Tuesday, 14 December 2010

It's been a little while since last posting. I've contributed to our latest project 'Movement in Time and Space' with great difficulty, as well as going on a Goldsmiths open day, a Bethnal Green gallery crawl, and watching lots and lots of Peep Show. 
I feel with the last project that i'm not loose enough with my ideas; as much as i hate briefs, i stick to them far too close-mindedly; i need to really let go and experiment with possible ideas that could be taken from it rather than sticking to a strict formulae. I've been using oil bars very often lately; they are fun to use but i do not feel i get the same effect as i do with oil pastels; as soon as i've finished an image with oil pastel, no matter how intimidating it is to make, i am always happy with the outcome, whereas with the oil bars, i've always been slightly questioning of my work; i'm not really that happy with it and i do not feel my ideas have been portrayed effectively.
I ended up watching 'Helvetica' and 'The Mona Lisa Curse' over the past few weeks aswell, in which i have learnt of prices of art and popularity and actual importance of public appeal in design. Both didn't so much teach me facts about Art/Design history, but instead opened my eyes to the public view on art; the overuse of the Helvetica font in how we see it absolutely everywhere, as well as the constant reproduction of the Mona Lisa image, now resulting in it not living up to our expectations in real life; it's simply an image we look at and move on from, though thought upon being a stunning portrait.
Eitherway, it's our last week of college before christmas, and we were given our mini project over the weekend. I spent yesterday wandering around elephant and castle and drawing the sights and sounds onto cardboard with oil bars; i will send these in the post for the project, but i may try and squeeze in a couple of paper images made from oil pastel, displaying sights and sounds of the grotty place in which i live.
Despite still having a week left, i shant be in any other days; there are two studio days left, but i have christmas things to prepare for and a visitor, however, in my spare time i wish to continuously draw and try and route out my actual style, as i'm fed up of looking around seeing such successful work surrounding my attempts at trying to make something good that really, really isn't. 

The christmas holidays have taken far too long to come round, but i'm looking forward to having the relaxing time with family and re-realising just what i'm missing from my London home; January is going to be a very dark, depressing month, and i forsee getting a lot of use out of this. 

Merry Christmas everyone, see you in the new year. 

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

First of all, listen to this; 
so so mint.

anyway, here we are at Tuesday in the second week of the Fine Art rotation. Last week was pretty iffy in that, although i had ideas from Reading week, i sorta didn't know where to begin..? I found myself sat there watching everyone else immerse themselves into their projects for long bursts of time. After a slight bit of guidance, i left to go buy some things from a Vintage shop which i could place with other objects i owned to create some sort of composition i could paint from. After having done this numerous times, i ended up exploring the idea of looking into other people's personal spaces, and so ended up collecting photographs of people's rooms and painting them. That's all well and good, but i ended up finding myself a little bored. When i do paint and create images, i like to have a certain idea behind it; all my work is normally fairly narrative rather than just coming up from nothing. Due to this, i ended up getting some floorboards and painting a sorta 'murder' discovery piece of them, in which one by one you see parts of a crime scene; one floorboard contains blood, the next contains a razor, etcetera etcetera. I continued this idea and ended up creating a Domestic Violence group of images; they don't necessarily need to be interpreted in that way, but that was my main focus behind it. Yes, i like to be grim.
Despite my efforts, as this week has begun, i was told to focus less on the ideas behind it but instead just focus on creating these paintily images of compositions i have placed together, in which case i have continued to do so, using the tabletops around the studio as a background and placing objects on top. I'm reasonably happy with the way these images are turning out, however, i would have liked to have had an idea formed behind it, however, if people dig it then i guess it's all gravy. 

Tomorrow i have a Goldsmiths open day to attend which will be interesting; for the rest of the day i plan to attempt to fill my sketchbook up slightly more and see if i can come up with some sort of idea for my final piece, for i do not know exactly what i'm going to present on friday. Otherwise, sleeping is vital and perhaps making a start on my Ucas Application.
Roll on Friday, it's payday. need more acrylic. yeyeyyeyeyeyyeee.


