Study Group – Visual Thinking

Rudolf Arnheim’s Visual Thinking theory.

Arnheim believes that everything that we take in must be processed in two stages. We must gather information and we must processed it.

All the quotes – ARNHEIM, R. (1992) Visual Thinking. California: California University of California Press.

– ‘Our entire educational system continues to be based on the study of words and numbers’ – break down the prejudice towards the Art within education at all levels

– ‘The arts are neglected because they are based on perception, and perception is disdained because it is not assumed to involve thought.’ and ‘unless they understand that the arts are the most powerful means of strengthening the perceptual component without which productive thinking is impossible in any field of endeavor’ – proposes that Art helps us in other subjects and it is strengthening and makes us more intelligent

Arnheim in Art/ Textiles / Illustration

Conclusion: I strongly agree with Arnheim’s Visual thinking theory. I do believe that we gather and process all the information and that creative subject in school are helping us deal with it.



Study Group – Agency Theory


‘Creativity happens between us’

Agency theory means that everything is connected, things like objects, people, professions are connected and would not work with out each other.

There is a lot of agency circles based on different elements like music -> cello -> sound which can be interpreted in different ways palyer colle sound

– player plays on cello to create sound

– sound is created by player using cello

cello is creating sound by player


There is a lot of examples of agency circles like

flyer kite air               potter clay wheel




Examples in Textiles Design

artist surface materialdye fab artartisc material sewing machine

The agency circle doesn’t have to stop at three factors, it can go on to four, five and so on, there is no rule to the limit.

textiles dartist stitch meadi photoExample of Textiles agency circle with

additional photography factor
constelattion research outcome ideaConstellation example



Bruce Latour is taking the agency theory to the next level and makes huge mind maps and circles with hundreds of factors. He called it Actor-network theory (ANT) which explains a successful theory byu understanding the combinations of interactions of element that make is successful.

more about Latour’s theory

The constellation team at Cardiff Met has also created a big agency circle starting with a teddy bear. They link it to obvious factors like child, play but also to less obvious factors like World War II.

In my opinion this theory is limitless and I like that I can base it on anything I want. I do agree with agency theory. Everything is somehow linked and conected even if it’s not so obvios first.


Key Notes – When is a nerd not a nerd?… When he’s a geek

Dr Ashley Morgan

Exploring the shifts in representaion of masculine identities.

‘We are all connected to each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe, atomically’ Neil Defrasse

What makes a man? How is masculinity defined?
Men are often loosely described as strong, ruthless, embracing risk, competitive, attention seeking
There is no one sense of masculinity (Connell, 2000)

Hegemonic powers – when one group of people enact control over other often with their unconscious cooperation (Gramsci) (parliament? small group of people telling us what to do)

Hegemonic masculinity – is a set of social practices which promote male dominance and female subordination and subordinate action of other men

Subordinate masculinity – men with less power, lower down the hierarchy

Nerd and Geeks are different

Nerds – lack of social skills, unskilled, ‘uncool’, subordinate

Geeks – lack of social skills, experts, might be geniuses, don’t need to dress to impress


– masculinity is still  important

Why might I care?

-varies importance of ideas about gender
– gender impact on our daily lives and is a cultural construction
-understanding importance of gender for design
-representation of gender

What is Constellation?

Constellation is all about making connections. I will be learning about theories and opinions which might not be related to Textiles or even art and design but will help me to contextual my own practise.

Constellation is divided in two sections, Key Notes and Study Groups.
Key notes are taught by different lecturers every 2 weeks and the topic of the lecture is different each time. It is design so students can get to know theories about different subjects.

Study Groups are split in to two, term one and term two. We only have one lecturer for each term and we discuss one topic. In term one I will be doing Creativity and Cognitive Development in Art and Design and in term two I will be doing Sonic Arts.


Flowers and dissolvable fabric



Drawing structural drawings of flowers from different angles.



I wanted some of them done in pencil with tone shading and some in color, so I have photocopied the pencil drawings and added water color on to them.







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Being more expressive

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Photocopy of a real flower, love that it is in black and white it’s showing the tones really well.




From a drawing to free machining onto dissolvable fabric to the outcome.

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To dissolve the fabric I put the free machined
sample in to water.






This sample was very risky because the thread is not connected but I thought that if I did it on felt it would stay and it did. I like the contrast of colors in this sample.

Museum & Art Gallery Birmingham

IMG_7219I was in Birmingham for a concert so I thought to stop in the Museum & Art Gallery. And to be honest I wasn’t that impressed. Maybe because I was in London in the V&A few days before but I thought that the Birmingham museum was not as interesting and broad.

