Summer Show 2012

 

Textiles and Fashion Group

 

Fay Benson - The Queen

Fay chose the theme of  Icon for her assignment and exhibition, her icon was ‘The Queen’ in her Royal Jubilee year.


After research on HRM in London, through souveniers, portraits her fashion, her palaces, her life and family – plus analysis of the Royal connection throughout London.  Post boxes, lamp-posts, architecture etc and the impact of her Majesty linked to a variety of designs.  Fay has designed an alternative design for the Queen.

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Ryan Burke - Amazon Rainforest

Ryan’s assignment is inspired by the ‘Amazon Rainforest’ and the variety of lush vegetation with tropical exotic birds flying above.  He has used this tropical mix to inspire a range of printed textile designs which he has used as focal points on his garments.


Ryan has researched current trends and the influx of clashing vibrant patterns that were evident on the catwalk. He has used this inspiration to produce a ready-to-wear collection of menswear and women’s wear. He has showcased his work in a tropical setting supported by an exciting photo shoot of his designs.


 

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Kayleigh Choi - Crystal Maze

Kayleigh used the theme of the ‘Crystal Maze’ for her inspiration – she chose to develop this idea by looking at a range of shiny reflective surfaces, particularly in Art Deco architecture.  Through her research, locally and in London it led her to be inspired by the 1920’s.  Here Kayleigh researched architecture, films, fashion and the lavish decoration evident at the time.  Kayleigh has produced a range of embroidered garments and clutch bags inspired by the designer Evte.


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Laura Hewertson - Up Close and Personal

Laura’s theme was ‘Up Close and Personal’ where she chose to interpret this into the investigation of secrets.  Everyone has secrets, some of which they keep hidden.  The investigation of people’s secrets has led Laura on an exciting investigative and challenging journey culminating in her exhibition.  She has developed her drawings and samples into a range of garments and accessories – each one expressing a secret.


She has supported her work by swing tags, scarves and a very personal range of ‘secret’ photographs.


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Chloe Randles - Bohemian Rhapsody

Chloe chose ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ as her theme – developing her ideas into interior designs for a bedroom.  Her wallpaper, throw and bedding all reflect her inspiration and very colourful and exciting research.
Chloe has also presented a new range of designs.


 

 

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Rebecca Lambony Edwards- Blaze Super Hero

Rebecca has focussed an illustration for her final major project assignment where she has explored comic book characters.
She has developed her own superhero ‘Blaze’ and produced memorabilia associated with this.  Blaze has a range of fashion garments that are worn on a variety of occasions and has her own magazine relaying stories of her exploits.  The characters fit into four categories of tropical, glamour, cosmic superhero and hiking.


 

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Rachel Ryder - Up Clean and Personal

Rachael chose the theme of ‘Up Clean and Personal’ where she chose to explore opposites.  She chose to produce a body of work showing an investigation of sex and seduction.  Rachael has produced seductive collections for nightwear based on the theme.


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Nicole Jenkins - London Lifestyle

Nicole took her inspiration from a residential visit to London where she contrasted the city gents and suited executives with the casual office workers, interpreting her own London Lifestyle!


Researching tailored pinstripe suits with the office life, transforming into evening wear was her main focus.


She has produced an office environment for day-time with garments that show her character is ready to party.


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Imogen Kelly - Childhood

Imogen has explored her childhood and other people’s childhood images – illustrators, games, toys, nursery rhymes etc.  He has concentrated on specific illustration styles and developed her own. 
The positive and negative side of nursery rhymes have led to an extensive range of developed ideas. Imogen has produced three garments which are all exquisitely embroidered/printed with her designs. The old toys are used to support the feed of her exhibition.

 

 

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Sarah Davies - Bohemian Rhapsody

Sarah has interpreted her theme of ‘Treasure Trove’ into an interior collection inspired by visits to stately homes – English treasure houses. She has researched the architecture and period detail for her interior collection.


