Summer Show 2013

 

Textiles and Fashion Group

 

Natalie Hassall - Maganda Cosmetics

Natalie interpreted the theme as an investigation into body image and different ideas of beauty.  She used questionnaires to determine people’s views and perceptions.  Her aim was to produce a range of packaging and marketing materials for her own brand of make-up Maganda.  Her packaging utilised the laser cutter and she used the Adobe creative suite extensively to demonstrate a wide range of designs.


Her exhibition is a make-up area in a Department store.

 

 

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Lauren Lloyd - A Moment in Time

Lauren interpreted the theme as her chance to create her costume for a heroine of English Literature, Miss Hamisham from the novel, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. 

Lauren has created a flamboyant wedding day costume, cake and interior distressing and ageing both the interior and the costume and artefacts.  Miss Havisham has left her clothes and environment to rot and decay as she was jilted as a would-be bridge 20 years previously.  The interpretation has posed Lauren many challenges in her project – trying out antique effects.  The display is supported by her atmospheric photoshoot of the wedding dress and veil.


 

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Stephanie Warbrick - Bohemian Rhapsody

Bo ho fashion – the style, patterns and look. Festival fashion an electric and personal mix of commercial fashion.  Steph visited Camden market in London, researched the Bo ho style – music festivals and celebrity experiments of the style.  She produced a range of garments with her own printed designs. The photoshoot promoted the style in different environments.


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Kathleen Hancox - A Moment in Time

The 1950’s and the styles and style icons of this period were Kathleen’s inspiration.  She has a long-held interest in 50’s style and was so excited about the project.  She has produced a series of designs and garments using authentic 1950s dress patterns.  The designs are her own inspired by research in Manchester Platt Hall Museum where her cotton dresses from the period were displayed.


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Hannah Mclean - Architectural Detail

Hannah photographed local and European architechure for her theme, supporting her work with drawings and designs.  The intention was to produce a range of surface pattern designs for an interior.  Hannah has created a display suitable for a showroom with curtain, wallpaper, engraved dado rail, cushions and an upholstered chair.  Her architecture studies have evolved into a variety of designs for modern interiors.


 

 

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Megan Frith - Distortion and Reflection

Megan has investigated the idea of being ‘trapped’ the feeling of claustrophobia.  Her samples, drawings and photographs have researched this theme.  A flamboyant dramatic garment was the aim and Megan has incorporated printed, distressed and embroidered fabrics to show this ‘trapped’ theme.  Her photoshoot promotes the theme.


 

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Sally Corry - Flower Power

Sally chose the 1960’s and ‘flower power’ as inspiration – developing ideas for weddings in this style.  Her scarves and waistcoat reflect her interest in surface pattern designs and exciting colourful patterns.  She has used lots of different embroidery and hand painting techniques.


Her photoshoot demonstrates the hippy flower power intention of the project, the photos taken in Walton Gardens.


Her lively display also shows her wedding invitations in the same style.


 

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Rebecca Chan - Beachamber

Rebecca interpreted this theme by visits to the coast, to Blackpool and other sea-side resorts.  She chose to develop a nostalgic them of these resorts in there hey day – in the 1950’w particularly where Blackpool was the place to go! Rebecca has produced structured bikini designs and matching sarongs. She has produced a range of surface pattern designs and her swimwear is printed before being constructed.  On her photoshoot she selected photographs to produce postcard designs.


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Jane Tasker - Sleeping Beauty

Jane’s long held interest in dance and ice-skating costumes enabled her to follow this route when interpreting her theme.  Matthew Bourne’s costumes for the ballet was one of her inspirational designers she researched.  Jane chose to produce costumes for Sleeping Beauty researching the story, the variety of ways it has been portrayed before embarking on her interpretation. The male and female costumes were photographed in various locations; a studio, at the parish church and Walton Gardens. Jane used the photo to produce her programme and poster. 

The display is in the style of a ballet dressing room.

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Jessica Macglashan -Crystal Maze

Jessica developed her research from a residential trip to London, where she produced drawings and photographs inspired by the theme.  On her return to college she produced designs working from crystals.  Jessica chose to produce surface pattern designs for fashion 4 commercial fashions. In keeping with the theme, she has displayed her ideas surrounded by reflective materials.


 

 

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Katherine Hughes - 1050's Domestic Goddess

The domestic 1950’s goddess was the inspiration for this kitchen interior produced by Katherine.  Such a domestic goddess that her apron is attached to the wallpaper and the ironing board!


On her residential trip to London Katherine researched kitchen interiors in both high street and designer stores plus she took photographs of 1950’s interiors.

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Siantel Silcock - Ann Boleyn

Anne Boleyn was the inspiration for Siantel.  She visited Tudor architectural buildings such as Rufford Old Hall for her initial research and produced a range of designs.  Her interest in reading novels about the Tudors and finding in depth information about Anne Boleyn have resulted in a paper costume utilising the wide range of designs the detail with beading on the costume creates an imposing costume.


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Alicia Blackwell-Edwards - Travels with a Suitcase

Alicia interpreted this theme around the 3 different periods of her life, as an infant, a child where she developed her hobbies and interest, and present day and her love of travelling to different locations.  Her travels this year to London and New York have been incorporated into the work. 

The display contains personal items which reflect the theme and are supported by words and phrases that link to dyslexia from Alicia’s personal viewpoint.


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Daisy Roberts - Photographs and Memories

Daisy has used personal family memorabilia for her quirky collection of craft based items.  Daisy has incorporated printing by heat transfer, screen-printing and embroider – alongside the photos.  The collection reflects Daisy’s personality and interest.  The wall hanging and photo frames.


 

 

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Sally Kershaw Moore- Kaleidoscope

Sally knew exactly what she would do with the theme – a range of vibrant designs suitable for dance-raves.  Her costumes, make up and designs using loud fluorescent colours are at home in a nightclub and rate environment.  Her photoshoot incorporated all aspects of make-up, costume, lighting and dance to celebrate her interpretation of the theme.


 

Fine Art Group

 

Karis Brown - Family and Life

With my final outcomes I believe that I achieved everything researching into two major tattoo artists. Adam Pasquali was the one I was inspired by the most his bold colours stood out to me and his theme of work was what I could relate to at the time through the emotions and struggles. His work is very creative like nothing I have ever seen. David Tevenal uses mythical creatures he draws at a high standard and brings impact to his pictures, I wanted to use him because his work is out of the ordinary and they inspire me to think of my own designs changing things up a bit, He also has great use of detail e.g. the scales on the fish tail or the main on the horse. My work relates to theirs in how they have used colours their bright and cheerful but on the other hand the drawings are more dark and quite disturbing if you went into deeper depth or heard about their story.


With my shrine I researched into Grayson Perry who designs many different sculptures , vases and especially his prized possession a teddy named ‘Alan Measles’ which is in everything he designs/draws. I could relate to this by having my Mum as the main feature of the sculpture but using the animal she loves which are horses.


I did a few experiments’ using oil pastels at first onto MDF but it didn’t work well because the oil pastels weren’t blending right so I tried acrylics, they worked much better because of the wet substance and they blended very easily together with the wood. Because acrylics are fast drying I was able to paint much quicker on the MDF the wood also helped by absorbing the paints too. When I finished my painting I wanted to add details to the horse especially with the main having multiple colours going through
With my Shrine using clay was the best thing to do because it’s easier to mould and I could add or takeaway features, also clay takes days to dry out if you keep it in a cool area so I work on them without rushing getting a better quality.
I believe I have improved on my sculpting skills and painting I work much quicker and faster now before this I never used clay or paints. But I do believe I can progress into painting becoming more skilled and learning new techniques
By producing a painting and a shrine I wanted to get across how important family and life is and that you shouldn’t take it for granted I wanted to use my mum as a perfect example of this because she is the most dearest and precious person in my life and I believe I achieved that in my final outcomes.


