I started this chapter by looking at the images and objects that I'd collected for the seaside theme to see if I could identify outlines and solid shapes that appealed to me and that might translate well into pattern or design.
These shapes of the fish and shells seemed to be a nice group but didn't feel quite right.
The LHS pics are of Brighton pavilion and the Promenade Victorian ironwork, again these shapes didn't seem to work and I realised that they were symmetrical and we were advised to look for asymmetrical.
I finally found something that felt right with the lines in a large stone I'd collected, and started to isolate the shapes.
I made some simple printing blocks with some of the shapes and tried them out with a black printing ink pad.
This was my final choice, but having finished the exercises now, I do wonder if I picked this because it looked like a cross between a bird and a seal, to me of course, you might see something else.
It was now time to play with this shape and see how it would work in lots of different design environments.
I did find this quite difficult to start with as it was quite prescriptive and I found myself becoming too enslaved by the instructions, but I did like the figure, and the initial P.
Next up was the pattern element, again I felt quite challenged by the tight instructions on this one and eventually resorted to the computer to see if I could free myself up.
Finally, having not produced much that I was pleased with I decided to do a couple of pieces without any instructions and then discovered the value of these warming up exercises, especially in the second one where I made use of the very first image of the stripes over the shape. I didn't like this image at all in isolation but loved the way the stripes worked in this sample.
I think this will be a good base to come back to and was an interesting way of looking at design ideas, one I hadn't explored before
Next stop colour.