Its been a busy month here in Cornwall! Fortunately the storms didn’t affect my family but there was a lot of damage around.
My module based on the bed has been handed in, For this i focused on photography, lino printing, some textiles and plaster prints. I had a lot of work piling up at college but i went to collect it yesterday in my car…i passed my driving test last week!!!!!!!! (first time)
I have added lots to my website today, i still have all the lino prints to add which are now under their own tab HERE,
I’ve added two new prints for fabric/wallpaper/decal, giftwrap, click on the Spoonflower banner to purchase HERE
Also added to the site are photos of sketchbooks of mark making and textures HERE
I didn’t add all the photography i did as there was a lot but HERE is a selection focusing on the bed
I will be adding more photos this week, in the meantime you can always follow me on instagram
So i have been playing with the photographs of my lino print. I was using my word, meaning emptiness, in a cold negative way (missing person/vacant/loss) rather than thinking of a bed in a more positive way (warm, invited, bright new day) etc plus these colours definitely have that summer morning vibe that we are all wanting right now!
Im hoping to get back in the print room tomorrow to try the same print in warmer tones before making a new lino plate this week focusing on the folds of fabric and the cover being open, recently vacated. I will also be making my lino design into a plaster form, images coming soon!
In my last post, Vacivity, I briefly mentioned my new uni module. Vacivity means emptiness and is a word that is going to be removed from the Oxford dictionary.
So for this module im using the empty bed as my starting point, i have done research and other bits in my sketchbook which i will share soon, im hoping to get hold of a better camera shortly.
Last week i sat in the textile room and using a painting of my bed i drew up a design for a lino cut (a print technique, a variant of a woodcut). I then printed the design on to paper and decided to cut away more, i did this several times which means the prints i made are one off prints as i has used the same plate throughout the process. I then used fabric paint and printed onto cotton, stitching into it later on. This print didnt turn out as strong but it has more of an atmosphere.
Next i will be layering prints and colours using new lino cuts and using the designs in plaster.
The first print (1 of 3)
The second print (only 1 made)
Textile print (1 of 3)
Happy New Year everyone! Hope you all had a good Christmas, so what does the new year hold? Well my website has a new look to it and hopefully soon i will be adding new work to it as i have started my next module for uni. Im focusing on the lost word Vacivity which means emptiness, i have a few ideas but im keen to hear what emptiness means to you.
This year i will be graduating! that may leave me with vacivity unless i start making some decisions about what to do next, scary! i can go on to do a honours degree but im torn by finding full time work and still being creative.
What does the new year hold for you?
i just read a blog post by Cupcake Mumma about what the past year has brought which made me think of mine. i have a really rubbish memory so no doubt ill forget something important as i try and remember what was significant! What made your year something to remember?
- Started learning to drive and still having lessons, something i thoought id never do
- Bought my first car!
- Passed my theory test first time
- Took part in the Truro City of Lights again
- Started volunteering at an art school- im still there and really enjoying it
- My youngest started school, the time has gone so quick
- Exhibited work at The Sloop Inn, St Ives which is still available to view and purchase
- Had some success selling my fabric designs on Spoonflower
- Passed my first year at University and started the second year
- Found out im dyslexic but also started getting more support
- Got a hamster which sadly passed away but we now have another who is just settling in
Im sure there are loads more things me and the family have done but if i hadnt read the blog post i may not have thought too much about the year that is about to end!
Happy New Year to everyone
Today I have company, Adam And Rover are hanging out on my studio table between the sewing machine and a plaster sculpture I made a couple of years ago.
Adam and Rover are fully movable, stainless steel, wire framed models for your sketching needs. Forget the stiff wooden artists mannequin, Adam is much more handsome and stylish for your studio! And his sweet companion Rover means you can sketch them playing together or each on their own to develop your drawing skills. Adam can be purchased HERE and Rover HERE (the website has some really cute wire framed birds too). Soon there will be Whiskers, the doodles cat to add to the family!
Adam and Rover are really light and not too big so they are easily transportable to take to University and occupy my studio there or take them down to the painting studio where i work and hang out there, keep your eyes peeled to see what antics they get up to!
Bye for now!
This was how i left my studio last Friday, somewhat tidier than usual…unless you look under the desk but the table top is what counts here! This was my module hand in, 2 full sketchbooks, a technical manual, my summer journal, a texture/mixed media book and lots of paintings. This is my first hand in as a second year uni student (wish me luck) i hope i pass well…not just pass but pass well!
So my new module is based on an exhibition at Plymouth University called The Art Of Lost Words which can be viewed HERE. I have 5 words which are looking to be deleted from the Oxford English dictionary. I have to choose one of them and create a body of work based upon that using my current practise, skills and a lot of other things which i wont go into as ill blog about these over the next few weeks.
My words and their meanings are:
Cacatopia: A state in which everything is as bad as it could be
Labascate: To begin to fall or slide
Filipendulous: Hanging by a thread
Famelicose: Often or very hungry
What would you consider if you had to make art on one of these words?