First presentations are up, and we are required to simply explain to the group and the tutors what our idea for this project is and how we are doing, explaining about what we have managed to achieve so far and how we are working together as a collaborative group. Leading up to the presentations we found it difficult to all find the time to meet up with each other and get the time to spend some solid thinking and brainstorming, but we managed it all the same!
When we arrived we saw that unfortunately Hebe was unable to make it, so it was only me and Hannah delivering the presentations. We had some time before to have a quick run through our ideas and compare our work once more. I had prepared to Powerpoint presentation at home and brought it into Tommy’s bar, but when we went to put it on James’ laptop, that old ancient thing that doesn’t see the light of day, it was too old to support the file! (crikey)
But worry not,I was prepared. I had brought in all of the books in which I had gathered information from for the presentation. So we improvised.We started from the beginning explaining everything that I have explained in my blog, about how we struggled at first but then it kicked off. We then showed our own work and handed out the books for the group to look at and spoke of the directions that our research had taken us, and how when we then met up with each other again our drawings were 50/50, similar but with our own twists. We ended the presentation with explaining where we plan to go next, and the group delivered back some feedback to us. (Everyone was lovely and helpful, even the bar staff in Tommy’s!)
FEEDBACK AND SUGGESTIONS:
Heath Hospital – Inside there is a miniature model sculpture of the hospital building. This was suggested to us with the intention that we travel there and we can get as close as we can to seeing the birdseye view of the building. This offers us some great sketching opportunities and for us to get better understanding of the birdseye view perspective.
ESA (European Space Agency) – This is an online resource, that allows us to look at buildings from space which is again giving us the birdseye view.
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Some buildings were also suggested to us that could be of interest such as the Cathedral in Spain, which has a mosque on the top of it, and mirrors on the inside which reflect different art and shapes and so forth. Also the Capital Towers (in Cardiff?) which are the tallest buildings the we can get too. alongside the buildings, some artists were also suggested to us. Grayson Perry, Catherine Baxter and Gilbert and George were included in these.
DECISION MAKING TIME: So after a successful presentation me and Hannah were left with a healthy amount of information to take back to deliver to Hebe and to carry us through to next week. When we met with Hebe we explained everything to her and we decided to divide all of the information that we gathered and split it between us so that we can cover a lot of research. So after we met we decided that…
1: I would look into Grayson Perry, and then also have a look into the Cathedral that is in Spain.
2: Hebe would research Catherine Baxter and the Capital Towers.
3: And finally Hannah would research Gilbert and George and have a play on google maps.
We also decided that we would plan a trip to the hospital to have a look at the miniature scale building for reference. To get there we need to get the 38 bus which is straight there, where we can get some on-site drawings done and have a little adventure at the same time! And then we have said to get another 3 pieces of work done each for when we next meet on the Tuesday.
Away with you!
I had a Matilda day!
I tottled down to the library and drowned myself in some books in the hope of finding some great inspiration to get me started with some sketches. Some of the books I took out the library are:
Victorian Architecture- James Stevens Curl
Architect- Richard Millar
English Architecture- David Watkin
Architecture Depends- Jeremy Tile
The main thing that all these books managed to show me was that as people it is very difficult for us to get a perfectly central birds-eye view of a building, therefore it is something that is often passed by and forgotten.
Here are some snaps from inside my sketchbook. I scanned some of the images from the books that I really liked: they focus so well on the shape and the patterns that are created from a birdseye view of a building, aren’t they lovely? One thing that really caught my eye was the focus on Prisons and Hospitals, from the book Victorian Architecture. They have some very beautiful and intricate details that can provide us with a solid ground to work from, and I’m looking forward to showing the girls. So what we had all said to each other was to go away and all create our own drawings and interpretations from the research we had all decided to conduct.
So here are some of the sketches that I have produced from the research I carried out. They aren’t anything big and fabulous because we are only just starting out and are getting used to unfamiliar grounds. There is a mixture of sketches here; some of existing buildings such as ‘The Smith House’, then the upper level of the building too. The funky little buildings that you see is a site plan. This really caught my eye because on first appearance you wouldn’t assume that it is a site plan (unless you are an architect and know your way around all this building malarkey!) It’s fabulous! So after a few drawings I realised that it was time to look a little closer and think a little deeper in to what kind of buildings that I would enjoy drawing the most. Some of the buildings that I feel would be of great interest to me are:
Prisons, Hospitals, Churches, Cathedrals, Mosques and Arenas.
NEXT WEEK: PRESENTATIONS!
