Textiles 1: Ideas and Processes Nina O'Connor

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Exercise 1.3 Single Words


Revisiting my journey, words collected include cold, silhouette, texture, gnarled, knobbly, ravaged, weather worn, torn, ripped, peace.

Three of those words that are particularly relevant or resonant – texture, silhouette and peace.

Draw the words in a larger scale and try to use a font that is sympathetic to the word. Here I find the instruction contradictory, ‘draw’ and ‘use a font’ don’t mean the same thing to me.

Using A3 or larger, we are asked to use the words as the dominant element for a drawing, remembering that the space between is also an important element.



texture, different textured papers combined. draw with oil/wax as resist, sponge, cling film, foil, unusual tools, embellisher?, spray, bubble wrap, collagraph print, monoprint,dry paintbrush strokes, collage type

silhouette monochromatic, black on white, gouache more matt, patterns, mosaic, space in between particularly relevant,  ink, marker pens, smooth paper, black paper cut collage?

peace, gentle colours, horizontal stripes, soft watercolour, pastels?

I felt unsure, should I be drawing the word or a sense of the word?   For inspiration, a few images gathered from Pinterest:

Still uncertain of what was required, the written word or a drawing capturing the essence of the word, some fonts relating to texture were found:


and a textured collage completed.


Hoping that would suffice, ‘silhouette’ was considered, a skinny word perhaps?, particularly as I had thought of it in relation to branches.

Struggling to be playful, charcoal, oil pastels, ink, stick and paper of different sizes were employed.  Drawing ‘silhouette’ with a stick was quite promising as was the dripped indian ink creating the branches drawing.


When it came to the word ‘peace’, my angst increased, the peaceful effect of the surroundings were such a profound and fundamental part of the journey and I didn’t feel equipped to put it to paper.  Distance learning felt so isolating at this point. Disappointed with my efforts which seem amateurish, I moved on to the next exercise.



Russell P (1988) Decorative Alphabets Throughout the Ages Bracken Books London

2 thoughts on “Exercise 1.3 Single Words

  1. I found this a deceptively tricky task too, Nina. I ended up accidentally ignoring some aspects of the brief (‘font’, A3) and simplified it that way but was also dissatisfied with the outcomes. I don’t think your samples are ‘amateurish’ but exploratory. Good choice to move on if you’re feeling negative about it; you can always return later if inspiration strikes (still waiting for it to strike me on this task …)!


  2. Thanks Julie, ‘exploratory’ is a more positive word! Had to overcome some negativity in the next two too, but regained some enthusiasm for 1.6 Music.


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