A Scientist’s Approach to Design – Guest Blogger: Gloria Shelton
Summer Exhibition Blog 4 Level 3 Studies in Art and Design – Lantana
As a scientist by inclination and education, everything in this course was new to me. Not fully understanding what was required of me has been frustrating, I have tried to approach much of the work as “play.” The media sampling processes, the relationship of color and shape and the creation of pleasing compositions have been challenging and satisfying.
I have loved pansies all my life. So spending more time with them was enjoyable. As each new technique or concept was presented, I applied it to pansies. My husband and I have vacationed in the Hawaiian Islands and each time I am inspired by the many shapes and colors of the lush foliage.
Cutting paper into various shapes and weaving strips of paper into colorful creations satisfy my need for tactile experience. Block printing is the most exciting process for me. The design and cutting of the block brings together the mental and tactile process. Once created the block is a tool that can be used again and again, producing a different result each time by changing the material to which it is applied.
Fabric is my first love and I plan to take every technique that I have learned here and use it on fabric. The design concepts and documentation process will support me in these efforts.