workshop review

Since the begining of the year and throught out the terms, there were lots of skills to learn. Some inductions were better than the others and some were more appealing to me than others. Here are some pictures of the workshops have done and enjoyed doing.
I have done glass workshop which i enjoyed a lot and would want to learn more about it. here are some glass pieces i have done.
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The most workshop i enjoyed was wood by far. Surprisingly enough, when i started the course i thought wood would be the last think i would want to do. Turned out completely different, absolutely loved the workshop and learning what is possible. Wood really interested me.
At one workshop i start building a little table which sadly i did not finish but that’s the bits i have done.
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i have done some experimenting with turning, it was working quite well until the top of the wood broke and i couldn’t carry on turning it. i have made the top too thin. Ether way it was good to have a go and learn how it is done. If i ever decide i want to include that in any of my future work i am confidant in doing it by myself, which is i am happy about.
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At the beginning of the year i have made a wooden box too which i am very proud of. Which i gave it to my mum for Christmas as a jewelry box.
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Also i have done glazing induction which was more interesting than i thought it would be when i went there. At one point i was planing to make my own tiles so i was looking into glazing. Then i have got distracted by something else and never achieved what i was planing to. Mixing chemicals to get different glazes i feel really complex and do not really understand it as yet, perhaps if i ever pick the idea of making tiles again i will look into it more deeply.
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Lazer cutter is a fab tool which amaze me, from the first induction i didnt understand everything as i am not the best with the technologies, but once i had a go and had some advice i have managed to do what i needed. This is definatly i am going to look into in time to come as this tool is very handy and this is very good knowledge to have.
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Practiced to make paper again too, even though this is something i have done before it was good to refresh the memory.
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Candles & Candle holders

I actually liked this so much i decided to make couple myself for Christmas πŸ™‚ i got to say it worked quite well on the table.
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Recycled wall hanging

The more i look into the recycled art the more i like it. specially the fact that some recycled art/home decor/wall hangings do not even look like it has been made from recycled materials.
Somewhere on the internet a while back i have noticed this wall art hanging and it was made out of recycled toilet paper card – the round middle bit. I thought that was a fab idea, there is always loads of rolls left over that just go in the bin, why not to use it?
So the image popped back in my head which i saw few weeks back of this wall hanging piece which was made out of toilet rolls and i decided to look into it.



i think this piece is incredible, not sure where could it be placed apart from an exhibition as i don’t see much use of it, but is definitely very nice to look at. Also this website don’t day much about the artist who made it but hand up for whoever made that, very talented.
‘One mans trash the other mans treasure’ the saying definitely fits perfect for this.


Turkish artist Sakir Gâkçebağ used hundreds of toilet rolls in creating his paper installations displayed at a gallery in Germany.
Sakir Gâkçebağ, based in Hamburg, began the project, called Trans-Layers, after being inspired by ordinary objects which we overlook in our everyday lives.
The 47-year-old started his career in Turkey in the early nineties, but relocated to Germany in 1995.
Mr GΓΆkΓ§ebağ says he is inspired by making ‘normal objects’ beautiful and ‘finding the poetry in the everyday’.


Absolutely love the colors in this piece,and the way it is done.The piece just flows across the wall.

This is not made out of paper rolls but this paper quilling technique looks really beautiful and impressive. Once again i love the bright colors and the flow of the piece.