The range of textile designs includes curtains, wallpaper, embroidered panels and cushions.


 

 

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Georgina Cuthbert - Travels with a Suitcase

Georgina’s interior collection was inspired by the theme of ‘Travels with a Suitcase’. Her interpretation of this was to research her family tree, particularly that of her grandfather.  He was a soldier who travelled extensively through Europe, the Middle East and Africa.


Georgina captured the key parts of his life and developed this into her unique interior collection of cushions, throws and wall coverings.


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Olivia Ward - Nature

Olivia has based an interior collection inspired by ‘Nature’.  Her research into the natural environment, trees, branches, flowers and plants.  She has developed her research into a range of interior fabric designs.
Olivia has created a calm interior with lighting, cushions and wallpaper.


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Emma Loughridge - Bohemian Rhapsody

Emma was inspired by the theme ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’’ where she interpreted this as an investigation into music festivals, their impact, colour, pattern, graphics and festival fashion.
Emma has designed a range of alternative memorabilia and graphics developed from her research.


 

 

 

Fine Art Group

 

Anna Fittock - Stratergy

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Victoria Jones - Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ everyone sees beauty in there own way. I’m interested in looking at people and focusing on the individual beauty. I want to find out what makes people different and define them as individuals. I will start by working with people that are close to me because I know what they like and what makes special. I intend to make a series of drawings and paintings; I would like to also produce a large scale drawing. Before doing these I will need to do a photo shoot and edit the images to the way I would like to draw.

I will begin by taking pictures of my family and friends. They are my inspiration, I will then manipulate the images to get the style that I like in Nadia Flowers work and then start  to add objects, pattern, colour onto the image that represents the person. By this I will highlight what I think makes them beautiful and what makes them unique.

I would like to produce a large scale drawing, and I would like it to be a portrait of me. As well as doing the large scale drawing before that I would like to do a series of smaller paintings from the pictures I have chosen to manipulate. With the large portrait of me I would like to merge all the objects that represent my friends and family into it.

I will keep my sketchbook up to date, reflecting on my progress in terms of success and failure. Linking back to artist and my brief. I will have regular tutorials and will talk to me friends and write up what they have to say about my work and the artist I have chosen, from this I could get some more ideas to my work and then will become more successful with the outcome.

 

 


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Kathleen McAvoy - Time Trap

The work that I am going to produce will be based on the theme of ‘time trap’. I like the idea of fixing a moment in time and preserving it in time. I am very interested in casting myself and different objects because the objects that people surround themselves with can change with time. The objects can tell a story of a person’s life.
   I have looked at some artists for inspiration.  Marc Quinn is interesting how his identity has been trapped in the work self with his blood and a replica of his face. The fact that it has been frozen is that it could melt and turn back into a pool of blood.

Susan Hiller’s work has a strong narrative highlighting the history of the objects she displays. I find it interesting how she has presented her work in brown boxes, making it look like a museum piece which makes it look like it is being preserved in history. The work seems to be personal to the artist. I could cast something personal to me like a teddy bear.  I really want my final piece to tell a story and evoke emotion of some kind from the audience.

Arman’s ‘Bluebeard's Wife’ 1969, piece is inspiring in that he has used shaving brushes and a woman’s body to create a piece of work. This is interesting because the body is a woman but the brushes are used by men creating an interesting juxtaposition. I was thinking about casting a series of objects that are sentimental to me or other people. I could use objects that represent the same thing from charity shops so they would not get damaged or destroyed. I could choose objects at different stages of their lives. I could cast the objects using different media that may decay at different rates and over time.  For example I could work with food, wax or ice.  This would be interesting because the piece might disappear or evolve as time moves on.

I like all these ideas about casting myself and different objects because the objects I think that will be the direction that I will go in, trying to also tell a story of a group of people or just myself or someone that I know in my family.

