Field Formative Feedback With Ingrid

During my formative assessment for field, both Ingrid and Pip were concerned and most likely the feedback would reflect this that there was some great work but the progress of moving forward with this work isn’t visible as it should be at this stage. Both liked the work but wanted the best possible result as there is definitely the unique result there but making these objects like the image seen below which is intended for a bowl is not easy as the fragile result is desirable but the ephemeral nature isn’t something that really would be bought knowing how quickly and literally without a lot of pressure could break.  Ingrid recommended with all the pieces that are literally spread out over two desks fusing corresponding colors together and making forms that can create leaves and cast these in resin and in this case create a desirable fragile but preserved unique sculptural form. When I had my talk with Ingrid after formative but before formative results are emailed Ingrid highlighted that the feedback grade in no way reflected her own confidence in my abilities as I am much better than what the feedback will say but in order for the best and most honest results, what is seen rather than discussed is what is assessed. Having completed some resin tests my feedback grade when I receive it will be inaccurate anyway which is a positive result moving forward.


Time Constraints

In previous posts the concern and tutorials have highlighted that progress is being seen and the results are promising but unfortunately things are reaching a point of there is nothing guaranteed that is going right and forcing the problem to go further and further into the red and marking will definitely pick up on this. I have managed to get two test pieces cast in resin and I am looking to get more done this week prior to the Easter holidays but with another potential opportunity and resolver at least of a potential problem this I’m willing to see whether this is a good route to do or to late I the game to do and guarantee something in the exhibition.

Glass vs Resin

Throughout the making of my pieces for the past few weeks there has been a constant battle of one process succeeding but then the next process doesn’t and undoes the good work done. So far I have made to be honest I don’t even know how many pieces in glass but in my formative assessment the sheet glass pieces were highlighted as ruining the aesthetic of the pieces but in defence this was more towards the pieces that were in 6 mm thick glass which translates as my frit test fused on one side with 3mm glass and then flipped over and a second sheet applied to the other side. Several things listed happened when this was tried

  • The glass worked but the coloured material lost its form completely and was trapped as part of the surface of the sheet glass.
  • The resulting air space between the fused sheet material and the material that fuses to the other side caused air bubbles that as a result ruined and lost a large amount of detail to the piece
  • Even with only one side of material in use, my tutors believed that this direction wasn’t for filling the full potential of what I can achieve.
  • Resin is the better option for preserving the fragile pieces however resin overtime and exposure to ultra violet light discolors and damages the look and quality of the piece.

With these key areas in mind the problem becomes whether I should try to find a suitable place that can hot cast my pieces most likely at a high cost or stick with resin and argue the validity of the choice of material to the long-term possibilities with the pieces. All I can say at this point is that I cannot afford to not investigate this avenue as this could be a potential downfall after all the hard work that has been done to get this far and make it an all for nothing situation.


Editing and picking a logo

Every artist like every person needs a representation or a visual form that links what you do to the audience that what you stand for can relate to such as your digital and physical presence in the world. One important branding for an artist identity is a logo, For some, this is simple initials with a undertext message such as

KB (Anagram of full name (Kierren Barnfield)

Designer Maker

Or some is a piece of their work and their name, But usually, a logo of the initials and their background or the material they work predominantly in is used. For me, the artist and the work go hand in hand so if one doesn’t have the other really there is no point. For my logo, I admit I am terrible with digital software like photoshop or illustrator so I sent a rough and I mean drawn through paint of the initials KB to a friend and these were the results I got back.

First logossecond logosthird logos

I really liked the results but struggled with which one looked best, but given that this probably won’t be the last business card I design or make I can always change for the future as the work will naturally change anyway. I liked the logo seen above in the square But I wanted to make the logo circular and due to the Designer Maker subtext below this meant that as shown the subtext moved to the side of the K to get the results seen and I am quite happy with the results and looking forward to testing the images and the logo together before deciding the best result to send to print.



Having collected the book I made for the bookbinding workshop I was really happy with the results. Having done this workshop I am interested in transforming my sketchbooks and degree show information books into books I have physically made myself to add that extra value to the pieces. Next term I hope to revisit this workshop space and make my sketchbooks more presentable and hopefully have more time flexibility due to the majority of the work being done over the weeks of and before the end of this term


Monday Morning

As of tomorrow this is the final week of making this term and next term there will be little time to do anything as the degree show space will be set up and work will be displayed as soon as possible and as professional as possible. On Friday I was finally able to get one of my glass pieces encased in resin and then leave to set over the weekend. Due to the amount of time, it takes to set the quality of the process and what the piece looks like is unknown to me and will be I hope positive aspect to see tomorrow. if this process turns out successful I hope to be able to create several pieces in the allotted time left and find the best possible means of getting the best results from the resin although until I can see the results Monday I won’t actually know where I stand.

Looking forward (Live Application)

As part of my degree show exhibition module, I will be applying for INC space a program within the School of Art and Design that if successful is a studio space available for a year along with access to resources available such as Fab Lab and workshop machinery although this is subject to discussion with the technical demonstrator responsible for each department. Also, material costs come out of your own pocket which is the same at a point in degrees but a definite in Masters the total cost of INC Space is 1,200 up front but due to the high interest of INC Space and the amount of courses eligible for applying there is an interview process and a form shown below that needs to be filed out and the rest is discussed in May which is around the time of the degree show being displayed and marked.