Friday, 5 November 2010

6th November 2010: this is the end of the introduction, and finally, the Chelsea course is going to be kicking off. I did choose to do a foundation for the fact that i wanted to go through the rotation process and learn new things, see what areas i would take to, etcetera, but i've ended up with a clear pass at assessment and going in to where i thought i'd be best off; Fine Art. It seemed the Fine Art tutors and the Assessment tutor both agreed with me on this. This morning we had the briefing for our first project before 'Reading Week' takes place; it's basically going to be a half-term style week in which a lot of students chose to do as little work as physically possible and just mellow out after the busy start to the year we just experienced. I immediately think that i'm going to do this, but i'm really not; i'm so psyched to be starting the Fine Art specialisation, and already, like a little geek, i have all my kit ready to begin and as soon as i got back to the flat today, i started researching artists, and brainstorming ideas in my mind to think of the best possible way to attack this project. This week is going to be a week off to relax, unwind, spend some time with friends and family, but i'm also going to really expand my mind in order to try and come up with the most interesting approach to the project. I really can't wait to properly begin, my life at Chelsea is officially starting, and from this point, i never want it to end.

:o) .x

Friday, 29 October 2010

As said in the previous blog, i'm really not a 3D person, which made the 3D Spatial rotation challenging. Today was the day of our crit, and, after a rocky beginning of forgetting to bring with me my two major pieces of A1 drawing, i looked at my work, and it was ill-ly presented and lacking a lot of documentation through photography and drawing etc. 
I had missed two vital days of the 3D rotation; one day being the first day we ventured into turning our drawings from 2D to 3D; therefore, i missed vital tutorial on how to go about this action, etc. With this day also being a friday, it meant i missed out on basic weekend work we were set, and to make matters worse, i ended up missing monday's lesson aswell, in which we were set a brand new project and had a whole day of experimentation to start us off. Without these two days, my projects were obviously incomplete and made for an uncomfortable presentation during my crit today; i was very harsh on myself, with my group being a lot more polite and reassuring, as well as giving me pointers as to how i could improve the work i had, which is always very useful.
The weekend is finally here, and is the time to prepare for the assessment next week; i'm slightly nervous, but at the same time confident in myself that i will provide a good body of work and will be able to narrow down my work with my given assessor to decide with specialisation i definitely belong to; i'm more than positive i'm right in thinking Fine Art, but i am looking forward to hearing what the assessor has to say. Eitherway, as soon as 3pm Tuesday comes around, roll on a few days of intoxication and sleeping in til 12pm. God bless those with a Surname beginning with a letter lower down in the alphabet than P. 


Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Crossroads II

Before beginning the Chelsea Foundation course, I had it fixated in my head that I was going to specialise in Fine Art – I’ve always been one of those teenagers who can only really say they’ve done “Fine Art and nothing more”, so I was really excited to be exploring new areas but also positive that I’d end up sticking to my roots. I was right.
I always assumed that Fashion/Textiles and 3D Spatial would not be my forté, and as much as I put my all in to each rotation and tried to explore about with the different design ideas and techniques, I just felt that my projects were not as successful as they could have been; whether it was my execution or simply my way of over thinking everything I was creating, it just didn’t seem to work. I was happy with various drawings I made, mainly for the fact that I was able to give continuous line-drawing a go which I had never really done before, so despite Fashion/Textiles being the first rotation of the lot, I feel I settled in nice and quick to the routine of it all, which is what surprised me about 3D Spatial; It was my last rotation, yet i ended up feeling more lost than I did when I first began the rotations. It’s really out of my comfort zone being asked to design something and sticking to a brief; the thought of trying to invent a new usable object scared me somewhat and I think, by putting a brief in front of me, you’re actually giving me less of an idea as to what I could or should be doing.
Visual Communication was probably the most challenging of each of the rotations. At least with 3D Spatial, I had my excuse of not being a “3D person”; but with Visual Communication, it felt as though I was failing myself; I was struggling for ideas and pondered the brief heavily; I created some pieces I was pleased with, however these pieces carry a Fine Art touch to them. I think what I learnt more than anything from this rotation, as well as pairing it to 3D Spatial, is that I cannot work to a brief; I get far too self conscious about what I’m going to create and start worrying that it will not fit the briefs outlines and would end up with something simply “not good enough”.
That leads me on nicely to the fact that Fine Art makes me feel far more comfortable than any other area; I’m working for myself, and creating things that others may find aesthetically pleasing, or if not pleasing, they at least feel something. I like creating to give others a feeling or a thought of some sort, whether that thought is positive or negative, meaningful or meaningless. Some of my drawings I created throughout Fine Art did seem more so illustrative than anything, and I think this is an underlying part of my technique; I did find myself becoming very inspired by particular illustrative artists in Visual Communication, such as Ceri Amphlett. Lots of work I produce may point towards illustrative pathways, however, I challenged this view during the rotation by placing the paint next to my illustrations in a bold, heavy manner so that attention is drawn to the actual painted aspects of the piece. I think if I were to go into this specialization, I would happily experiment further, as well as perhaps trying out some pieces of animation or trying to develop my photography further.
Another reason as to why I think Fine Art suits me more than any other area is because I’m actually really passionate about it; there have been many sleepless nights of creating works for fun (which really does say a lot because I’m also incredibly passionate about my bed and sleeping in it for copious amounts of hours), and so I can for-see myself devoting a lot of time towards my work in the studios and out and about in the big city, picking up as much inspiration as physically possible. I think the best part of all is that I’m more excited about starting than anything, and surely if I’m that excited about pushing myself with masses upon masses of work, then I’m in for a very busy, imaginative and creative year and a happy step forward in my life as an artist.