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Amy Abbott - Order out of Chaos

The theme of my work is to create order out of chaos, the chaos being the psycho from my title and the logical being the order. I used a random selection process taken from the last 3 digits of a phone number to help me select the imagery for my paintings. For the random selection of the people I rolled 4 dice and what ever number the dice came up with i went down my contact list and rung that person. I asked them what their favourite book, film and song where, I then repeated that process 6 times. From what ever information they gave me that is what I used to create the paintings. The chaos of my exhibition is how you can see through all of the paintings and they don’t make scene also all the different photo frames make the whole thing look chaotic, the organisation is how it is all put together and how it works so that 3 individual paintings can be lifted up and you can see the composition throughout all three frames. I was not impressed with the original idea of dreams and nightmares so I decided to focus more on chaos and organisation.

My original artists that I looked at focused more on my original ideas of dreams although I did like the colours and composition of their work. I looked at Thomas Zipp and loved his simple painting style yet how affective it was, I decided to try this simple painting style on my own work and thought It was successful. I also looked at zak smith and liked his approach where he started out with a chaotic scribble and turns it into a drawing. I also looked at Angela Palmer I loved her 3D effect work on glass, this inspired me to try out painting on glass.

I decided to paint on glass and focus on composition as I think this is the most appropriate technique too relate to my theme as you can see the composition through the glass. This works as the composition seems to make more sense even though the images that I have used don’t relate together. Depending on the angle you look through the glass you get a different composition each time. I decided to move away from the original idea of large scale paintings and drawings as I didn’t think it would give the right affect as the compositions of the different images wouldn’t work together on a flat canvas, doing this it would look to chaotic and not have enough order to it.

The whole idea of my project was to make sense of the chaotic images and setup of my work. I have done this by making the viewer think and figure out that they need to pull the colour coded string to lift up the matching colour coded paintings to see the composition. I think that my work is successful as it does what I intended it to do, making sense out of chaos. I had complications with working with glass as my original idea what to not have the picture frames but to just suspend the glass, this was impossible to do so I had to keep the frames which I think adds to the chaoticness of my work.

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Nicole Southworth - Box

For my statement of intent I am focusing on the theme ‘TimeWarp’. I have thought about focusing on producing a piece of installation art work for my final piece, and this could include using a wardrobe, or a set of drawers or maybe just something that can contain objects that viewers can open and look for themselves. One of my ideas may be to collect items that have sentimental value to myself or others and maybe altering them using different methods, this could be textiles, making them into sculptures, painting or photography. I could also create tshirts and print slogans onto them with phrases which link to my theme and focus on the way things change throughout time.

I have recently been to art exhibitions in London and when visiting the I have recently been to art exhibitions in London and when visiting the Hayward Gallery I viewed the Joy In People exhibition hosted by Jeremy Deller. One of his pieces called ‘Open Bedroom’ inspired me to choose this theme as I enjoyed the piece and how you could touch and view the art itself instead of just being able to look at it.

For my final major project I may use different mixed media methods and may decide to combine different techniques. This could include different types of embroidery, photography, sculpture work but mainly focusing on installation. I am still unsure about how long my final outcome will take to create which makes it difficult to create an action plan, but at the beginning of each week I will ensure I set targets to keep on track.

 

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Clint Torralba - The Space In-Between

For my final major project I have chosen the theme ‘the space in-between’. For this project my intentions were to create a contrast of two elements that have conflicting characteristics between them. I am interested in the contemporary approaches of the architectural outcome that are represented in my piece. The artists that I looked at for my starting point were; Zaha Hadid and Naum Gabo. I looked at these artists because their significant styles were relevant to what I intend to do for this project. I am mostly fascinated and influenced by the work of Zaha Hadid, in the style and techniques of her work, which has an urban and organic approach. As the project progressed I have discovered more artists such as Tomas Saraceno, Ernesto Neto and Guy Laramee. These artists helped me shape the direction and the way I wanted to progress with my project. Although I have looked at many variety of artist the two artists I researched became a vital source of influence and impact on my project were; Cathy De Monchaux and Michael Rakowitz. Cathy De Monchaux’s artwork shows contrast in the elements of each of her pieces mainly this would involve brutal, aggressive and threatening outer layers and soft and vulnerable on the inside. Michael Rakowitz created shelters for homeless people out of polythene which were connected to vents which warmed the shelters and inflated them, which protected them from the elements. My starting point of my experimental pieces were a blur; this is because I was unsure of what material to use.

