FMP Research

The fundamentals of any art project is the research, the what, who and how. It can be as interesting as you make it, but for some people its a passionately hated part. I don’t really see it like that as I enjoy finding other peoples art and going to galleries, seeing what they’ve made and what its out of. I can find the final product a little uninteresting without seeing the work before it,  as I literally wont pay any attention to rubbish suspended as the designs and the reason behind that sort of piece is what’s interesting and thought out. Id really like to see sketchbooks of the artists in display along with the work.

The down side to research will always be the analytical thinking behind all the images you collect, plus keeping track of the Harvard referencing don’t leave half of it on another device … Research will always need to have work behind it showing why you chose it and what the piece means etc. Which drives people mad on my course and I do understand as they just want to start creating. But I don’t know how anyone can just jump into such an open brief like FMP and then know where their going.  You need to start it like most things at the beginning, so mind map themes and research themes to narrow down your path. Much like Ogres a project has layers so you go through each, one at a time and they lead you to the next.

I wanted to do the broad theme of nature so research was pretty broad, including OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAtaxidermy, photography, drawing, printing, life cycles, preservation, destruction, the senses like a lot of open ended stuff. I found out what I did and didn’t like as I didn’t want to produce any more 2D pieces nor balm to freakin goat though I do like his little jumper.                                              My research led me to Manchester History Museum for the taxidermy, where I found out for definite that I wanted an interactive piece because look at him don’t you just want to pet. I hate museum rules and I used to always find a way to touch art that I shouldn’t as a kid ( goat joke ).

From looking at the taxidermy I new I didn’t want to ‘stuff’ to produce preservation but I want really interested in the decayed side, which is no surprise. It led to lookingP3220459.JPG at galleries for others take on the effect of decay, galleries are pretty seasonal and even though I never found something exactly what I was looking for. I got still inspiration from other works, from the composition to materials. The galleries I looked at were Manchester to the ‘Strange and Familiar’ exhibition, which shows the Uk in the eyes of non natives, showing all the quirks and tendencies which brits do. It was one of the best exhibitions I’ve ever seen, It had a large display of photographers including Cartier-Besson and the layout of the exhibition so very good.  I cant say I added much to my sketch book about the exhibition but I like the activeness of going out to look for the art instead of just using the internet.

We also went on a London trip which led us to as far as the Tate and their History Museum which gave me tons more taxidermy pictures. London does tend to have the more well known artists like Monet and Picasso, OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAbut they had a wide selection of modern artists and instillations. I was looking closely at instillations for their interactive OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAproperties, to help mine to be less by the numbers predictable.  I also got to see some of Rachel Whiteread photography which did make me fan girl hard. The museum was actually pretty good at showing different ways for interaction and education which I semi tried with my work. I think its well worth going out and researching other artists as it can really help inspire your own work and you can see what you like and how its been done. Its also a really good place to start when wanting to think out side the box with your work, like the use of combined materials. Like in Magdalena Abakanowicz ‘Embryology’ the sacks are made from serveral materials, and Sheela Gowda’s work which used human hair.

 

 

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UNIVERSITY INTERVIEWS

blogNow there never going to be the formal put together interviews that your expecting, unless its a posh university. Most of the time I got locked in a room for hours with other interviewees waiting. Be warned if you don’t live too far away or you’re a fellow sufferer of the surname being near the bottom of the alphabet then you’re not getting out anytime soon. So if you’re taking the train get tickets for a few hours after the interview is supposed to be over. I’d take the sentence of being locked in the room to get to know people, and I don’t mean in the hypercompetitive way, they could be in your class so it’s nice to see a friendly face. I kept bumping into a few people on ‘the interview circuit’ and it’s really good to see what other foundations are doing and to see them get offers where they want.
For me the interviews were in Costume design and making, I applied at UAL, NTU, Edinburgh and Huddersfield. I had a backup of Fine art at Manchester school of Art as that’s my local university. I got an offer from Huddersfield and unconditional’s from UAL NTU and Manchester. But here’s a tip please oh please don’t screw up as badly as I did on

