Fan book by Marie Jeanne

Fan book by Marie Jeanne

I am returned from Belgium and before I go to the CLAS Festival in Malvern today (to teach for a further week) I am posting some of the results of my recent design workshop  that so many of you on Facebook have commented on .

The art , which inspired their work, is shown in the pictures .More  pieces can be see on this Facebook page .

I was delighted by the way the students, ranging from near beginners to teachers , put a lot of effort , skill and enthusiasm into this challenging course . The aim was not simply to produce a furnished piece but to explore the design process ; to ” look, think and do” . They  analysed different colour palettes (and why they work in a design), the quality of line ( to suggest letterforms or tools to use ), surface decoration and layout by studying postcards and photographs of modern art and artefacts from V&A.

Design by Ingrid (unfinished )

Design by Ingrid (unfinished )

They discovered a little bit about their aesthetic preferences  and how best to marry text and image whilst increasing their visual vocabulary . A lot to achieve  – but they did work day and night !