Crikey, the tutors are really having a whale of a time mixing all these new things into this term aren’t they?
So alongside a personal project, the new constellation scheme, we have now been introduced to a collaborative project, too! Is this a good thing? (it seems as though I won’t see the good side until it is all over, one of those kinda feelings)
So, Constellation is every Thursday and Collaboration is every Tuesday. We all met for the first time today in the room above Tommy’s bar. Beforehand we were all divded into groups via email, which depended on whether you had chosen Migration, Hidden City or Power for your sub-theme. Once we were all sat down Ray and James introduced themselves as our tutors for this part of the term. Soon after we were split into our backgrounds, starting with illustration. We all spread out and then it turned into a sort of school-like pick-your-sports-teams technique (where it seems that there’s somebody left until last, this doesn’t mean you’re unwanted,
does it?) (nobody liked this technique) Anyway, the aim of it was to be that there were a small number of people to each group from 2 people minimum to 6 people max, all with someone from a different background: fine art, illustrator, designer/maker and so on. There were 3 of us in our group.
HEATHER AND HANNAH AND HEBE
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Hebe Spink- specialising in fine art and likes to work mainly with paint, that messy kind of way.
Hannah Thompson- designer/maker who likes to work with miniture buildings and has recently taken a deep interest in bronze casting.
The next part of the session required us to sit and get to know one another and attempt to put our heads and skills together to see what we could come up with between us as a solid project idea to run with for the next few weeks. It didn’t take us long to realise that we are all very different girls and work and think and produce very differently, we just really needed to try so hard for us to turn that into an advantage rather than a disadvantage. (this took us some time.. okay a lot of time)
Ideas began to crop up but thats all they seemed to be, ideas. Nothing infectious that had us all on the edges of our seats, but just something to fill the air, if you may. These included things such as creating our ouwn minitures hidden city that was the focus of a childrens book, a miniture city that were to be covered and closed over by a box that featured a peep-hole for you to see through where that city would be lit by a set of lights that cast thought-through shadows. As lovely as these ideas were we didn’t thrive off of them. So I briefly mentioned to the girls an idea that I had come up for my own personal take on the field project (but soon decided to leave behind) and we took off from there. It turned out well because, obviously I liked the idea as I was close to pursuing it for my personal project, and the girls also really liked it.
There’s hope afterall!
After sat looking through some books, I wandered into the architecture section and thats where I really struck gold. I had found a book that focussed greatly on the tops of buildings, and also blueprints for buildings. It was so appealing because of the beautiful patterns that were created. Imagine, what do buildings really look like from above? Do they even look like buildings? We all began to get more excited for the project, and as we relaxed with the idea we began to relax a lot more with each other (horay!)
Time to set ourselves some homework until we all meet again the Tuesday after:
All 3 of us go away, with a little research from the books within our library or of any source we see relevant, get some sketches, drawings or paintings done for us to show one another next week with explaining to each other what we are going to draw so they we can explain our own take on the idea through drawing next week.
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( and breathe )
Is change always good?
As I mentioned in a previous post, this term is very different from the last. Before, when we had constellation, we had it every Thursday for one hour. Now all that is changing as Constellation just got a whole lot more important (yikes!)
For this term we are all required to choose an option which we then study every Thursday for 8 weeks. A special lecture was held for us all in the Llandaff campus where we all had to attend. In this lecture, there were 8 different lecturers each with 5 minutes slots to try and almost ‘sell’ thier options to us, and give us more of an insight in to what they would be teaching, the way in which they like to teach and what would be expected of us as srudents and as artists and designers.
We were given a deadline in which we were required to choose our options, giving us plenty of time to make up our minds, talk to the lecturers if need be and sort out anything else that we felt neccissary before choosing. The lecture was ever so helpful as was a nice change from the usualy lectures we recieve on a Thursday. All the lecturers were very different- some more enthusiastic than others, some subjects omre appealing than others too, and some subjects that were just a straight up instant ‘no’. (…in the nicest way possible)
After the presentations I was left being stuck between 2 of the tutors, and it wasn’t until the night before that I was certain who I wanted to pick.
Martyn Woodward: Expressing the Unseen: Embodiment, Form, Art and Design. (below is the option overview)
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This option is a hybrid between philosophy, theory and practice, designed to question what we may know about art and design practice. The focus lies in understanding what we may mean by the body and how different understandings of the body shape how we understand the history and theory of our practices.
