Reflection- The starting point of my FMP project streaks

We were given a 2 week task to present a piece/pieces from one of our many techniques that we had done over the past 6 months of study at college. After days of worrying and stressing about what I should do for my mini piece I decided to go with book illustrating due to me enjoying illustrating and also sketching is a very strong aspect for me, Also I enjoyed the illustrating workshop we did with Soo (one of our college tutors). Were we chose a book that we were either interested in or one of our favourite childhood stories to develop into our own illustrations .I decided to go with one of my favourite childhood stories which is ”Guess how much I love you.” It’s a very sentimental book that I hold dear to my heart.

I decided that I didn’t really want to start a whole other book so I decided to develop the book that I did in my illustration workshop ,The Guess how much I love you story and I wanted it to develop the illustration in the book because i felt like the illustration were very messy and weren’t displaying my capability the best and that the quality of some of my pages weren’t really up to standards I was happy with. I took a couple of pages and decided to re-illustrate them. I played around with the 3D element a little more in this book then the book I did at the beginning of the year. But that became on issue later on when I was trying to create the actual book.

Issues that I faced? And how I solved the issues?

The first issue I had was on deciding what I was going to do which is a common occurrence in many of the brief that we have done in the past, were I tend to over think that task given and the time I spent over thinking and panicking is crunching into time that I need to create the actual end project. How I could solve the issue? Don’t overthink the project ,go with what my gut is telling and if something doesn’t work it helps me develop as an artist and to learn and develop from my mistakes.

My second issue… Was the fact I could close the book due to certain pages were to thick and had more pieces popping out making the pages not able to close without braking the illustrations. Which I wasn’t exactly happy with because it took away the book aspect and became more of 3D theatre not exactly what I wanted. It would have been interesting to carry on the story to create a series of the theatres. If I managed my time better I maybe could have figured/experimented with playing with page sizes making sure each page was the same size and the page that pops out creating the 3D aspect is a smaller size than the actual page.

I had to figure out how to display my piece due it not be able to be present the piece as an actual book. I decided to glue the four pages together and then use garden string to attach the four pages together making them more secure. I probably should o f used a ribbon or wool to create a more of a neat finish also it would have been interesting to maybe add beads/jewels to the string again given it more of a presentable clean finish.

Another issue I faced was the paper I used. On a couple of pages I used water-colour and due to me paint over the watercolour multiple times the paper started to curl and becoming weak , causing some of my illustrations to break easily. I should have used thicker paper maybe card or even watercolour paper.

Group critique

When presenting our piece/pieces to class we had a group critique and her are the comments given by a few of my classmates.

Super duper cute with a very soft and gentle aura. Could see it as a professional baby book with merchandise. Love the idea of hanging.

I like the way Rebecca solved her issue of the book not closing by making it something you hang up. Would be cool to see a series of these

I take an on board what my classmates say it would be interesting to create a series of the children books and creating merchandise for example teddy bears, t-shirts and more would be really exiting .I think this is something I’m going to consider to for my FMP piece.



My finished transcription piece- Pablo Picasso Woman at the window

Yesterday we were given all day to complete are A1 transcription piece. Here is a photo graph taken of my transcription piece

For this piece, I was unsure about what media to use as the piece I had chosen was a print and I felt like from the previous print I had done of Picasso work didn’t give the finish I wanted. I eventually came to the discussion that I was going to mix using oil pastels, chalk, charcoal, white paint, off white paint and pencil…

To begin with I painted the A1 piece of paper with the off white and white paint to create an oldish looking effect to the paper. I decided to do a rough sketch up on the paper the outline of my idea (my dad drawn from three different angles.) I then went in with oil pastels to create the thick black lines the same style as Picasso used in the pieces blending the off white background and the black oil pastels with chalk it got rid of the sharpness of the white, I saw how blending these two materials together revealed a ribbed texture of the paper which was a nice surprised, still keeping peeks of white beaming through the black like what was done in Picasso’s pieces. After adding the black,grey and white I felt like something was missing… before creating the A1 pieces I created three mini versions of the pieces each slightly different from the each other. I tested colour with the three ‘mini versions’ of the A1 pieces and i liked the bold red colour i used but i felt it would have been slightly to extreme to create the full A1 in red. I thought the splash of red colour was the thing i was missing in the pieces, adding the red to the main points of the pieces.  I’m pretty with the outcome of the pieces, I maybe should have add more to the background due to the way i feel like it’s missing something, I’m going to consider this and maybe i will continue to develop this in the near future.

