Blog posts

Chris. Dugrenier + Adrian Baynes - Studio Visit
13/03/2019 As part of the ‘AA2A Engage’ project, Chris. Dugrenier, Coventry University’s artist-in-residency, proposed a visit to the studio she shares with architect, designer and artist Adrian Baynes. Chris., Saffron and I all agreed this would be of great interest for many students, as it presented itself as an opportunity to pop outside the academia ‘bubble’ and discuss ideas, worries...  show more
Carborundum Course
I ran a carborundum printmaking Course at DMU showing fine art students how to make metal printing plates. We ran the course over two consecutive Wednesday afternoons, Making the plates on the first week and printing them on the secon. The results were amazing. The student feedback was good too.  show more
So Far...
Since my AA2A placement started a couple of months ago, I've been busy working towards my first show of the year, Made by Hand, which took place last weekend in Cheltenham.      Last year was my first winter working from the tiny shed in the garden after the long but satisfying job of repairing it and turning it into...  show more
Participatory Art Installation
    Last week, I set up a small participatory art installation in the Bessant Gallery, at the University of Wolverhampton, so that students, staff, and visitors can contribute to my current project #MultilingualWolverhampton.    Here are the four questions I've asked people:  - When and where was the last time you spoke/read/heard a language other than English? - What's...  show more
From printing press to blockchain
 I recently tokenized on the platform SuperRare a new piece of crypto art called Close, a limited-edition digital artwork tracked on the blockchain and that is held in an Ethereum wallet. The digital piece was developed from a dark-field monotype print I created in the print studios at Wolverhampton University, using their 19th century Columbian Press to print the piece. Original...  show more
Spatiality exhibition
I have instsalled some work in a joint exhibition at Oriel Mostyn In LLandudno this week, its in conjuction with an artists friend Theresa Taylor a recent participant in the AA2A scheme. Several of these works have been made while on the AA2A using equipment and technology at The University Of Chester Fine Art Dept. Some images of the show....  show more
Artist Talks & Workshops
I have had a busy few weeks at Bucks giving talks and meeting lots of new students. Last week i gave an Artists Practice Talk to the third year Product Design students. It was great to hear about their  final projects and plans for post uni. I look forward to seeing some of them at New Designers and at their...  show more
What's happening this month...
Wendy will be delivering our Self-employment talks this month at York St John (7th), University of Central Lancashire (14th) and Staffordshire (21st). We'll have sent or will be sending you an invite. If you're able to make it Wendy would love to introduce you during the talk.   Our 2nd Student Rep challenge is well underway, with Reps organising student...  show more
Getting going
As ever my ideas are huge and take a while to get solidified but I'm excited about what I'll be making later in the project. For now, thinking about materials I'm coming across in the studio...  show more
I spent several busy weeks in the jewellery workshop. These are some of the samples I created so far. All enamelled / fabricated copper.   Now I have to start thinking about turning them into finished pieces of jewellery. And I still have so many more ideas; and I made quite a few importand and exciting discoveries which I will...  show more
Productive week in the Jewellery department
A very productive week at the School of Creative Arts. On Tuesday I gave a talk about and around my practice to Jewellery students from years 1-3 of Design Crafts. On Thursday I supported the year 1 crafts students in the jewellery studio and delivered a workshop on settings (as in stone setting :))        show more
Take a walk with me...
Feeling good to be back in Chester, both exploring the canals but also back on campus. Since my last blog post I have been investigating ways in which people can re-connect to space and place, experiencing something in the present. I have been looking at the methods used in mindfulness and hope to invite students and staff from the University...  show more
I've been struggling to make work that I feel positive about, so I've made a painting about that. In the Kalevala, the Finnish epic saga I've been working with, bees provide the special elixir that brings things to life.  show more
ceramic impression of mobile phone camera lens  show more
A change in direction
So far I've been using the AA2A residency to work on creating a sequence of prints exploring a transition from presence to absence through gradual darkening of overlapping marks.  Having created three small sequence which I'm proud of I decided to try upping the scale of the etching plates I'm working on and began working into a 28 x 48...  show more
My Recent Activities - 2
Following Top Drawer, I have returned to BUCKS in the past month to create new sculptures . I experimented with different materials including paper, perspex, fabric, and leather. I love experimentation- it is the most fullfing and fun activity for me.  show more
My Recent Activities
Since the beginning of November, I have been a frequent visitor to BUCKS New University. I have really enjoyed using their excellent facilities and engaging with the friendly staff. The creative atmosphere really helped me to prepare for my first major trade exhibition 'Top Drawer' which was held at Olympia in London in January. During the months of November and...  show more
Getting ideas out of the head...
The process of making your ideas a reality is always a fraught one. It is always so much better in your head... Today, I attempted this, taking baby steps by using small scale to map out and test out some means to represent the physical spaces that I have thus far only created in words. The challenge is in not...  show more
Abstract Anatomy
My love affair with plasticine continues. I am considering making some Victorian style shadow boxes. Working on compositions and getting individual parts right so that I can have them in series. Not sure yet on size or how many but I think I will stick to the monochrome black and white palette as it's proving quite effective.     show more
Dye lab underway!