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the application forms with UCAS (the board which you send the application through). I was so stressed about the personal statement I rewrote it and edited it at least 17 times I was consumed by it and instead I made a huge blunder with my grades. I put that my Alevels ( what you get after two years of college ) were AS levels ( what you get after only one year). I only found out right at the start of my second interview which was with NTU where I obviously freaked out and it really put me off. I called UCAS and all they could do was email the other universities.
The main problem I had was with Edinburgh, is it has an initial round of online portfolios and they obviously didn’t get any of the billion emails I sent. I got an email back saying my portfolio was accepted but my academics weren’t.. I’d rather they just said no. So please look closely at the things that really matters to the higher universities and make sure you put the right grades in and not be an idiot like me.
Fortunately for me I wasn’t too bothered about losing a place as I’m horrendous at making a decision that big. It was obvious which one I liked the best but I couldn’t let go of the other opportunities. London was by far the hardest to give up literally just because it was London, which I don’t even like. I just thought I’d have better job prospects if I went there but I realised that that wouldn’t happen if I didn’t get through the course. I think you have to consider where you’re going, what works geographically and where feels right to you because you can end up at the ‘better’ uni but it’s not the best for you
Interview advice: again I’m not an expert at this but I’ve been to a billion job interviews and trust me there nothing like university ones:

 

  • Be polite – Just being polite to anyone goes a long way and don’t be too over friendly to the interviewers as they can smell your bullshit a mile away.
  • Speak clearly – I struggle with this a lot being dyslexic but the best thing is to go in prepared with some speaking points and take your time, don’t over think it.
  • Do your research – A lot if not all of them ask if you’ve been on the open days that you’ve actually seen the university and liked it. You’ll also need to know your artists it comes up.
  • Don’t panic – Its just an interview your work speaks for you and so do your grades, as my mum said ‘I think their just checking to see if your a numpty of not’.
  • Its speed dating – You say your interested with an application then you meet up at an interview, they see if your a good fit and then you later choose to carry on or not.
  • Sometimes its shit- The interviews really put me off some places, like when they don’t tell you its a group interview/ free for all or when its literally 5minutes long as they haven’t been paid enough to stay for longer. Don’t let it put you off, their the ones being impolite, pretend you don’t notice and speed through that portfolio. 

 

My shit show interviews ( the worse bits)

 

  • Group interview- whoever thought this was a good idea should burn in hell, I cant deal with the competition it literally brings out the worse in people. A question would be asked and we all had to answer in turn, but its really awkward if you let everyone else go first and they’ve literally covered every aspect of the question. I had to think so out side the box it made my brain ache.
  • Oh your still here- When the interviews ran too long and they didn’t realise they still had us left, so it was literally 5 minutes if that and because he was embarrassed I felt like he gave me an unconditional ( so it can work out )
  • The questions- I really don’t know who thought of the questions but I remember then being really bizarre even for me, like asking what my inspiration in life is. LIFE?
  • Just getting there- It can be a trek and when your nervous everything’s even more of a disaster.
  • It was awkward- there were a few hyperventilating internally moments, one that stands out as being awkward was bringing up UAL foundation to UAL and getting a sharp ‘yes I noticed that…'(glares). This is what I mean by them catching your bullshit/ name dropping, but in this case I was just asking about whether the schedules would be similar so then it got more awkward as she’d thought I was being a dick.
  • Lastly, not getting free food- Now this irks me more than is should but I really like food and my friends got food so it ain’t fair man, where’s the food. It was either not provided or the place was shut by the time I got out the interview, life can be so cruel.