I started working with clay as a starting point, and created a homage piece to one of Zaha Hadid’s concept designs ‘performing arts centre’. The outcome was good but I was unable to progress on this idea because I feel that it’s not the appropriate material to use, because it would have limited the scale of my work. My next experiments with wire made sense, where I could create architectural shapes that trap contrasting materials. This was influenced by Tomas Saraceno. I continued to make a series of wire sculptures and inflated balloons inside of them, my intentions for this experiment was just to see how the balloon would react when inflated where the framework stopped it from taking its usual form. At this point I developed my wire sculptures, creating them using soldering process. With the soldering process I had more control of my desired pattern and form that I wanted to create. I have successfully created 3 different types of wire sculptures which were inspired by natural forms and patterns, which I imagine Zara Hadid took inspiration in her architectural designs. I used shells as these are natural shelters and forms of protection used by animals in nature. Michael Rakowitz’s ‘ParaSITE’ project is also one of the key source for the contrasting counterpart, I used sheets of polythene to create some experimental pieces, which I deveveloped and used in my final piece. For my final piece I created a metal sculpture that has been welded together.  It stands 2 meters high and 85 cm wide. It has screws welded pointing outward around it to have that sense of danger, and inside I have created polythene inflatable to show the contrast.
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Victoria Wilson - Moment in Time

I have chosen the title “Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn’t” because it is a quote from Alice in Wonderland which has been my favourite novel and film since I was a child. I found it very interesting, and the meaning of the Lewis Caroll novel has changed through the years after my knowledge has widened. I have chosen this particular quote because I think it is dicrete which means my project can be less restricted. I also like this theme name because it sums up the book really well because the quote is curious and so is the book.

After visiting the Alice in Wonderland exhibition in Liverpool Tate gallery I was more influenced to do Alice in Wonderland. I was especially interested in Duane Michals and his series of photos called “Alice’s mirror” I think they portrayed a strong idea of his thoughts and I really like how the mirrors multiply the relection but I found it really hard to find information on this piece. I also visited the Saatchi gallery where I became familiar with Ron Mueck’s work with his larger than life sculptures which reminded me of Alice when she eats the cake to make her taller, so I thought this would relate to my work really well to the theme of my project. Sticking to the theme of measurement I will look at Mel Bochner who has done a series of work using measurement although I will look at more artists so the majority isn’t just looking at measurements.

I will read the Alice in Wonderland book and highlight areas that I feel are interesting to help develop my ideas and look at more artists that relate to different areas of my work this will help me understand the work I am creating more. I am likely to use a multimedia approach appropriate to the development of ideas leading towards an installation, sculpture or wall hanging for my final piece.

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Lucy Reid - I've a Bad Feeling About This

For my FMP I plan to visualize intergalactic battles. "I've got a bad feeling about this" is the title of my project and by my previous project being inspired by a simple line from a lyric that sparked a whole project, maybe produce some form of album art. And I hope towards producing a bold funky project based on one of my passions which is outer space.  However I do wish to develop further research into this by watching star wars, star trek, lost in space, starship troopers and with my great musical influence seek out songs with lyrics that I can relate to my fmp. I want to create my own battle with my passions vs flaws.  Since the beginning of time, there has always been a tenacious struggle between good and evil. Characterization is used to contrast the concepts of good and evil for example Dark traits are often used to express evil, as light and beauty to express good.


 

 

My influences vary from 4 different artists; Alfonso Williamson is the artist I wish to focus on the most due to his artwork which will most likely influence my fmp the most. The B52's are also a huge influence to me so I'd like to incorporate their retro kitsch and their spacey lyrics into my pieces too by any means necessary. I will also be looking at Richard Patterson due to his model creations and taking into consideration that I could potentially create an army. 