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Stewart Hanlon - (R) Evolution

My statement of intent stated that I will produce a piece of work in the way that Tim Noble & Sue Webster create there’s (sculptural) and use it combined with another piece of work (painted) in the technique of Derek Hess. I wanted to show how when a world has been troubled or destroyed, that the smaller things in life become more important and people want them more and they mean more, so much that people would fight for them where as usually you could just go to the shop and get what you want.


I researched Tim Noble and Sue Webster and they used a large amount of objects to create a large pile of rubbish to create their work, but as I wanted to make it look like the objects were scarce, I decided to try and use as little as possible. And when I looked into Derek Hess for my painting technique, I realised only half his technique is what I wanted, he uses thin lines and points out the outline in detail, filling the centre in with a scratchy effect a lot of the time, I really only wanted to do his outline style which is quite loose and free. After finishing it with just the outlines I realised it looked rather plain so I came up with the idea of a blueprint, and focus on the outline and put measurements on for construction, this links with my work because once order has been restored they need to reconstruct what has been destroyed in the process.


When I first started my piece I wanted to just create a single large painting, of an area that has obviously been the victim of a riot, and painting a shadow faintly on top of it to show that people had recently been here but now it is abandoned and no longer wanted. Instead I looked into creating shadows using a light source and objects like Tim Noble and Sue Webster, and decided it would be more creative and meaningful to use that technique. I needed to look at different light sources like torches, bulb lights and spotter lights, torches were too weak, and spotter lights reflected too much, but bulbs worked really well.


Whilst creating my work I was thinking that it wouldn’t work, because my shadow was so hard to create but after a while it started to come along and made the shape I wanted. And my painting progressed into a blueprint of a little town, as well as looking rather battered itself. So in the end I think I managed to create what I wanted. My final outcome was a success but in some ways could be improved. Like my painting could have been smaller to enhance the detail as blue prints are rather detailed, but I needed it to fit my exhibition and also I could have used more objects and more expensive objects in my work.


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Julia Wojkowiak - Time

Time influences your body, once you are young your face changes all the time from baby to an adult but once you grow from this stage your body stops changing all the time. Only your age count keeps rising and rising. I wanted to show all these aspects of growing up and aging by creating a face from different media to shows how a woman looked like when shes was young and how she looked like when shes was older.

I have looked at severaly different artists but at the end of the day I have only chosen two of them which I liked the most. Ron Mueck is a sculpture artist; I really liked his concept of realism. He has created many different sculptures of different sizes from huge to small.
Ivan Albright is a portrait artist; he focuses on creating very realistic paintings with a cartoon feel. By looking at these two artists, I got a pretty clear idea of what I will be trying to achieve by the end of the project. Looking at their work, I have tried to reproduce their style but I have also added some of my style to make it a little bit more personal.

I have started the project with a thought of creating a body of an old lady based on the inspiration I have gathered in the earlier stage. However, due to the fact that I have never worked with such a material I have decided that I will be only focusing on the face. I have decided that I will be adapting these changes onto all media which I have worked with including fabric and clay. I have chosen fabric because I wanted to show how old people cover themselves in long winter nights with blanket.

I have received a feedback from my group where we have assessed our work, this feedback has helped me to evaluate my work and improve in different stages of project, I really like how the final outcome has turned out, it was a huge challenge which has definitely paid off at the end of the day. There is alwasy a space for improvement but I am very pleased with it. If I had to develop the idea further, I would try to work with more stages of the life instead of working with just two.

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Lauren Brown - Order and Chaos

I have full filled the majority of the ideas included in my Statement of Intent. My initial idea for my final outcome of dealing with order and chaos is how I planned it to be apart from the change in materials. I looked at Cornelia Parker as my main artist of inspiration and developed ideas from her pieces or work, such as; ‘Neither There, Nor Towards’ and ‘Heart of Darkness’, which both show suspended materials in an orderly and controlled manner. I used Cornelia Parker as inspiration for my final outcome and also for the ideas into what unusual and unique materials I could use to make my development pieces. I looked into the artist Ai Weiwei when thinking of how to interpret meaning into my work, looking at his piece of work ‘Sunflower Seeds’ which has cultural reference to the country he originates from. Initially I wanted to create a suspended piece including shards of glass as my final outcome and then to create series of development pieces that simply just showed control over and organisation of a material or object, but instead I decided what works and what doesn’t. After some experimenting I came to the decision to make a more visual and meaningful selection or work. After making the link between a ball and window I made a small scale glass ball out of smashed glass which was then tack fused in the kiln. I realised that a sphere is always visually recognised and is more interesting than my initial idea to reassemble the chosen materials original form, so I continued making spheres out of different materials. Some other materials I used were; wax, wire, mud and brick, although I discarded the brick as it was more of an experimental piece and I only completed one half, it was also very challenging to work with because there were no connecting points which made the structure unstable. I found making the wax ball was challenging as well but I found other alternatives to making it by putting the hot wax into a mould and once it had set, I carved the shape with a knife which took time but in the end I achieved a professional outcome. Throughout my project I have been annotating and evaluating my work, commenting on what areas I found difficult and the areas I didn’t. I have received a number of comments and some constructive criticism and advice from both my peers and tutor which have helped me develop my analysis of my work further and in more depth, which has also given me ideas to improve my exhibition space and outcomes. I believe my final outcome is a success because it shows skill and beauty and also control which is everything I wished to achieve and I think it brings together my whole exhibition and the many ideas behind it, and if I was to develop the idea further I would us either a different material or complete the outcome on a much larger scale.

 

 

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Katie Whiteley - Space Between

In my first statement of intent I stated that I would be experimenting with the use of light creating shadows using inspiration from Mona Hatoum and the likes of Tim Noble and Sue Webster. This is what I achieved and I went on further to develop my ideas; in which evolved into the idea of my clay sculptures creating the shadows and also the use of paper. My concept for my project has also developed and now my concept is about the how the bad influences on children and elements of the world that shouldn’t be exposed to children such as drugs and bad language are in fact exposed to them in ways that parents don’t even realise; for example the war video games and TV programs and looking at how the innocence of childhood is being ruined in the modern day.
I looked a Mona Hatoum and focused of her work produced using light. Her main piece of work called ‘Misban’ was a child’s light shade with toy soldier cut outs which projected the images onto the walls; this was the initial piece that I took inspiration from. The idea behind Mona Hatoum’s ‘Misban’ was very similar to my concept for my project; her child’s light shade projects the toy soldiers as a representation of war but to a child they interpret it as toys which shows the innocence of the child, similar to my concept. Because I was looking at producing words in my shadows I looked a little at the different typographies which gave me ideas on how to construct my clay characters, for example creating he shadows first and then deigning the characters around the shapes used. Tim Noble and Sue Webster I looked at and found useful in the process of making my clay characters because of the process they used in making their shadows in their art created by rubbish piles. Also to help me in the aesthetics of my characters I looked at Rob Steen; an illustration and character designers whose work consists of children’s monsters like the ones I planned on making. As I developed my ideas I found the need to look more at other artists, for example I wanted to produce shadows with the use of paper so I had to look at artists that combined paper and light in their work I came across Kirsten Hassenfeld who created 3D paper installations and then lit them. She was a useful artist to reference.

