I have been working on an artists book to accompany the lithograph I'm making, these are the plates for it. It is hard ground etching, with a very thing layer of ground so that I get a distressed, foul bitten look.
In building the machine, the extrusion head will likely be the most challenging part to construct, so I am begining by doing some small tests, whilst thinking about how clay is typically extruded. I found a little clay syringe in the ceramics workshop and used it to experiment with the idea of extrusion. The tool has a selection of fittings which allow for the clay to be pushed out with a range of cross-sectional shapes. Varying how I used the tool, I found I could get different effects, using the workbench to block the clay as it came out of the syringe, causing it to clump or stutter, or moving the extruder in different ways whilst pushing down on the plunger.
Having no real experience of working with clay, I had a go at making a case for my Raspberry Pi. Initial thoughts ... maybe there would be sensors or wires coming out so that the ceramics could communicate ... First attempt didn't turn out too well but it started me thinking about how I might integrate electronics into hand built ceramic objects. I also played around imprinting the circuitry into some paper clay and tried making little structures with it. This one survived the firing process ....
I have been working with an old 1940’s wooden radio lately, it was a bit battered and with the Universities technicians advice I paint stripped the old chipped varnish off, sanded it down and applied new varnish in thin coats to avoid brush stroked being evident. In my box of stuff, which I use to develop ideas, I found an old beer mat and sitting looking at the radio for a while I decided to hollow it out and create a secret pub, as you do :)
I am also going to add sound effects of a busy bar and a pianio being played in the background, which you will be able to switch on from the radios exsisting knobs. Here I have found a rotary switch and using a voltmeter I have found in which position the switch will switch on a speakers amp and the CD player to conserve battery life. Next i will make a simular window as the one I have researched to form the backdrop for the radio.
Cooked up a batch of salt dough gingerbread men, 4 hours on low heat. they look good, a lot more sturdy than the ones left to air dry. the colour is still too light, but more dye nexttime, and more props to keep their arms up whilst cooking. a succesful trial. pictures added to the album
Just wanted to let the dotbiz community know what our artists are doing to engage with the students here at Coventry University.
On the 18th February and 4th March Sarah Hedley, with a plethora of experience in art and tutoring, will be holding drawing workshops. These workshops will help to expand the skills of student's/attendee's work, as well as broaden their creative thought processes and build upon their portfolios.
We're hoping for a wonderful turnout, as this is a great opportunity for all art&design students, not just fine artists.
In the last week i have:
- given a short presentation to the college students about mysef and what i might do during the AA2A scheme, which went well. I also got to hear what a couple of the other artists in residence intend to do. The artists have a nice mix of interests and skills, and i am looking forwards to getting to know them a little better over the coming months.
- started talking to a few students casually about what they do, and intend to do with their work, and which universities they are looking at applying to.
- been to the silversmithing dept. and got advice on making a gingerbread man cutter to my own specifications. It looks great and i'm going to try it out shortly
- made two batches of gingerbread and experimented with manipulating these.
- drawn several quick sketches of gingerbread situations. (i'm still not sure how to post imageson the blog so have attached a few onto an album)
Hi AA2A artists and students
We're excited to be giving the first of our presentations promoting self-employment as a career and lifestyle option at Plymouth University this Wednesday. Wendy Mason, AA2A's National Director, will be presenting to 30 Fine Art and Design students showing them what it looks and feels like to be self-employed and why it might work for them. She will bust the myth that only the most self-motivated graduates go self-employed and show them that there’s no better time to go self employed than in a recession!
Plymouth University have six AA2A artists this year and three AA2A Student Reps. Together with Plymouth College of Art who have another four artists, they make up our 'Plymouth AA2A Hotspot'. You can find out more about their scheme here: http:/