I thought that I would catch you up on how the developmental process of my FMP, how I was inspired, what I experimented with, created, and ultimately, what lead to my final surface design collection: ‘Tropical Safari’.
Sidenote: If you are unsure, unaware of or interested in my ‘Tropical Safari’ concept and would like to know more about it/how it came to be, check out my previous blog post here.
Final Major Project was truly a whirlwind for me; the entire process was exciting, rather nerve-wracking but honestly my favourite ever degree module. I am still not used to not having to work on it! But, don’t get me wrong, my mind is enjoying the vacay.
So, let me catch you up on what went down during my design development…
Colour, textures and composition was a major focus in my developmental process! From the get go, I wanted my designs to captivate and impact my audience. Echoing my ‘Tropical Safari’ concept: my design work holds a vibrant, contrasting, and tropical aesthetic – yet, with a more “gritty” motif included. Although I struggled to create the correct balance of these visual factors initially, it is something that I explored and improved throughout this module.
I wanted my surface designs to communicate the vibrant, “pretty” aesthetics of my ‘Tropical Safari’ concept, capture the beauty and diversity of animal life and nature – yet, also highlight the more “gritty”, destructive, damaging, the contradicting nature and the consequences of natural disasters, on animals and the natural world. Impact. The Earth harming the Earth. Whilst conveying these ideologies, ultimately I wanted my designs to represent and reveal the imperfections, altered beauty and intruiging chaos that such events leave behind.
In order to represent such consequences, impact and the force and momentum of natural disasters onto animals/nature, I explored ‘Action’ mark-making development. Working onto both fabric and paper, as well as transparent surfaces – incorporating variety of wet media, tools, application methods, approaches, embroidery techniques and surface manipulation – I have explored echoing/representing natural disasters’ impact through marks, textures and design.
I created a youtube playlist of natural disaster-related videos: CCTV footage, documentaries, news reports, film scenes, factual videos etc – which I listened to whilst creating my developmental samples, compositions, experiments and designs. Inspired/influenced by the sounds, emotions, events and the force, impact, destruction, disastrous devastation of these videos, I determined the application, direction, force and power of my marks and textures. I also attempted to replicate the actions behind and within natural disasters, for example: violently shaking surfaces, allowing wet media to move unpredictably, rapidly blowing my media, distorting the marks/composition, forcefully and aggressively applying my media, creating impacting marks etc. Such developmental marks, textures and ‘Action’ outcomes I then developed further and incorporated within my layouts/designs.
The developmental stage of my FMP was so in depth and such a long, dedicated process, I could type and type and type to explain every step along the way. But I am aware that it would be far to wordy ~ and potentially boring(!) ~ for you. Yet, I wanted to briefly provide an insight into my development for ‘Tropical Safari’ and I hope that you have been interested and inspired by my creative, conceptual and visual journey.
See below for some photos ~ taken by myself Alice Rose Toth Designs ©️ ~ of my ‘Action’ mark-making, textures and developmental samples!!
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