In these sketchbook pages I’ve looked at one last artist (Pollock) and I explored the question that I had been asking myself a little bit – Why make marks?? 
I had been thinking this to myself regarding the exercises as at first I thought it was just to get us ‘warmed up’ and to start becoming familiar with drawing tools but the more I’ve been working and also with reading I’ve realised that its so much more than that! 
a) Sketching and mark making is essential in gathering and developing ideas
b) Skills learnt now might be directly used in a final piece
c) Drawing is much faster than stitching so it is essential if you don’t want to take years developing textiles!
I think this last point c made me finally embrace mark making – I’ve been specifically trying to draw fabric and stitching as a consequence of this. I’ve also got more enthusiasm all of a sudden as I think I’ve had that little niggling voice at the back of my head saying that the embroidery/stitching side of textiles is too slow.

Kim Debling is a Hampshire, UK based designer and Director of her own company Kestrel Design Ltd. She is mum to Rose and Harvey and wife to her best friend Steve. ¬†She’s fighting off Stage 4 Lymphoma and sharing her story along the way, mainly via YouTube. Kim is passionate about being happy, mental wellbeing and in particular art and creative pursuits as therapy during tough times. She teaches online at Udemy, has published books and has art and printables available for sale.

Why make marks? was last modified: April 30th, 2015 by Kim Debling