At the beginning of the year when the subject guidelines have been given, I didn’t feel very interested in medal making as the first impressions were that is going to be boring. however after the research and finding out that it doesn’t have to be out of bronze or look like an ordinary medal, I took hight interest into it. at first ideas were vague but as soon as I found a theme I was passionate about, everything start falling into places. I took a subject of my medal theme about life and how we get lost along the way in life sometimes and how it is important to keep the personal confidence and keep seeing for your purpose in life. How it is important to live a full life and enjoy everyday. My main medal that I personally like the most the wooden compass of life which works as a compass too just not an ordinary one 🙂 The pewter medals come well too and I am happy with it. I do like how my experimental pieces of work became my final piece. I believe I will be using this technique again again.
As for seed project first few sessions really stressed me out and I was rather worried on what to do. As I didn’t particularly want to submit anything for any live project and ididnt feel very interested in them. I did find segna the light project quite good as I like working with light however I am not very deep thinker so I couldn’t come up with interesting enough concept for it. So then I have moved to design consequences as this is more of an open project which I can discover my likes invite process. I decided to look at recycling as this is something that always interested me. My first research didn’t really ‘grab me’ that much but I felt quite close of working with textile.I actually enjoy textile work even though I don’t do it offten. Holding that tough I decide to look at recycling old clothes or fabrics etc and making it into house furnishings – cushions, throws and door stops also possibly a wall hanging. Having that in mind it didn’t seem enough for seed and it felt like primer work instead of what I should be doing now. So with some advice I decided to look into upholstery and go back to research about home ornaments/furnishings. From my research I fell in love with rococo style, upholstery and certain patch work using recycled materials.
From that I decide to go on the hunt and see what I can find for free or at least very cheap that also suits my needs. I found a recycling centre in Newport well….in other words a place where all the rubbish gets taken into 🙂
As I asked so nicely and dropped a student liner. The workers there eventually opened the skip where they keep trown away furniture and some other household stuff. That must of been my lucky day as as soon as they open the door, there it was a perfect wingchair. To also how with that not far from it there was a run down lamp which I found it cute even tho it was very dirty.
From that moment my designconsequences project came to life and I was finally confidant in what I was doing. I did come with few difficulties along the way however I managed to come around it just in time for the show.
Over all experience this year is quite positive and I do feel myself growing. Looking forward new challenges next year.
Looking of live projects is quite a hard matter for me as even if i find a project i might appeal i do not feel confidant enough to even think about entering. Also the truth is i do not see myself as an artist of any form. Although as it is one of the requirements i am looking into the live projects/ exhibitions would be possibly appealing to my practice or my interest. My main interest which i kept developing through out my course without realizing, is recycling. I love working with used materials and explore the ideas of what is possible to do out of something that once was. Also my interest is in home furnishings or home ornaments.
So looking at my interest and my previous work i decided to look for any projects or exhibitions on recycled material or home furnishings. I don’t seem to across many, perhaps i am not searching right? however i did find an open exhibition that welcome any artist and their art. It is by Mall Galleries – federation of British art. They welcome any contemporary figurative art by living artists. No matter what is your skill, is is possible to apply. So i guess that could be an option for me.
Makers market is al well interesting as its a perfect opportunity not only ow off your work but also sell it and make some money.
I come across a brilliant site with a lot of opportunities listed which are open to apply and show off the work, i big list which would suit many. This is very useful i believe for future reference.
This is another great site for opportunities that are suitable for my practice.
Wales spring fair would personally interet me as it an open craft fair where any kind of designer maker can showcase their work.
As for the medal, i was quite nervous to show off my made medal at Cardiff down the Bay, but once it was there i was quite proud of it. I think it looked great. So as i didn’t submit my medal to BAMS tis year, which i wasn’t even planing to, however next year i am going to try and submit a bronze medal followed by the same theme i have made his year.
At the recycle center in Newport i have got lucky that day and have been given this amazing wing chair for free. It wasn’t in brilliant condition however and it seemed like it has been in the rain for the passed week but i was more than happy to take it, as underneath all the junk i know there was a brilliant chair structure. Just what i needed, i felt like hitting a jackpot or saving a Cinderella and turning her into a princess.