Candle holder final idea & reflection

The design piece for subject i decide to be a candle holder as every home needs handles and candle holders to make the home feel more homely. As i was going through my ‘loved up’ time in my life i decided to do separate letters which would spell LOVE once they are placed together. At first i thought of attaching them together but thought that trough and i liked to leave an option to placed the letters as an individual would want, to place the letters as it pleases the eye or the mood that day. Instead of having candles poking out at the top as most candle letter holders have i decided to have mine at the bottom behind the each letter, so when the candle lit up each letter would have a glowing effect.
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i wanted the letters medium thickness so to make the letters i used two pieces of wood which i found laying about in the workshop and glued them together using wood glue. Once it all dried i made templates of the letters i wanted out of paper, transferred it to the piece of wood and cut it out using a bandsaw tool in the workshop. I sanded off the edges to be smooth.
At fist i planed to paint the letters white and i was hoping to do a design on top of it. Once i have tried to do it, i backed off the idea as i did not like it in the slightest.
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I needed plan B for the design so i start looking into mosaics as that is something i enjoyed doing once upon a time. I start looking into mosaic candle holders and i thought it looked rather cute. So i digged up some of my old cream tiles from the garage and decided to use them. I smashed the tiles using a towel so the tiles would not shatter everywhere once i hit it with he hammer. I collected the pieces in a jar and start gluing them to the wooden letters. I used 2 in 1 wood adhesive.
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It took me quite a while to do all the letters as when i wanted to re-position the letters to do the side or or other end i had to wait till it dries and sticks properly and wouldn’t slide off. I was taking photos as i went along but unfortunately they have got deleted by accident and i didn’t do the back up of them. However once the letters were all completed and the tiles were properly dry and secure i had to grout each letter to give that finished touch and also to cover all the sharp corners of the tiles. I chose to use white grout. Mixed the grout as instructed on the box and rubbed it in gently so the grout would go in to each gap.

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once the grout was all set and dry i used a spurge with some warm water to clean the grout off the tiles. Sadly on some of the letters the grout cracked which i am not sure why but i think maybe because i put a lot of grout in some places that the others to even all out. Also once i cleaned it with the sponge some gaps appeared too, I guess i didn’t rub the grout in as well as i thought.
Once all that was done i polished the candle holder and displayed it in the house.

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Overall this design piece for subject worked out quite well i think. There is bit of improvement to make but am very happy with it. Someone even asked me if i could make them one, which it made me feel about even better.
As far as health and safety goes, i don’t think it would pass at this point. Each letter is quite heavy, also one of the letters isn’t very stable even though it stands. As for my own home they are perfectly fine, if i would need to do something like that so someone else i would improve the stability and also the stand for the candle.
I always found myself finding the faults after i have completed the project, with time – or as soon as possible i hope, i am to overcome that and acknowledge about the things ahead instead of concentrating on a present and realizing the issues right at the end.


Wall Hanging final idea & reflection

The final idea or an art piece for subject project i have decided to be a wall hanging/mirror made out of toilet roll cardboard that is left after the toilet paper has gone. I felt quite inspired by it and also i really liked the idea, also the flexibility is shapes and form possible. The amount of patterns is possible to create with them would suit anyone’s taste.
To start is off i needed quite a bit of toilet rolls so i start saving them in a bag. It took me few weeks i got to say as i wanted to make a decent size wall hanging to suit my wall.
Once i saved up approximately enough i start cutting them 3 cm with each and experimenting with the shapes and forms.
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I knew i wanted a rounded mirror in the middle so i decided for that it be better to build a rounded shape. Out of all experiments i decided i liked the flowers the best and decided to do a repetitive pattern in a circle and then few flowers poking out of it. Three on one side and three on the other.
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I start building it all at once as i went along gluing it. I used hot glue gun to save time. Once i build it all i had empty middle which i filled it in straight lines, i didn’t want to make the piece too busy and crowded with too many patterns.
After i finished building the piece, i start painting it black with ordinary watercolor based paint. I decided on the black color because i am decorating my house at the moment and the color schemes are cream black and gray, as i want this wall hanging piece hang on my wall i thought black would be most suitable color. Also i want Little diamonds to be in the middle of the flowers to make the piece more glamours.
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The original idea was to paint the reachable places black with paint as that would firm the paper a bit as long as water is not used. Then spray paint it all over it so it would cover the bits that left unpainted and the details that was hard to reach to paint. Unfortunately as my luck i could not get hold of any black paint anywhere in Cardiff so ended up spending a lot of time painting all of it. Some of the small details i had to change as it didn’t hold the wight of the paint and lost it shape.
Once it was all painted and dry sprayed quite a bit of extra strong hairspray on both sided hoping it would firm it even more a the mirror that i wanted to place isn’t heavy but i don’t want to risk not holding it. The mirror i chose to go on top contained little fake diamonds around it, which i wanted the same color to go in the middle of the flowers too. Once again lack of my organised skills i couldn’t get hold of the type i wanted but i found the same thing in black which worked out just as good.
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And the finished piece come out just like this:
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I like the piece and the design, I think the mirror works really well with the color black. On the other hand i feel like i disappointed myself in a way because as once again i have got too excited about making it, and start doing it without collecting all the bits i wanted for it before hand so had to compromise. Also i didn’t think everything through and i was concentrated too much on the finished result as in my head it looked brilliant instead of the techniques i should of used. For one in the middle of painting the piece i have realized to make it firmer as hard i should of soaked the paper pieces in pva glue mixed with water, that would of hot the shape better and make the whole thing stronger. Also instead of building the piece and trying to paint it after i should of just painted the paper rolls before hand of building the wall hanging. Perhaps experimenting with the patters wasn’t enough and i should of build a sample before building the whole thing.
I guess it is all a learning process, and realizing your faults is the first step of improving on your work. So next time i will try to control my excitement of doing something and try better in looking into the techniques in how things are done, and experimenting more to make my life easier to avoid disappointments on the end result.