I asked my dad what his view of the pieces was and he just smiled and laughed so I take that as he liked it 🙂

A trip down to Ruthin Craft Centre

On Monday we travelled down to Ruthin Craft Centre, to gather photographs and to do some observational drawing of the incredible art pieces. At the Craft Centre there were three galleries that were open to view. In the first gallery: Indian threads textile inspiration pieces were displayed, Second gallery displayed Ingrid Murphy-The Language of Clay pieces and lastly gallery number three had about 30+ pieces of David Frith and Margaret Frith’s ceramics work which was also available to buy.

Gallery number one: India Threads-textile inspiration…

As we walked into the  gallery my eyes were automatically drawn to Eleri Mills artwork. Eleri Mills is a welsh artitist.  Her artwork is based of beautiful landscapes in India, Eleri Mills travelled to India her time in India was spent at the Sanskriti Foundation in New Delhi and in Uttarakhan, near the Himalayan foothills. She didn’t take any material with all the pieces were created with materials readily to hand in India, this helped her developed new processes and techniques in making her work. Applying layers onto khadi paper and calico, and using Indian inks, gesso and silken threads, I find each of Eleri’s piece meaningful and also full of vibrancy.

‘I went to India with an open mind. I deliberately left my usual tools and material behind and embraced the raw materials available to me there…’

‘Nothing could have prepared me for sucb a significant artistic and personal journey…’

-Eleri Mills

एलेरी मिल्स

Here is a slideshow of some of my favourite pieces of Eleri Mills is artwork.

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I find each of thees pieces of artwork incredibly beautiful, I love the use of different type of stitches and the mixture of different colour of thread which draws your eye to different parts of the piece…

Julia Griffiths Jones artwork was also displayed in the first gallery. Through out her days in India she drew, sketched they captured moments, places. Whilst in India she visited the legendary Calico Museum in Ahmedabad this lead her to create more sketches each almost jumping of the page.  She turned her drawings to create intriguing pieces of wire work. Also she turned section of her drawings onto swathes of cloth, She dipped papers into dye when in India than she printed her drawings onto tones of indigo, madder red and turmeric yellow. Through out Julia Griffiths Jones work are usually vibrant colours and cultural motifs .

‘I dipped my papers in the indigo dye vat and never looked back’

-Julia Griffiths Jones 

जूलिया ग्रिफिथ्स जोन्स

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Here are some of Julia metal pieces

each pieces was inspired by the culture of India with how the women would keep their sentimental item/items they have been given over the year in a tiffin box…

Here are photographs of a couple other art pieces i enjoyed in gallery number one:

Laura Thomas-After Kachchh. Made with Nylon monofilament and hand-spun kachchh wool
Louise Tucker-Hammered Vessel. Ebonised oak with nails
Rajiben M Vankar- Old songs. Handwoven recycled plastic bags and audio tape with nylon wrap
Champa Siju- Shifting horizon (series of titles.) Handwoven camel wool, sheep wool and Kalak cotton

Rajiben M. Vankar-Life in colour 3. hand-woven recycled plastic bags and biscuit wrappers, salvaged acrylic fibres with nylon wrap

Gallery number two…

In the second gallery the language of clay. It displayed Ingrid Murphy’s work the seen and unseen. the Seen and Unseen is an exhibition that is meant to leaving the audience asking questions, uncovering stories and making connections. Justine Allison and Kate Haywood work was also displayed. For each of the artists primarily use clay. Ingrid combines her ceramics with myriad component parts, many hidden in plain sight , whilst Kate’s ceramics is often partnered with the rich textiles. Justine’s practice bring precious porcelain vessels that captures the light beautifully

I found the second gallery very strange but still extremely interesting, The first think that caught my eye was the Ceramaphone I found it very interesting and i had never seen anything like it before… here a link video of Ceramaphone playing

I was amazed with how the Ceramaphone worked – with the clay pieces.

Here are some of the pieces i found i liked the best.

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Lastly in Gallery number 3 displayed David Frith & Margaret Frith. I found each of the Ceramic pieces absolutely stunning each pieces with their own unique touch to them. The couple have been doing pottery for 55 years. They have exhibited their work all over the world  in countless galleries, Not only do they create stunning ceramic work they also teach courses from their studio in Denbigh to ceramic students . The exhibition at the Ruthin Craft Centre showcases their work in the year that celebrates their 75th birthday. I find it absolutely inspiring with their dedication to the art.

Here are some of the pieces from the gallery…

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I was drawn to the big plate and the vase the most , I fell in love with the beautiful red pattern on the middle of the plate and the spot effect on the edge of the plate. With each pieces were are able to stay they are made with love and care.  I also sketched the plate and vase as seen below:



Hello my name is Rebecca and welcome to my new art blog. I’m currently studying art and design level 3 at Park Menai , Bangor, Wales in the United Kingdom. I have a keen interest in textile and illustration and also photography.


I am excited to display all the mixture of media piece, techniques and styles that i have learnt/learning over the next couple of years