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Getting started with ideas!

December 2, 2013 by Anna Krystyna Casey   Comments (0)

This week has mainly been about research and planning; deciding the best plan of action for my project. I have met with the technical staff at Derby Uni., who are absolutely fab!! I will be starting to get messy with actual making next week, starting with some small simple clay moulds.  Once I get a feel for how they are working, I will play about with different methods of making the moulds.

I will use the moulds I create for slumping my glass onto. I want to achieve texture and movement in my glass, to emphasise the crocheted wire fabric which is trapped within.  I’ll be using my Pinterest board as an online sketchbook: http://www.pinterest.com/annakrystyna/aa2a-project/.

My research this week has been two-fold., I got lost in the library for a few hours. When I was a student I loved doing this, and always came out inspired, so it was great to get back in the stacks! I also went out to the Harley Gallery: if you don’t know it, it’s well worth the trip. This week was their Christmas Market. I had a lot of friends exhibiting there, but also got to see some work new to me. I was particularly taken with the work of Polly & Garry Uttley. Their beautiful wall panels mimic fabric, in this case intricate and detailed Indian textiles, capturing the surface texture and the movement in a solid form. At first glance, they are easily mistaken for fabric until closer inspection. I don’t aim to go quite this far with my glass, I am more concerned with the qualities and shapes rather than the details.  However the shapes and compositions were very inspiring, and it was great to see clay used in this way!


Books on Tyne Festival

November 30, 2013 by Theresa Easton   Comments (0)

I am a printmaker based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. I trained in Printmaking at the University of East London and completed an MA in Glass at Sunderland University.


Artist’s Books provide a platform for my printmaking skills and the opportunity to develop on-going projects.   The books on display in the glass cabinets at Newcastle city Library present a collection of quotes and paraphrases, taken from handwritten responses from the public and are reconfigured into a series of ‘artist’s books’.  The work is an emotive exploration of historical, social and politically driven forms of printed material, referencing the North East’s rich tradition in commercial printing. Broadsides and Broadsheets historically were single sheets of paper printed on one side with either ballads, announcing events, proclamations or advertisements, often pinned in taverns and cottages.

Specially designed for the Books on Tyne, Newcastle’s Mini Book Festival, these concertina style books respond to the growing discontent in the North East to the national austerity measures imposed on sections of the community by the current government.  Quotes and paraphrase’s, rants and reminiscence by members of the public are captured and reformed into hard copies and printed using tradition wooden type. FREE drop-in Chap Map Book workshop with Saturday 30th November 12-2pm.


Based in the Ouseburn Valley, the cultural quarter of Newcastle, I deliver regular workshops in printmaking & bookmaking. 

The next workshop 8th December 2013 10-4pm @£55 (including all materials).  To book your place, contact Theresa Easton directly.  Details below.

Ouseburn Warehouse Studios & Workshops, 36 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle NE1 2PQ


theresa_easton@yahoo.co.uk    07981381830  http://theresaeaston.wordpress.com


November 28, 2013 by Ruth Hamblett   Comments (0)

Was not too sure how to receive the news that although have been very successful as a student blogger would no longer be able to post any more reviews about own practice or the new AA2AArtists at the univeristy. As had found these myself and have not manage to find the new student reps to engage with and pass on my experience and hope that they could benefit form all this  wealth of skills and epertise oh well I supose it is time that my fat lady started to sing and at least I have all this on my own artist CV, I  got chosen as picture of the week and totally enjoyed my years experience of being student rep blogger and noone can take that away from me and has only made my art practice stronger and want to thank Coventry University for chosing me and for AA2A Website for the opportunity to blogg. I hope that one day I might be invited back as AA2Artist myself and keep looking out for my art out there and help me achieve my dream of finally selling my art work.

Pen Museum

November 28, 2013 by Jonathan Wilkes   Comments (3)

I am currently organising a group exhibition for three days at the Pen Museum in Birmingham, as part of Museums at Night. We will temporarily become part of the museum intertwining amongst the exhibits, with over ten artists covering performance art, video, live ink making, sculpture, writing and drawing. I am writing up a proposal for a grant from the Arts council, then I can make something.



My First Oscillator...

November 25, 2013 by James Watts   Comments (0)

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I put together an oscillator today. It makes some fairly harsh droney sounds - which is always satisfying. The circuit will form the basis of some kind of group instrument/installation in the near future...

It sounds like this:




New website and a stall at the Bluecoat!

November 25, 2013 by Kathryn Poole   Comments (0)

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My friends and I have a new website up and running so go and visit oldbearpress.com to see my portfolio page. I did the drawings for the wesite and my friend Heather coded it.

We also had a stall at the Bluecoat Chamebers on Saturday and had a great day with some lovely people.

Visibility, Invisibility.

November 22, 2013 by Niki Chandler   Comments (0)

Have finished the printroom inductions so can now begin to get down to some experimentation.Feeling like a kid in a candy shop - which idea to persue 1st? that is the question. Perhaps some very elementary trials to see what works and what does not.


November 22, 2013 by Lorraine Cooke   Comments (0)

Roderick. K. Newlands MA (RCA) and myself are currently creating work in response to Cyprus in support of the 'European Capital of Culture 2017' developments of which Paphos won the title bid. To view art works and hear of future exhibitions both in the UK and Cyprus please visit 'TAKE2' at www.facebook.com/take2artists.

Looking forward to getting started...

November 20, 2013 by Anna Krystyna Casey   Comments (0)

Looking back it's seems like a long time ago that I sat writing my AA2A application. After the form, the interview, the funding application, and the inductions, I'm looking forward to getting my teeth into some of my project work.

My project for the scheme is based around my Hooked collection, which was initially part of my graduate collection. After graduating, I focused on developing products and jewellery, using my unique combination of techniques. I then turned my attention to further developing the art and sculpture side of my practice, starting with my Cellular and Cell Cultures collections. This resulted in a solo exhibition at The National Centre for Craft and Design. Images of this exhibition can be see here:


I am looking forward to seeing this work in many more venues over the next year. However I now want to develop another one of my collections, Hooked, in the same way. Since I graduated I have had many ideas around this collection of work, ways to push the techniques and refine the processes, to create new avenues for exploration. I am looking forward to allowing experimentation dictate the my development, but my main aim is to create bigger work than I currently do in this collection. My current equipment and facilities mean that I am limited in the size of work I can produce, which is why the AA2A will be so crucial in pushing my plans forward.

I have started this project in the same way I always do- lots of drawing and researching other creative work. You can keep up to date with this on my Pinterest board, where I‘ll be adding my inspirations as a digital sketchbook:


I’ll be starting my sessions at my university, the University of Derby, by meeting with the technicians in the departments to discuss my project ideas, and what I want to use the equipment for. I’m also looking forward to burying my head in the library, and getting lost amongst the books! So until I find my way out, see you later!!