Le Perdix – France

Le Perdix
Saturday 17/05/14
when we landed and reached Le Perdix house where we were staying at was quite late so we all had very nice diner and tried to get to know each other better. i didn’t feel much included in a group but i think that was because my insecurities and perhaps i wasn’t trying hard enough to get involved. Either way i had fun and i was looking forward a day ahead.
Sunday 18/05/14
Lovely light breakfast with a large cup of coffee πŸ™‚ flowed by 10 am morning meeting which was about our project for this week. As a group we discussed ideas and decided we going to look at recycled and creative instruments. which we will be making out of recycled materials found around the house of Le perdix. The idea is to make instruments, play a tune ad create a band at the end of the week. Some of us were better than the other in the matter of music. So the people who were able to play an instrument or two were set to try and make and instrument individually that makes sound. Others that were not so musically talented were set to make a music machine that makes few sounds which could be as a background music. I joined a group which were making a music machine, as i haven’t played an instrument for years and would not know where to start. Also as much as i liked the idea and the project i did not have any ideas at that time so i guess that scared me a bit so i thought it would be better if i join the girls. I still felt a bit in my shell at that point and worried for not coming with any good ideas.
Later on in the day we went down the lake which looked beautiful and had most clearest amazing sand, the sand reminded me of home a little. The sun was shining and the heat as wicked. Absolutely loved the weather.
I have got a bit emotional that day and at one point i was ready to go home. But all passed and i realized i need to relax a bit embrace the experience and the atmosphere. As it was great, peaceful and loved the sound of birds, felt a bit lonely there as i didn’t have anyone close to me there.
Also that day before we all went down the lake we made reliquaries (secret clay box) which i cannot remember the name of but the principal was to make a hollow shape and make something to go inside and seal it. When it gets fired only way to see the porcelain piece inside is to break the rakoo clay build piece. I am still not very clear on the theory behind it but i do like the idea of it. reminds me of a ”kinder egg” πŸ™‚
I have made couple ceramic roses to go inside.
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However the outside ‘box’ bit frustrated me as i am not the best at it and i don’t have a lot of patience. either way that what i have got πŸ™‚
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I am definitely looking forward to getting experience in how to throw on a wheel, learning the basics is certainly my personal challenge this week for sure.

Monday 19/05/14
Early sunny morning followed by light breakfast and a meeting about the project for this week. We decided what is doing what and began to collect items that would be suitable to start building our instruments.
With the group of girls who were doing the music machine, we decided to collect as much of items that we could and see what we could do with them.
our findings

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We collected a lot of pipes which we thought would work really well as drums. So we stretched a balloon on each pipe (one end only) and it made brilliant noise. Each pipe and object with the balloon stretched over it had a different sound. Of course any song/tune needs a bit of drums to spice it up πŸ™‚ so that was our first part of our music machine.
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once we have made the drums we had very attractive long hose pipe left πŸ˜€ would of a shame not to use it. so we come up with the idea to tangle the pipe going down and put marbles down it which would after hit the bongo drum and make a sound. I think that would really well. well at least it definitely looked impressive πŸ™‚
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once that was dome we found some old fashioned scales which we decided to use to make that bit extra special. on one end we used metal ”siv” look a like which would the marbles go after it bounded of a drum. once enough marbles were in there to over weight it, on the other end we had a metal ball which would be attached with the string so a metal plate and would fall down and make a ‘bang’ noise. We thought that would make a perfect ending of our performance on Friday.
Was a long day so we finished that off with a home made dinner and a film.

