Apologies for the lack of posts the past week, I’ve been a busy bee!
Thank goodness for the lecture last Wednesday, it provided so much clarity as to what this elusive “contextual framework” entails. In the aftermath of the lecture I began to consider additional elements that I could develop in my work in order to a more substantial and challenging body.
I kept coming back to the buzz word “texture”, then began to consider how we interact with art work and why do we so often ignore the sense of touch. The more I began to consider it the more interested I became. Textiles and touch appear to go hand in hand but so far I’ve ignored it in my artistic practice!
This chain of thought then led onto how touch is so vitally important for those who are visually impaired. The average art gallery isn’t geared towards those who do not have a fully functioning sense of sight.
All this then reminded me of the fantastic experience that I had working with Maurice Orr during my Professional Practice module in second year and how he made the gallery experience multi sensory. He achieved this by encouraging his audience to touch the artwork and listen to the accompanying ambiance soundtrack, he was inspired by a blind friend who made him question how you would create a piece of art for someone with restricted or no sense of sight.
So this is the “intellectual” element that I am going to explore in order to make my work more challenging. When I have time in the next few days I will post some pictures of my mind maps to display my thought processes.
Had my first tutorial today, not too sure what to make of it!
This year we have been assigned two tutors, seeing each one every other week. This first chat was with a tutor that I’ve never actually met before, so needless to say I was a bit nervous. My concerns were centred around if I would have the same rapport with her as I’ve had with previous tutors who have known me long enough to understand my way of working and style.
Let’s just say these fears were confirmed… I don’t think we could be more different if we were chalk and cheese! While I see my work as being process driven (I’m inspired by techniques and the process of creating work) she was viewing my work from a conceptual stance.
However, this alternative perspective could prove beneficial in more firmly establishing my own artistic identity.
So this is it, Final Year.
To be perfectly honest, I’m terrified!
I’m not scared of the studio practice or even the dissertation, I’m more nervous about what will come after university. I will have to leave my lovely wee university bubble and fend for myself as an artist in the big bad real world!
So here’s hoping that this last year in my undergraduate course is an amazing one.
Well this is my final week here before I go home for Christmas and I haven’t written 1 blog post. Time has flown by, it’s actually been a little scary how quickly it has gone in. It’s making me a scared as to how fast the next semester is going to be!
Got some great remarks and feedback from my tutors and I know I will stride confidently into 3rd year.
But….. Contrary to what is expected I won’t actually be going into my 3rd and final year in September. I have something far more exciting planned, my results mean that I am officially heading off for an adventure in America!
Wilson College, Pennsylvania will be my home for the next 9 months or so and I can’t wait! So reflecting my change in academic status my blog is going to change to follow my new adventure, just need to come up with a catchy new title for it…
It’s the final countdown! (*insert dramatic theme music here*) Final hand in for Second Year is on Tuesday and what a rollercoaster of a year it has been! From the disastrous nature of first semester to the creative revelations in the second one, I have finally created a body of work I am genuinely proud of.
I’ve enjoyed the entire creative process this semester, from taking inspiration from going on walks to creating pieces with modular units, it was time consuming but in the end it paid off.
Hello, i found your work on tumbler just randomly searching the medium of fibers, very interesting stuff and versy similar to the ideas that i am looking at at the moment. I am from the states, where are you thinking of studying? Just thought i would say i like the direction your work is going in!
Hi, glad you like the direction my work is going! Planing on getting some more pics online in the next few days. I’m heading to Pennsylvania for a year to study business, hoping it will teach me how to market my work and gain some business know how for the future.
Lately I’ve been busy with some BIG life changing stuff (I’m going to America to study for a year! - thinking about starting a new blog following my adventure, so watch this space…). I haven’t had enough time to post the pictures from my camera of my latest studio work, but now that I have some more time prepare for an influx of pictures!
At the moment I’ve been thinking about how I can make my work more involved with my inspiration and bring it outside.
Semester 2 officially started today, this time around the focus is on 3D techniques like knit, weave and binding.
The new semester means a new hunt for inspiration. I’ve been considering looking at trees and forests, I took some fantastic pictures last year in Portglenone forest with light streaming through the trees and I’ve wanted to focus a project on it for ages, I think now is the time!
With semester one over I think it’s time to tidy my home studio. I’ve let it get a bit dishevelled the past month or so due to uni deadlines but now I’ve got a bit of free time and a new supply of fabric the room NEEDS to be organised.
That’s it, the first semester of my 2nd year is over!
The body of work was all handed in last week and I got the results today and I’m now off for a week or two. So with this new found free time I have for a week or so I’m planning on getting back into properly writing my blog.
First on the agenda is to finally get around to posting pictures of the work I have just handed in, it has dominated my life lately!