My Initial idea for my clay characters was to create cute friendly characters that make a scarier shadow but developing my ideas and looking more in depth as to the meaning of Mona Hatoum’s work I changed the shadow I was going to make into a swear word to match my developed concept of the innocence of children. As I developed the characters I experimented with different words for example ‘Bitch’ but I found that the longer words didn’t turn out as well and so I stuck with my original word of ‘F*ck’. The size of the characters also developed as I went through the project, I began small and then for my final characters they had almost tripled in size to make more of an impact in my exhibition. The idea of my paper outcome came a little later in the project after finishing my clay characters I wanted to produce more work to support them and show the concept a bit clearer. I began with the designs for it to become a cube with different cut outs on each side that would produce shadows when lit, but as I began to cut them out I found another use for the sides as individual squares which would hang on the wall and create the same shadows from the natural light and hang light pictures in a child’s bedroom. For my paper outcome I used paper to begin with but it wasn’t strong enough and so I experimented with plastic half way through to see if it would work but I found difficulties when cutting it on the laser cutter. I returned to card which was easier to cut and however it was not as strong it was stronger than paper.

My final outcomes I felt were successful because of my development of ideas and constantly changing my work, even if it was a small detail that changed. I feel that my paper outcomes where my best out of my final works and I think that although I could have lit them better given more time, I am happy with the final outcome of this project.


 

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David Cunliffe - Influences of War

For my FMP I have made two outcomes out of the same material, which is tyres. The outcomes I have made are a sculpture and a chair, all made out of unwanted tyres. I have chosen to use tyres as my recycled material as it can be controlled and manipulated in sculptural ways which can come together to make well presented pieces of work. The chair is both comfortable to sit on and eye catching as it has both a sculptural and quirky, because it is different from your average chair. To make the chair I used just the tread part of the tyres, which I cut away from the rest of the tyre using a jigsaw and a hack saw, this part of the tyre was the best part to use as it could be positioned in ways which looked the most sculptural. I used nuts, bolts and washers to connect the tyres and tyre treads together, I found this was the best way of connecting them after researching it on the internet. The sculpture was made from the remaining parts of the tyres which were the bits cut off the sides where the reinforced metal is located the most in the tyre which resemble ring like shapes. It combined whole rings and some which were cut in one place to make different types of sculptural shapes, these were all connected together to make a combination of twists and turns, but these were connected using screws and washers which were made from bits of rubber and MDF so the sharp parts of the screw was hidden to make it safer when touched, I found this to be a much faster and easier way of connecting the rubber parts together. Before I started to produce these pieces of work, I had to make sure that tyres were a good material to use, therefore I experimented with one tyre tread by manipulating it and connecting it in different positions which I then photographed and documented. I was happy with the different shapes it could make so I was then sure that rubber was a good material to use. I also came across some difficulties when making these products, resulting in developing different ways and methods to make them both easier and better to look at and also for the chair to become more comfortable. These problems included changing the rubber washers for the sculpture, to MDF as the rubber ones weren't holding the screw very well, I used screws instead of bolts for the sculptures as it was an easier and quicker way of connecting the tyres, and I also added more tyre shapes to the chair to make it more comfortable and more sculptural looking. The message I wanted to create with these two products is that recycling can be made into a more unique and environmentally friendlier way, by taking unused objects or materials and making them into something which can be used as part of a daily life style. I am very happy with how these two outcomes ended up because to me they both look sculptural and are both eye catching and unique which could make people see the other possibilities of recycling, the same way that I do. The chair is my favourite of the two pieces as it is both a unique sculpture and a fully functional chair which I find rather comfortable and I'm sure others will too. 


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Lucy Moore - Human Body

When I first started my project I chose a few artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Leonardo Da Vinci, Damien Hirst, Adel Abdessemed, Richard Wentworth, Gunther Von Hagens and also Alex Gray. I chose to look into all these artists as they all focus on anatomy and they all look in to the body and each display their work in their own different, personal styles. I enjoyed looking at how fascinating their pieces of work were, especially when I was looking at Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Vitruvian Man, this stood out to me the most as I found that different parts of the body are equal to other parts and enjoyed focussing on all the different body proportions. I even created a piece of work based around this as I painted my foot print and placed it where it matched up to and where it signified which was my arm from my elbow to my wrist. The person who inspired me the most was Gunther Von Hagens as his plastination work was not just art work he took it to a new level as he used human features. All these artists link to my work as I have chosen to go further into researching rather than just look at the outside of the body and all the bones and these artists help me do this and helped me to start my interest into the Human Body. I think many people just look at the body and take it for granted so the message I have tried to put across was to show that the body has much more to it than you may think and when you look at all the measurements of the water and carbon (which I have represented by using coal) it is shocking what you can find out and how much your body contains.
At first I was looking at all the bones in the body, then at the muscles then finally at all the body proportions but I thought this was too brief and I wanted my project to stand out and not just be boring and simple. I then came across a page on how much water was in the body this made me want to do further research and find out what else was in the body. I then decided on my final idea and thought that if I could show what was in the body it would be more interesting and people may have wanted to look into it more as it is overwhelming what the body contains. I decided to fill plastic with water and suspend bags showing how much water there is and I was also going to create atoms and just insert them into all the bags. I developed this idea further and then came up with the idea of putting everyday objects such as chalk, milk, coal and a nail into the bags to symbolise different aspects of the body. I also measured out all of the water, atoms and also the objects so it was as realistic as possible. I am glad I did this as I feel it makes it even more interesting because I have used my own weight to help me measure it all out therefore it would be as exact as I could get it to what was in my body. The materials I used were plastic, to make the suspended bags which I included everything in, the Fimo which I have never used before but now I feel I have the experience to use it again, the wire (and the Fimo) to make the rings of my atoms so I do feel like I have improved my cutting and bending of the wire more as I have not really used it in that way before, I also gathered my everyday objects together such as chalk, milk, coal, salt and a nail to represent such things as calcium, Carbon, Sodium and Iron.


As I have progressed through my work I have taken pictures and documented what I could have changed or improved throughout my work, this helped me as I changed specific things as I went through for example I decided to create different size bags for different things or else it would be too heavy and it would not work. I gave my ideas in small groups to get criticism back and I then took it upon myself to then go and change what they thought needed to be improved or changed in order to be more clearer to the audience I am presenting it to who may not have a clue what was in the body. I feel like the final outcome is a success in that I like the way it looks as the bags of water are all on different levels and some are fuller than others, I also think it is clear what I am trying to put across to everyone. If I wanted to develop my idea further I could have looked into the body in a different way, for example I could have looked at the bones and muscles instead of looking as far in as I did.


 

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Joshua Warburton - Piracy

For my FMPMy work is completely different to my initial idea since my initial idea was to do 3 or 4 paintings and pastel pieces showing a story but now I have combined old piracy like the ships and internet piracy. I haven’t kept with what I said I would in my initial statement. Since I completely changed my idea I had to research completely new artists like ’Erika Iris Simmons’ although I have still got my initial research still I feel it has been rendered useless because of the method and materials I have used. Erika’s art links a lot with my work and was a big influence for the method I used to create my final pieces.

Initially my idea was to show a story of piracy using 3 or 4 A2 pieces done in oil pastel, but I completely changed my idea and in the end I wanted to combine old fashioned piracy with internet piracy to show how not much has changed in the rules of piracy, it’s just in a different form, I did this by using VHS and Cassette tape to create pieces of art of Blackbeard and his ship, I used Blackbeard mainly because he is the most well known pirate but


 

 

also because his ship ‘The Queen Anne’s Revenge’ has very unique features which I thought would turn out well with the technique I was using. Before I chose to use tape I experimented with a few different techniques starting with oil pastel and paint, to then more unique techniques like using the back of a VHS to use the wheels as eyes, I even tested out the idea of sticking DVD’s together but in the end I chose to use various tape to create my pieces, the down side to that was I had a limited amount of colour I could use ‘White, Black and brown’ which initially I felt would have a lack of detail.