I will experiment with ink, models or paint to work towards my fmp. I wish this to be complex so I could ink models that I have either carved, or made out of plastacine or whatever it would take to make this hard for myself. By visiting the TATE gallery in Liverpool I noticed that the majority of the pieces were made out of waste media, however interesting Jake and Dinos Chapmans little death machine  was the more bold unusual paintings like Richard Patterson's painted minotaur seemed more appealing to look at and read about.

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Carl Kho - Destruction

Destruction is my chosen title for my Final Major Project. I chose this because the theme could focus on the environment and climate change. It could also focus on the planet, its future and how to protect it. Destruction could also consist of architecture and sculpting. For my Project, I would like to create sculptural work because working to my strength is to create sculptures and models. As well as choosing architecture for university course, it relates to my chosen project. Also, I am very interested in the planet, our surroundings and the environment. I believe architecture focuses on the environment and its impact towards it, therefore doing my project about this would give me further ideas and help me with learning more about architecture and how it works.

Recently, I have done artist researches such as Gordon Matta-Clark. I chose Gordon because of his influential work on deserted buildings, which are called “building cuts”. He removed sections of buildings, created large scale holes in the floors and the walls. He represented architecture with destruction and deduction. This


interested me because he expresses architecture in the way of demolition. I believe he created holes in his ‘building cuts’ to test the building’s support therefore challenged its stability. In my opinion, this shows that architecture can be expressed through destruction.

I have also looked at architects who follow traditional materials and processes such as Gaudi who was inspired by nature, bright colours and shells. He is a modernist who did not break the tradition of building sculptures. Zaha Hadid did not follow traditional materials and processes. She was inspired by streamlining, such as the Performing Arts centre in Abu Dhabi. Glass is used to create a futuristic look, as well as being non-traditional.

In order to schedule my work, I could take pictures of steps throughout my project to show manufacturing processes and techniques. To evaluate it, I could ask members of the class and the audience to give me feedback on my project.

For my Final Major Project, I want my sculpture to represent destruction. I also want my sculpture to be environmentally friendly, because this is important when it comes to architecture as it would not have a bad impact on the environment, such as choice of materials and processes. I want my sculpture to relate to beautiful things being destroyed, and the past couple of years, there has been many disasters such as earthquakes and flooding which I can relate my work to.

 

Design Group

 

Ola Swiderska - Symbols and Signs

My Final Major Project I decided to base on symbols and signs; I looked at everyday symbols and ways of communicating. I research different alphabets and their origins. I am working towards producing my own alphabet by recreating letters and symbols from English, Polish and Russian alphabets as I want to create something personal and meaningful for me. I choose these languages because I can speak them. I am going to take away the literal meaning and produce my own alphabet and font. I have been highly influenced by Paul Thurbly and Anjo Bolardo, I will use these artists as a starting point, however, I will gain further artist research who inspired me along the way.    

 During my final major project I am going to use mixed media techniques. Mainly, I am focusing on print making techniques such as wood cuts, dry point etching and screen prints. As well as print making I am going to use traditional and non-traditional photography. As a starting point, I will take photographs of signs, public notices, lettering and recognizable symbols. Also I going to use non traditional graphics techniques, such as animated illustrations and sound recording.  

Having Developed my own Font I then designed print blocks for a traditional typeface and then created a TrueType Font on the computer.    



 

 

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Andrew Stratford - 7 Deadly Sins

In my final major project I will be producing a set of work, which will be based on the seven deadly sins. I want to produce several illustrations, which will be put into a book, around the idea of creating figures that have an animal head and a human body; using primary photographs to draw from. I will be creating imaginative and funky characters for my FMP and also looking at artists to give me inspiration to create and produce my own illustrations.

