MA interior design and MA textile design exhibitions at the cookhouse and triangle space

It was quite interesting going to the MA interior design exhibition and the MA textile design exhibition. This is because it was lovely exploring different sides of the art world and see how other people respond to the idea of ‘art’ within interior/ spatial design and textile design. Whilst walking around the two spaces it was interesting to see the range of materials and processes that were being used in order to allow the viewers to communicate and respond to the ideas that the MA students had created. It was great reading through their thoughts of how the students had got to one stage to another and seeing how the final piece that each student had created symbolised each decision/ idea. It was great to see how the MA interior design project allowed each member of the audience to interact with their ideas and see in what ways the viewer would respond to their idea.

Whilst walking into the MA textile exhibition it was fantastic to see loads of different designs, materials and processed taking place and forming into beautiful and outstanding pieces of artwork. By going to these two exhibitions it has allowed me to develop my ideas further and look deeper into other forms of art and see in what ways I would like to develop my ideas further. Here are some images from the two exhibitions I visited on 15/5/15.

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Painting and methods workshop with George Blacklock

It was very inspiring going to the painting and methods workshop at Chelsea College of Arts yesterday because it allowed me to explain more about my work and ask other people’s opinions on it. By doing so it has allowed me to see in what ways I can improve my work. It was great doing the workshop with a range of MA and BA students because it helped me to see what other kinds of ideas they were interested in and in what ways I could interpret their work. Furthermore by having a range of discussions about our works which involved both finished and unfinished paintings it helped us to see in what ways our work could go in.

In addition by discussing the recent pieces that I have done for my second project by going to the workshop it helped me to expand my ideas due to the discussions that took place. Some of the ideas evolved by making more of the piece in the same sized canvas and setting the idea in a range of backgrounds. This could be seen through the idea of placing the human figure through the period of day, sunset and night and see in what way the marks and the painting of the human figure would instantly change due to structure and processes used. Also by having comments such as the work shows, energy in an electric way, like an explosion. By receiving a range of different comments it allowed me to look deeper into my work and have more of a critical approach towards it, rather than having a judgmental form and thinking that it’s not good enough. In my view by having a closer listen on what to do next for my work it allowed me to break my boundary of being so judgemental about my work. By doing this it has allowed me to experiment more with my work and allowing it to take it’s own form.

For my next project I’m definitely going to work more into ideas from this previous project I have done and see how I can develop it further. This is one of the images from my work that I’m going to work in more and see in what forms it develops into.

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MA Fine Art Exhibition (No Matter, Fail better) and 2015 Sony photography exhibition somerset house

It was fantastic going to the MA exhibition at Chelsea College of Arts in both the cookhouse and the triangle space. When walking around the two exhibition spaces it allowed me to become very inspired and influenced by the artists work. Through looking at the paintings, photography, video, film, sculpture etc. It allowed me to connect well with the work and see another side of the art world . It was lovely seeing the freshness, originality, symbolism and focusing on a variety of themes such as, landscape, communication, design, personal qualities etc. It was great to see how each piece of artwork connected well with one another due to the way that it was placed. The exhibition allowed me to question myself into ideas such as,

  • What types of themes would I like to work on more ?
  • What types of materials and processes would I like to use to present a particular theme that I may be interested in?
  • What theme would I like to approach in an unusual way?
  • What things would I like to stand out more within my project?

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Furthermore over the weekend I went to the 2015 Sony awards photography exhibition at Somerset House. I loved that exhibition because of the way that so many themes where coming up each time you entered a room in Somerset House. It was great looking at different photographers from the Youth Awards, professional photographers, futuristic photographers, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place photographers etc. By analysing, observing and connecting with each piece of artwork it allowed me to see how the freshness, originality, purity and symbolism is presented cleverly within each image. I really enjoyed looking through different themes such as, landscape, political, critical issues, portraiture, nature etc. I have discovered a range of approaches I would like to take towards my work which involves the idea of photography and seeing the range of techniques I could use to display my work. It has also allowed me to question myself. Asking myself questions such as,

  • What photography techniques would you like to explore further?
  • Which direction would you like to take your idea of photography too?
  • What types of colour ranges would you like to use within your work?

Here are some images from the exhibition

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Inherent spaces- Offsite show (6/5/15)

Working with a group of 1st year Chelsea BA Fine Art students was a fun experience because it allowed me to see how they developed their work and how it would be displayed in the environment that we had. It was great working with Marina, Felipe, Ellie, Vicky, Megan, Alice, Gabrielle, Chloe and  Steffy because it was interesting finding out the meaning’s behind their pieces of work, how they developed it and how the audience would respond to it. From doing some of the ideas I had done in the studio and developing it further for the offsite show. To me I felt that I hadn’t quite cracked what I was trying to show the audience. In a way the idea was getting their but still needed to be worked on further. I was trying to display the idea of movement through change the structures of textural surfaces to show how movement would be changed due to the rough and smooth textures I had used.

However I felt that it was hard for the audience to see that because to some it looked as if it was restricted due to the way I had used a canvas and restricted the sense of movement within a square/rectangle. To others it looked like something from the food industry and ketchup and mustard had been used to display this. I felt like I had encountered so many problems within the development of my work. This was due to the fact that I had so many ideas swirling around in my mind, I had found it hard to just focus on one. Furthermore I felt that I had restricted myself on the ways I wanted to present my ideas. This meant keeping the idea in one restricted space rather than expanding it and allowing the artwork to take it’s own course.  The feedback from my peers and tutors has been really helpful because it has allowed me to see how I need to free myself up more when creating artworks. What this means is, not just following one specific strategy, try to be more imaginative with the materials that you have used. For instance try ceramics within your work so that I could work more into 2D and 3D styles and see where that leads me to.

What I have learnt from the materials and processes that I have used is that some parts of the idea worked well with each other. This is due to the way that the painting was placed which fitted where with the textural backgrounds of the safehouse. What I feel that I have to focus more is working with more materials like ceramics and see what types of forms I could create using that and allowing myself to become more explorative with my work. To me contextual research such as lectures and exhibitions has helped me further into developing my work because it has allowed me to look more into the way certain materials work well with each other and how to develop the idea further.

Here are some photos from the offsite show

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  • I would ask myself questions like this
  • What would the relationship of ceramics be towards my work?
  • In what ways would I allow myself to be less strategic ?
  • Which types of artists and photographers could I look into towards the develop of my work?
  • What materials and processes would I like to try out next towards the development of my work?