Realistically at this moment in time with two weeks till the end of term, there are three projects that are my top priorities
- Lamp Project
- Work Experience
For Bams I have created both sides of the medal but due to some feedback that i cannot interpret the process has been delayed but I am in the process of redoing one side that didn’t come out so well. And due to setbacks in foundry the bronzing process may not happen till next year so entering the competition this time around is unlikely unfortunately.
For the Lamp project I am discussing with HUW who has done the most tutorials aimed at this project I will explain the maquettes created and get feedback before creating the first prototype and then move on to creating the additional parts of the portfolio and whether this will stop further than entering the competition.
For Work Experience I am trying to put into practice what I have learnt from my placement and working with Martyn that will be presented in my presentation and possibly displayed in my final year exhibition for marking and viewing by invited quests
With this practice essay moving me to build ideas of what I want my final dissertation piece to symbolise I am moving into the approach of an experimentational way of thinking in the sense of how we interpret what we create and the message behind these creations and the one that I want to get across. However I want to find out how other individuals interpret your work through different means of showing this work in a different light. And answer the question of how we interpret objects and why our individual disciplines manipulate and shape these understandings of our creations through process.
Now entering the third week of Work Experience I have been asked throughout my posts some of which will be retweaked when I am able to a series of questions that will help shape the structure of the presentation and work displayed in December.
- What have I learnt over the last couple of weeks while out on placement in terms of skills, knowledge and about myself?
- What has been most enjoyable or beneficial to you over this time and why do you think this is?
- What has been least enjoyable and again,why do you think this might be?
- Have you been able to develop any particular personal or job role skills over this time?
- Are there any areas in your performance where you could improve your input and, if so, how?
- How do you feel about the experience so far, and have those feelings impacted on your work at any time?
- Can you identify areas where you would like to improve your skills, and how do you hope to do this during the the coming placement days?
So I will try my best to incorporate the answers to these questions in my posts that have already been posted and the ones that are still to come improve the quality of my posts and the presentation at the end of this academic term.
Having a rough idea of what Wild Creations does and the scale of outcomes they make I was really looking forward to starting the placement. My reasons for choosing this type of company was to gain a physical experience of what it is like working in this market.On Maker I enjoy the making the final piece the most so seeing this done in a different environment and scale will certainly be an exciting experience. Overall I have no idea what I am going to be doing but I am hoping I can do justice and start my first steps on the career ladder in the process.
At the time of the Mosasaurus Commission the raptor pack
were also made by permanent Wil Sculptor Samantha Williams. Unlike the other commission all four of the raptors didn’t have a metal chassis and were sculpted as accurately as possible to the digital effects used in Jurassic World. To my understanding the shape was formed and carved in polystyrene with clay being molded on top. Next once the sculpt is complete a cast is made of the entire sculpt from head to tail to foot on both sides with individual parts in fibreglass and other moulding materials. From this a solution is poured that creates the shape and sturdiness of the piece which layers of spray and paint are applied to to create the look you see and air vacuuming is the process that ensures the piece stays together and is solid when completed. Due to each raptor having different structural details and expressions facially and muscle wise on the final models four individual casts were made by the time my placement started all except Blue had been moved to another warehouse assumingly to be sent to universal studios as their final resting place.
As you can see the raptors also made a short outing to London publicising the release of Jurassic World.
Much like being in University there are Health and Safety procedures that are in place to ensure the safety of yourself, the company and the workers and freelancers working within the company.
- Masks must be worn when exposed to excessive amounts of dust particles regardless of how closed or open the environment is especially if this is the environment you are working in for a long period of time.
- When aerosol products such as spray paint are used masks must be worn and gloves used which is also the case when chemicals are used due to the nature of many materials and chemicals causing lots of irritation or damage to your skin and health.
- You must be aware of your surroundings especially when heavy and large quantities of materials are in transit from one area of the workshops to another.
- Any accidents, spillages or damages have to be reported due to the legality procedures of the company.
There are many rules and regulations that need to be followed whilst on placement to ensure you get the best experience and don’t endanger yourself or others in the process. Overall i’m looking forward to my placement and hopefully i will be able to branch out into other areas and make my name known as well as contacts in the process, which will be of great value in a competitive market that is prop making.
As with every project individually we receive a feedback form like the one shown that highlights in regards to the current status of our work from the sketchbooks to research where we are and if this was the final marking which it isn’t this is only formative with the final one being summative which means the grade overall what I would get. Based on this feedback it seems overall that the BAMS medal project has got an overall satisfactory borderline good mark. Technical speaking this means
Overall 2.2 viewing (Satisfactory) at the moment possible moving into 2.1 viewing (Good)
Satisfactory mark is between 57-59%
Good mark is 60-63%
Considering what has gone on so far I am happy to get this level at the time and from the advice i will move to break more into the 2.1 criteria and who knows where it could go from there. Both projects got a thorough breakdown by Zoe to ensure that the mark is fair and gives you the best idea of how you can improve. From the feedback I broke it down to three categories to help me better process the advice given this being
What Zoe understood the project to be about?
What she feels the project is lacking and needs more of to reach my own best intentions.
Questions or things I need to think about when responding to the brief and the message or purpose of the outcome.
The lamp is intended for a young audience between the ages 0f 4 – 8, the use of existing influences is very good and keeping the object unisex so that it is suitable for both sexes on the market is another strong start also continuing to challenge the idea of light as a source is a necessity. Plus beginning to think about the health and safety aspects of the piece due to the nature of the age of the audience is another key factor that must be thought about.
The project is not as advanced as the BAMS Medal and remains at the proposition stage and I must consistently refer to the brief to meet the criteria and should I be eligible and decide to put this project forward I must have two A3 design sheets a 100 word statement and a physical marquette.
There werent really questions that were set to think about due to the piece being in an earlier stage of development so further tutorials are advised to ensure that any problems or concerns are highlighted early to avoid disappointment later on.
There is certainly a lot to think about but I am confident I will be able to create a brilliant outcome that will answer the questions and concerns highlighted and I won’t hesitate to ask about things I don’t understand or can’t work out why they have been said.