ART PORTFOLIO FOR UNIVERSITY

Foundation weeks 22-24

This was the height of interview season and getting my portfolio made and photographed. However much I plan my time I always seem to have none of it and it was the biggest stress. I’d say to do the portfolio in advance but you may not have produced enough or any suitable work for it, in that case then I’m in the same boat. My degree is in Costume design and making, I applied at UAL, NTU, Edinburgh and Huddersfield. I had a back up of Fine art at Manchester school of Art as that’s my local university, even though its pretty hard to get into.

I don’t really have much portfolio advice as I’ve only ever made like two for courses but this is what I know:

  • Make it yourself – Don’t let a tutor/ teacher do it for you, you want something you’ve made and know inside and out so you can talk about it with at least some passion.
  • Less is more- Basically don’t put all the work you’ve ever done as its probably not related or not the best
  • Best first and last- Make a memorable entrance and leaving them with a good impression of your work.
  • Show breadth of work- So this is when your work doesn’t have to connect that closely with your degree, normally the work in the middle of the portfolio.
  • Hand drawings- Every degree likes to see that you’ve got the basic skills to build upon, a lot of people cant actually draw, and its a really important way of showing any of your ideas whether rough versions of paintings or designs.
  • Connections – Try and connect your work with your degree, if you cant plan what you’ll say when talking about the work so they can see the connection/ transferable skills.
  • Bring as much as you want- I specialised in 3D and something were better in the flesh, if you want to take it take it. Some places said to take literally everything and this is your one chance ( there’s always other chances) and others said there’s not much space so please photograph instead. Its up to you but check with the uni on an open day and I’d just go with what feels right.

My portfolio:

 

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This was one of the first pieces as it was a talking point which I could speak a lot on and then be more comfortable in the interview. Work from OTE.
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Model bailed on me so the majority of the pics are from the back or the front with my grimace chopped out. This was a talking point with one of the third years helping with the interviews, which made me a lot less stressed. Work from OTE.
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Work from inlay and of symmetry. I drew the wood inlayed with gold, its obviously not finished but the work was better than what’s shown in the picture and interest one interviewer the most
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Alevel exam work for ‘Faces’ it used fabric so I included it.
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More alevel exam work, its good to fill out your portfolio with this but their mainly interested in foundation.
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More Alevel work in the style I always do ‘Urban Decay’

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I wrapped foil around my plaster inspired by Rachel Whiteread ( looks better in the flesh)
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Laser cut design based off the inlayed wood and plaster I created.
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the plaster piece photographed and cut into, the piece behind is acetate of the foil and looks a lot less murdery in person.
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First thing I made in foundation and out of clay… its a panda foot I swear.
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Inlayed wood I drew
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OTE piece which I didn’t like and painted in gouache on to an evaluation sheet for the portfolio to show analyse ability.

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UAL Foundation week 18- 21

Foundation week by week is driving me a little crazy and I don’t have to record it in any detail any more so I’m not. I still think its helpful to show what Art Foundation is like but in a more round about way. You’ve seen that projects can vary from a day to several weeks and the main project I worked on after Christmas was ‘Ordinary to Extraordinary’. Which I did for weeks due to have interviews and it didn’t feel right half arsing the next one. OTE was unit 5 and I’d done enough work in that to pass without having to do two projects. UAL has set units that you’re expected to pass if you want to start unit 7, the FMP, which is the only thing that’s graded higher, so you’ll get either PASS, MERIT or DISTINCTION.

Unit 1 Art & Design Research Methods (10 x Level 3 credits – 70 GLH)

Unit 2 Art & Design Ideas Development (10 x Level 3 credits – 70 GLH)

Unit 3 Art & Design Materials and Methods (10 x Level 3 credits – 70 GLH)

Unit 4 Art & Design Evaluation and Reflection (10 x Level 3 credits – 70 GLH)

Unit 5 Integrated Art & Design Research Ideas and Methods (30 x Level 3 or 4 credits – 160 GL)

Unit 6 Preparation for Progression in Art & Design (10 x Level 3 or 4 credits – 60 GLH)

Unit 7 Project Proposal and Realisation in Art & Design (40 x Level 4 credits – 180 GLH)