Saturday, 16 October 2010

Okay, so it's been just over a week since the last post, and the Vis Com rotation has now finished. I really enjoyed the first week for the fact that, even though i struggled at first, i came up with a well-structured idea and i actually liked the outcome; something not very common with me, i normally end up hating my work, no matter what it is. The crit on Friday afternoon was useful and i got to look at other's narratives they had produced - some of which really impressed me.
I spent the weekend back home in Oxford - le boyf had a gig friday night so i went to watch him play, followed by a heavy pub session afterwards til the early hours. This was repeated saturday, but instead of it being a standard gig, it was OX4 festival, in which we ended up bumping into Matt Horne and sharing cheesecake, as well as joining in a stage invasion with BBC Oxford radio presenter Dave Gilyeat during Chad Valley. Beautiful, but very drunk / hungover times. 
The weekend severely affected the work produced on Monday. We had to develop upon ideas thought up on our Messages project in which we had to send a message from one person or object to another, without using words or making it at all obvious. I had several ideas floating about, but over the whole of Monday, nothing was coming to me.
Monday night i also had work, and as a result, i overslept Tuesday and felt exhausted all day. No ideas could come of this.
Wednesday i cracked on with more ideas, and came up with my Final Concept of Peter Pan, which i would then show on Friday for the final crit of the project. I ended up with some illustrative drawings of a woman, in some images she was playing with childrens toys or eating sweets associated with children, in others she was playing in the park or with other children. The last image showed her dressed as Peter Pan, and all of these seperate drawings were presented on pages of the 'Peter Pan' book, and presented in a work folder.
Obvious or not, my crit group seemed to understand that it was a worker, telling her boss that she didn't want to grow up. They did however refer to the worker as me, which is not strictly true, but i suppose the whole moving to London has made me realise what responsibilities i do have and would rather be without. 
Overall, this last week of Vis Com has really showed that it's not for me; the actual area itself is sound and some of the work produced can be amazing, but i really struggle working to briefs, as well as following what one tutor says, and then having to completely obliterate that idea due to what the next tutor says; they obviously all know what they're talking about, but i can't seem to puzzle any of the vis com tutors together to create a happy medium, and i don't like that kind of atmosphere where i'm always on edge as to whether what i'm doing is right. eurgh.

On wednesday, we had a talk by Dominic Wilcox; an artist i had already researched due to the Vis Com rotation, and it was very interesting to see him actually show us the work he had done and give his reasons behind it. I had looked at it all before online without really reading into it, thinking some ideas were good and others not so much, however actually listening to him deliver his reasons for what he had done, and the inspirational fact that he accepted he would create 'failures' through his project, really opened my eyes and warmed me to him as an artist. I really enjoyed Lecture Two and i'll be hoping for more artist talks in the near future.

It's finally Saturday, i've done the shopping, tidied round and somehow managed to bleach my hair with no help whatsoever. I intended for a sleep catch-up today but so far that has not necessarily happened, so another early night tonight followed by a day of 3d Prep & rest tomorrow.
Let's hope next week brings us better feelings than what Vis Com did, sad but true.