I have researched several artists who create wacky, fun and strange characters such as David Litchfield ‘http://www.davidlitchfieldillustration.com/’ who is quite fun and creates quirky drawings.

Sarah King ‘http://www.sarahaking.com/’ who produces mad creatures using trees and beady eyes to create her characters has also inspired me to create my very own imaginative illustrations. I have come up with some early ideas for example; I wanted to include buildings, animals and human figures to create my own imaginative illustrations. I came up with an idea of a bestiary where many years ago people drew exaggerated drawings of animals and some look very interesting and doesn’t look like the actual animal its self. I thought I could have a theme which would be the seven deadly sins, creating an animal head that represents one of the sins for example: pride as a peacock and lust as a monkey. The artists I have looked at have inspired me to create my own imaginative illustrations.

I intend to use materials such as a fineliner pen, pencils, charcoal and inks to produce my illustrations; intending to use my Photoshop skills to edit and enhance my illustrations. I would like to use block colouring in for some of my illustrations; enhancing the image and also using materials such as brown paper and textured backgrounds. I would like to create a book with illustrations of buildings and animal heads. I will also take photographs of human figures in several positions that I could draw from and use for my human figure. I will be using my own primary photographs to draw my illustrations from and I intend to also draw some from my imagination.

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Charlotte Johnson - The Passing of Time

For my FMP, Final Major Project, I am working on the theme of The Passing of Time. I choose this because I thought it would be quite an interesting idea to work from, especially if I am going to be producing some sort of film for my final outcome; it’s an idea which can be made into a creepy, unusual film. I want people to have to think ‘what happened there?’ after seeing it. I will work towards producing a film based around the idea of passing time and look into many ways of showing time through film. I will experiment a lot with filming and make sure my final outcome is interesting and pulls in viewers.

For my FMP, my starting points were looking at photographers who worked with the concept of The Passing of Time, which was the theme I was most interested in. I looked at Ray Metzker, Idris Khan, Alexey Titarenko, Duane Michals, Eadweard Muybridge and Sam Taylor Wood as photographers who used this idea. I really liked all their work but the two who I thought mostly influenced me were Idris Khan and Alexey Titarenko for their unusual and unique styled which I loved and really enjoyed working in myself. I then began to look at film makers who used the idea of time and I found Maya Deren, Andy Warhol, Andrey Tartovsky and Sulky Bunny Productions. I began by thinking that I wanted to create a really dark, strange film such as Deren’s or Warhol’s but after looking at Sulky Bunny, I want to do a stop motion video for a final outcome.


Charlotte's videos can be found on the colleges Youtube channel:

http://www.youtube.com/user/priestleygraphics

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Laura Greenfield - Shadow and Tone

I will explore and develop numerous ideas based on shadow and tone, looking at abstract and literal forms of photography. I have researched into a variety of photographers that I have found inspiring and could potentially result in further ideas towards a final piece, photographers such as: Floris Neususs, Susan Derges, Adam Fuss, Garry Fabian Miller and Pierre Cordier. I particularly like the work of Susan Derges and Pierre Cordier.

For my initial starting points, I decided to take photographs of shadows that were cast from objects and still life from either natural sunlight or artificial light. This idea was influenced by the photographers I researched earlier. To develop these initial ideas I will plan more photo shoots and photograph different shadows that have been made naturally or shadows I have created myself. This way, rather than photographing obvious shadows, I can get various forms of shadows that appear abstract and unusual.


Techniques and processes I intend to experiment with during this project are: photography, photogram’s and dark room techniques, print-making, image transfers and I also intend to use editing programmes such as Photoshop and Lightroom. To make sure I can develop enough of these various techniques and processes, I will try each one for a certain period of time and then move on to a different technique, devising a task sheet with a time plan to ensure I can spend enough time on each area to increase the amount of work I produce in the development stages. I feel a variety of different outcomes will be effective as it will help me decide which techniques I would prefer to use in my final piece.