Tuesday 20/05/14
Finally the day had come and after the breakfast we had an in-dept tutorial in how to throw on a wheel. I got to say looked a lot easier than what it is. Definitely nothing like in a film Ghost, only if that was that easy πŸ™‚
After tutorial we had turns and i had a go as well. we all decided to make our-self a cup for next year to take to a new building.
Thanks to Ingrid’s guidance i have managed to make myself a cup/mug. Making of a handle however took me a lot longer than the actual cup πŸ™‚ at one point even lost the patience and doped it, but of course i came back to it as every cup needs a handle.
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I have tried to have a go on a foot wheel too but it took to long for my liking to archive anything so i sort of lost interest in the middle of it, definitely rather the electric wheel.
after all this exciting morning we carried on with our project and the instruments. We still had few unused bits to get creative with.

Few of the girls had a go at pin hole photography which amazed me because i never heard anything about it. So for that moment i was like a tale on them as i wanted to find out how it works. What i gathered is basically a sealed box (could be anything metal sweet box or cookie box etc)
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Paint it all black inside and stick a photo paper on a side of a box. Make a hole in the middle of a box and seal it with some black tape. Seal the box all around it too, to make sure no light gets in there apart from the moment you want to take a picture. The whole preparation of sticking the photo paper and sealing it is has to be done in dark. Possible to have slight red light to make better to see what you are doing. Red light effects the photo the least in compartment to other color light, so only red light is appropriate.
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Once is all prepared and ready to go, take the box and place it somewhere stable outside. un-peal the tape from the dot and let the light go in, that is how it takes a photo πŸ™‚ for the best results is the best to do it on a sunny day and leave it to stand for about 5 mins, the timing depends on a day and the weather. Once the time is up seal the hole back up with tape and take it to the dark room to get developed. The photograph has to be taken out of the box and soaked in three different chemicals. Developer – stop – fixer. it takes about 2 mins in each, depending on the quality of the chemicals. For a stopper clean water with 1/3 of vinegar can be used or acetic acid.
I did not have a go to take a picture as the weather was quite rubbish, but i will definitely will have an experiment in creating that myself on my spare time.
A very proactive day followed with a Emily film and a cheeky episode on Game of thrones.

Wednesday 21/05/14
That morning was quite sunny so we had an induction in how to turn on a wheel and had a chance to have a go and make the mugs we made
more appealing to the eye. I actually really enjoyed this considering i am not the biggest fan of clay. I will definitely have to look into it more. As i know ‘you don’t have to be a brilliant thrower to to a brilliant turner’.
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Also we decided to make a flyer to invite some guest with for our Friday performance.
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After the morning sunshine disappeared, the rest of the day was pretty miserable. We had a storm and a bit of lightening with thunder. As we could not do anything outside or even reach the studio at one point we stayed in and sort our costumes out for Friday performance. I was set to be Janis Japlin πŸ™‚ which is pretty cool i am always up for being a hippy for a day. We have also watched a film Moulen Rouge to see if we could get any inspiration for the performance πŸ™‚ the most we got out of that is buckets of tears though.

