For PNC1, we were given a choice of eight various RSA Student Design Awards Briefs. I decided on the Everyday Well-Being brief as I felt that I could connect to this with my mother being a Mental Health Nurse. To begin my brief, I created a mind map of possible routes I could take, but ultimately decided on stress within the workplace, as it’s such a common problem within Britain’s workplaces today.
I began to look at colours and how different colour can have an effect on a person’s emotions. I decided that my colour choice would be based on these ideas, and avoid colours which could increase the stress levels rather than decrease them.
After talking with my mum about ways in which to calm patients down. And one important factor is comforting touch; an item that is textured which can bring calm . So, with being a knitter I took a look at different textured knitting techniques that were interesting.
Throughout my sketchbook, I attempted to draw in texture, using all sorts of mediums to convey this texture. It was interesting drawing in this way because I’m so used to drawing to recreate an object; rather than focusing on just the texture.
I visited the yarn store during my research for the project and collected different textured yarns to experiment with and test how they felt when handled. I hand knitted these pieces as a few wouldn’t work through the knit machine; but I also like the more chunky affect that can be achieved through hand knitting.
I created these yarn wrappings (left page) to help decide on a final colour way for my samples. I was quite fond of all three and decided to pick my favourite wrappings from each grouping and make bigger versions for my final colour page (right page). I also made yarn wrappings of each colour to show the different varieties of yarns I decided to use. I’ve began making samples on the knit machine, but haven’t been washed or pressed yet so aren’t ready to be photographed.