At this stage I haven’t explored many new areas of practice, I took part in a screen printing workshop which also included Foiling and then a Cinema 4D animation workshop. Both areas I stated in my action plan.
Practices I am yet to develop on are digital printing and audio/visual technologies. With my research for task 2 going the way it is at the moment I expect to be able to continue my development of skills. I enjoyed not having to focus on the output in the screen printing workshop – because it wasn’t involved with a particular theme – however moving forward the influence of the Food and the City brief will allow for more direction and purpose when it comes to expanding my tool box of skills.
During the screen printing workshop there was much room for experimentation, I played around with using two different inks at the same time and loved the accidental nature of the end printings. In some ways this comes under the category of getting things wrong – the ink didn’t always appear how I expected – but I found this a very useful way of learning how the medium worked.
I would definitely have liked more time on this part of the module, but that is not something I can change. It also gives me incentive to be more self-directed in my research and to take any opportunity to learn something new as I move forward. This will probably come in the form of online tutorials – especially when I plan to work with different and new computer technologies, as this complements my preferred style of learning through play (doing). When I come across a problem I know there is a wealth of information available, as an when required, at my fingertips online.