To help me consider other possibilities of developing my ideas and final outcomes I will ask my tutors and peers to critique my existing ideas and plans to find out how they think I could improve my work and also what other ideas I could explore to increase possible final outcome plans.

I have produced a wide range of abstract imagery which range from scans of photograms, and film photographs, as well as digital imagery. I want to present them as a whole wall piece which shows the imagery in a strong format. I have chosen to use just black and white, not colour as this best represents the theme of shadow and tone, as well as creating strong contrasting imagery.

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Elizabeth Hough - Unwanted

Found, abandoned, unwanted, decayed, 2nd hand and sold object.
I will be working to produce illustrations about the objects I find and perhaps looking into installation and sculpture to make use of the objects I have collected. I will be using my nanas shed as the bases of my piece as it is full of old decayed object. I will look into carving into objects and transforming them in to other things. My project is about exploring the theme of objects I have discovered, I am open minded about the project and willing to be led depending on what objects I find. Some techniques may only work with some objects and finding new objects could give me further ideas. I would perhaps like the idea of making my own antiques collection inside the shed or making new things out of my objects and putting them in a working context in the  installation. I am able to do this with the exhibition space available. I will consider all the options when learning new techniques to do with my objects and can use these to help me decided what will work best as a final piece.

I have started of my project by looking into artists that use found objects and make them into other things such as slinkachu and Chantal Marie Bourgonje. I also looked into artists that I thought I could use the techniques of such as Rob Ryan and Bovey Lee’s intricate cut outs. I am also looking into Jennifer collier, damian Hurst, Joseph Cornell, Yifat Bezalel, Kiki Smith and Yulia Brodskaya. I also like the idea of perpective and playing around with optical illusions so I have looked into research based on this. My starting points are going to be to collect objects of interest. Sketch some, make some into different things, carve into them and try various different techniques from here I was see what works best and how things could link together and I can move on to things on a bigger scale if they work well.


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Laura Hopkins - Everyday Life

I want to work towards producing a set of images following the everyday life of a person that I personally find interesting. I will follow this person in there day to day life picking up on there habbits, and way of living, taking pictures of them doing different things during the day. I will also photograph objects that link to them and that mean something to them. Learning about their life while photographing them, what interests them, their daily routines and habits, and people and places that are included in their lives.

I started off by taking photos in London, I found that the photos I look which had people in worked well, I liked looking at different characters and the different styles around the city, this helped me towards deciding to focusing on people and how differently people live. I really like the work of Kaylynn Devenney, her work has really influenced me, and helped generated ideas for my own work. I like that she focus’s on one person, but gets that person to write comments on the photos about what they where doing and feeling in the photos. 

I will take lots of photos of different people, before deciding on whom to actually focus on; I will edit the photos many different ways, using Photoshop and Lightroom. This will build up the development part of my work; I will also use different ways of image transfer onto different backgrounds. I also may choose to do some sketches from the photos using different media, to build up my technique part of the unit. The main subject matter of my project is my grandparents, especially focusing on my granddad. He plays an important role in my life and he was a great subject to base my work around. I followed him around capturing his everyday activities and simple habits and routines. This set of work is very personal to me and I am proud in the imagery that I have produced and the story it tells of my granddad’s life.


In my evaluation I am going to discuss every part of my work, including the positives that worked, and the less positive things I could have improved or developed further. I will speak about different techniques that I have used during the project and the different medias and materials that I have experimented with. Commenting on if they were successful, how well they worked, and weather or not I decided to use them. I will talk about if I liked trying out different techniques and if I would have changed anything. I decided on using a limited colour palette and natural tones within my photographs – sepia, black and white and de-saturated. I feel that this suits the nature of my photography and emphasises the story told through my work

 

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Olivia Laughton - Body art

  1. The Body is a Canvas.­­­­’ Looking at different ways in which artists use the body as a way of displaying their artwork. Whether the artists are body artists e.g. Using airbrushing or body paints, or tattoo artists e.g. using inks and a needle gun. I will then look at how I can create similar effects in my work.
    I will work towards producing a set of backgrounds in which I will use models to stand against and paint the patterns onto my model to make them camouflage into the background. I will then take a range of photographs to show my work. I will be trying a lot of different techniques that relate to the art of body artists and tattoo artists except I will be using my own designs and paintings to create my pieces.