Thursday 22/05/14
Thursday was one busy day. We went out for a bit to see one ceramicist and his ceramic pot shop, he was very kind to show us around his studio and his massive kiln. Also we walked around a bit and visited a museum. Was definitely a lot to see that day.
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Friday 23/05/14
That morning i was rather excited about the show and about going home tomorrow. In the morning we went to see the market and pick things up for family or friends. The best items i picked up was soap, it smelled lovely.
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I specially loved the fish bit. They had everything on offer and it looked very colorful.
snails :)
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Also that day we all picked out ceramic mugs out of a kiln and the little secret ”box” we made. That is what i have got at the end. unfortunately the finger print bit at the top of a mug fell off during the firing, perhaps i did not secured it very well. Next time will make sure it is completely secure. Fingers crossed it will hold liquid πŸ™‚ Hoping to glaze it at some point too.
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Finally we got in after our adventure down the market and start finalizing everything for this evenings show. After few practice runs we managed to nail the puppet show song with the instruments we have made. Here are some of the rehearsal behind the scene photos πŸ™‚
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At the end of our show which i believe was as successful as it could possibly be, we had a artist/musician perform as well with his home made instrument. which was absolutely amazing, i have ever seen anything like it before or heard about it. It was very nicely made with very crafty and detailed work. Still don’t know what that instrument is called but it sound a bit like a flute. The person who made it and preform with it for us was working on his instrument for 9 month and the instrument now is 22 years old. Very beautiful piece of work.
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Conclusion about the experience.
Personally at first i found it challenging and the whole thing was a bit of a emotional roller coaster. Right at the end everything worked out well and i am happy with the experience and that i decided to go overall. It helped me become more confidant within my group and encouraged me to open up a bit. Perhaps i even made a friend or two.
The performance for me it was hard to take the whole thing seriously but i definitely got to say i had fun doing the project. It was good to feel part of a team, push the boundaries and think a bit more out of a box.
As far as clay goes i do not think it is for me even though i am still determinate to learn how to throw. Would love to have a skill like that, i wouldn’t have to buy a plate or a bowl ever again πŸ™‚ Either way as far as turning goes it really garbed my attention and i will look into it next year.
Pinhole photography was one of the best things that happened on that trip for me. Even if i didn’t have a go, i found out what it is and that is not that difficulties to make one. Will experiment that by myself over summer for sure.


Reflection on Constellation

Constellation began right from the start of the year. At first it was one hour lectures held by a different tutor each time. Every one of them had a superb knowledge and skill in their field of study. I personally found that some of them were hard to listen or understand, and it is not because it was too quiet, but the subject that some of them talked about was too complex for me. After the lecture there was a study skill classes which were split in groups and each group had a different constellation tutor. I enjoyed most of them actually, i found it a lot easier to understand and involve in the subject in smaller groups. On the other hand some of them i found a bit boring and i didn’t enjoy it much, but by that point i realized how useful study skills were, and i wished to pay more attention to some of them. I think it would have been good if study skills carried on throughout the year. Learning the basic of each subject i believe would have been useful and possible to apply the learned skills to everyday life in one way or the other.
The next term of constellation was to choose a subject that interests you to study and get a greater understanding of it. I did not get my first choice but i did get my second choice which was ‘Living on the Edge’ with Professor Clive Cazeaux. I have always found philosophy intriguing even if i do not understanding completely and it confuses me a lot.
The first lecture with Clive was about the death of art, design, author and human, which lifted me up, considering i did not understand the first half of the lecture at all, but the second half i have – or so i thought that i have, did make me wonder, roused a lot of questions which i did blog about in my very first constellation blog. As now looking thorough my notes i don’t think i understood that either but a good part is, it made think about the subject, and encouraged my brain to work.
I felt positive about my decision and i wanted to learn to understand it. As the lectured went on, the more and more i realized, perhaps this subject it is not for me. Every and each matter, when talked about rouses more and more questions which have no answers to, and it will never will, as people or ‘beings’ have a different opinion and view from one another, perhaps some can agree on certain things/views but there is always going to be somebody who will not, and would propose something completely different. Of course if everyone would agree on the same things, it would be a chaos. So it is great to have an opinion and be individual, also a big part of development is questioning everything and finding a right answer for yourself, that suits you. It will be a person who will not agree with you, but it is okay if the answer you found and accepted pleases you. I guess i see it like that because i do not have enough patience to question everything again when the answer found pleases me, the more you try to find most suitable answer the more it all becomes unclear, with more unsolved questions. I see philosophy like a massive maze or a very large and difficult puzzle.
The whole experience on this philosophy subject was an eye opener, even if i did not understand most of it. I learned to think differently, I question things more often then what i did before. It aroused my curiosity to life.