MM Part Five – Stage Two – Initial Research

Initial research

As before all of my initial research is in a series of A5 sketchbooks. I feel that this is a good way to store the information I find and keep it for later use. Each book has been scanned and the appropriate pages presented below.


Installations where large numbers of small items have been used.

Examples of contemporary drawing

This is a very open-ended subject so it was important to narrow down the sources used and what exactly I was trying to determine from this line of research. I chose to look at different drawing techniques and materials to extend my own drawing work.

Stitched collagraph examples, if any.

The majority of these samples are more collagraph prints from fabric pieces and not necessarily from specially sewn items. They are also printed on to paper and not fabric. If I choose to pursue collagraph on to fabric there will be much trial and error in finding a suitable method as there is very little directly written about the subject.

Choose a theme or aesthetic to derive pattern, colour, structure and texture information.

The plaster of Paris ‘ice’ cubes are still my favourite samples from this module of work. I will try to use these in the visual research exercises.

Printing on to fabric

It is all too easy to print reams and reams of paper from internet sites about printing methods and media. I have tried to retain information only on the methods that I might like to use or that I already have the materials for.

These are not listed here as they will form the basis of the visual research produced in the next step of this stage of work.

There were also a few timely blog posts on the OCA website.

The question of development (   accessed 13.02.17 and

Nina O’Connor ( accessed 25.01.17

These posts made some very important points in that the development of an idea did not mean having a fixed idea and working towards it but taking a more open-minded approach. Researching many different avenues before fixing on a few ideas to pursue and eventually producing a series of samples that may or may not be a finished item. Quite refreshing.


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