I have been working hard on a commission for Manchester Aid to Kosovo, starting intial research for a large scale embroidered banner/quilt which will be on display in the People's History Musuem in April.
Tomorrow I am visiting Manchester School of Art's Degree Show and will upload some images of the highlights!
Pic of the Week: Sheffield Hallam University's AA2A artist Owen Waterhouse's rendering of his commissioned sculpture
The commission is part of Sheffield's 'Galvanise' project and celebrates the 100th anniversary of the discovery of stainless steel in the city. You can see more of Owen's work at http:/
Tip of the Week: (as featured in our self-employment talks): 'Never compromise your work. Follow your instincts. Be resilient. Welcome all criticism' Jim Howieson, AA2A artist at Sheffield Hallam University http:/
I recently did a day working with groups of students at Manchester Museum around the topic of identity. As a large group we talked through different idenites using a variety of shoes and then they made individual textile pieces around their own idenity, using symbols and colours to convey themselves to others without using words. It has made me aware of the possibilities of working with children more and the potential for applying for funding where work with children is included in the development of the project. I love the two way nature of collaboration as I get just as much out of the experience as I hope the children do.
I recently went to see Joana Vasconcelos' work at Manchester Art Gallery. She is renowned for her crafted, monumental sculptures and instalations. By decontextualising and subversting items of the everyday, the artist seeks to challenge tradional narratives about the status of women, class and national idenity.
Really intersting work that is influencing my current body of work as I move away from using stitch to placing object together to convey a message.
A recent piece of work drawing on the use of object consisted of personal experiences inscribed into the soles of shoes, arranged to display the current demographics of individuals sold into sex trafficking. Through this, not only does the work attempt to evoke empathy, by calling to mind the idion ' to work in someone else's shoes', but also utilies the homophone pair of 'sole' and 'soul'. This is occuring alongside an installation of real butterflies that can be walked upon, forcing the audience to question their involvement in the issues that affect our society today.
On friday I am going to see the degree shows at Manchester School of Art.
Pic of the Week: City of Liverpool College's AA2A artist Catherine Harrison's image 'Elixir Series'
We'd also like to congratulate Catherine on being the first former AA2A Student Rep to go on to do the scheme! You can see more of Catherine's work at: http:/
Tip of the Week (as featured in our self-employment talks): ‘Intern! University is a bubble and interning will show you how to develop your skills to suit the job you'd like in the future.’ AA2A Artist, University of Lincoln http:/
Other news: Last call for evaluations! Your feedback is really important and genuinely makes a difference to how we run the scheme in future. A big thank you to all of you who have filled in an evaluation form already.
We love seeing the work you've produced so please keep uploading your images to Dotbiz - it's a great time to show your work now we're reaching the end of the scheme.
Pic of the Week: from AA2A artist at UCLan, Simon Plum's album 'Pen drawings'
You can see more of Simon's work at http:/
Tip of the Week: (as featured in our self-employment talks) ‘Love what you do. Be free.’ Italia Rossi, previous AA2A artist at Wimbledon College of Art 2012-13, http:/
Other news: Last chance to vote for your favourite AA2A artist of 2013/14 so vote now: http:/
The experience of being a student representative for the AA2A has been invaluable to me. Through assisting the artists with blogging and updating their dotbiz sites I have learnt more about their working practices. This has built into having regular dicussions with the artists about their current projects and my own, getting professional insights into my work and helping me develop my practice and consider things I otherwise woulnd't.
Rita and I share similar techniques in that we both illustrate finely detailed subjects and she offered to demonstrate wood engraving to me and we will be exchanging prints once AA2A is over. John has helped me contextualise my work, loaning me books on Mark Dion among others. Tony offered me a place in an exhibition he set up, which was a great oppourtunity and very generous for him to do. He has also recently been talking to me about how I am setting up my degree show and talking about the different ways I could display my prints.
Another important aspect of the studios in our university is the continued input from past AA2A artists through ArtLab. Leighton has taken this up and has begun to teach students, including myself, lithography. I can't understate the impact he has had on my work. He has helped me become proficient at lithography and we has regular discussions about art history, in particular the history of printmaking, of which he is well versed.
The recent talk from Wendy Mason about setting up as a self employed artist was incredibly informative, and I am glad the universty is part of the scheme so that we were able to benefit from it.
Overall the interaction with the artists on the scheme has been overwhelmingly possitive, and I am incredibly happy to have been a part of it.
I was asked by Plymouth College of Art BA (Hon) Fine Art, Critical & Curatorial Practices third year students Jess Bent, Maddy Crossley, William Danby, Kath Howard, Sarah Hughes, Helanie Moore, Tiffany Smith to be apart of this awsome project.
Currently Ive been working on the aa2a at uclan and have a time extenshion working out how to pull the next issue of the comic book together based on the great fire of London, 1666 but Mothman starts it....
Im doing a take on William Lilly's for the Liverpool Biannuial