Category Archives: Reasearch and Reflection



Jane Askey

Contemporary still life artist influenced by the decorative objects she sees on her travels. Jane’s background is in textile design and this shows through in her fresh use of colour and detailed decoration. She uses mixed media and gouache. The floral theme which is dominant and recurring in Jane’s paintings flow in much the same way as a collage does, through all of the fabric, paper and objects carefully placed together these begin to tell a story and give a sense of time and place.

Inspired by Jane Askey’s art has lead me to reflect closely on my own choice of colour and placement and how this informs the very narrative of my work.

I have chosen five of Jane’s paintings as examples below. The first one  ‘Pink flowers and Polka Dots’ is my favorite. The aqua colours as a background to the bright pink flowers give me a sense of a beautiful warm spring day, the flowers are placed casually in different vases onto the table and the sketch lines are fluid and relaxed, I can imagine sitting at this table drinking a glass wine and the bees buzzing away in the background.

I wanted to gain a closer insight into the colour pallet that  Jane Askey’s has worked with on the below paintings. The colours have been pulled from the various areas of her  artwork by using the dropper  tool in ‘Photoshop CS.’  They are not perfect match colours as there are many variations within each colour when using this method, but they are enough to help me analyse and see how colour has been used. This method of analysis helps me incredibly within my work.


I always seem to be adding black line to my artwork and this can look harsh when I want my drawing to have a delicacy and  flow of the pencil line. I now see that by analysing Jane’s painting below ‘Pink flowers and polka dots’ that the pencil line can be very effective when drawn with soft colour of line.


Tord Boontje

Tord boontje is originally from the Netherlands. He is also professor and head of design products at the royal college of art.

“I am interested in creating elements for everyday life that are exciting and uplifting to live with” (Tord Booontje)

Tord’s designs are not only one off pieces which can be found in major museum collections around the world  he also designs products for the mass market, beautiful household pieces such as tableware,lighting, furniture,fashion, jewelry and accessories. which can be found in his online shop

I find Tord Boontje’s work a ‘Fairy tail’ each piece is absolutely enchanting and it draws me in to a wonderful world of fantasy, I am either in a enchanted forest, winter wonderland or a sunny meadow. His designs using leaves, flowers and animals are so intricate, delicate and detailed, yet each shape when studied  individually is actually quite simple in form, once each element is placed together and intertwined the story begins.There is a almost a ‘Folk Art’ story telling feel to each piece he designs a example of this is in his ‘Table Stories’ range of tableware.

“Table Stories is an extensive collection of porcelain and glass tableware filled with drawings of flowers, deer, squirrel, birds, bear, butterflies, horses, bunnies and a peacock. The animals and flowers seem to merge and to grow out of each other. Some of the elements are hidden inside the patterns. Over time you can discover new elements while eating” (Tord Boontje)

I have pulled out a few images of  Tords  Boontje’s work, concentrating on the floral and leaf aspect of his designs. Not only do these pieces speak to me, I also  feel by studying there shape and form this will help me in the development of my own future work.


Erdem Moralioglu

Erdem is a ready to wear label that portrays a very powerful essence of femininity,it was established in London 2005 by Erdem Moralioglu who trained at the Royal College of art. Not only does Erdem Moralioglu have his own flagship store in London’s Mayfair he also has an online e-commerce store.

The collection that I have found myself most enthralled by is his  Pre-Spring 2017 collection. This collection was born out of a visit to Japan. The 1930s style is an era I particularly like. Erdem’s East meets West cross cultural feel is challenging on the eye and mind. flouncy floral maxi dresses sit along side military jackets and coats, these military pieces being embellished with flowers and jewels. ‘Make Love not war’ styling.

There are four particular aspects of this range that inspire me. 1;The bold floral embroideries and prints of blossoms and large blooms, there strong whites and blues against the backgrounds they sit onto.

2; The tiny jewel details that embellish the collars and pockets adding femininity to what otherwise would be a masculine look.

 3, The embroidery of tiny flowers and blossom onto  leather. and number.

4; The repeat swirls of the daisy chain prints.



David Hockney.

I found the digitally  produced artwork of David Hockney’s the most interesting, his earlier works do not really appeal to me, however once I came to his digital artwork of Yosemite Park in America, and he drawing of Yorkshire these began to interest me. I found them vibrant and exciting to view. His Ipad artwork has introduced me to a whole new world of drawing and painting and having now downloaded the app ‘Procreat’ onto my own Ipad I am now converted if not a little bit addicted. I am not allowed to post any of Mr. Hockney’ images onto my log due to copyright. however you can see his work at

My attempt at Digital artimage




Research Point 1

“Finding  beauty in imperfection, patina, authenticity, harmony and  simplicity”.

Wabi, meaning finding simplicity, freshness or quietness within natural or manmade objects or understated elegance.

Sabi, meaning Beauty or serenity, quirks and anomalies which add a unique elegance to an object.

Legend= Sen no Rikyu whilst learning the art of the custom of the ‘Tea way’ was asked by his master to rake and tidy the gardens, once the garden was cleared of all debris he then stood back and scrutinized the perfect ground, before showing his work to his master he shook a cherry tree allowing all the bloom and petals to fall to the floor. To this day the Japanese revere Rikyu for his understanding to his very core of the thread known as Wabi-sabi.

For me Wabi-sabi is about finding beauty in the used imperfections of an object or place and I think maybe  even a memory too, and excepting these imperfection have there right to be there. Beauty is not ‘perfection’ but a sense of being in its own right a sense of peace.My home my garden my textiles and just about everything around me has a sense of Wabi-sabi.I was not familiar with this concept before this research project, I now find that it is a concept that has been with me all my life, there is a faded, frayed and weathered appeal that I find all around me. Peeling sun-bleached  paint on the shutters of my house, crumbling stone work, rusty iron gates, furniture that I have bought second hand and re painted giving it new life, but still showing the chips and bumps of time. These imperfections are all aspects I except happily, they are “The Charm” the very essence of my love for them

The natural acceptance of Wabi-Sabi is one that enables me to see the beauty in imperfection and accept that, on this textile journey I will make mistakes whilst mark making, sewing and designing but these mistakes have a place too and may just lead to the creation of something beautiful.

The concept of wabi-Sabi is one that is incredibly relevant with keeping an archive, it helps to tell the history behind the textile through it patina and imperfections, who wore it, how it was cared for, was it loved and neatly folded away in a draw or discarded crumpled at the bottom of a box, the bobbles on a sweater showing how much it was worn, moth holes and cosmetic smudges, deodorant stains and stale perfume are all part of a textiles history.

Reference the art of imperfection invisible

Leonard Koren’s book