Personally I don’t like the final outcome because I feel like its lacking something in the actual pieces, Other than that do believe it was a success in the state of the tape piece of the ship came out better than expected, keeping the tape on the ship tight and compact and then using the tape a lot more loose for the sea created a really nice effect and made it look a lot less plain and 2D. If I could develop it any further I would of done a full body piece of Blackbeard rather than a portrait piece but mainly I would of tried to keep the pieces a lot cleaner since because I was using a lot of glue dust would stick to it and make it look dirty and cheap.

All in all I believe I could have developed it a lot more if I hadn’t kept changing my mind of the idea and techniques, it turned out in a sort of success although more work could have been added.

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Emilio Dean Lisboa - Space Between

I promised that this F.M.P would be in the vain of Aldridge's "The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics" and in light of what has happened over the  past 3 months; I feel that i've achieved that goal. What I've done is not only keep it modern and contemporary but it also evokes a feeling  of nostalgia, a time when illustration was at it's finest which is what I stand for.I draw inspiration from great artists such as Arthur Rackham and Kay Nielsen and covered them very well, but one artist I didn't cover is Gaudi; yeah originally I wanted to research Gaudi because he's what influenced the 3D piece but I didn't have enough space or time to project that into my sketchbook. However I did mention him in my research of Babylon so I think that makes up for it. Anyway I think I've done everything I wanted to succeed to terms of 2D and 3D work, aside from one small detail I've covered everything I intended to create.

In terms of research i've looked at artists who specialised in illustration, which was my intention. I've wanted to look at Alan Aldridge who actually created the original concept of illustrating song lyrics, as well as artists from the golden age like Arthur Rackham and Kay Nielsen (who I admire by the way) because I've drawn inspiration from their artwork I felt it best to look at them because they've clearly had an understanding of design and adaption. While Rackham has influenced my drawing style, I only like Aldridge for his contributions to our culture and I do find his artwork expressive and unique so you can tell I took inspiration from the ideas he created (i.e 2D and 3D artwork). While I would have added more artists to look at (like Gaudi) i feel like I looked the artistsI needed to research so I felt I've looked at enough artists to represent.


 

Considering I was going to create "Illustrated Lyrics" now, it seemed like the chance to do this productin my own style, meaning that the 2D pieces would be mostly paintings and nothing contemporary like my fine art work. But my tutor wanted the product to look less predictable and show how I've become more diverse with materials, so he had me make 5 of the other pieces into something "contemporary" so it shows a range of equality in my own style other than have most of works just watercolours. For
example my "Viva La Vida" piece had to be changed to a print, and though it would have been less laborious to do most of them as paintings I feel that was the point to work hard on this product and
explore different methods. And most of the changes like the "wood print", "bleach drawing", and the "charcoal" piece weren't as hard to make as I thought so, in fact they turned out better than I hoped.
And as my tutor hoped they showed a real contrast between the paintings, while I did put a lot of effort into those I also put as much effort to make the contemporary stuff resemble my own work.

My Evaluation shows exactly what I've done for the past 4 months, from my first concept to the pieces themselves i've analysed everything in a brief and constructive fashion. I've pretty much covered everything from the artist research, the bands I've picked and the contrast between the 2D and 3D works in an appropriate manner. Of course I didn't mention the process of each piece in my formal evaluation, because I already evaluated each piece so I pretty much covered every piece of commentary I could fit in, there's no need explaining more about my work because  I already did. i've stated the pros and cons to come from this product, I explained the overall thoughts I forgot to mention and what impact the entire product has had on me. Obviously I've stated why this product was a bigger success than I thought and why it came to be the biggest achievement I've done this year, I don't need to explain I don't need to add more to it, everything works in my favour because I worked so flipping hard, enough said.

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Lauren Tomlinson-Gleave - Human Nature

To start this project I had a completely different idea of how I was going to create my work. The theme has not changed I still decided to base it on the seven deadly sins but I also brought the seven heavenly virtues into my work to create contrast and to expand on the theme for a different effect. At the start I planned for all my work to be illustrated but I decided against it as I felt it was a limitation to me and my work. I moved on to looking at mixed media work combining photography, paint and an object, giving me a chance to explore new styles and work in my own way.

After deciding it was too simple to just draw my work I decided to pick a selection from the sins and virtues to what I feel are the ones that have the most impact to our lives. Only using seven I picked four in particular to stand out the most, Lust, Envy, Forgiveness and Kindness. Each of them four had one mix media stronger than the other, Lust consisted of photography with a touch of painting I focused on the lips, I took a photo of me biting my lips to either


 

suggest pain, nerves with the hit to stop where as Envy was completely painted I first took a photo of my friends eyes I decided on eyes as they tent to make us show the most envy, we each have are own look in our eyes to people who have what we want and seen as envy is green I wanted this to be expressed in my work so I painted them in different tones and shades of green, I decided to work on MDF with past experience I feel it works the best with paint. Forgiveness is the most challenging seen as I have never worked with wax before this was something new and interesting to try out, I feel the heart is most effected emotionally when forgiveness is involved working on this idea I created a full wax heart and sliced it in half to show it has been broken but using wire I fixed it back together to show that it has been healed and fixed. Kindness was a bit simpler, using a mirror so you can see your own reflection I painted a rose on the object as if you are being kind to your self. Also I picked sloth, wrath and chastity keeping them simple I picked each of them to be photographs.

Personally all in all I feel this project could have gone better if I had more time I could have expanded and been more creative with my work. I would have looked into more photography and could have expanded the theme a bit more but with the time I had I feel I worked well and have created a few good pieces but I don’t feel this is my strongest project.

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Chavelli Camron-Sheen - Isolation

For my Final Major Project, I intended to create a piece of work relating to isolation, which will include one person in particular. I plan to create a large scale painting and combining sculptural work. To help me progress in different techniques I researched alginate casting and planned to create different body parts, mostly a face and an arm which will be welded onto the giant painting. I want to create the perspective of freedom and show how this person feels in an isolated, desolate area by the use of the casting. The painting itself, I plan to create it in a way that it appears to look like a decayed wall, to achieve this I apply paint, melted wax and concrete powder to create a 3D, wall like texture, this will link with my photography.

Photography wise I intend to take multiple shots of one person, in different locations. One location will be of an isolated area, where my model will appear to feel free, comfortable and hiding away from society, whereas the other location will be of a public area, where my model will appear to be stressed, hiding away and hunched over in a petrified state. After these photographs have been taken, I intend to edit them to suit the theme.



 

 

 

The contents which influenced me to focus my project on isolation was one thing in particular, which is a PC game called ‘Cry of Fear’, revolved around a man who has become mentally insane after being paralyzed from the waist down caused by a hit and run, he began to believe he was just consumed waste in people’s lives and a burden upon them, the game takes a trip into his insanity which is full of distorted and grotesque figures, which are a threat to his sanity and give him suicidal influences. I am really intrigued into this game and it is the main reason to why I have chosen to have isolation as a theme.

For artists to research I looked at Ron Mueck’s sculptures, these caught my eye. As I had no clear idea of what to do for outcomes, looking at his work, I took note of body language of the sculptures while they are shocked, scared or angry, this is important for my theme and final ideas as the body language helps indicate how a person feels.
As I have mentioned, I plan to use alginate casting and plaster to create a mould of my model’s face and arm, after they set I plan to weld them into place on my giant wall textured painting, this is supposed to show how free the person is in an isolated area.