Every course and every pathway has different projects, so I know that gr

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aphics really concentrated on typography which’ll help them for degree and practice. I’m not really into that type of art but its kinda interesting and our graphics teacher was a proper nerd for fonts so I think the hype was contagious.The other classes had more open briefs like OTE which you just play with materials and get a freeier practice of art compared to Alevels. Its needed to make you think more out side the box for university and could be really helpful if your art school or university year is in a creative rut as I call them. I’ve had a lot of friends go off and find that some people on their course are literally just there to get a degree which is pretty shit when you’ve gone from our bangin alevel class. You just have to get on with it or apply to a good art school, which will take time for you to find or you luck out and they’ve already got the good reputation. But don’t get me started on reputation vs. being good, some of my interviews were such a let down for this, so please go to an open day.

OTE slowly destroyed my soul it was all based on textiles as I had nothing in my portfolio relating to my degree. So it was all very wacky textiles, not my normal style but I still brought sustainability into my work. I really enjoyed it but it still freaks me out slightly that I wouldn’t have necessarily used fabrics in my design, I think 3D has brought me to the dark side of design away from textiles. A few of the pieces worked and got into my portfolio even though they were quite out there for costume. It brought about a few ‘mixed reactions’ lets say from the interviewers

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Foundation Week 17

January 16th-18th

I had a pretty set plan on Monday as I felt time was ticking for the uni IMG_6727.JPGinterviews my first one being UAL 8th February and my online portfolio for Edinburgh was even earlier 31st January. I set about designing alteration for a Wedding dress which I bought for £1.50 which I felt well bad even changing. I looked back at my beginning research into distressing techniques as I wanted the dress to go under the wooden torso I had made to connect back to ‘Midsummers night Dream’. I had to made it look fae like so I chopped the hem up so it would look like the character had run through a forest and torn it. I also had to dye the dress to look muddy and worn. These two techniques are right up my alley, Id done a lot of distressing samples for A2 and I like getting dirty and messing around with dyes. This particular dye needed to be added to hot water and left in a giant pot for ages. I hung the dress off a pipe after also sand papering the bottom half, the dye was supposed to ek up the dress and create an ombre affect. This didn’t happen as the dress was synthetic so I had to keep going into the textiles class to add water further up the dress so the dye would move up more. The colour was also interesting more like pooh brown instead of mud brown.

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I didn’t leave the dress like this don’t worry, I sprayed the dye going up the dress more and added blacks and greens which made it look how it was intendedIMG_6791.JPG to in the beginning. My tutor didn’t like the ready made dress, even after I explained my reasons on how it was ‘Ordinary to Extraordinary’ and I hadn’t finished the design as a whole along side how the wood was going to match up. Instead I moved on with the wood on its own on a torso from Fine art, I did a few sketches on how id make a two piece set and at this point I was so sort for time I just went with it. I wanted to create a skirt using weaved fabrics, the whole point was every part had to be made including the structure. My friend has an all consuming love of carboard so I used her method of ripping and putting it into glue. I made a waistband doing this, it was difficult in the beginning as its nowhere near as strong as when its sets, so it kept falling off the waist. I aslo had to thread through fishing wire so it fell apart four times but I stuck with it and the IMG_6798.JPGnext day it was rock hard. I just tyed the fishing wire and even intervals on a wire frame I had made and forced some one else to wire cut as I have zero hand strength. I found felting in the textiles store cupboard along with a few other fabrics which I then weaved though the wire and then down through its self.

I’m not going to lie I didn’t really like this idea and when showing the developments compared to the finished product at my interviews I preferred where I was going working on the dress. I created a modifications page in my portfolio of what I’d do differently and it pretty much excluded this bit. I’m not blaming anyone but myself, my initial Idea of the dress wasn’t great but this was worse, I should of found the time to think of something even better.

