Fingal’s Cave. Mysterious!

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For my first project as a 2nd Textiles Student at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, our brief is entitled “Natural Pattern”. For this project, I have decided to approach it using crystals, fossils and rock formations as my inspiration for natural pattern. I didn’t want to just draw floral’s as I have done that before and wanted to experiment with something new and different. Crystals, Rock formations and fossils are all natural and have formed over time thus, they fit in perfectly with my brief of Natural Pattern! I am really happy with the beginning of this project so far (and the theme especially! love crystals!). At the moment, I feel that I have taken a much more graphical/geometrical approach so far and I hope to expand this idea and put my own unique twist on things.

During a tutorial, my lecturer gave me some really great advice to research a place in Scotland called Straffa. Straffa is an inhabited island near Iona and is home to Fingal’s Cave. Fingal’s Cave is a sea cave on this island. It is a very unique and beautiful cave that is sadly not seen as much by tourists as it rightly should due to it’s location. It is formed by hexagonally jointed basalt columns – similiar to The Giants Causeway in Northern Island. I went to the Giant’s Causeway when I was younger and I found it very interesting and awe -inspiring as it was not man-made and was completely formed by the natural enviroment. It was formed by three lava outflows known as the Lower, Middle and Upper Basaltic. To get so more scientific info about it all, Google the Giant’s Causeway! We love Google for the unanswerable question’s we all have.

These are images of Fingal’s Cave and the above image frames the island of Iona – quite hard to see on this image but it is in the distance somewhere! I am going to look at this source for a part of my project as it has very unique and interesting rock formations and they link in very well with the other elements in my theme – Crystals,Fossils,Rocks.

An example of some of the types of objects I will be looking at for inspiration. I recently got my own so will be experimenting with them and getting as much design possibilities as I can from them.

These are some sketches from my first sketchbook – drawings that are more recent and that have given me a better idea of what direction I want this project to go in. They are quite graphic and geometrical however, I really like to work in this way (a sort of comfort zone) and I hope to further explore this idea and experiment to make it more personal and unique. Only had my phone camera so apologies for quality!

Well this is only a little sneak peak to what I have so far so more to come later on! Bye bye for now!

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2 thoughts on “Fingal’s Cave. Mysterious!

  1. Looks great!
    Have you tried growing your own crystals? It’s quite easy to do, even if you hated chemistry at school, like I did.

    You might find the lecture on pattern and chaos interesting in a few weeks time but in the meantime have a look at “fractals” in nature, as crystals are a great example.
    And if you fancy a challenge you might find the book “Generative Art” by Matt Pearson interesting. It teaches you how to use a program called Processing to produce… Well I’ll let you find that out for yourself! Google the author to find examples of his work and other similar artists/designers.

    Finally, for some added inspiration, Mendellsohn wrote an overture called Fingal’s Cave after a visit there. It’ll be on Spotify or iTunes – play it loud while you draw, see if it helps. It’s a very famous tune, you’ll be humming it for days…

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