Now into the final year of the course and once December finishes the last two terms of Artist Designer Maker ive decided like a few fellow Makers have to open a second blog in the new year that will run alongside this blog but will focus just on the content of the final year and focus on everything after graduation. I did have the intent of due to frustrations with this blog to create a new account to link all my social media content but due to well life that didn’t happen. So I will focus blogging solely on this account and backdate on the new one. I do hope to maintain this account well into the future as evidence of Maker and the new account showing how things have evolved from a before to after graduation perspective to anyone viewing the sites.
Now with just over a week to go and wanting to make sure I dont overlook or forget anything important I revisited the brief for my Maker project to highlight in each area separately what I have done and what I need to do within this time. And throughout the week produce and document the evidence of this in the most suitable way to demonstrate as well as my blog. These are the areas that I need to meet for this part of the deadline and in bold how I am doing with each area:-
- An exhibition standard Artifact – Almost complete needing to add final details and extra parts.
- Design sheets, Sketchbooks – Requires a bit of reorganising and final checks as well as blogging any missing areas.
- Subject module Blog, with clear contextual referencing – Need to check with tutor whether this has been correctly been done but everything on track.
- Evaluative statement on project (250-350 word count) – Will do once the content of all other areas has been fulfilled in order for the best accuracy to be achieved.
- Statement of intent with timeline (250 words) – Need to check as I dont understand what is desired evidence wise.
- Documented evidence of research into professional and graduate opportunities – Completed just need to document on blog.
Throughout this term taking note from timescale and time management problems last year and before and in general for any academic arts related area, I’ve decided to do as much experimenting and physical high quality making as I can with the materials I have available to me as I believe the materials I have are ore than good enough to get high quality work from. Throughout the weeks so far I’ve noticed that focusing on one area has pushed me out to further areas of working and when I think about what I’m doing and what I would like to do upon graduation I’ve set up a few areas to divide up the interests I have in regards to making and the relevance they have in their own way. These categories being :-
- Pieces for display with decorative aesthetic purpose
- Pieces for light display and personal function purpose
- Combining more than one material and creating pieces that have function but also display
- Build approach (play and creativity outlook)
Based on what I have enjoyed throughout Maker I believe that I can present something that can fall into all of these categories and have a separate object that represents each category to present I December my only concern is to what will be said of this but if this is demonstrating what I like and what I can do then I’m already on the right track respectively anyway but will have to see how the presentation goes.
Today marks the end of the seminars with Martyn. Throughout the lectures there have been many areas of focus for us to take away from such as the symbolism of imagery and how an Artist and a Designer differ and are similar in their processes of making.
Makers are more likely to make pieces that are intended to sell in craft, store or events involving Craft or Design locally or more further afield. Whereas designer in the sense of product design make pieces that they think through every possible hazard that can come from this product and would be employed in this respect or brought in for particular material knowledge which varies from persons to persons skill set much like Makers in the same way.
For todays final task as groups we ventured off into three different locations with all groups ending up going to the same place in the end to collect materials to make a piece for display purposes using the electrical components and faceplate of a small bedside clock.
From these locations and purely on location we had to collect objects that would be of value to us on making a piece that would fit the aesthetic and function of a clock hanging or balanced but stable upon it. and here re the results for my group.
Taking items from location we then from Sarah’s perspective went with the idea of the clock being attached to an almost wearable if slightly massively oversized necklace piece based on objects found in a cemetery and the local cathedral nature habitats nice to know death is literally hanging around your neck with this piece. Even though I didn’t get as involved in the making of the piece I really enjoyed the complete go for it and see what happens result which is pretty much how most of my professional class pieces that come out of maker fall into sadly. Taking from this for the December deadline I’m playing around with the idea of making pieces that have a creative context in the sense that they can be one solid object but have the ability to be 3 smaller separate objects maintaining the same function for some pieces. But at the same time I want to make pieces that fit for function and have a purpose but also some that are for display purposes only to give me a dynamic and selection of ideas to work with as the deadline draws closer and closer.
During my talk with Zoe yesterday the context of commercial was introduced to define the nature and dominance my work falls into. Commercial meaning how an artist chooses to promote their work can be an artist that creates work that they sell to a company to have in their stores or creating work that has the potential to be exhibited in galleries as well as exhibitions to the public with the chance of sales at any point.