Different dyes, transparent fabrics, recipes, heat times and methods... starting results - extensive shades. The washing line of samples, research gathering is excitingly on the go!  show more
Work in progress
A sneak peak into my current work in the print room.      show more
Thoughts after firing the first kiln
It's been good to have thinking time, to let ideas settle and decide what is a distraction and what is important (I need to do that as sometimes there are just too many ideas) It was good to finally fire my 'Kiln' and have time standing round the fire watching the proccess of 'decay' . I managed to video it,...  show more
Work in progress
My current project is focused on military sites in East Anglia, in particular Royal Observer Corps (ROC) monitoring posts, used during the cold war from the late 1950s up until the 1990s. I am interested in the coexistence of military and civilian landscapes, the people that volunteered to serve in the ROC posts and the re-examining of how the cold...  show more
Semester One Reflection
I've been very lucky to have the opportunity to work alongside Amrit, Alison, Diane, Emily and Nita so far in my second year. On the face of it my responsibilities as a student representative have been very straightforward, though due to personal health I haven’t been able to join in fully on the range of opportunities that the AA2A has brought...  show more
AA2A Student Rep Challenge winners announced ...
Congratulations to Saffron Crowther and Rodrigo Costa, AA2A Student Rep's at Coventry University, who've won our first Prize challenge to write and publish a blog about a current AA2A Artist. Both wrote about Coventry University's AA2A Artist Chris Dugrenier. Read Saffron's and Rodrigo's blogs.   Well done and thank you both for getting involved.   show more
The opening of the new building, Leeds arts university
Thursday 7th was the opening of Yoko Ono’s exhibition at the Leeds arts university. It was also the display of works created from feedback given by alumni of the arts university. I had the pleasure of being a part of these works, and my poster was designed by Chris Cooper. This alongside other work is a permanent fixture in the...  show more
Doing and Making
Current reading:  Wood, C, (2007) Yvonne Rainer: The Mind is a Muscle, Afterall, UK p. 27 “Ranciere depicts ideology quite clearly in embodied form, describing emancipation and dominance in terms of relations evidenced in bodily positions, gestures and forms of experience. Against this backdrop, he defines artistic practices as ‘ways of doing and making’ that intervene in the general distribution...  show more
Exploring mezzotint
I came to Pete, the print tutor at Loughborough, to chat about some strange ideas i'd had regardning printing onto crumpled paper and of printing 'in the round' off carved rocks and stones. Through chatting about my pen and ink drawings, he suggested mezzotint as its laborious method echoed the gradual building up of white ink lines on black ink...  show more
First wheel rolls
During two long days at Loughborough last week i made some good progress with the paperclay wheel tests. The idea is to make a series of wheel casts which can be altered by participants to prevent the wheel from rolling. Paperclay is a material that i'm very familiar with, having taught many masterclasses over the last 10 years, however i've...  show more
Completed perspex artwork
The completed structure using print and Perspex no title as yet. It is intended to be wall mounted however it does work as a plinth based work too. Thoughts coming out of the work, does the Perspex add anything to the work? Is the Perspex too high from the print? Is the Perspex structure too rigid a shape for the...  show more
The poetics of spaces... In the stairwell...
The college stairwell is one of the dominant features of the Graham Sutherland Building. Spending time there, continuing my peripatic journey around the selected heterotopic spaces, I start to make a list of observable characteristics to consider for future space research... the basics in a way... what to notice first, what to know first...  This consideration came about after I...  show more
The Poetics of Spaces... In the lifts...
The art college has 5 floors, 6 if we count the research department which is not connected by the 2 lifts that travel the height of the Graham Sunderland building.    Those 2 lifts were my office for 2 days. And, using this transitory space as static had the consequence of creating surprised faces from users who had seen me...  show more
Visual Arts and Climate Change
I personally am very aware and concious of climate change. I try to ensure I recycle as much as I can; whether that be in every day life or with the materials I am using within my work. Below I have researched a variety of artist who address climate change and work with recycled materials within their work: 1. Olafur...  show more
Use of sketchbooks in my practice
Always have sketchbook on hand, often more than one.Just fnished a second one while on AA2A at LU. They help me: -to have greater freedom with ideas, to focus, to observe carefully, and to absorb what I see and filter and develop my thoughts.I also record ideas from an exhibition including how its been curated and pieces shown, eg. Anni...  show more
Lorraine Cooke's work is published in the current issue of Random Sample literary journal. I am delighted to have my work published in the current issue of 'Random Sample' literary journal. 'Random Sample' is an international publication based in the US: A random sample is a statistical tool, a method by which elements of a population can be selected and closely examined, an unbiased process that allows a subset to represent the larger...  show more
Plasticine is Childsplay
Found a new favourite medium! It's so easy to manipulate and mould into different shapes and it's quick too! I can test out proportions and compositions for my sculptures easily. So don't turn your nose up at this versatile medium, I may even go beyond using it for simple maquettes and make an artwork with it!    show more