Spent time in the Fashion and textiles room over the last two days. I have tested some different fabrics and also printed again on the silk satin which gives a great affect.
I managed to find out more about Tomoko's work last week, after our chat to the third years students, which was fascinating hopefully we can catch up again at some point.
It was great to meet up with the other AA2A artists (minus the poorly and the aboard ones), and the students reps, real enthusiasm and interest, very refreshing. I do feel lucky to have this opportunity.
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.
At Today’s drop in I wanted to show the Creative Collaborators the options we have for working with Clay. I have started to recycle (Reclaim) some old dry clay, there is Black-Chunky, Crank, Earthstone Hand-building and some Earthstone Hand-building that has previously been stained a bit blue and some that has some Black Chunky grog (little stones) added to it.
We need to soak the clay in water. To create paper clay we add a pulp mixture made from us soaking Toilet Paper in water. I explained the properties and benefits of experimenting in this way and everyone had a feel of the wet clay which dried on plaster slabs during our meeting. One Collaborator took home some clay to have an experiment with over half term. I am excited to start making with the Creative Collaborators and am going to order some green stain that we can use on the Blue clay as this ties into a specific paper clay origami idea.
We need to make some plaster Slabs (bats) that we can try out our unconventional clay on. I explained that I tend to cast the plaster in large shoe boxes and that we can line them with texture (funky foam or wall paper) to give us a textured side for future use.
I spent today completing my image for the Companion Book. The lunchtime drop in was an opportunity for Students to pop in with their completed pages a couple of students did bring their pages in, I have scanned them and put them on this website and The Sketchbook Project Website. I have stuck all the images into the Sketchbook Project and will post it on Monday.
Today’s opportunity was to submit work for a Secret Art Show being organized by PCS Union Reps who work at Tate Liverpool, Modern, Britain and other London venues. The Art Show is to raise funds but it is an opportunity to exhibit a piece of your Artwork in a London Gallery that will be well attended and also inclusion in an online catalogue. I think it is a valuable habit for young Creative People to get into, taking part in Exhibitions proves you are a practicing Artist.
Only one student attended the Lunchtime Drop in today, we had a really interesting conversation about working on collaborative projects. The student plans to submit a piece of their collaborative project to my Sketchbook Project Entry, thus taking her project International. The way of working, disseminating Origami pieces with instructions to add a message and return to be collated and exhibited links really well in that I am able to help spread the pieces through my colleagues, friends, Apprentices, Students (all Creative people who will be interested and keen to take part). The origami paper folding element that is the construction of the individual pieces could tie in nicely to the Collaborative Practical Project if we were to experiment making paper clay as this is a technique I had wanted to demo.
18th January Intro to Lucy and Maria’s Class
I brought in my Portfolio (from Ba Design Degree and Masters of Arts Degree today as well as a small selection of my Ceramic pieces from different projects. I gave a 45 minute talk to the class, just explaining my background, achievements, struggles and future hopes. I asked for the student’s feedback and explained about my intention to use feedback to adapt my work to make more commercial designs whilst still retaining my integrity. I don’t want to make pieces to sell but I am keen to adapt my style to make pieces that have a wider appeal.
I told the students about my Creative Collaboration and invited them to join the Wednesday lunchtime Drop in sessions at any point as well as informing them about the Companion Book. I gave a few Companion Book pages out and do hope some of the students enjoy participating in this.
Trials (and Tribulations)
I have just put up a set of images on the site which I think of as a ‘sketch’ book. They are the majority of the work I have been doing so far on the residency. To fill in the gaps though, I am working on a digital reconstruction of a 17th century bodice from the Gallery of Costume Platt Hall, in Manchester. I was fortunate enough to start the first phase of this project in 2008/9 as part of the AA2A scheme and now that the digital restoration phase is complete I have been able to pursue the second phase of the project. This phase is the reconstruction of the restored bodice, using the digital print facilities available at MMU. I think this along with the images really gives a sense of where I’m up to…..therefore skip the rest if you don’t need the ‘tribulations’ bit.
There have been times when this project has seemed near on impossible, as my initial 'rough draft' blog post records. It is easy to lose perspective when you are a long way from the initial creative burst that starts a lengthy and detailed project such as this. On the positive side I am closer that I have ever been to completing this. The digital restoration is complete, as long as I don’t stray far from my rule that in the restoration I don’t enhance anything that exists on the original bodice. However looking at the detail there are always ways that the end print could be improved.