Thursday, 7 October 2010

It's been a very quick week over in the Visual Communication studio. To begin, i never made it into the studio for our first session on Monday due to the Underground strike. Nightmare. I heard it was a really fun day and intend on doing an independent catch-up on the task with random words i end up searching online. Should go okay, i just need to buy myself a sketchbook and i'll get on it. With the rotation change came the change of my day off through the week, and so i was back in College on Tuesday. In our Vis Com brief, we were told which materials to bring in with us, so i bought all i needed, yet i ended up completely lost; the tutors put a project to us that we were to begin and continue for the rest of the week; we had to form a narrative out of 13 random images we had bought in with us. There were titles given to us to help steer our narratives, but literally, we were just told to Go. I sat there for a good while just drawing, because i felt completely lost with what i could do with all my images (they were really very random indeed). I eventually got so bored that i opened up my colour supplement i bought in with me to scan for inspiration, but ouila, it was just what i needed; i found myself staring at an image of a very serious and partly scary-looking man, holding a whopping big knife, staring back at me. I ripped it out, and pairing that with the drawings of animals i began to create, i found myself a narrative and a title; "There are always other options." My narrative isn't based on my views but it's looking to the way other people look at things; people influence me, and having moved into halls of residence and sharing a kitchen with a Vegan, i thought my narrative seemed necessary. I ended up with three images by the end of Tuesday, which isn't so bad.

Wednesday was no longer a day off either, for i had my first Seminar. After getting into our small groups, we put our Summer Project Photos up on the walls, paired up, and discussed which ones we liked most of all and why. After doing this, we discussed John Berger and how there is a certain mismatch between seeing and looking; we are born with the sense of seeing, however it takes looking to understand what we actually see. With observation, there is a reciprocal relationship, and when looking at something, we bring with us our own experiences and opinions; it is never a neutral action. Not only did we talk about his views of seeing and looking, but we also talked about reproduced images, and how the reproduced versions make the original loose it's uniqueness or 'aura', however it does increase the value of the original, to some extent, making them priceless pieces.
This is the same for past art; art which is erased will always stay in memory and being able to see that piece would be looked upon now as an experience; for example, the 2009 Turner Prize Exhibition; the winner was a work of art all over the walls which have now been painted over, making the winning piece a fond memory which would have been an experience to be a part of.
Not all of the focus was on the John Berger book, but also Gregory Crewdson and our opinions on his work; i personally have looked at Crewdson before and had watched a documentary of him creating a certain photograph; as beautiful as it looked, i couldn't help but not like the whole idea of creating this mock scene; photographs should be memories of a moment, time or place, not a fake set thrown together and directed. However, the same could be argued with film; his photographs are just like stills of a film. The last point of discussion was the Edweard Muybridge exhibition at Tate Britain; in groups we discussed what we liked best out of his works, whether it was the earlier landscape works that appealed to us or whether it was his movement series of works. Other points mentioned were on why the rooms of the exhibition were different colour and what we thought about the layout of the exhibition. For a two hours-ish seminar, we covered a lot of ground. For the rest of the afternoon, i tried to create more images to be used in my narrative.

Here we are at Thursday; Independent Study Day. I've actually used this day very wisely today, for i've ended up staying in and actually cracking on with my narrative so much so that i believe it's finished; there's not many images, but it does bring across the basic message in the simplest form possible. Photographs will be put up after the crit day, which is tomorrow, in which the whole group will be putting their narratives up all around the room. It'll be really interesting to see what other people have done and to see just how creative everybody can get. Otherwise, today i've been researching more illustrators and copying some of their images into my notebook. I've come across some really interesting people, one illustrator in particular standing out to me is Ceri Amphlett; her work is beautiful, messy and damn-right quirky. I'll be looking to her as an influence with the rest of the work i produce on this rotation.
Vis-Com - so far, so good. i do miss David from Fine Art though - whadda darling.

safe .x

Sunday, 3 October 2010

From where i last left off, we had another week of Fine Art among us, and already that week has whizzed round and finished. Over the last week, the studio time was very self-directed, in that everyone was just getting on with what they wanted to do and create. I really like this individualised self-study, as it allows us to focus on what we are passionate about doing and creates a completely vibrant spectrum of work around the room; all the work differed so much so that no matter what area of the studio you entered, you were seeing something different. Over the last week, i stuck to my bird idea in which i'd draw birds over abstract backgrounds, but i ended up using some photographs i had previously taken on a film camera which came out very strangely. I chose these certain photographs because they weren't clear about who or what was being focused on, and with the acetates placed on top, it created a very diverse piece. I also ended up adding the palette i used for each one to create a more painted-form instead of having the work look as though it was a piece of illustration.

This first photograph shows a variety of the work i produced over the second week of the Fine Art rotation. I kept a strong focus on the bird theme and didn't really venture from it, so i could push it to it's full potential in what i could have made.

This second photo shows my main pieces i was proud of; the random photograph ones. I chose to leave these ones on the wall for the Crit on friday. Sadly, the space they were positioned in got invaded by surrounding students also fighting for wall space, which ruined the effect of my work. However, when it comes to assessment, i'll find a wider space and keep the photographs very much separate from each other for a better effect.