During the tutorial Zoe highlighted to me that the way you see yourself working will best show how to get your work into the commercial artist market but like anything there are positives and there are negatives. Looking at the three categories that on the Maker course we fall into being Craft, Art or Design there is a different approach to each to the commercial that speaks to me in my own understanding. These understandings to the commercial being :-
- Craft (me) :- seeing myself as a craft person I would see myself in a commercial context creating pieces for home use as functional and decorative objects such as plates and coasters to bowls and vases traditionally in glass but with elements of other materials combined. To be commercial craft artists would most likely advertise their work through their website and thanks to the technological era use the social media platform to reach a business and buyer market directly, as well as this there can be craft markets as well as gallery submissions and competitions.
- Design :- Designers in a commercial sense due to the connection of furniture and lighting would hit a higher end commercial market of events that cover furniture and lighting such as the London markets as well as approaching companies that have a growing market in that sector to display work within their stores to directly approach the customer without the artist being there to sell it like a craft artist would on market.
- Artists :- Artists due to the common link of installation pieces and sculpture would in a commercial context in my mind create pieces on commission or pieces that they can sell to build reputation or site specific work that can draw in tourism to the area whether permanent or short. Which can lead to other projects in time or exhibit work that inspires, challenges and reinterprets the minds way of thinking.
looking at those ways of imaging the commercial I would see myself more strongly in the Craft market of commercial marketing but I do value the other ways of making and marketing available to my fellow makers as I wish for my work to meet a large market over time but not have the massive overhang of lack of interest due to the limitations that my work is displayed in. But for the moment I believe my strongest chance is to develop pieces of high quality that can be made with ease but not easy and then as skills develop grow stronger and move into more complex pieces that galleries will more likely undertake and with the amount of time it takes to reach that level there will already be a market notability to my work going into it as a new maker to the block.
During my research study after my talk with Zoe about the importance and relevance of what I would like in my pieces I came across an artist that uses leaves residing in America and this artist was Japanese artist Kay Sekimachi. Kay in particular uses the maple leaf in her work that falls into the sculptural category of the craft and arts market to create pieces from actual leaves that have a purely decorative but visually appealing look to the audience.
To create these pieces Kay uses the skeletons of maple leaves and using a material known as Kozo paper, a Japanese paper made from vegetable fibres only available in three types of plants which is predominantly used in fixing the quality of books as they deteriorate over time due to use. And watercolour to create the end result. as well as this Kay has used hornets paper and grass.
What particularly draws me to this way of use is the effect that light has on the piece as a result despite the piece being made to be functional and the outline and shape of the piece is something that I’m really drawn to due o these pieces symbolising what I want to achieve in my own work. The only way to achieve results that will be appropriate for this way of making in glass as the leaves will not last very long and will damage very quickly is to cast the leaf in glass which during tests will cause air bubbles and destroy the leaf every time. So a means around this would be to place a sheet of glass over the top of the leaf and etch with an engraver tool the detail desired for the leaves or objects into the surface that can then be slumped to get a shape result desired and a quality to match.
Today with Ingrid now abroad visiting and creating relationships and opportunities with universities abroad and the Maker course in Cardiff I had the opportunity to have a quite in-depth tutorial with Zoe. Having had a tutorial with Zoe in second year discussing the medal and lamp project which opened new ways of thinking to me for those projects I was looking forward to how Zoe would react as a complete outsider with no knowledge prior of what I’m doing in my project.
Zoe like everyone else really liked the leaves and the concepts to which I’m working in but opened up areas of thinking and potential problems that can occur with what I am doing. looking at my pieces there is an obvious beauty but heavy fragility ratio. For me there are several outcome ideas I am working towards some of which are purely decorative, others that have detail but function to and others that are just functional.
The problem is that glass is a material that is more than capable of falling into those three categories but Zoe believed that I should continue with the experiments I would like to do whilst in time that I can afford to do them and allow that to fuel what the end result will be. Also I highlighted this desire to have a functional but decorative piece but the idea will need to evolve in order to work or there will be nothing to present in the December deadline on November 5th which is just under three weeks from now. So in order to keep true to what I want to do and have pieces that are suitable to my tutors standards and expectations I will make pieces that are purely decorative, pieces that are decorative but with a function to there creation such as a light and ones that are purely functional with the potential to be a series of set pieces like dining wear and interior design pieces. So that is how I will take on-board the advice given as each tutor has given different opinions but have all said as much experimentation as possible is the key to this project.