because I am usually behind when making samples or experiments, it isn’t my favourite. I am aiming to get better at this for my FMP and I have got better at this as my projects have progressed, and my most recent specialism project is my strongest yet as I am getting more confident with making my own decisions. I also don’t really enjoy evaluating, even though this is one of my strong points, it isn’t something I enjoy because it is just constant writing and typing and I prefer to be hands on, however, I know how important this is to me getting a positive grade and progressing in my project so I complete evaluations very often and they are quite detailed and critical.

5. What personal traits have I shown in the way I work?

I am quite a procrastinator as I find it difficult to motivate myself sometimes (due to struggling with anxiety). However, I have tried my best to work on this a lot and have been completing more work at home and in my free time, and having a blog has really helped me with this because I can type quicker than I write, as a result of my job, so it gets a lot of work done in a shorter amount of time. I also feel like I am quite and organised mess in the sense that my approach may seem messy to some but it is quite organised and clear to me.

6. Have I determined the best approach for the way I work?

The best approach for the way I work is to use a completely visual sketchbook, a notebook / journal for aims, objectives, targets and notes as I am going along, and a blog for annotations and research. I will also use a notebook / journal to document any changes as I am going along.

7. How do I do what I set out to achieve?

I set myself weekly and daily SMART targets, so I know whether something is realistic and really achievable for me with my time frames, as I only have 3 days in college, I work 2 days of the week so I know how to allocate my time too. I make sure I use the resources and facilities in college so I complete the work that I can’t do at home in college so I don’t waste my own time.

8. How independently do I work and have I previously worked?

I have worked more independently in specialism 2, my “In a dead universe, nothing is visible” project. I asked for a lot of help and assistance in elective 1 “the Body project”, and specialism 1 “Wearable Art”. This was a result of me being reluctant to make my own decisions and wanting someone to sort of give me permission to do something, which I have now grown out of and just test things out and if they don’t work, that is even better as there is more to evaluate!

9. What do I know now and what does it mean to me compared to before the course?

I now know my strengths and weaknesses and I know how to work on them meaning my projects have gone better as I have progressed on the course, and this is reflected in my grades at Assessment Part 1 and the increase in Assessment Part 2. I can now spend less time on my strengths and more time improving my areas of weakness. I now have more awareness of the art and fashion industries and I am aware of more options for my future, so I am not limiting myself. I also know more designers and artists so my knowledge is broader and I have more ideas for the future as a result of my Cultural Capital book. I now know the importance of going to galleries and exhibitions regularly, and I have been to more of these since starting the course than I have done before. I also am aware of different art theories, and how to give my projects a theoretical underpinning so my work has more meaning. Furthermore, I have looked at more literature pieces, such as Ways of Seeing by John Berger, and I know how to make texts visual and tangible, so I can link them to my work.

10. What are my strengths and weaknesses?

My strengths are design ideas, responding to feedback and peer reviews, contextual research, exploring outcome possibilities, planning, setting targets and evaluating and reflection. My areas to improve are sampling and experimenting, linking research to designs, decision making, evaluating AS I AM GOING ALONG, and time keeping.

Skills

Monoprinting is something I have used a lot in my previous projects, and it is definitely something I want to take forwards because I really appreciate the final outcome of the print, with the faded look of the drawing and the rough texture. I love how, depending on where you apply pressure, the paint comes through really boldly or quite faint. I have also used laser cutting previously and this is a great way to get precise shapes cut out of your work, and I may use this in my FMP depending on whether it is relevant in my work at the time. One of my skills is the translation of literature pieces, and I will definitely be doing this again in my FMP, instead with my own primary research and my own text. I have used cold water dyes previously and I love the end effect and result it produces so I may use them in my FMP too.

Some skills that I possibly want to learn / complete more of in my FMP are:

  • More advanced pattern cutting
  • Screen printing
  • Embroidery
  • Photoshop, Illustrator and CAD
  • Fabric manipulation

Technical Resources

I will possibly need the laser cutter and the screen printer. I also will need a sewing machine, and a computer with the Photoshop, Illustrator and CAD software on.

