Along with Sam I was assigned to quality control over the metal candelabra and the fake wax candles that would be placed on top of the candelabra commissioned to appear in the background of an events party. In particular with this task I saw a much moreds on process as the structure was made by freelance welders in particular Gary who has worked and know Matt the father of Wild Creations since the company first set up around 5-6 years ago. Once the piece was sprayed gold I was tasked with sanding of any lumps that may have formed in the process and realistically finish the candles.
Now that I have presented my presentation of the past four weeks of work experience I am relieved to final be able to say what I want to say about the experience. Granted it hasn’t always been easy but what is.
Being on a formative level I hope to be able to build more contacts and placements to add to my experience that I will collate in the end of year exhibition in may 2016. If I where to redo the presentation today I would reconsider the idea of using Prezie a form of interactive PowerPoint presentation, but im glad I took the risk of trying it out mainly because in the working world that can be a downfall that you can’t easily recover from in uni time even if it goes wrong is a bonus and there is security to fall back on . Onwards and upwards for 2016
With my presentation coming together with the 11th as the day of reckoning I have decided to take a risk and use a new form of presenting my experience from my placement called prezi. Analyzing the presentation powerpoint I hope I will be able to do myself justice using this.
Given my confidence issues due to the low pitch of my voice I hope that using a interactive means of communication will make things more interesting as I fear that when the time comes it will be bland and boring and the feedback I will probably take to heart.
I decided to go for the Prezi template Light Bubbles, having quickly played around with this software during the week im fairly confident ive got the majority of the software licked but there will be teething troubles on the day so minimising the negative effect they may have and trying not to panic about it will be key.
Overall despite a few problems along the way, which in my opinion has made the experience more real in the sense of the working world, and more real of what you have to do to be successful and be the best at what you do my placement was quite a complex one. I found the process easy to adapt to which I wasn’t expecting to happen due to my nerves and anxiety but I managed to get involved and help out where I was legally health and safety wise able to work. I have learnt many things from many different angles on placement such as the best way to advertise yourself as an Artist, designer and maker.
Getting involved on projects currently in transition in the workshops at the time was a really fun experience, and even though I was mainly doing the quality control aspects such as polyfilling, sanding, spray painting and making sure everything is to the satisfaction of the member I am assigned to at the time. I particularly enjoyed integrating with new people and sharing a laugh and knowledge at the same time with them plus injuring yourself on the second day really made me stand out and be remembered whatever the case whether that is good or bad I will have to see. If I was to redo this module again whether im in university or outside of it I would try and work on being more vocal which is something I have always struggled with and refine my craft and try to build up a portfolio so I can help out more and get more out of the experience than I thought I would, but in context I understand that having no knowledge or experience in this industry hence why I chose this type of company for my placement, means that companies and yourself don’t really know what you’re capable off, so gaining more experience would be the best way to move forward and be able to get involved more in what is going on but never the less has moved me in the right direction.
Realistically apart from not being able to get involved as much due to certain tasks being of limits for health and safety reasons, my only negatives are that at some points I was asked to do something by a technician and then they end up doing it and im standing their like a diff looking for things to do, But in fairness to this the makers didn’t have much work going on so they had to get involved just as much to keep themselves occupied. Nerveless the negatives didn’t really ruin the experience and despite what has been said I wish I would have been able to do more than one placement but you have to go with who responds and only one did. I have been invited back in the future when more work is brought in so I look forward to when that comes and seeing where that takes me.