Experimental Use of Line-Continuing Exploration of Line for Textile Work Ongoing Learning from Artwork-Links & Connections Made

Morris (2020) Sketchbook line work with black marker pen to highlight the beauty and fragility of natural surface qualities of fossilised fish through the simplicity of line

The use of line with black marker pen has been freeing and has loosened up my approach to making art. I am now less worried about making mistakes and instead simply focus on creating the line in the moment, of being submerged in the flow of the line. I really enjoy the process of continuous flow, of not overthinking it, of following the line from the natural surface forms and qualities. I have introduced line alongside a range of different media to incorporate beauty and fragility, of using line as a thread to the context of my creative practice to highlight environmental sustainability versus the effects of pollution and waste.

Morris (2020) Sketchbook line work with black marker pen to highlight the beauty and fragility of natural surface qualities of fossilised fish through the simplicity of line

I have enjoyed the process of using different pens to explore different lines made and their effects. I started using line to demonstrate more complex areas within natural forms but as time went on, I increasingly simplified the process to include less detailing especially when amalgamating line with my other artwork. I have learned that the more I draw and sketch the more I want to draw and sketch and also the quality of the relationship with what I am doing improves, it seems as if I am more in tune with what I am creating and time flies by. That said I have created dozens and dozens of line drawings to learn from, to develop and to use with collage work through a range of printing processes.

Morris (2020) Sketchbook Line work with black marker pen to highlight the beauty and fragility of natural surface qualities of shells through the simplicity of line

As a consequence, my confidence has increased as I draw more, and I am increasingly developing my use of sketchbooks. I have however developed several textile projects simultaneously given my preference to be involved with printing and tapestry weaving which means I continue to use loose-leaf paper, card and other materials as notepaper. Through this I experiment more freely which means ideas are continually generated from my creative practice which helps to inform and define the next phase of making.

Morris (2020) Sketchbook line work with black marker pen to highlight the beauty and fragility of natural surface qualities of shells through the simplicity of line

Line of beauty is a term and theory in art often used to describe an S-shaped curve as a boundary line of an object or as a virtual boundary within boundaries. I use such staggered curves a lot as they are conducive to natural forms and surface patination, of preferring the dynamic use of line as opposed to intersecting lines which can signify stasis and a lack of movement and life. The emphasis then for me within the development of line is not to destroy the harmony of the line and its simplicity with unnecessary complexity. I am increasingly aware of when my drawing, sketching and collage work is overdone, of doing less to achieve improved results in creative practice. I now don’t see anything as a waste because although something hasn’t worked as well as I had hoped it has invariably lead onto more successful outcomes next time. 

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