Evidently, the camera on my phone had some paint on or something to make the photographs look steamy - soz, mate.

To conclude, Fine Art was a mint rotation in that the tutors were absolutely sound and helpful where possible and the fact we were able to do our own thing as well as learn along the way really opened my eyes to the possibilities that lie within that rotation. Being selected once again to have my work assessed has also made me feel really confident that this is where i belong. 
Next up, Vis Com; let's see what you've got.


Tuesday, 28 September 2010

"You must bring in all your drawing materials and a cardboard box". What was going to be done with the cardboard box, i had no idea, so i just bought in a very small shoebox. After doing series of drawings for the morning on Friday, we were then told to make a 3d sculpture out of our drawings. This exercise wasn't to showcase who was perfect at taking information and forming an exact replica of what was before us, but instead an exercise to see the way our thoughts developed around some drawings and how we would change a structure to fit with our own ideas. I ended up with a very obscure looking table that wouldn't stand up on itself; i added in a couple of objects myself and teamed it with a drawing in the background for effect. It didn't look brilliant, but you get the general jist of what i'm doing i think:

It's alright, but it's not great. I think my work with 3d here is done. All that was left to do for the day was to mission on up to Victoria with my Suitcase to then bus it home to see le boyf for the weekend, which was lovely lovely lovely. I would be returning the following Sunday evening.

Hello Freshers Week; Hello insanely painful Head. Despite hitting High Holborn on Sunday night for some serious alcohol intake and mingling, i made it into college for Monday morning to get on with my own ideas for Fine Art. I began by thinking i would illustrate some birds and put them infront of really busy areas, to contrast the freedom of the birds with the areas they would be featured in. Before i got onto doing this, i create some abstract watercolours on little sheets of paper which were originally going to be backgrounds, but before getting to a further stage of development, i thought i would try putting my bird illustrations on top of these abstract backgrounds; to my surprise, the outcome was actually really successful, and so i continued with this idea. I began to add oil paint on top of the acetate i was drawing on to, to create a lovely three-layered effect and to really bring something out of each of the images i was creating. By the end of Monday, i ended up with a series of five: 

I don't know about what anyone else thinks, but i'm actually really happy with how these have turned out, and i think they go together very well. From here, i'm not sure exactly which way to go; shall i carry on making small series of these images? Or do i go onto other materials to paint onto, or other scales? 

Tuesday soon comes around, and with other things to sort out, i can't quite make it into the studio to get on with work. However, i have plenty to work with at home, and i begin by creating more watercolour backgrounds. However, slightly boring as this is, i feel i need to venture out, and so today i've grabbed a couple of square canvases to put acetates on top of. Instead of focusing on just general illustration of birds, i decided i would look at bird anatomy to add a twist to my series. Photos up when canvases are finished. As for tonight, it's a drunken night down Rough Trade followed by my first shift of part-time work while up here in London... blaaah. Wish me luck.

safe .x

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Finally, after the beginning rush of joining Chelsea College of Art, the rotation i was most interested in had rolled round; Fine Art. Alike most of the people on my course, Fine Art appeals as being the field we'll most likely go into as it's what we're used to, but then again, the whole reason for doing foundation is to branch out and check out other areas in the art field. I say this, but i really think Fine Art is an important area to me. Our first day was just spent quick drawing walking round four different set ups in the studio; it may sound boring to some people, but just constantly drawing and painting is what i enjoy doing (with a little liquid lunch at the pub half way through, ofcourse). The Fine Art tutors seem absolutely safe in their attitude to working and i really enjoy hearing their ideas and opinions on my work because it gives me an insight to the contemporary viewpoint of drawing; most of the tutors at Chelsea like to see quick, continual drawing moreso than detaildetaildetail and photographic drawing which i can, at times, struggle to do. 

Tuesday was independent study day, and instead of going back to halls to do my own thing, we were given a day project to take on; Carnival of the Streets. We were asked to go out somewhere and draw the life that passed us by; sets of quick, lively drawings to illustrate all we could see around us. We then had to take a detour to a quieter, more natural place, or a gallery. I chose to start off in Piccadilly Circus; an area full of locals, traffic, tourists, and plenty of pigeons. I managed to get many drawings from this; moreso than when i followed by visiting the Leicester Square garden; a very nice calm area, but with hardly any movement; everyone was far too busy taking too long eating their lunch on their lap squished up on each bench. During this outing, i took several subject photographs we needed to obtain, and i tried to capture as many shots containing basic movement around about as possible.