To assess my work, I looked at how I have progressed, at methods and techniques, before this project I had no idea of how to use alginate casting nor how to create a textured painting, I evaluated my improvements and faults, I expected to come across some along the process of making my work. I also commented on how I have improved on photography and my editing skills, as before I did not care for photography, but for this project I understood that it would be appropriate and I improved on the techniques.

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Nikita Barnwell - Light and Locality

My chosen theme was a mixture to two titles called Light and Locality. I decided to do both of the selected titles as I could combine Ideas that link to one another. I could use light to manipulate the viewer's perception and to create an atmospheric environment. The use of locality was to capture the local characteristics to create or build representations of the contemporary life. As I have stated above is different to what my final piece have turned out to be as it has completely changed as I have progressed through the project from light and locality to Influences of war I decided to do this half way through my project as I designed a periscope to look like a missile launcher and I like the outcome I produced for this so I decided to keep to this theme as I could work round and find Information that Is relevant and artists who have worked for the military doing camouflage for ships guns planes etc all of this which helps build up my project. I have researched Into artists: Conrad Shawcross, Yayoi Kusama, David Batchelor. All of these artists have Inspired me for Ideas and concepts for future circumstances but with my theme changing I have found relevant artists that have Influenced me further In development and In my outcomes such as; The Chapman Brothers, Abigail Reynolds, Adam Bartholl which they have all Influenced me In either techniques to materials and themes. My current theme Is Influences of war which comes In all forms this allows me to experiment and produce multiple outcomes In materials available to me. Abigail Reynolds produces work through folding and manipulating paper and Images to look three dimensional so I have found secondary Images of a Glock 17 and a AK47 (weapons) and have also found Images of a canvassed desert and a forest which have different tones which was better for my work as It was based on camouflage In all types of materials and backgrounds and I have used her paper cutting technique to reveal parts of the guns I have selected. The Chapman Brothers on the other hand have Influenced me In starting a war theme as one of their paintings called disaster of war where little figurines are laid down cut up and small props are added for authenticity I have also added small figurines Into my work for the camouflage gun and netting so they blend In well. I have also created a sketch book showing how I developed and overcome any difficulties and how I have created my final pieces. within my sketchbook I have talked about health and safety of each creation and why I have decided to choose that specific material. I have also concluded annotations and step by step stages on how I created my final pieces and how the experimentations have been Improved and manipulated further Including group critiques and tutorials on how to Improve further. I have also Included a self evaluation about my success and disappointments.


 

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Lucy Davies - Negative Space

In my Statment of Intent I wrote about how I planned to build a dolls house that represents 'negative space'. I did do as I intended to however I developed the idea more and added a theme to the negative space. I decided to do it to display the negativity of growing up. Doing this I built the small dolls house and the larger dolls house, the smaller one representing the negative things that represent childhood and in the larger house I added things that were the negative feelings towards growing up. For example, making the larger house a 'house of cards' to show the insecurity and fragility that is felt when growing up, moving away from home etc. I believe I did everything I stated I would, although with more developed ideas.

The artists I said I would look at were Sophie Calle and Duane Michals. I looked at how Sophie Calle used objects with a significant meaning and placed the objects in a significant place. That place being the Freud museum. She placed objects such as the wig she wore when she was a stripper in various places in the museum because of how Freud would have interpreted the objects. Duane Michals did a piece called 'Alices Mirror' which shows objects, for example glasses and a chair, but at a scale that in the real world is wrong, like the glasses being larger than the chair. I also liked his use of mirror and how he used reflection to show what he intended to show. Their work links to mine because of the use of scale, using the larger house and the smaller house in a way they wouldn't usually be in the real world. I also used mirrors to show a literal way of 'reflection' on the past and childhood.


 

My initial idea was just to show negative feelings within the small dolls house however I developed that idea to show a specific negative feeling, I used the big house to show the same feeling, a feeling that all will experience in their life, or already have, growing up. I developed the idea by adding details such as the house of cards. This shows the insecurities of growing up and helped to portray the negative feelings, however, in the mirrored room in the large house I put my 'security blanket' from when I was a child, showing how parts of childhood can make the negative feelings ease and how you can be secure in an insecure situation. I also added common fears into it, for example the fear of being watched. I showed that by having the eyes on the stairs. My work is very mixed media as I have used clay, painting, woodwork, modrock and photography. Before doing this project I had never done anything using wood before so I developed my skills in that by building my large house.

The main way in which I have evaluated my work as I've gone along is using group crit and peer assessment. Doing this I could learn what problems there were with my work and what I needed to work on. This helped me mainly when building the larger house, I could then know what parts I had done that hadn't worked out and how I could improve them.

I also had tutorials with my tutors where I could speak about what issues there were and how I could get around those issues. For example, I was unsure of how to put the pieces of MDF together to construct the large house and how to make sure it was all stable, after speaking to my tutors I knew how I was going to do it and could look at the time it would take and what materials I needed.
I believe my final outcome is a success because it shows everything I intended it to show in the way I intended it to. I used items that show things like the way my blanket shows security and the way the ribbon shows innocence and childhood. I think the point I was trying to get across was displayed well and in a way people can see quite clearly.

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Design Group

 

Matthew Fearns - Environments

In this project I will try to create series of illustrations that will show the message that I will decide to get across. In all the illustrations I hope to show the contrast and difference that there is in the different areas of countries. The different illustrations will be; Suburbs, Forests, Jungles, Desserts, Cities, Towns/Villages. The final outcome would be a series of illustrations showing how different all these places are and the living things that inhabit each one.

The subject matter that influenced me was my interest in movies, video games and graphic novels. But I only say this because one of the main focal points I love about each one of those things is the environments they create and how original each one is and I chose to use this as my inspiration for my work. I plan on using some of my favourite environments from these forms of entertainment to gain inspiration when creating my own. I will also look at artists that specialise in environmental and landscape illustrations. I also think that it would be a good choice to research into some concept artists seeming as a lot of their work is creating fictional environments.

The techniques I will be developing and possibly using in this final major project are mono printing, line drawing, watercolour painting, pencil drawing, and architectural sketching. I will also develop my digital skills using programmes like Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to work into, clean up and generally improve some illustrations that I make. I will also develop my skills with my graphics tablet and using it to create my own concept art on Photoshop. Before I do any of this though I will go to some key locations and collect primary source images by taking pictures. I plan on going to London, Manchester, Liverpool, Gorse Covert, and Risley Moss. I think that these places will give me a good source of pictures and images to use as inspiration for my illustrations. In the end I want to be able to experiment will and develop my skills using a variety of materials and techniques to make sure I use the best ones in my final piece.


 

 

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Dominic Saulter - People of Authority

I will work towards creating a selection of characters of different scales and styles , I will also experiment with prints and photography to help add a vartiety and sense of depth to my illustartions. From these three themes “Figures and Faces , “Imaginary Friends” and “Everyday life and the people within it “ I have decided to base my project on people of aouthority who set and comand rules within my life and how my imagination and realtionship with the selected charcters alters my description and aperance in each illustarted character.

I have started by looking at the websites www.Illustrationfriday.com and www.creaturemag.com also I looked through an Illustration book to come across the following artists, Gaxy Taxali, Christopher Nielsen, Susan Burghart and Vincent Baskun, I will also use the Inspiration on Pen Ward , David Shrigley and J.G.Quintel who I have previously looked into .The artist have chosen to look at have been very varied with animators, illustrators and painters all looked in to I will look at the techniques and styles of these artists to develop and start experimenting with creating characters in different style.

