Now it's time to develop your design ideas further.

To refine your compositions, assess the materials and techniques you have used. This is the second of the 2 major assignments for the Design For Craft Unit and the last activity in this course. Your approach should be broad and experimental. Once again, take your time and enjoy the process. This is your opportunity to bring together all your newfound knowledge.

Your work will be assessed on:

  • performance of techniques/methods/skills
  • practical application of knowledge and understanding
  • depth of knowledge
  • depth of understanding

Activity: Assignment 2 - Develop your sampling Designs

you will need

  • The results of your previous sampling activity.

  • A wide range of media and materials relevant to your chosen craft.

  • Tools and equipment used in your chosen craft.

what to do

Revisit each of the thumbnail visuals/design ideas. How could you develop these designs further? What worked? What didn't work so well? What could you change, add, take away or move around to tell a better story and engage your viewer in the way you want? Make new thumbnail visuals exploring, experimenting and developing your designs in different ways.

Use these new design ideas to make maquettes and/or samples by extending your experimenting with a range of materials and techniques using traditional and non traditions tools and equipment.

You should include:

  • a range of tools and equipment relevant to your chosen craft. For example, measuring tools; cutting tools; brushes; mark making tools; easels; drawing boards; cameras; computers; printers; studio equipment for glass, ceramics, woodwork, bookbinding, calligraphy, basketry or jewellery.
  • at least 4 different materials. For example, paper; card; drawing materials; colouring materials; adhesives; glass; clay; glazes; wood; cane; rush; leather; willow; metal; metal leaf; stone; yarn & thread; textiles; gesso etc..
  • any relevant calculations for the quantity of materials used.
  • preparation of materials for sampling. For example mixing colours, glazes, inks or dyes; cutting; surface preparation.
  • use of a wide range of techniques. For example, drawing, application of colour, mark making, cutting, shaping, patterning, image manipulation, application of decorative techniques
  • exploration of the potential of materials and processes where there is no known outcome. For example 'What happens if... I try this... (media/technique) on this.... (material/surface)?????
  • supporting evidence which includes:-
  • How the materials, tools and equipment were used.
  • A record of the techniques and processes used.
  • The health and safety considerations that were taken into account.
  • An evaluation of the techniques and sampling to include strengths and weaknesses of the process and results and lessons learned from the experimentation.

Take photographs of your work.

Add evidence and results of your sampling to your portfolio.