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The Library

December 14, 2016 by Julie Cassels   Comments (0)

There is a great buzz for me being in the library with the chance to just look at whatever appeals. Sort of like a luxury of choice. I was drawn to two distinct areas. First was dance theory such as 'Dance in the Field' and 'Capturing Dancing' with interesting discussion of dance notation. 'Coat Connemara' disscusses a film about a coat and its wearer, all fascinating and resonates with the filmic work I have done in the past. My other find was Photographic Memory- The Album in the age of the photographer. Here the particular section for me was Walker Evans - Photographic Albums -For Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Where 'Evans communicated the humanity of (them) ...in head-on bust length portraits without artifice, allowing their experiences, posture and clothing to communicate who they were....'. Lots for me to mull over.          


December 13, 2016 by Sian Hughes   Comments (0)

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Been  trying a new tack on rice by adding cooked rice to the clay before rolling - seen an excellent site on the web..rather than pressing in raw grains.  The rice will burn out at bisque revealing holes I hope - this time I have put the underglaze on first pre-firing.

Made these into vessels - bowls that I snipped with scissors and 'folded' randomly at the edges to make shapes with straight sides....felt like paper sculpting - echoes of origami - Far East links again.

Instead  of using the laser cut text, I am using the underglaze as a monprint medium and writing direclty onto the 'green' clay.   Making connections again with tea:  location; tea as a social event; as a passion.....writing the names of all the teas I can recall being used in the house - sometimes laying the words curving round the form.

Will put some images up in an album entitled 'Rice'


The Artbox Project Miami

December 12, 2016 by Lucy & Layla Swinhoe   Comments (0)

We were part of this exhibition, unfortunately there are no pictures shown here of our work but there is an open call for the next show if anyone is interested...


AA2A at UCLan - Day 2

December 10, 2016 by Jacqui Symons   Comments (0)

Armed with several positives, both hand-drawn and computer generated, I’ve rocked up at the printmaking studio to clean a screen (ear defenders, gloves and goggles at the ready), coat with emulsion and then expose it with my images.  


I’ve got a few test pieces just to understand what the exposure is like – these include some different types of pen and litho crayon, and then several scaled-up images of the same beetle with different fills.  I’ve changed the levels on these hand-generated fills so I can see the difference in exposure.  I might have a play around with layering these up with similar colours when printing to create graduation.  As I’m also hoping to use iridescent colour as fills for the beetle, this should also be useful in creating that duotone effect.


Back tomorrow for (actual) printing…


AA2A at UCLan - Day 1

December 10, 2016 by Jacqui Symons   Comments (0)

A flurry of administration, meeting people, sorting workspace, and (starting to) find my feet, Day 1 of my AA2A residency passed in a blur.  Whilst not much 'art' happened, all the stuff needed to get started, hopefully did!

Things I found out: I don't take a good photo first thing Monday morning (the horror of my ID card), the guillotine is kept just below the materials price list (use it right to left, people!) and how positives (for screenprinting) are created here at UCLan.

So, armed with some knowledge, some materials and some inspiration, I disappeared off to my studio to prep some work ready for next week's 'exposing screens at UCLan Print Studio' induction...

Work in progress!

December 9, 2016 by Wendy Mason   Comments (0)

Hi everyone, Its great to see so many see 'Work in progress' albums posted on the site. As a maker myself, I always find them the most interesting.

Talking of  'Work in progress', we've finished our first (mainly visual) adjustments to this site and we're pleased with the result.  

We get a huge amount of traffic on our sites, especially as we're primarily here to enable you to network with other artists and students.  So, we hope to capitalize on this, by featuring chosen images on all the pages of our other site (www.aa2a.org), with links back to your Dotbiz webpages. We'll be asking you before using any of your images and it will be next year before we get it finished.  

As ever, do let us know if you're having any problems with your scheme which we might be able to help with.


Vacuum sucks

December 8, 2016 by Adrian Baynes   Comments (0)

So you spend a day making a pattern, carving the indentations & punching holes. The vacuum former is reserved & technician on hand. Heater on, check. Plastic cut,check. Timer set, check. Burnt a hole straight through it, check. Back to the drawing board, check. The glories of AA2A that you can take risks, make mistakes & push the boundaries. All the things that contribute to making good art, not safe art. 


December 8, 2016 by Hideki Arichi   Comments (0)

It's taken a few weeks to start to get to grips with the new faces and acessing the building and facilities in the impressive building of the Art & Design building.

After an initial hiccup getting my ID badge and then learning where to park and how to access the closest car park, I like to think that I might be starting to form a notion of when and where to work.

I have been allowed to take part in a skill set workshop at the college with the students using Sketchup and now have the possibility of another way to expand my ideas further.

Early days but I hope to discuss and realize these new ideas in the near future.



Letterpress and on...... a voyage into the joys of printmaking

December 7, 2016 by Sophie Cullinan   Comments (0)

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After my inaugural visit to the amazingly well appointed printmaking studio to try out Letterpress last week I am excited to be able to attend a Photo-engraving workshop tomorrow. Watch this space....

Boo hoo

November 28, 2016 by Adrian Baynes   Comments (0)

Alas our AA2A exhibition "BOO !" in the Glass Box Gallery, Coventry closes on Wednesday.