I had another day off on Wednesday due to no seminars or lectures to attend, and so i spent the day, partly hungover from a night out before, visiting the Tate Britain, and then getting the boat across to visit Tate Modern. At the Britain, the 'Edweard Muybridge' Exhibition; some beautiful photography and some really interesting photographs. Really enjoyed my visit there, and aspects such as the maze were interesting and made the visit more interactive, which i enjoyed. The Tate Modern exhibition however appealed to me more; i'm a massive fan of photography, and this exhibition focussed on several photographers, particularly standing out to me was Walker Evans, Morris Engel, and, a photographer i have previously studied, Helmut Newton. The exhibition touched some serious issues and some of the photographs were just beautiful. The stories that were behind some photographs also inspired me, as many of the most amazing photographs i came across were just so natural. 

That leaves me with today, Thursday. We rolled up into College as of norm and began the day drawing on acetate sheets, looking into the process of animation. We spent the morning drawing the set ups from different angles, and then, after a lunch break, we got taken to the media hub to explore how the animations can work. It inspired a few ideas into my mind, but i'm still fairly unsure as to what i'm going to do as part of my final project; i say this, but i think we're expecting another brief tomorrow. By the end of today, i ended up with some stand-alone acetate/photograph combinations which really worked; i also liked the fact that all of my photographs had a blue hue to them, forming them into a series even though they still looked great standing alone. 
Here are a few examples of the photographs i ended up with:



I like how the images turned out; some of them are admittedly better than others but with a bit more work and thought, and a powerful idea for my actual final piece, i could come up with something pretty good. 
Until next week, peaaaaaace .x

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Friday 17th September; the end of the two-week fashion & textiles rotation had arrived. It had been a very busy period, what with settling in to London life and getting to know all about the university and the people surrounding me, as well as becoming acquainted with 'freshers flu', which, to describe bluntly, is fucking terrible. Despite feeling as shabby as ever, i manned up and made it in to college, starting the day by putting our best pieces of work on the walls and on display for the rest of the group to browse. We got into groups, and then began presenting to each other; i felt this was a good task for getting to see how other people work, as well as comparing people's strengths and weaknesses to my own. After this, we each put our thoughts into who's work stood out in certain areas, what we liked about the pieces and what we have learnt overall. A basic exercise, but a very effective one; my end products - large continual and layered drawings, spread over different heights and widths of plain pages, with a sudden outlandish object in a different media appearing in a negative space area - really did showcase my journey from 2d to 3d, and back to 2d again. The drawings pulled out my strengths and illustrated the fact i had learnt that less is more. 
I started fairly pessimistic towards the Fashion and Textiles rotation from the fact i thought it was all fabrics and frocks, but i was incredibly wrong. From this rotation, i have learnt a new art to drawing and 'playing', and i really can see myself using similar, if not the same, skills in future rotations. Most importantly, i have enjoyed the past couple of weeks, and i'm more than sure there's more fun to be had over the weeks to come.


Tuesday, 14 September 2010

On Sunday 5th September, i packed the majority of my life up and moved on up to the big city. I was all unpacked and ready to start my London adventure by 6pm. The boyf stayed over for the night to help me settle, and then by 9am the next day, it was all 'go'. Arriving at Chelsea extra early like an eager beaver was an opportunity to make friends, before soon being bought inside to begin the day ahead, being pushed headfirst into an expressive exercise of making instalments, etc. This basic activity was used as a start off point for us to learn about drawing and design technique in the pathway of 'Fashion & Textiles' - one i would not really associate as being my forte. As the week continued, we tried more drawing technique and i've really taken a liking to continuous drawing; the loose movements can create a really lovely image on the page. I've also practised my use of negative and positive space, and as the week progressed, we moved onto introducing 3d to our drawings and designs. 

Here are some of the 3D Bits and Bobs i tried out; some worked a lot better than others, mainly for the reason that i overcomplicated things for myself and made it a lot more difficult for the material to naturally take form.

The whole focus of the project was 'Compress/Expand', and with it now being Tuesday 14th September, our two week rotation is almost finished, so ofcourse we're now trying to bring in our individual ideas surrounding those key words. My main ideas do not look to certain objects, but moreso the ideas of compression and expansion in action; my main focus for a set of photographs we had to produce was the idea of me moving away and branching out into this new student lifestyle away from home and those i'm familiar with. For the rest of the week, i'm just going to experiment as much as possible, but i may find myself reverting back to 2d as i feel a lot more comfortable with it. 

Conclusion to come Friday.

safe. x