This year we have the freedom to create what ever we are into. What ever is the area we specialize in. However considering myself I do not tend to specialize in one area, as my interest of materials are very wide. I am more interested in recycling and creating artifact out of recycled materials or at least use an aspect of recycling one way or the other. So the initial idea was to recycle paper as I believe paper is s precious thing and we tend to waist a lot of it everyday. The amount of advertisement I get through post could could make up a whole tree 🙂
So I decided to recycle paper and make lampshades out of it. The process is fairly easy although it can be time consuming as drying time is takes at least couple days.
I have made few of them and I wasn’t too happy with the outside roughness of it and the thickness, I also aiming for the lamp to look elegant and pretty which paper lamp didn’t have the quality of it which I hoped at the beginning. I still like the idea of it and perhaps I will pursue it sometime later on, as there is ways to make the outside smooth and I believe by painting it or with the right decoration it could be a successful piece.
As for now I decided to look into what I like and have a feel for. Taking in from last year I have discovered my taste to rococo style as well as 18th century designs. I have looked into what i particularly like out of that era and I have noticed I am drawn to acanthus leaf which was very popular at that time. Also as well as nature and certain animals, which ideally is one of my biggest interest as it is anyway.
However liking a type of a leaf , doesn’t give me a very strong or good concept for my final year artifact, due to that and with some advice I had to rule that out as well as the paper shades.
I find it little bit had not having a direct brief of what to make, and this openness of possibilities is rather scary. Due to some personal choices I have decided to start meditation a while ago. Which l led me to look into chakras and their meaning. The most attraction to me is their colors and that it is relevant to everyone who are spiritual open people. This led me to a decision to make a chakra lamp which would be done out of porcelain slip.
I do not specialize working with clay and to be completely open I have avoided ceramic through out my course until now, which of course now I wish I haven’t. It is not my favorite material to work with however I am willing to try to do my best as I have already started it.
As much as I like the concept as this relates to me at this point in my life,I am still not convinced that I am going to be happy with the outcome at the end which worries me, I just do not feel connected to the idea that I am pursuing. Perhaps because it doesn’t contain ‘ OTT’ effect and neither any glamour or playfulness.
Due to this matter I am going to reassess the idea, and any other possibilities so I could connect to my work.
To understand where we stand in the world with our work we have been provided with the questionnaire to complete.
- Identify three key values in your own practice?
- Aesthetic look/ elegant
I have developed a big interest in up cycling items, and to the phrase that ”one mans trash is the other ones treasure”, so for this year and my practice after I would definitely say it is important to me. I enjoy textiles a lot so this would be included into my values as I enjoy making soft furnishings. This would most likely include screen printing and embroidery work. As for the aesthetic look, that is more what I believe is beautiful and pleases my eye. The items I make I do try to make them with the smooth finish and eye appealing. My most inspiration that I am attracted to is 1700s more of Victorian era rococo style patterns, furniture, and ornaments. However that is only an inspiration and I am hoping to develop an individual and contemporary look based on the style that intrigues me.
- What is the purpose/function of your practice?
The purpose would be that I am turning unused, unwanted item into eye appealing, new looking one. Giving a new life and a new beginning.
- Who is your audience/user?
The audience could be anything above 18 years of age however realistically I would aim for anyone 25+, because of my style inspiration choices and because over 25s tend to have more stability within their life and would be prepared to pay for an item(s)
- How do you access them?
The most powerful thing this day – internet
- Online sale / through my website
- online sale as Ebay or Etsy, Pinterest (shop.com board)
I would attend craft fairs and exhibitions where I can showcase and sell my work. I would look into local craft fairs at the beginning and depending on the income I would apply to sell my work around different fairs.
http://www.craftfairs-wales.co.uk/ here is the site mainly aimed at crafters and craft fair organisers, it is a simple way to find a right fair to attend around Wales that interests you.
http://ccskills.org.uk/careers/jobs/details/reupholsterers-loose-cover-makers Reupholsterers & Loose cover makers job opportunity that would interest me, although they are looking for experience which I am hoping to gain though this year.
http://culture360.asef.org/opportunity/brooks-international-fellowship-programme/ this would interest me as an opportunity too however I do not have the experience required yet.
- What materials and processes are important to your practice?
Materials that is important to me would be textiles, wood. The most processes I enjoy and are important are the screen printing onto the fabric, fabric dye, embroidery and sewing. I enjoy working with wood although I am not sure how could I corporate wood work into my work.
Lazer cutter is important and I would like to corporate that into my work somehow.
- What skills do you want to progress to a professional standard this year
- Fabric dye and screen printing
- Design making
- Vectorworks/AutoCAD 2D/3D and Sketch Up
- Where do you situate your work/practice within a professional context?
- Identify 3 professional practitioners/ environments that work in the contexts identified above
I really like this artist and the way she work. I like that she uses found items and builds collages using textiles.
2. http://www.aurorarobson.com/sculpture.html an artist that works with plastic
Where/how do you see yourself working in 5 years?
Working with council helping unfortunate adults and teenagers to gain skills, teaching them craft and how to decorate their home with minimum to no budget.
Possibility of making soft furnishing as a side job.
- How do you know if you work is of a professional standard
Good quality, creative,
- Where can it all go wrong?
No passion in what you do.
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.