The digital prints are now as close as possible to the original (that is non-faded), colour and I have created 2D versions of the back and front as stretched canvases which have been put along side the original bodice to check the size, colour etc. of the restored versions.
The Gallery of Costume is looking to display the original bodice with the restoration along side it by March 2012. I have been to see the display unit that is going to be used and there seems to be only top suspension possible given the construction of the case. I am incorporating these details into the design of the bodice’s final form and will probably allow for more than one final outcome.
The main consideration in the project is that the restored, reconstructed object will be displayed along side the original, making the final form critical as it will have a direct comparison. Other pieces that I have created in this way stand on the own without a reference to the original form.
The 3D version of the object needs to be ‘constructed’ but the effects of ‘fore-shortening’ mean that there are parts of the object which do not appear in the correct form and it is necessary to generate them. The ‘final’ outcome will be more than one 3D version of the restored, reconstructed bodice to enable a curatorial choice of display method.
I was all eager this morning, sticking my posters up around the college (I did have a real fear that no one would turn up to the first Creative Collaborators Meeting) So I am overjoyed to report that 6 students turned up during the lunch break and I met a few more of you throughout the day who also seem enthusiastic.
You know who you are and it was really encouraging to meet you!
I hope other people follow the project on here.
It is not too late for other students to participate in the Sketchbook Project, my chosen theme is "The Companion Book" as I wanted to work on designs for possible later use as Valentines day cards. If you do want to participate 11x16cm is the maximum size, the work must be 2 dimensional and if you get it to me before the end of January then it can be included. I will scan your images and either the print or original can go in the sketchbook it is up to you. Your work will also be available to view online, see link below to view my last years sketchbook.
I will be back in the Arts Centre next Wednesday so please come find me for more info.
I have pasted my first 2 blog posts to the bottom of this one, because I had put them on the message board and not in the blog board.... Sorry!
I need Liverpool Students to collaborate with me on a project
First meeting Wednesday 11th January in the AA2A room at Lunchtime, The Arts Centre, all LCC students welcome, you don't need to be studying art.
The first part of the colaboration project will involve students work being toured Internationally starting in Brooklyn, really exciting opportunity that I hope can be a commercial as well as Creative Opportunity for you.
more to follow....
So tomorrow is my first propper AA2A day. Due to a dose of being not very well between October and December. I am eager to get started. I hope to set up my work space and do a bit of throwing practice.
Posters wil be popping up around The Arts Centre inviting students to undertake a collaborative clay project which will involve Wednesday meet ups and independent designing.
Will be able to confirm more after my first day.....
update after the first day: First day was interrupted by my acquiring an art class that I will tutor from now on, we will be doing a portrait project to start with. Very exciting and the reason many artists undertake residencies, unexpected opportunities like this!
I have however found my space and been introduced to lots of creative tutors. Drop in project sessions will start next Wednesday lunchtime and be a weekly event. I will also be popping into as many classes as I can on Wednesday's introducing myself and hopefully inspiring students to work with me.
Really hope I get a few eager collaborators.....
We (the AA2A artists) are not getting paid in money but are getting paid in kind through use of facilities and studio space. So if your practice spans a range of techniques and you have a choice of projects to pursue; the sensible way to plan the remaining 5 months of this scheme is to work on that which utilises the resources that are not available to you outside of your residency.
Speaking generally, I reckon the piece of equipment that has been used as bait most often across this scheme is the deeply desirable laser cutter [Comment if the lure of a laser cutter was a deal-breaker, or at least a factor in your decision?]
In the past week I have realised that for me, the casting and fibreglassing facilities are the most precious tool at my disposal during my short time as Artist in residence at Plymouth University. For an artist these resources seem to be the most physically and financially demanding. Because I can animate and produce computer graphics from my desk in my flat, I can paint and manipulate wood in my garden (at least on sunny days) and I can outsource various printing needs to local companies at miner cost. But the one studio environment I cannot easily synthesise is casting. It requires bulk purchasing of materials and elaborate control of the environment. So therefore, I have made the decision to use this time to produce 4 new sculptures. [Comment if you have found your Universities/Colleges fascilities influencing your creative/logistical decisions]