At home I was developing ideas for the pound tees I planed to upcycle, I wanted to keep with the theme of wearable products, and yer I don’t really consider my other work daily clothes. My new challenge was up make two t-shirts into an IMG_0072.JPGExtraordinary piece, my first idea was distressing and what did you know it turned out really really bad. Fraying was out the question due to the fabric I tried distressing fabric then weaving them NOPE. Its ugly and I couldn’t be bothered continuing and layering up fabric because it would of taken an age. Instead I ignored it for a few days and went into my default and started adding pleats. I really do like this technique and its slightly different than what my A2 exam piece was which you can see here.

IMG_6866  Its a little annoying to make such large pleats and I definitely have thumbs of steel after pricking then a thousand times but its worth it for the large fill. Its a pretty basic technique but effective, to make it more interesting I wanted to cover the final product in a material like melted silicon or even yogurt so it would look solid but melting. It would be a one cover after id taken pictures with out it on, so I wouldn’t worry about using yogurt and it going bad. I think its a little weird how I want to covering ALL my art with yogurt now but I think the secret behind Art foundation is to just make you a weirder person. Unless of course you dunk things in yogurt too.

 

 

 

Foundation Week 14

December 12th – 14th

Things are slowing down again thanks to UCAS I spent all on Monday locked in the MAC suite finishing my personal statement. I finally chose Costume but kept the overall theme open. I talked more about my varying experiences and how they were all helpful, I did hone into my theatre work and my work experience in my local theatre. This was around the that I actually sent it off I don’t know when exactly but it was before December. I don’t know if was worth stressing as much as I did as a lot of the university’s didn’t seem to be very interested in it and foundation helped a lot having that definitely made them more interested. But its all part of a chain with out it I might not have even been looked at for an interview, I just wished I didn’t beat myself up over it so much.

Tuesday was more relaxed we had been given the new project of ‘Ordinary to Extraordinary’ and this is when I felt the pressure to do better. A lot of my work were just initial ideas never finished and never refined, which I needed for my portfolio.IMG_6812.JPG I also hadn’t made any drawings of worth so I started a realism mixed medium piece drawn from my inlayed beach wood with gold. Everything from now on had to be towards my portfolio and specially wanting to work with more fabrics to be suitable for a costume degree. I started as I normally do a create a bullet point list of basic criteria and ideas that I connect to ‘Ordinary to Extraordinary’ like valuing products, altering them eg distressing, pleating embellishments etc. Getting a base of what I want to look into and further develop, I was determined to get development work done and a range of sketch book ideas. Normally Id work with the first sketches and develop my new making skills so now I wanted to develop design work.

Another major part of any project is the research, it can come from anywhere and include anything that you think is inspiring to your work. It would be a poster with an interesting design, a pre-existing product or a photo you’ve taken years ago, it all helps. Parmenides wrote ‘ Nothing comes from nothing’ which I always keep in mind when starting over or getting stuck.

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By Saturday I ended up in A&E after falling with a Grolsh glass at work, its IMG_6503.JPGsafe to say it was the beginning of the end of me working there. I really like the customers but other aspects of the job made it really not worth it. But I’m not going to go on, everyone knows its rubbish working for minimum wage and for the companies who pay that much. I’m just glad I was in a position where I could walk away from a place that didn’t seam to care that I was haemorrhaging everywhere. Ok so I am being a little dramatic, about the bleeding any way, after getting glass dug out my hand it all turned out fine and it meant I could drop my shifts around Christmas and New Years.

 

 

 

Foundation Week 13

December 5th-6th

We only had a day and a half in the studio this week, so my tutor dedicated it to a resin and throwing clay pottery work shops. First day was to create models for the red stuff, which I’ll never learn the name of, that’s then used to cast the resin. My theme was burning village …. IMG_0062.JPGI really don’t know why I picked in I must have been in a mood. I used good old plaster which I shaped when it was drying and then used scraping utensils after to create straight sides. Some how this took a full day, but a lot of our time was spent talking about the work shops and UCAS as it was the first week of December everyone was getting a little worried that no one had sent off their university applications.

