As well as Glass By Design there is a Student Association Scheme with Craft in the Bay that is looking to build closer relations to Artist Designer Maker and Cardiff School of Art and Design. Craft in the Bay to my understanding introduces two new members yearly and has built quite a variety in the displayed works.
The scheme allows those who apply and are selected to build relationships with the Maker Guild of Wales and Craft in the Bay and helps with professional support, training and opportunities to build networks through maker guild membership.
Due to the fluidity of Craft in the Bay there are several glass artists already within which has helped me value how much artists working with the material charge and the size of the objects and look among other things are although I am aware that tax and gallery commission price adds to the cost seen on the ticket. I have spoken to two of the ladies that run the maker guild and surprisingly they recognise my name from the medal from second year which also went on their online webpage, I intend to message in the new year the gallery and see if I can arrange a placement as in the future I would like to see my business expand and maybe even employ staff of course this comes down to meeting the right people and being pushed in the right direction. This is a long term scenario so I am hopeful that this is a step in the right direction to make this idea more of a reality.
After all the frantic rushing to get things done myself and the group got the feedback from Bethan the Subject Leader for the Faking It project for Field
As shown we managed to achieve a 2:1 equivalent with our skills very nearly hitting a first level which is a level I haven’t been able to get to in the past two years with 4 projects last year and potentially 7 this year but im becoming more consistent with a 2:1 level which is a great achievement regardless. Along with every feedback sheet we were given pointers as to how we can improve given that this is only formative its very unlikely we can be knocked down a grade but there is also the possibility of moving up so fingers crossed I can achieve this. This is the feedback that Bethan gave myself and the group on the project.
So points to consider where
- The lighting of the backdrop
- The creatures although I have my reasons and have since changed them
- More experimental process is needed for characters and look in particular
- The size of the overall display
- Adding more to the peach such as a stem and its plumpness
- Improve the impact of the bugs
- Improve on the overall means of practically experimenting the idea
Despite all this it was a great project and experience that I wish I could do over that makes me want to fight more to work in the industry and the grade at the end of year, plus to have the Marriott setup on cv and the extra of the set being in Cardiff Bay at the Millennium Centre which is the only set that got that coverage to my knowledge was definitely a confidence booster for me given my worries and quality control over the figures as I recreated them along with everything else.
Faking IT ended up having the highest mark quality so far in two years of study with an overall 2:1 that very nearly was a 1st. The set had great feedback on the look and the characters, and ended up being requested for display in the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay as shown
For the end of year exhibition I intend to have all the characters remodelled and displayed on a peach with a wood stump base to symbolise the look shown in the movie James and the Giant Peach.
Touch Trust is a charity centred in the heart of Cardiff Bay that helps and supports the families and the individuals that suffer with learning disabilities and other such conditions that make it difficult to interact with others, but thanks to Touch Trust this is no longer the case.
The Trust gets individuals involved through meditation and interaction with musical instruments and helps them to interact in such ways in relation to a play and with it being the 100th celebrations of Roald Dahl James and the Giant Peach set from Faking It was used in the set up space. Touch Trust runs three performance events every year throughout the year which brings together those that suffer the most with disabilities and cannot get involved with activities that myself for example can do on a daily basis and helps them feel loved and involved as sadly society in general doesn’t take kindly to those that are significantly physically and mentally different but the charity is working and is proving to change that way of thinking. I really loved the performance and it was well worth the weeks it took to make the set for the marriott and transport down to the bay for this event. I hope to visit the charity and help out with their events in the future which will help me with confidence about the quality of my work and the public viewing it.