I enjoyed this module and the challenges that came with it, adapting patterns for products particularly. I think my skills in Photoshop, digital work and pattern creation have improved a lot, although I still want to work more on this, so it becomes easier. I also think my mark making was better this term, I spent more time on it and it flowed better through my book to the patterns that eventually became digital outcomes. I was more creative this module with my research, taking every trip in Summer as potential inspiration and capturing plenty of photographs throughout, I also actively enquired to the Cardiff Museum to a contact there and was able to gain access to the Entomology Department’s archives of insects. This allowed me to get close to the insects for detailed images, something I would not have been able to do while they were alive. I think one of my biggest strengths remains using the fineliners to create the pattern that I want, I have adopted this style for years and believe I have found my handwriting style, when I transferred it to digital I was adapting to the change of a thin nib to the Apple pencil, however I found the motifs worked well. They were time consuming to complete but the perk of being digital, it could be manipulated and moved around if needed, so other options could be explored quickly, this worked for pattern and colour.
I think I could have improved on my trend research, I knew from shopping and social media that bees were trending the recent years however a search on WGSN could have been useful, as well as visiting shops and doing my own research there, however as I was unwell, I was not able to do this. I think I also could have improved my stitch work, I did some basic samples but due to timing I prioritised my digital over this, I could have really explored some interesting finishing effects to the fabric samples. Stitching could have been a nice touch over the top of the pattern on a summer dress for example, or even beading. I also would have liked the chance to do some digital stitch as I think I could make some nice repeated designs with this and tried out some interesting decorative stitches with it, I would like to properly learn how to do a good digital repeated pattern on a larger scale, I imagine it involves marking out the borders around it and a lot with measuring, the same would apply for adding stitch over digitally printed designs.
If I was to repeat this module, I would have done more research back when it was the main task that could have influenced my designs. I also would have done a wider range of motifs, some not so patterned with blocks of colour maybe, so this was an option to include more colour into the patterns sometimes.