I will look at using a variety of different self set techniques also I will furtherdevelop experimenting with different printing techniques such as Screen Printing and Gum Arabic, as well as looking into using a selection of painting styles to add depth to characters, and the usual fine liner and varied illustrating techniques, I will also take a selection of photo’s for inspiration for my idea’s to help get things started. I would also like to further my character design trying to use styles and create characters that could be used in the illustration and animation world today.

Thinking forward to my FMP I would like to create a selection of characters that I have developed through looking at other styles and techniques until I have came up with my own distinct illustration style, I could display this using an illustrated book or just presenting the characters and different techniques and styles used throughout to express my idea and journey of creation, this would all be followed up by a small evaluation of the work and how it has been developed in my journal.

Throughout this design process I will continue to get my work analysed by my peers as group critique are very effective and help you to develop your ideas further, also presenting my work for a final exhibit show at the end of the project that I will then present to an audience.


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Bethany Furbey - Imaginary Friends

I have choosen to use this theme as I think that my strong point in photography is taking photographs of people and it is also the subject which I most enjoy taking photographs of. I also want to try and use one of the other themes in my FMP; the other theme I have chosen is ‘Faces and Figures’. I want to use a combination of both themes so that I will be able to create a product which shows off my skills in photography. I will be working towards producing a series of photographic outcomes.

One of the artists which I have chosen to use as a starting point for my research for the FMP is ‘Tom Hussey’. I have chosen to look at his work as it is similar to the sort of images I wanted to produce myself. Another of my main inspirations was the ‘alter-ego’ work done by  Robbie Cooper, as I think these images have a very strong message. My first idea for this project was to use reflections in my imagery to show ‘Imaginary friends’, the reflection in the image will show who people, whilst there is actually only one person in the room, to try and show across this idea.  However over the weeks we have been working on this project my idea has changed a lot and progressed from an early idea to my final idea, about how people act/dress differently depending on whom they are with and where they are. This keeps to the theme of alter ego as it shows a side to each person which at first glance you may not have noticed before.

The main techniques which I plan to use for this project are photography and Photoshop skills.  I have chosen to use these two techniques as they are the ones which I am most confident with, but also they are the two techniques I want to develop further. I also want to try and develop my light room skills. I intend to experiment with both studio and location photography.

In order to review my work I will critically analysis my own work.  I think that another way in which I may analysis my work is get feedback from my peers; this will help me to get an idea of whether the views/themes I wanted to put across in my work were successful.  


 

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Adam Wright - Environments

For the final major project, the theme I have chosen to base my work on is Environments. The reason I have chosen this theme is because it is quite an open question and I can get quite a broad spectrum of ideas from it. It is also an opportunity for me to get some high quality photo shoots and show the skills I have gained over the year. I will work towards producing four photo shoots that explore different areas of the environment around us. Each photo shoot will be half of what that environment is and half what is troubling that environment. The different photo shoots will be; Seaside Environment & Pollution, Forest Environment & Deforestation, Everyday Environment & Transportation and Clean Energy & Fossil Fuel Pollution. The final outcome would be a selection of best edits from each photo shoot showing the contrast and issues behind each environment.

The things that influenced me to do what I’m going to do for the final major project were general images of environmental photography that I saw online when I was still brainstorming what I was going to do. My ideas then evolved into the four different photo shoots that I will be doing. The idea behind the photo shoots is also to show people how we need to keep our environment clean and safe before we lose them forever. As well as doing the photographs based on the different environments, although I want to focus on producing a photography outcome for this final major project, I will probably add a small amount of illustration work based on some of the artists I have researched.


 

The intended techniques I will be using in this final major project are to extend on the skills I already have in Photography and take photographs to the best of my ability to get high quality images for the final products that I will produce. I will probably do some hand edits from the photographs I will take so that all my work isn’t just images. The hand edits will be in the style of artists I have researched. I will be taking a photo shoot every other week and for a week after taking each photo shoot, I will be using that time to extensively work on digital and hand editing and any illustration work I may want to add. I will also be looking for exhibitions of environment photographers if there is any on near me. I will be going to the exhibition of John Piper’s work at Whitworth Art Gallery and there is also boards around all of Risley Moss showing environment images from all around the world that have been taken by a number of different photographers so I will go and look at these a lot during the course of this final major project for ideas and inspiration.

My proposed method of evaluation to review my final major project in critical and analytical ways is self and peer review, tutorials, critiques, evaluation, group crit, and presentation in front of panel. I will also evaluate each photo shoot that I do and I will respond to the group crit by sticking the notes onto an A3 page and responding with my plan of action to each one.

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Carla Scarisbrick - Stereotypes

For my theme in my final major project I want to explore stereotypes and how people judge one another before even thinking. Also I strongly want to show a narrative behind the judgmental stereotypes what people everyday seems to give one another. I am going to be concentrating on creating illustrations more than doing photography as I can manipulate my illustration styles into graphical outcomes. As well as this I want to create various numbers typography styles that strongly link in within my topic and are decorative.

Carrying on from this I do not want my work to be bias. So I will create a number of questionnaires that will question people on their views to certain people, however I want to create 2 views from one group of views from under 21's and one for over 21's to see the difference in their views. Another thing to make my work stronger is to even read up and study articles which relate to my theme about stereotype; I can then use these either within my work to draw on or collage in. After this I plan on creating imagery that is influenced by Ricardo Cavolo, who creates imagery from plots on stories that take place in his mind. So within my imagery I plan on creating the imagery that is set in my head after reading the questionnaires which based upon the stereotypical view of someone.

Within my imagery I am plan on using a number of different techniques and processes to try and figure out which one I would carry out and make my work strong enough to present as my final imagery. As well as this I would like to create a number of different textures to include within my imagery whether they are going to be primary sources, or textures that I have created from different processes. The intended techniques that I am going to experimenting with is printmaking, brusho, various amount of drawing techniques, which then will be developed into graphical outcomes. To make sure that all of these are possible I will need to make sure I set myself action plans to help myself organize what I am going to do.


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Leanne Valentine - Everyday Life

The theme I chose was Environments and figures & faces. For this project I want to show how animal conservation works and what people do to help keep the species alive. I chose to focus on the zoo photography because I think that it will produce the better images and be more of a challenge when it comes to capturing the image at the right moment. For the photographs the places I will visit will be Chester Zoo and Knowsley Safari Park. Chester Zoo will be a starting point for the photographs and will help me get an idea of the techniques I need to work on and work my way around taking the right pictures. I will email the company before I go explaining my project and what I am aiming to achieve and ask whether I could get in closer to the animals to get better quality images.
Knowsley safari park is my second location, I think this one will work better as the animals aren’t behind a fence or glass, They are free to travel around freely and you get a closer experience. Before going I will also email the company (The same as Chester zoo) and see if they can get me closer to the animals.

My final outcome will be a series of photographs printed on to canvases (Roughly 30x30) Or mounted on to card. OR I will produce a series of panoramic photographs and get them printed on to canvases. I stared by looking a zoo photography mainly because my photographs I’m taking will have to be taken in a zoo. So I looked at how people did this and still made them not look in captivity. I looked at Nicolas Evariste’s ‘Dark Zoo’ work. I like how his pictures are not the full figure of the animal but a chosen section usually the head so a closure up shot show more of the texture of the animals surface.    

I going to focus more on photography and maybe do a few drawing/sketches to add more of a variety to the images. I am thinking about focusing on black and white imagery with selective colours or just producing coloured images. The drawings will be sketched or maybe paintings/oil pastel. While taking the photographs with it being animals I will have to think about how I'm going to take the pictures and what procedures I have to follow.  While I'm at Chester Zoo, health and safety shouldn't be too much of a concern because of the animals being in secure areas. Whereas at Knowsley Safari Park I'll have to think more about health and safety with the animals being free to roam around. During certain areas of the Safari Park I will have to think about the car windows whether or not they can have to be up (Lions, Baboons) or whether or not it can stay down. Also being a Safari Park with the animals roaming I will have to stay in the car (for obvious reasons).

