Self Evaluation Anna Ling Project no.2 Title: Women & Flowers Media: Embroidery Date completed: 12, December 2010 Dimensions: 40X60 What were the artistic and/or cultural influences for this project? Who/what influenced either the composition and/or the style. My original influence of ‘Women & Flowers’ was from my trip to San Diego. There, I took pictures of flowers, which I used for my first painting project. I had interest in embroidery for a while, so I wanted to incorporate it in my next project. Louise Gardiner, who is an embroidery artist, was a big influence on me because she used many techniques with a lot of different materials. Her theme often revolved around nature and animals, which also had a connection to my theme of flowers. I also researched about Alphonse Mucha, because he did a lot of lithographs with flowers and women in particular. There, I found out that women and flowers have many things in common, and the idea is commonly used in different medias. Mucha’s posters with the graphical background influenced me to do the final composition, with having the woman’s hair coming out from the circle. I also sewed the hair in Mucha’s style. What materials/media/process did you use or experiment with, and how? I experimented with beads, ribbons, cloths, threads I had in my house in the beginning, without knowing any style or artists at first to see what could come out. From there, I started researching about certain embroidery artists, and went to the public library to learn more techniques in detail to produce what I wanted. I also dyed some pieces of white lightweight cloth, with cloth dye and acrylics paint, to see if I can use it for the flowers. I ended up using it because it added some color, with layering many pieces of opaque cloth with it. How do you think you have responded to advice and criticism during the semester, both from fellow students and teachers? Did you seek any? If so was it useful? I think I took advice from students and incorporated in my own way to adjust it into my own project. My biggest advice from the teacher was to research about Japanese Ukiyo-‐ e, because it linked to Art nouveau lithographs, and they influenced each other. I found a lot of connection between, them, and specifically, the two cultures had the same idea of including women in their pieces. He also suggested comparing and contrasting what the two are like, and that helped me narrow down the things I like and want to use for my final piece.
What could you take through to the next project and develop further? This could be anything, ranging from a technique to an idea, not just the theme itself. I think I want to continue working on with threads and use materials for embroidery to create string art. I had a brief idea of what I want to do for string art, and I think I can branch out of the theme flowers to shadow, my theme for my first project. I might use shadows or women to create those shadows with string art.