I should probably post something about what I've been up to...
Now I'm properly set up within northumbria, there are sound making artefacts under construction, with images to follow soon, and a vocal collaboration/performance on the 21st (which I will have recordings of which may develop into a separate piece in their own right). In the meantime, here is a recording of a vocal performance I did recently.
Friday was a really lovely opportunity to meet some of the Fine Art students based at the Royal William Yard, University of Plymouth. It was the take down of the AA2A Welcome show, so we all got together for tea and cake and have a natter about the work. I was happy to see people interacting with my balaclava (including twins!!!) and even managed to test run a new balaclava I had been working on at the beginning of the week.
Check out my album 'Pop-up Balaclava' to see some of the images I received from participators, as well as photos taken at the take down on Friday.
I have been working with last years AA2A artist, Leighton Bohl, on lithography. I usually stipple my drawings straight onto paper but we have done some experiments on zinc which worked so we are now trying on stone. I'm currently waiting for the gum arabic to properly dry and then I will take the ink out, aspheltum it and hopefully there will be an image there for me to print.
Here are a few examples of my work which will be developed over the next 6 months:
This is the first week that I have started at Harrogate Art College as an Artist in residence, and I am really looking forward to start my projects. Hopefully I should have produced many screen printing practice examples by tomorrow!
I had a workshop induction today for this residency, this is a real one - not a pretend one. I’m back at Salford and although I graduated about 5 years ago it doesn’t feel like a step back at all. During my first stint there I built up a confidence in my work, I think, due to the luxury of resources free and available for you to use. The better and more extensive the facilities are the broader the possibilities in your ideas are.
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So glad to be back in the textile workshop today! I have begun work on a new balaclava proto-type which I am excited to get people interacting with. I have recently questioned how I invite people to connect with each other and the prop without people feeling too uncomfortable.
I started creating a 'detatchable balaclava' which allows people to fasten themselves or become isolated from each other. Another day in the workshop tomorrow and I think it will be finished...
Drawing freehand with pencil on paper is clearly different to creating digital drawings from data in many ways, but what most interests me is the contrast that Tim Ingold describes in relation to line-making between 'the trace of a gesture' and 'an assembly of point-to-point connectors' (2007: 74-75). I've taken the opportunity to attend the college's life class to re-explore representational drawing with this contrast in mind.
Ingold, T. (2007) Lines: A Brief History London: Routledge