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Numan Rahman-Ali - City Contrasts

  1. The title of my FMP is City Contrasts. I will produce a set of final out comes including photography and graphic. In the photography I will be taking photos of rundown parts of Manchester and London. I will then show things such as graffiti/street art and architecture in the rundown arrears and the comparison with the built up parts like the city centre. In this I will want to show the types of people that live in each part, as an outcome I want to show a set of images that gradually go from the rundown part to the city to the built up part. I will also crate posters describing the city and rundown parts.

    So far the influences in my ideas in this project are Andrew Brook because of the way he take his images and the way he uses the camera and lens.


 

I will be researching Andrew Brooks and the street artist Blu.Intended techniques, media, processes in this I will be exploring the use of photography, illustration and graphics to create my final peaces I will need to use prints as well as Adobe programs such as Photoshop and illustrator.

In this work I have used mettle when making the frame. To make the frame I had to cut it out using a chop saw. When using this you must where eye protection and protective clothing as the mettle give off sparks. I wired my frame using blue LED lights to connect them safely to the mains I used a power adaptor, if this is not used then the electric from the plug will make the light over heat and explode. I will ensure that I will adhere to health and safety at all times when using materials and equipment to make my display.    

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Alex Greenhall - 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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Grace Arthur - Everyday Life

For the final major project, the theme I have chosen to explore is everyday life and the people within it. I believe I will be able to show both illustration and photographic skills well in this project as I hope to combine them by creating something similar to a newspaper, but showing my everyday life displayed by images and illustrations instead of written columns. I will work towards producing images which combine photographs I have taken with words and typography to go with and enhance my images.

For the final outcomes I will display my best pieces of work as Illustrations that represent time periods. I believe that by looking at everyday life and the people within it for my fmp will give me more inspiration as it is revolving around my own life which means I am very close to what I am doing and can look at all aspects of it which I believe will give a better outcome than if I were to be looking at somebody else. Now I have finally found a subject I am happy with I am looking forward to doing this and hope to achieve all my outcomes.

My main influences/starting point was looking at my favourite artists that I have previously looked at but not felt I have looked at in enough detail. Two of my favourite artists have been Sarah Beetson and Peter Clarke. I love Beetson’s colour and energy but also love Clarke’s collages that are really intricate and interesting. I started by making a small collaged paper dress in the style of Clarke’s work. Whilst I was looking through different papers and collage material that I’ve collected I found a newspaper style magazine from urban outfitters that I had originally collected to rip up and use instead it got me thinking about how everyday life is displayed and that is in the form of a newspaper this then lead me to thinking about using a newspaper to display my everyday life and I have carried on developing my idea from there.

Techniques I would like to include are line drawings that I will edit in Photoshop to give a more poster like and professional feel. I think the majority of my work will be drawing based and layering drawings over photographs I will take. But I would also like to maybe create some small 3D pieces of work. And experiment with adding paint and mod-podge over some of my images.


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Luke Hayes - Environments

For my FMP I am going to work around the theme of Environments, within this I will be working towards producing a set of film photographs to put on display in my exhibition space. At the end of the project I am attending a presentation where my work is going to be marked by an external guest.

At the beginning I will visit various places and a variety of different environments; this is so I can make an informed decision on what I would like my final production to be base upon. I will be visiting towns, cities and natural areas. As a starting point I will be comparing  different environments with each other and seeing what they have in common, there are three different types of environments in my mind, there is the all-natural areas, built up man made areas and the manmade areas that we have left behind and nature is coming to take it back.

To develop my ideas throughout the project I will be involved in group presentations as well as group assessments, giving and receiving ideas on how to improve our work and move it onto the next step. Due to the nature of my work being all film, I will have to learn how to develop my own film and then how to make darkroom prints and refine this so that they come out as good as possible. As well as that I will need to work on my compositional skills within photography. Ansel Adams is a huge influence when it comes to environmental photography as he was a master of his camera and the darkroom, one of the best landscape photographers in history.


 

During the project, to develop my ideas and gain inspiration, I will be visiting London exhibitions for a few days at the start to obtain contextual inspiration and influences to help me with idea development. As well as the visit, I will be researching various photographers; these will be a variety of photographers that explore environments, from landscape to cityscape.

I will experiment with techniques involving film photography, double exposures to damaging negatives deliberately. As well as experimenting with alternative films (out of date) I will experiment with different developing chemicals and processes as each technique results in a different outcome and style. I am choosing to do this because I want to squeeze as much experimentation into my work as possible; my work is more about the technical experimentation and exploring all corners of film photography.

Health and safety – Within the darkroom I will be using some corrosive chemicals so I need to take care with handling them. To protect myself I will be using tongs to move prints around through the chemical, also I will be wearing latex gloves to protect me from any splashes. If any chemicals do spill there is equipment within the darkroom to clean this up. It will obviously be dark in there so I need to make sure that the floor is clear and that I know my surroundings to avoid any trips or falls.

From doing all this experimentation I want to be comfortable shooting with film and I want to feel like I know what I’m doing, this in the future will benefit me as I will have more of an option when it comes to taking images, I will also have a better understanding of all the digital techniques because they originally stemmed from the analogue world.
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Abbie Simm - Life of their Own

For my FMP I will be using the theme “Life of their Own” and exploring and showing it to my understanding. As soon as I saw this I automatically thought of my granddad, a man that has a lot of people around him but people always know he’s got a life of his own. He says what he wants, does what he wants. I thought he would be an interesting subject so I considered carrying out portraiture, but I also looked into portraiture further and decided I wanted to challenge parts of the codes and conventions of a normal portrait, photographing him in different ways that people could or could not see the meaning or straight away.

I started off by researching different artists, and the main artist that helped me with my ideas was Zoltan Huszti. I also looked at an artist that helped with my idea around the portraiture idea, of challenging it. His name was Raphael Guarino and he does really interesting photographs that show parts of their face and using experimental techniques.


 

I wanted to produce photographs of close up subject matter and also photographs that could be classed as telling people about him. In addition I wanted to produce normal portraits which I may or may not use for my exhibition, depending on if I think people should see what he looks like at the end. They might have to piece together what he looks like from all the separate photographs I have taken. This way it is not work that is so popular and you see all the time, but even people that don't really understand art or the artistic side can still understand what I am trying to say in some meaning. I am hoping to do the photographs in both colour and black & white but I might change this depending on if I think either would be best.

I will be taking the photographs with both digital and film cameras and I must look at the health and safety of the film side because I will be processing the film and printing some myself. The most important thing to think about is the chemicals that I will be using for developing the film and prints. Wearing gloves, protective eyewear and an apron is crucial, because if I don't do these things it could cause health and safety problems for both me and other people.  

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Jessica Lynskey - Figures and Faces

The theme I have chosen is ‘Figures and faces’, I chose this theme as it really stood out to me as I really enjoy drawing people and see it as one of my strengths.   I am going down the fashion illustration route as it is more suited to my drawing style. Therefore for my final outcome I have decided to produce a magazine including Illustrations of models, both portrait and full body and also some illustrations of products to make it more believable. A front cover and advertisements will be included to authenticate the magazine as well as having is professionally made to really make it look like a real magazine.