Throughout this option we will begin to understand how the body has been historically understood across art and design but also, more importantly, how it hasn’t been. We will investigate some of the many parallel ‘modernist’ histories of the body, perception and form drawn across art history, film, painting, design, architecture, archaeology, anthropology, philosophy and phenomenology.
We will analyse theoretical and philosophical texts, visual media, archaeological artefacts, film and audio-visual forms, and everyday visual and material culture, reading through them asking what we may understand by the terms ‘body’, ‘perception’ and ‘form’, and how this changes what we think about our own practices. You will be encouraged to ask creative and probing questions such as “what does Geology have to do with painting? “, “How is the sense of touch expressed through visual form ?”, and “How does the idea of technology shape our creative practices?”
We will be investigating topics such as (but not exclusive to):
- Psychological, multi-sensory, phenomenological, embodied and existential theories of perception.
- The multi-sensory aspects of painting, visual style, and everyday visual culture.
- The imaginary, spiritual and psychological development of art history, visual culture and material culture.
- The multi-sensory (haptic) dimensions of film and other audio-visual media forms.
- The anthropological and archaeological notions of ‘materiality’.
- Alternative and parallel histories of technologies, media forms, and practices in art and design.
I’ve been a little behind lately with my blogging, it’s been ever so hectic since Christmas. We really have been thrown into this new term, it’s very fast paced but very exciting. Chris delivered the brief to us on the Monday morning as he usually does, but as you can imagine it was a lot more in depth than the previous ones.
What do I know of this place that I do not know of anywhere else?
What does this place know of me that I do not know of myself?
There were a few starting points of the brief that Chris supplied for us, such as questions, quotes and some stories. We got to thinking what a City is, or what the City could be. What defines a City? One thing for sure is that Cities are in constant change, the people change, and their morals change with them, everything is constantly moving and changing. How has your city changed you?
Within the theme of Cities, we had 3 subsidiary themes, too:
The Hidden City- Layers/Guises
On first impressions it was clear to me that my heart (and fine liners) were leading towards The Hidden City, but of course as any artist should do, is investigate and explore the other two themes also. As a person I have a very distant relationship with both politics and migration- both are topics that I either haven’t got much of a clue about, or I am just completely uninterested (and after sitting in the library and researching into them both a little more, it confirmed my initial thoughts) But oh well, I am glad I did some investigations!
This brief is also a little different to the rest as it invites us to respond to many roles that we can take on, for example: a researcher, dramatist and interpreter (although this was throughout term 1), storyteller, reporter + journalist (documentation), witness + advocate + poet (speaking for ourselves) and prophet.
There are no limitations with this project.
Are you ready?
We are long into our second term now and it’s been hellishly frantic and i’ve slacked on my blogging (hence the ‘Prophecy’ project being blogged so late after it was handed in.. many apologies!)
This part of our term is the ‘Field’ (basically lots going on and lots of talking), and the title of our project is Cities.
The lamp sputtered,
The lamp muttered in the dark.
The lamp hummed:
‘Regard the moon,
La lune ne garde aucune rancune,
She winks a feeble eye,
She smiles into corners.
She smooths the hair of the grass.
The moon has lost her memory.
Rhapsody on a Windy Night - T.S. Eliot.
That time has arrived where I panic, I hate everything, I’m always hungry because I desperately want to procrastinate so I eat everything I have and end up making weird meals such as turkey burgers with a secret ingredient of mushy peas with a side of gravy.
Yes, Deadline Day (D-Day).
It did take a while but I finally managed to sit myself down and decide what I wanted from my final pieces. As much as I really liked adding the watercolour on top of my drypoint prints, the paint seemed to take away from the quality of line, cover some parts of the lines up completely which therefore, for me, made it seem like it wasn’t even a drypoint in the first place. Which PAINS me as the printing process for drypoint in very long-winded. So I waved a big goodbye to the watercolours. And this is what I finished with:
These are my 4 final prints. If I’m going to be completely honest, I hated this project and I feel like it caused me so much more stress than it was worth. Which is saddening because I really want to have love for all my projects! But alas, I am done and I can now forget.
So in the end I decided to stick to very simple dry-points. This was mainly so that the main focus is on the quality of my prints, showing that I have gone through the methods and processes of drypoint printing. I concentrated on keeping the tone and being careful where I placed it, and I’m quite happy with it. HOWEVER I know deep down that it would look so much better with colour, especially if it were to be published into a children’s book. This is noted. I’m quite sad that I couldn’t make prints for the whole book, but I know that I can return to this project whenever to finish it completely, But for now it’s time to move on and get on with the next hurdles.
God help me.
This was Prophecy.