In the end my model was pretty bad and so was my resin, it came out pretty short as there wasn’t that much resin and I’d given up with it. IMG_0239.jpgIts only a test and hopefully the last time I use it. There’s an art to using resin and mixing the catalyst, which I don’t imagine I’m any good at after being rubbish at any science practical’s. Luckily for me only the technician is allowed to mix the stuff so it was pretty much watch me do this and put this gas mask on. I didn’t end up doing the clay throwing which was the bit that I thought was interesting but the good thing with foundation is you can go back to the technician later if you’re ever free. It wasn’t a particularly interesting week but there not always and I was pretty happy with a five day weekend.


Foundation Week 16

January 9th-11th

Thanks to my hand being in a bandage I only went in for the last day avvv (2).jpgbefore Christmas which I can honestly say was not the most productive day of my life.  I spent Christmas holidays eating my body weight in chocolate and gravy, I bloody love good gravy. After a few weeks I got some mobility back so I was back to work starting making alterations to a jumper for ‘Ordinary to Extraordinary’. The main problem was the major gash was on the underside of my hand below my little finger so I couldn’t draw with out putting pressure down on the paper stitches. So I started making before I had finalised the designs, I was pretty happy with what I was doing to do with the back. It looked very  similar to that of Nick Cave’s work, which I didn’t know of at the time but I’d not complaining I’m a big fan of his now.

When I was back in the studio and talking through my designs with my tutor, she liked one which I’m initially dismissed for how hard it would be to make. I know now I shouldn’t have admitted this, foundation is all about pushing, pushing your skills and ability to interpret. In my case it was both I had to look at, with limited resources I had to think out the box at how to create it. The good thing with art is it can all be a ‘representation’ so it never has to be accurate to anything even your design, unless your doing something like hyper realism but the hint is in the name for that one. A lot of a project is sitting around thinking and planning, which is why I like having a Reflection Diary, I thought they were pretty daft in the beginning but I’m pretty into it now. It helps me put down what I’m thinking at the time and so I know where I’ll be going the next day and what not to do in the future, there’s been plenty of that recorded.

I decided against my designs initial material of bark, I didn’t have IMG_0082.JPGthe time or wanting to find some molting beach trees. I instead went for a wooden pallet, I’m really big or reusing materials too, and I hacked the thing to pieces. My main aim was to chisel shards off so it would loosely resemble bark, some did some didn’t I took in all how and worked wire around it to form a torso on my mannequin. The wire was used as it was inspired off my research but It was a bloody pain in the arse to fix, all the weight had to be evenly disubuted and the shoulders reinforced so it wouldn’t fall IMG_6722 (2).JPGapart. It was more effort than it was worth and there was not way I could form a full dress without it falling apart. I had to improvise and change the design again, this normally happens I change the design while making and finding errors instead of having a solid plan first. It normally works out fine in the end as was the case with this, after being lost for a long time I decided to look into ‘Midsummers Nights dream’ for inspiration for the torso became more of an accessory.

 

On Wednesday we had a workshop in glazing where the panda foot I made in clay which looks more like a welly was finally getting its glaze doneIMG_0217.jpg. In the process of moving it into the room I may have bumped into a door fame and broke the claw that’s on the right off. Ill fix it using this Japanese method where its stuck together with this gold material and I’m sure it’ll look even better than before. We only had three glazes at the time available and again its a workshop so no ones complaining, the colours were white black and grey. I lucked out with designing a panda foot and they were at least similar colours, someone had a lizard foot, but the colours went really well with it, so you’ve got to keep experimenting.

