Fellow Plymouth University AA2A artist Sally Hall introduced us all to this lovely quote by American zoologist Marston Bates: ‘Research is the process of going up alleys to see if they are blind.’
The great benefit for me of being at Plymouth University has been the the number of alleys I've explored in such a short space of time. Talking to technicians with expertise in CAD-CAM and various additive and subtractive making processes (3D printing, ceramic printing, laser cutting, CNC etc) I've been able to identify a wide range of possibilities and then evaluate their usefulness (or not) to my current practice - very quickly and easily. Outside of the university, such a process of elimination could have taken years.
At the same time as I've been exploring technical processes, I've been able to join a regular life class and contrast data-driven drawing with traditional hands-on observational drawing. It wouldn't have been easy to do the two in such close parallel outside of a university.
Then, of course, there's access to the library and a chance to share my work with the university community via talks, informal conversations and on-site exhibitions. When you're used to working largely in isolation, such regular critical feedback is an amazing privilege.
Lorraine Cooke is one of 38 artists selected internationally to be showcased in the online Saatchi exhibition entitled ‘inspired by Miro.’ The exhibition is curated by Kat Henning of Saatchi Art, Henning has worked with Christie’s in their Impressionist and Modern Art Department. The collection showcases the work of artists from the US, UK, Sweden, Mexico, Germany, Bulgaria, Canada, Poland, Brazil, France, Uganda and Australia. To view the exhibition or purchase art works please follow the link below:
Pic of the Week: Sheffield Hallam University's AA2A artist Mary Conway's image 'Proof of passing 1'
You can see more of Mary's work at http:/
Tip of the week: 'Be brave - you never know where it might lead.' Joanna Atherton, AA2A artist at North Hertfordshire College (2012 - 2013) http:/
Other news: As you probably know already we choose an image from Dotbiz in a weekly showcase on the AA2A twitter and facebook pages. Over the year we try to make sure we represent a good range of artists from the 28 institutions hosting AA2A (all of them if possible). Below is a list of the institutions we have still to feature, so if your college has yet to be featured there’s a good chance that if you upload an eye-catching image you’ll be chosen as our pic of the week!
Pic of the Week: Southampton Solent University's AA2A artist Sharon Hannah's image from her album 'The Blue Room'.
You can see more of Sharon's work at http:/
Tip of the Week: ‘On graduation get stuck into all opportunities straight away.’ Rachel Horne, AA2A artist at Liverpool Hope University (2012-2013) http:/
Other news: As many schemes are now drawing to a close, we're keeen to gather your feedback. Artists' evaluation questionnaires will be available online and emailed to you in late April / early May. If you've been offered an extension to your scheme we'll still need to gather this information from you as if your project was completed.
NB: Please drop us a line if your email address etc. has changed since you started the scheme at firstname.lastname@example.org
I have finished drawing, processing and printing the third stone and Leighton has taught me how to do a blended roll ad so I have been experimeting with colour, trying to get the sheen on the pheasants neck feathers to look nice and vibrant.