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.
We're a mean lot at AA2A! Where some organisations have an expensive website built for them, we've always used 'Open source' software and employed clever techy people to adapt it for us. Although Dotbiz can be a bit clunky, this approach has saved us a fortune over the years. However it was starting to look a bit dated. Our current 'Web Guru' Robin will be trying out some of our ideas for visual improvements over the next few weeks, so you may see a few changes, some of which we'll keep. We won't move things around too much as we know that our dyslexic artists in particular, find that an real headache. The biggest change you'll notice is that we're looking at a different version of the 'sidebar' (on the left hand side of the homepage) because it can really slow down the loading of the page.
Wish us luck and do let us know if something looks awful e.g. overlapping text, images etc
We're sorry the site looks a bit blank at the moment. We're changing the year over and are registering our new artists, who will be uploading their statements, mugshots etc very soon. Keep visiting the Dotbiz home page to see what's new and do use the site to keep in touch with each other. I want to thanks all last year's Artists and our AA2A Student Reps who blogged, uploaded images and posted exhibitions. It's great to see the site so well used. I hope you all have a good experience on AA2A in its 18th year.
All for now, Wendy (AA2A National Director)
July 13, 2016 by Clare Thornton
I had a fun few days working in the Scott Building last week. In an attempt to be super efficient and make best use of my time, I took to screen printing one colour layer, washing the screen and popping it in the drier for 15-20 mins. I would then scoot down the corridor to Ceramics to extrude another pipe of clay, drooping it carefully over the edge of a board to create a sagging tube effect.
Note: Top tip from one of the technicians - if you want a hollow tube of clay to keep its shape as you gently manipulate it into position and not collapse during this process and as it slow dries, put a small clay bung in either end. This traps the air in, helping the tube maintain its shape.
These screen printing and hot press tests are also at a very early stage.
I’m working here with an old photograph of a reservoir near completion in Birmingham circa 1900 - a curving line/structure that ultimately will contain tonnes and tonnes of water. I'm interested here in containment, yet never far away the prospect of things and ideas teetering on the edge, likely to leak, slip, slide, spill over.
At the same time as working with these materials I'm very much enjoying reading Amelia Jones's inspiring text Irrational Modernism in which the author gives us a history of New York Dada, reinterpreted in relation to the life and works of the wildly eccentric and original Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven.
I’ve just begun slip casting in bone china. These are the first casts using old jelly moulds. One has had its first firing the other slow-drying.
There are curves and pleats apparent here. If you've had a chance to check out images in my 'recent works' album you’ll have gathered by now these shapes and forms appeal.
I’m curious about 'fixing' something that usually wobbles or trembles. Teetering on the edge of collapse.
In the next batch of casts I want to expose the pieces to risk in the kiln as I'm very interested in droop and bend....
I was in the ceramics workshop last week loading a couple more test pieces into the kiln when I was lucky enough to catch some of the 3D students unloading their first Raku firing, under the watchful goggle protected eyes of Ceramics Technician Linda Wilson and Tutor Tavs Jorgensen
I recently showed a risograph print 'After After Richard Hughes' (see below) as part of Square One exhibition at the 101 Space, Plymouth University where AA2A artists introduced themselves to students and staff. Each of this years PU AA2A'ers presented a past work to introduce their practice to folks working in the Roland Levinsky Building.
Now I look forward to undertaking the necessary workshop inductions so I can begin to experiment with new (and familiar) materials.
Here are a couple of images from the Spuare One opening event captured by one of AA2A students reps, Oscar Kirkpatrick:
Artist talk by current AA2A artists' at Plymouth University, Joanna Brinton and Graham Seaton at the Council House, Civic Centre, Plymouth, on Tuesday 25th August between 10-30 and 11-30 am.
Gabrielle Hoad, AA2A@Plymouth University 2013/14 at Exeter Phoenix