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Story Boards To Go

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mixed media story board – Ceema McDowell

The second class in the mixed Media Sampler Course at Heart Space Studios began by looking and assessing the finished story boards; several people needed help to get everything organised but here are the results so far….Ceema (above) has refined her theme, she has kept the silvered wallpaper but added a lot of spirals an various forms as well as exquisite Chinese style florals.

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rich and saturated colours in ripped collage formation by Jo Clarke

It is interesting to see how they have developed from last session, Jo (above) gave herself just a tiny bit more information to work with – the Kaffe Fasset postcard on the left hand side, has added a whole set of new information to play with – patchworks, Japaneses style prints, roses, decorative leaves  and diamond patterns- so just a small addition  can add a whole new continent to a theme!

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First Story Board by Marion

As I suspected, some people could just not make up their minds exactly which “story” to develop, often a real problem that stops the maker from progressing; every time they get stuck – they keep retuning to other ideas they have set aside! But the beauty of this discipline, and it is a basic design discipline, is that once you have embarked on this set of stimulus you just have to keep to it….I will make sure of it!

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Second Story Board by Marion Conlan

Marion brought in 2 boards, as she liked both so we put them up on the wall and had a group vote….the romantic mauve one won – but i said to keep hold of the vibrant red and gold version for other projects – nothing creative is ever rally wasted.

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Gold Control by Sophie Bristol

well Sophie’s work will have to be gilded, richly coloured and silky with very refined imagery in lots of stripes….

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lots of contrasting  imagery here from Shirley Paske.

Shirley has made a really eclectic patched and spacious board with lot of white space around the images, but an evocative warm colour palette that is redolent of rich cultural heritages. I can see, Indian textiles,American rural, Islamic carvings, and dyed and distressed fabric  and paper samples  – should be interesting to see this colour emerge in the different materials.

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pale, ethereal, silvered and stitched by Naomi Clarke

Naomi, has made a collaged picture – more a “mood” board than a story board – but this is an alternative name for this dicipline..mood boards are more nuanced, lees graphic – but I will still expect her to develop samples in the different media that conform to this look…

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Sartting to stitch wallpapers – this could be a really good theme to develop for Naomi

and looking at the way she has started to develop the theme she certainly intends to work with stitching decoratively on the papers – which was the theme of the second session.

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Sophie’s stash of threads ready to stitch prepared papers to correspond with her story board.

we prepared fabrics and papers by bonding them together in order to have the strength and resilience to take being stitched, either by hand or machine.

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bonding silk threads onto paper prior to cutting into shapes

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the right side to the silk ravel bonded into position

we got a lot of different materials ready to be stitched and collaged for the following sessions – everyone preferred the back of the silk ravells seen through the hand made paper.

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wonderful ravel of silk threads for Ceema to start stitching with.

but whatever we stitch with and whatever we apply in terms of materials and imagery – one thing has been established – the colours and quality of the inspiration….more to come.

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