I did find few interesting stuff

IMG_7194See, Moon and Boat by Anwar Jalal Shemza, oil on board 1965

It is very abstract and I like different textures and color combining on different sections.


Wendy Ramshaw’s Room of Dreams. An instalation of made up of many parts, from small jewels in frames to large freestanding furniture.

IMG_7200  <– IMG_7197 On the left Necklace for the Ballerina Marie Teglloni (2002).

On the right Rainbow around the sun (2007)   –>


more about Room of Dreams

Trip to London

IMG_7585First trip of the year! We went to London. We were dropped off by the Victoria & Albert museum. It is so big so everytime I go I see something different that inspires in a different way.

The shopping bag it self is quite amazing itself. I decided to give it a little textiles touch and I have free machined and straight stitched on it.

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IMG_7580Islamic Middle East

I have started of with Islamic Middle East. It is based on geometric shapes. I really like it because it is neat and nice and makes amazing  patterns. Quick water color sketch of the wall tile, loved the yellow pieces they have lived up the tile.

v and a (1)A whole wall section based on turquoise ceramics pieces like wall and floor tiles or columns.IMG_7581

Free machined piece based on geometry. I have used a dissolvable fabric and net to construct it.


v and a (2)

South Asia

South Asia is also based on v and a (3)pattern but they value flowers and round patterns more. I really like the window piece based on flowers. The tiles are so vibrant and colorful, they are amazing even though they are broken.


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The fashion was from different eras which was extremely good to see, some of the garments were from the 1800’s and some were wary modern and ‘weird’.
v and a (4)I very much liked this coat because IMG_7583
of the asymmetrical bust, the massive pockets and because it is all black.




IMG_7584Another rain coat was so colorful and happy. It was IMG_7582almost opposite to the black one. It had one big, yellow pocket in the centre.


This one is my favourite one, it has a digitally stitched  pattern and a transfer printed painting.


v and a (7)The jewelry at the V&A was very abstract, this is a close up of a necklace made out of pattern 3 dimensional triangles.


v and a (6)A collections of all the special earrings put in a spiral to make it look cool.



Fabric of India

Also while I was there I have visited The Fabric of India exhibition which was extraordinary. In the show they had amaizing exhibits and videos of how to do the techniques. I have learned so much about weaving, dyeing and printing. Sadly I could not take photographs but my friend that I saw the exhibition with bought the book about it so I took a lot of pictures of it.

Facebook-20151008-042634Skirt cloth. Satin – woven silk, embroidered with silk thread. I really like the vibrant yellow which caught my eye immediately. Multi colored leaves are also put in the half-drop pattern but they are not equal which is interesting how well this works. Also the leaves aren’t the same, they have the same red, blue, green and white color but are still different.

Facebook-20151008-042548Border for a woman’s dress. Cotton, embroidered with beetle-wing cases, couched gilt-silver wire. This is done with beetle wings! That on it own it so creative and magnificent. The piece in real life was about 40cm-45cm which means that the creator much of used hundreds of beetle wings. The pattern itself isn’t actually that amazing so I like this one more for the idea then the outcome.

Facebook-20151008-041240I love hand stitch and I really Facebook-20151008-041219appreciate it because it needs paintance but this is just overwhelming. The person hand stitching this 4.5 meters to 8 meters (according to Wikipedia) piece of cotton, it must of taking them weeks or even months. When it is wrapped around a model it looks quite ordinary saree but when you look closely it looks so extraordinary.


Another saree produced using very creative technique. This has been dyed in indigo, the resist is made by folding the fabric and using circle blocks and clampling them to the fabric, it is called Shibori. Such an interesting way of dying, I usually use string, elastic bands or a wrap it around something. I would love to try this technique out.


Facebook-20151008-041655Very abstract dress made out of butterflies. Designed by Manish Arora. Using silk satin and reflective vinyl with applique silk and vinyl. Facebook-20151008-041811


IMG_7590More about Fabric of India

I was so inspired by all the work I have seen so I wanted to try some of the techniques my self. I went to the shop dedicated to the exhibition and I picked up these stamps to play around with repeat pattern and lino print.

There are the marks I made:

IMG_7593<-diamond shape, straight repeat pattern

<-diamond shape, circular/swirl repeat pattern

<-flower shape, half-drop repeat pattern

<-flower shape, random pattern



Then I have cutted out garment that models were wearing in magazines and I have replaced them with my prints.