Foundation Week 12- Hepworth

November 27-29

I spent most of Monday and the weekend before freaking out over my personal statement where everything I wrote I deleted and spent more time googling how to write a good one that actually trying to write it. The UCAS fair further confused me with what I wanted to do, after being dead set on architecture since forever and waking up one day just not wanting to do that any more, I’d not been sure on any courses since. At this point I had an I idea that I want to do Costume after looking at NTU’s open day for the course and really liking it, but I felt pressure into doing architecture or product design after specialising in 3D. I still really like the other two courses but their just not ‘arty’ enough for me, and I know you can do a lot with both but only if I got into a good course. I was stuck at what to write in my statement as I didn’t know what course to do which is why I ended up being two months behind schedule with sending it off.

Having a warring battle inside happily led to my new design, a combination of inlaying and plaster. I just spent two days making the moulds and waiting around for the drying time, plaster dries well within ten minutes but it can depend on time. For the wax I had to put down plastic bags so they could peal off when the wax dried and so it wouldn’t leak out of the sides. It took a lot longer waiting for the wax to dry than the plaster as they was so much of it. I plan on putting either clear plastic or glass tubes on one side to connect to the other. Or I would use thickish metal wire, either way if it looks bad I can reheat the wax and start again.

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Wednesday we headed off to the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield near Leeds. It was just a 3D class trip which meant we had to ride in colleges mini bus. It may not seem to bad a thing but its got colleges name written across the thing and lets just say our college doesn’t have the best reputation. It got considerably less embarrassing the further out we got, another reason I like traveling around people don’t know things and places that you take for granted its completely new so their only idea about a place can be explain through you. .

The Hepworth was great and really good for primary research a lot of galleries only have a few sculptures and instillations while this gallery is dedicated to them. Its also really diverse and they had a competition on for ‘The Hepworth prize for sculpture’ where the visitors could also vote. It included work from Phyllida Barlow, David Medulla, Steven Claydon, Helen Marten. I voted for Barlow as I’m obsessed with anything installation, Its also one of the most memorable pieces from that day. Id definitely recommended the Hepworth it exhibits modern art no paintings that are hundreds a years old, which I think will interest a visitor who has a more casual view of art, its definitely interesting to anyone. I’d say give time for an hour and a half visit, we stayed around two and a half which was way too long so we played cards in the café.

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We didn’t have much time left after so my tutor drove like a maniac to Leeds Sculpture Park. There isn’t that much to say about the park, the main sculptures had just been taken down, which left the inside small gallery and a few permanent sculptures in the garden. Currently their exhibiting some really amazing sculptures from people like Tony Cragg, see here for more info.

We had an hour to look around which was just enough to see the work in the near grounds. The park has a lot more to offer than just the parts we saw as it has very large grounds so there’s a number of trails to walk and sculptures dotted around through out. Just a quick warning near the conservatory is private land, I put one foot into it and someone literally popped out of the bushes to shout and shoo me away. The signs aren’t great which Is how I ended up there so just double check that there aren’t any around. The conservatory its self was one of the best parts for me ( even after getting escorted there by the shouting bloke) , it wasn’t the time of year for anything to be in bloom but the building its self is worth a look at.

 

 

Foundation Week 11

November 21-23rd

Still working on Richard Serra I picked the ideas that concentrated on Inlay, I’d seen an image on Pinterest of Kintsugi . I wanted to recreate it using wood after finding some spare beach wood, I started with filling the holes with PVA and gold, but as wood is porous it started to soak in the glue. Leaving it to dry I went of to using my favourite casting technique plaster, where I pushed the wood into clay and form a small wall around it and poured in plaster. This created plaster replicates of the wood which I inlayed I made a few so as a collective I could say they were symmetrical

 

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The main problem with the wood inlay is because wood is natural its not a symmetric form so I missed verb ‘of Symmetry’. To develop the idea I IMG_6397.JPGstarted sketching ideas for MDF carved into using geometric shapes to give me the symmetry.

The Wednesday was spent in Manchester at UCAS ‘Design your futures’ fair where all the design courses in the UK have stalls where you can talk to the universities. In all honesty it just confused me more as I saw a lot of courses that I would like to do at degree level.