My starting point has been influenced by the many fashion illustrators’ work that has been used in magazines and the styles of their drawings. Between 1909 and 1940 illustration was a large part of fashion magazines, especially in the iconic vogue, recently vogue has gone back to doing illustration with their 50th anniversary cover of Cate Blanchett and that gave me the idea for this project as fashion illustration is on a comeback. I have been doing research into Fashion Illustrators; the websites I have used are www.illustrationweb.com and also Google searching fashion magazine illustrators. The style is distinctive with each artist adding their personal touch. I will also be looking at Fashion magazines such as ‘Vogue’ and ‘Company’.


 

The techniques that occur most often are watercolour, pencils, ink and using computer design software such as Photoshop to enhance and edit the hand drawn images. I have used all of these techniques before and am confident that I can produce a good standard of work using them in new and exciting ways. My main aim with techniques is to make them look as professional as possible as well as looking into composition linking to magazine layouts. For the timescale of the project I have split up the project­­­ into 3 parts with 3 weeks for each, the first three weeks will be for research and planning, the second part will be for experimentation and development, using the techniques I have found through research. And for the final 3 weeks are concentrating on producing my final piece.

With each section of my project I will do an evaluation of my progress review my plan for the work I need to do further. I will also use peer evaluation getting lots of feedback from the people in my class giving me advice to improve my work from a different point of view. I will also ask for tutor evaluation to make sure I am on track and to give me ideas from a more professional standpoint.

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Jessica Malley - Opposities

For my FMP, I have chosen to base it on the theme Opposites. I will use a range of illustration techniques, such as, collage, print making etc. I will also use the techniques I have learnt over the last projects to help me to interpret Photography into my work. I will look towards producing two different types of work, illustration and photography. My ideas began from my research, Terry Border created situations, both ironic and humorous and through this I developed my work. I began by drawing silly facial expressions onto eggs and my work then developed from there using my own photographs and real life situations. Through my work I’m trying to show irony and humour, just like the artist Terry Border, through my own work using a range of materials and techniques. I chose the theme Opposites from the beginning as I felt I could take it so many different ways. I could use humans in photography, to a mix of techniques in illustration to create my own images.

I will research into several illustrators and photographers who inspire me and this will be one of my starting points. I will create several mind-maps of my ideas and further research. I will research into a range of artists such as Peter Clarke, Sarah Beetson, Kiki Smith and David Foldvari. My chosen theme is a starting point which I will develop into other themes. After then finding my own artist through research I came across people like Terry Border and Matthew Carden who both used objects to show situations we come across in real life, I really liked their work so began to use their work to inspire my own. Their work is linked into mine through the idea of bringing objects, images and everyday life situations to life. Through my experimentation work I created my own objects, similar to Terry’s work using collage materials and paper clips as arms and legs.

For my illustration work I intend to use several techniques I have learnt such as print-making, collage, Indian ink, fine liner, continuous line, mono-printing and gum Arabic. I want to be able to develop the skill of being able to mix techniques together and materials to create more experimentation work to extend my work even further, as much as possible.


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Laura Higham - Figures and Faces

For this project the chosen theme I have picked is Figures and Faces. With this theme I will be looking into masks and the uses of them. For example masks can be used for many types of things such as protection, evil, cultures and for entertainment. For this project I will work towards producing photography with a variety of masks which I would produce. My initial ideas were to look into different masks and how they are used and I could show a different idea of the masks. For example with this I could overlay different photos on top of my portrait photography to see what result I would get. I hope to be able to use a selection of people and be able to edit them in a way which shows location as well as the person.

The starting point I first had was figures and features, I then did a mind map with this then gave me chance to expand the ideas I have and then get then gave me chance to expand the ideas I have and then narrow the ideas I have by doing research into things which relate to figures and faces. One of the first artists who I looked at was Dave McKean. His work stood out to me because of the way he using different ways to cover the faces of the people in his photos or adjusts them slightly so they don't look as human as they should. I would consider using an idea like this but by using location photography as well as my portrait photos.

The main techniques which I have chose to use for this project is photography and Photoshop. I have chose to do these as I think these would be better for the type of work I am doing and also they are the things I feel most confident using. I would also be using some hand manipulations to see what results I will get for it and I think this would also work well with the type of ideas I have in mind. I will also be focusing on location photography as this will have the best result for my work and it would have more of a meaning compared to studio photos.

For the timescale part I will produce an action plan to ensure I know what I am doing will create an action plan for each week so I have certain tasks to do each week. This will help me as I will be able to manage my time and do tasks within a certain amount of times to stop me falling behind.


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Lauren Evans - A Word a Day

I will look towards producing a variety of different typography pieces using different techniques and ideas.

Influenced by a diary I am keeping and writing for the duration of the project and I will research into various artists that create different typography and creating art with different objects 

My early ideas were to display and photograph the word a day, by using objects that relate to the word, inspired by a photography book I looked at. 

I will be doing a lot of typography using pencils, fine liner, biro and other textures. Photographing the different techniques and producing them at different scales will be a task to think about.


 

First I will keep my diary and add things that interest me throughout the day and things that make me happy and sad; I will also include strange words or things I have seen. Then I will research around four or five artists who create various typography and a range of illustrators and photographers. As my primary research I will go to a couple of exhibitions and take some images to get some more ideas about the FMP. Then I will develop from this information and images and work into them which will then lead to my final pieces and start my exhibition progress.

I will swap work with somebody in my class and let them review my work in a critical and analytical way. I will then produce an evaluation and display it in my sketch book to explain how the project went and what I liked and disliked.

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Jack Gittins - Arcitecture and Environment

For this project I have chosen the theme of Arcitecture and Environment, I wanted to focus on inner city activities and innercity buildings. I want to film the people moving around the buildings which will be still but hundreds of people moving around them like a sea of people. Angles and shots will incorporate people and the buildings.

I have been interested in making a video piece for my project for quite a while, I have made videos for art before when I was in highshool I made a stop motion animation. I spend quite a lot of time ouside of college making skate videos with my friends editing them and filming so I’ve  gained quite a lot of experience there.

I would like to produce good typography, logos and a video piece and the end of the project, I was thinking of maybe making a time-lapse video of the day in a city, filming early morning to the night life, I will film this over a few days- weeks. I will focus on Manchester because this city is very busy and there’s a lot of culture and nightlife, but a lot going on in the morning with there being a lot of shops and offices in the city centre.

For my influences I have been researching time-lapse artists and different ways of shooting time-lapse footage, I've found 2 different


 

ways, you can either film it with video or you can take it in a series of photographs so I'm going to go out on location and try both the techniques to see which one works best for the outcome I want to get. I've been searching time-lapse, I’ve found hundreds of different videos but not so many different artists, I’ve been mainly looking on youtube, vimeo and flickr for videos and been seeing how different people do it and their style and I am going to try out these techniques and improve them.

I am planning to go to an exhibition in Birmingham which has some video pieces on display. For the style my video is going to be I have been looking at a professional skateboarder/ Artist/ Videographer from Sweden called Pontus Alv he owns a company called Polar Skate .Co and he made a promo video for their brand and I like the filming style editing and vibe of the video. For my video I’ve decided to shoot it all in colour and edit it into black and white so I can have flashes of colour throughout the video.

I am going to use Sony Vegas pro 12, Adobe After Effect and Adobe Premiere pro for editing the software and for the cameras I’m going to use used Nikon d3000 and Nikon d3200. I’ll use the Nikon d3000 for the time lapse footage and the d3200 for the video parts

I aim to improve my folder work and my techniques when I write them down and put them in my folder I want to show how I’m going to make the video step by step and all the decisions I’m going to make . For health and safety when filming or time lapsing I always made sure I was in a safe secure position so I wasn’t an obstruction to passersby or to traffic, when I was filming the skating part along the streets I was incautious and should have been more careful really.