Once i managed getting the chair home i had to act fast as it had very unpleasant smell also i wanted to dry it so i didnt want to leave the chair outside. I stripped the fabric off the same evening.
As i am inexperienced in doing upholstery and also i have tendencies not to think ahead. I Stripped the old fabric of the chair the way i could and didn’t exactly follow the pattern. Also after i stripped the fabric i throw the fabric away as it was wet and was smelling bad.
Once i have stripped the old fabric i noticed the sponge underneath isn’t so bad with a good clean and steam it can be reused which was even better for me. As i didn’t really know what i was doing i done research online how upholstery s done. On youtube there are plenty videos of how to do it also online there are some instructions. I relied on youtube as all guides are on there.
First i bought the fabric that i liked. I wanted to create a fancy chair so i found myself affordable white upholstery fabric that really suited my image of what i wanted to do. I was going to do a screen print of tiger on the back of a chair and then stitch over it so it have more detail to it than just a print. I also bought a heavy duty staple gun which i was planing to use to attach the material to the chair as that what is shown int he guide videos.
Before starting the chair, i measured the back of the chair and i cut a piece out of fabric so i could do s screen print n top which would ideally go on top of the chair at the front. Once i completed the screen print and stitched into it like i planned i realized i don’t really like it that much as i thought i would. It didn’t seem good enough to go on the wing chair which i wanted to do quite glam. So my pan B was to do a button back chair, as though out my researched may chairs i liked that also was wing chairs had a button or diamante backs.
First i cleaned and steamed the foam which helped to get the original shape of the foam, I learned a brilliant trick on youtube.com
Then i measured where i want my diamante buttons to go, I googled to get a rough idea of how its done however i took it back into my hands and decided to to it the way i think it would work for me.
I also fixed a piece of carpet at the back of the chair so when i tie the buttons to a char there will be something to hold it and tie onto.
First i wanted to cover the back as the wings fixes in better after. I measured the front and cut the material out then started to fit the button in the right places. i made a small hole in each cross where the buttons needed to tuck in. The string i have bought wasn’t as strong as i thought it would be so i couldn’t stretch as much as i wanted to however it still looks good so it didn’t bother be that much.
I found it a bit hard to use staple gun also once i have reached the stage of all front covered i realized its going to be very had to cover the arms of the back of a chair, so with some advice i come up with the idea of using pieces of plastic and hard glue which is usually is used for shoes. Measure the plastic the right size of the chair handle inside and so the side of the chair, and then simply using the glue, glue it in place. I used couple screws to hold the plastic board on top.
The solution worked really well however the glue weren’t sticking well to the plastic. i decided to use the same technique to cover all over the back chair but decided to find some slim wooden sheets instead, as the glue would stick better than to the plastic i used for the arms.
Also looking at the buttons i have done at the earlier stage, i have noticed the string was breaking off of some of them as i used cotton tread. I had to re do the buttons with different string. Second time i have used plastic based string. I have also decided (as i had to re do buttons anyway before can cover the back of the chair) to fix wooden panels at the back of the chair so i can make more tension for the buttons as the plastic based string wasn’t going to snap as the previous one.
The result of the buttons has improved and i am happy with it. Then i finally made a stencil of the wing on the piece of paper and cut it out out of the sheet of wood. Once i was happy with it i cut a bigger version out of the fabric and glued it using ordinary spray divisive (so the fabric wouldn’t move out of place) the fabric to the wood. Then i used the strong glue (which are usually used for shoes) for the edges and to actually stick to prepared panel to the back of the chair. The same method i have used to cover both wings and the back panel.
I doubt anyone has ever done it like me 🙂 on one hand it seems that the way i have done is way more difficult than as original way is actually should be done, however i couldn’t manage to do it the way other people do it and as it should be done.So I have improvised as the time was running out.
If i ever decide to do upholstery again i will look into and spend as much time as i need to figure the original technique of how it is gone.