    As I am really interested in tattoos, I decided to base my FMP around the idea of tattoos, but instead of just creating a set of work on tattoos, I decided to take it a step further and look into body art to try and look at the idea of making the body a canvas. I am highly influenced by the work of tattoo artists like Hazel Nicholls and body artists like Craig Tracy, who both creates beautiful artwork on the body.

I am going to explore the different works of body artists and tattoo artists to gather ideas of designs and ideas which can influence the work which I produce.

I am also going to visit a number of tattoo studios in Liverpool, for example:

  • Design For Life
  • Illuminati
  • 13 ink

This will be to speak to artists about their views on artwork being on the body and how they are influenced to create artwork. I am also going to look on the web pages of body artists and try and contact them to speak to them to get more opinions on the body art.

I want to try and create canvases which explain the history of tattoos and include small illustrations to reflect the information; most of this will be in acrylic paint. I will also create some image transfers on canvases, using mod podge, which will have photographs of models I have painted body art onto using acrylic paints and body pens. I plan to have all of my research done by the end of March 2012, then I am going to try and experiment with different aspects until mid April. By this time, I should have a clear understanding of where my project is going to go and what I will create for my final piece(s). I will use the rest of the time that I have to create my final pieces, and finally present it in an exhibition.

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Michael Woods - City Life

For my final major project I have looked at the topic Everyday life, or moreover City and Country as contrasting Lifestyles. For this assignment my aim was to try and make something three dimensional and visual in order for the viewer to have a different feel for the piece, instead of just a basic two dimensional image.
During the start of this project I started looking at artists such as Kiki Smith as I admired her very thorough and in depth concept, where as also she takes into consideration all aspects of items and materials used.
After this I went on a trip to London to help with inspiration for my final major project, as I went to numerous Museums such as the National Portrait gallery, Hayward gallery and the Saatchi. During this trip I did not have a specific concept, so I decided to start taking different photos that I liked in order to reflect on them, to see if they could give me any ideas. Which in turn it did as the “Hustle and Bustle” of London City Life intrigued me as a way of life. This also made me think of the complete contrast being the country.
I originally pondered too much regarding this idea to get a completely in depth concept that would link into one of Kiki Smiths. Then I started working with the more basic idea of the difference between City and Country, where I then started to make Photoshop designs for both of them. As these worked quite well I started to work with these more and start to progress them on more.
Next I decided that as I wanted my final piece to be a sculpture, I started to build up some of the sections of my better Photoshop designs to start making them three dimensional pieces of work. Where I wanted the makeup of each to occur within the Sculpture. These worked quite well, so therefore I wanted to take this further and start making a next version from wood and connecting it together.

After making my sculpture with Photoshop designs onto wood it started to look more effective as a piece. But there where a couple of things that did not; for example it was very dark, so the Photoshop designs were not very interesting, where as the composition of the sculpture was not very intriguing. So I took these on board and made a next sculpture. This had a better composition, but I had still left the piece too dark, so I decided to look at more artist research to obtain similar work and gain more ideas.

   

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Bethany Bryan - Moments in Time

I chose the theme of 'Personal Posessions' as a starting point in my FMP. I wanted to investigate derelict places and the objects that could be found there. I also wanted to use my Gran's house which has been empty for a while and was becoming rundown. There were certain objects left behind held a significance and also reminded me of certain times at my Gran's house. I chose to explore a variety of techniques such as photograms, gum arabic and mono printing, as well as photography and image transfer. My final piece is a mixture of photograms, which were created using projections onto found obkects at the house, as well as several edited photos of other objects. I also included monoprints of a derelict building to enhance the work.