Problems I may face or want to tackle

  • I want to develop my fashion illustrations using Photoshop, Illustrator and CAD.
  • Feminism, women empowerment
  • Mental Health
  • Refining my decisions
  • Looking at more visual things
  • Samples and experiments
  • Do less “catching up”

Criteria

Context

I chose the themes body image, journeys, recycling and visibility for my electives and specialisms. Some took longer to decide on than others. Also, I did not use my evaluations to develop my projects so I will do more of this in my FMP and I will focus on this a lot. I will show substantial research into possible ideas for my FMP before I start my proposal and then make a decision on what my line of enquiry is going to be. I will be critical and use contextual research too. I will use detailed analysis and evaluations to clarify and develop my FMP.

Research

Initially, my research was limited because I found it difficult to get primary research on my body image Elective 1 project. My primary research developed as my projects got further on as I picked themes that were more visual. My progress went Body Image – Journeys – Recycling – Visibility. At the beginning of Elective 1, I was not evaluating my research as I went along so it made producing a creative solution more difficult, however, as I have got into specialism 2, I can see how I have improved because the links from my research are clear in my designs and my outcome. I will research throughout my FMP and I will let my research influence my decisions throughout.

Problem Solving

I solve problems a lot in my recent projects because I have faced a lot of problems that I would definitely need to solve in order to progress with the project. I have faced both technical and practical problems. Recently, I have been looking at theories a lot more. I looked at theories in elective 1 and elective 2 but didn’t realise and I am more aware of them now. I do use the basic theories like colour theory and the rule of thirds without realising.

Planning and Production

I have increased my use of action plans in my visibility project and the project has gone smoother than previous ones as a result of it. I have and will continue to use a blog for my plans as well as a notebook / journal. I do need to organise my time a lot better so I can complete tasks as I go and do less “catching up”. I will definitely efficiently plan during my FMP, doing an overall action plan, daily and weekly targets, on-going evaluations, reflective skills, peer reviews, reflections, 1:1 tutorials, alternative solutions and sketches.

Practical Skills

It takes me a while to make links between my research and creating samples and experiments. This is to do with my confidence in myself and my abilities and me being decisive. Once I actually get going on sampling, I do create some beneficial pieces, but the amount of time I spend deciding limits the amount of samples and experiments I create, but I have improved on this significantly throughout my projects. I will explore more with different materials and techniques. I will also make decisions quicker and relate my samples and experiments to my own research. I will use a combination of techniques and processes in my own style of work. I will also record my creative decisions and processes in order to evaluate them.

Evaluation and Reflection

I do have critical and reflective evaluations throughout my projects, but I struggle with maintaining them as I go along, so that is what I will need to do for my FMP, for example, do a mid point evaluation at the actual mid point. I did start reflecting on feedback and evaluating feedback in elective 2 but I need to do more of this to develop my projects further. I will use evaluations to make my decisions on my samples and outcomes. I will do on-going evaluations such as mid point evaluations, final evaluation, show my understanding of how to run my own self-directed project, SMART targets, daily and weekly evaluations and reflections, peer reviews and 1:1 tutorials on my work.

Presentation

For the electives, I just put everything into a sketchbook and went with the flow in regards to presentation as I didn’t think much about it. For specialism one, I completed a photo-shoot for my outcome and will do for specialism two. Also, I used to annotate in my sketchbook but I have now used a blog for specialism two and this has worked for me as my sketchbook is purely visual so I can separate the two. Plus, due to my job, I can type really quickly, so I get annotation done a lot quicker by using the blog. I explored sketchbooks, journals, and a blog and I believe they all work for me so I will maintain them all. I will look at a range of alternatives for my space for my Final Show and I will show my decision making throughout, I will research into how other people have exhibited their work (past students and artists / designers) for my FMP Final Show too. I will make technical plans for how I am going to present and display it. I will record my ideas and decision making through photos, sketches and notes.

Toni ♥

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