Made By Hand 2016/Subject Research Level 6

For the past two years since joining Maker ive visited and helped with setting up in any way I can with Sarah James and Made By Hand. Made by hand without doubt is no easy event to pull of but is a fantastic day visit if ever around Cardiff at the end of October. Made by Hand brings together artists from all across the Uk primarily 60% or so being from Wales alone. This year due to the importance of time and the ending of my degree on the horizon I didn’t volunteer but I’m hoping that given the way the Cardiff stall has changed I will be able to present my work in the Maker stall next october with Made By Hand. In order to link my work that at this moment in time is experimental ive looked through the separate parts of the stall criteria for Made By Hand and highlighted artists and companies that link to the ideas that I would like to bring out in my work for Formative submission in December and Summative in early May next year. These were the few I came across

Covering a few areas of interest mainly due to the possibilities of cross technique experiments  and such throughout my sketchbook and through the cabinet ive been trying to create experiments that highlight this and whether these in themselves focus on objects even though im not intending them to for the sake of the stage im at in the process.

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Made in Roath Experience 2016

Throughout my two and 1/3 years of study at Cardiff Met ive heard and been meaning to look into and explore the Made In Roath scene having done Made By Hand for the last two years and potentially this year as well but haven’t had the time to be able to do it. Made In Roath is a community event situated all around the outer reaches of Cardiff displaying everything from work to buy to installation pieces, movies, community markets and so on. With over 64 locations and events going on from the 9th October to the 16th October there is plenty to see and do.

To make up for lost time I visited visited the website http://madeinroath.com/and found what was going on and where everything was. Throughout going through the events I found quite a few links to artists working in Ceramics that are currently studying or graduates of Ceramic from Cardiff Met. This was quite a happy moment due to my course being relatively knew there are a few graduates that are doing really well having been on the market for one or two years such as my 3rd year buddy Alexana Blott and her cutlery creations http://www.alexana-blott.co.uk/. Looking through I found these events granted there isn’t many glass related events and I dont really use Ceramic this would be quite a diverse experience for me. These are the events I hope to attend.

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Medal in The Bay

After setting up in the Bay For Touch Trust I popped over to Craft in the Bay to see the display for the medals. Most of Maker knows that I was really upset about the finalised piece and the fact that the ceramic shell was still stuck in after several sandblasts but it was reasonably ready for display. After visiting I checked on the website for craft in the bay after seeing one of my friends from Maker post a picture of her medal from the Craft in the Bay website, and surprise surprise mine was one of the pictures up there I certainly wasn’t expecting that especially in comparison to the quality of those others in the exhibition but I wont argue with that so wahoo for me. Plus to actually see them in exhibition after all the things going on in uni feels rewarding that we made it to the end eventually.

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Craft in the Bay exhibition statement 

Individual interpretations of medals, created by Second Year students studying on the Artist Designer: Maker course at Cardiff School of Art & Design, Cardiff Metropolitan University. The work was made in response to the British Art Medal Society’s Annual Student Medal Project and is just one of the live briefs students undertake in their second year.

With access to a broad range of materials and equipment the students have explored and developed skills in bronze casting, 3D printing, ceramics, laser cutting in wood, metal and paper.

The Artist Designer: Maker course has making at its heart, allowing students to engage with practices drawn from a broad spectrum of creative disciplines including art, design and craft. The work displays the combination of traditional skills and the use of new technologies that is part of what makes this course so unique and exciting. Bridging the gap between traditional skills and new technologies, students work in a myriad of ways, including producing work for batch production, bespoke one-off pieces or manufacture.

We see evidence of concept and craft coming together in these small hand held sculptural artefacts.

A broad range of, skills, techniques and processes have been explored by the students in pursuit of their own vocabulary of making including:

metal – casting in bronze, and pewter, digital fabrication employing 3D scanning and printing, 3D digital modelling and laser cutting.

Themes include:

gender and equality, psychology, nature, growth and the journey, ecosystems and sustainability, fragility and protection, materiality, geometry and mathematics, the personal and the political.


Ideas for Make Your Mark

The Maker marketspace is expanding across the UK and abroad so finding your feet and where you sit on the market isn’t the easiest of tasks and once that hurdle is passed how do you sell yourself to potential buyers and potential employees now that’s the difficult Part.

At the moment I have mind mapped some ideas of what im thinking of doing in regards to materials, outcomes and meaning. I like the idea in my pieces of using materials that you dont necessarily think will work together and show that they can although if that doesn’t work I know why I couldn’t find any examples of it, I also like that they fulfill a purpose as well as something visually stunning. And if a meaning can be fitted in that fits the materials used and the objects than that’s smashing. For the Make Your Mark project im hoping to show:-

Development of processes and materials in

  • Wood
  • Glass
  • Textiles
  • Ceramics
  • 3D printing
  • Metal

Also im hoping to gain better understanding in relation to my practice of

  • Throwing clay
  • Glass fusing
  • Compatibility of materials
  • 3D printing software
  • Laser cutting software
  • Textile software and physical processes

As well as other materials I aim to create a series of objects that fit to theme and purpose that I can link artist influence and my own practice to, at this moment im thinking of making objects such as vases and bowl or other functional objects as the idea of making pieces that have a Fine Art and Meaning worries me as this is what I tried to do first year and things didn’t go to plan at all. Fingers Crossed this wont happen this year.

 

 


What to make

For the make your mark project ive been asked along with visual data in the form of blog and sketchwork as examples to produce a series of outcomes that relate to my interests and individualities in the making process. At this stage im pretty sure im not the only one that is struggling to figure out what I actually want to make and what materials I want to choose.

At the moment and this is a worrying thing im enjoying making and getting involved with the actual outcomes and trial and errors coming forward but i feel im lagging behind and not wanting to produce anything because I cant find what I enjoy making easily and more to the point why this is a sellling object and uniqueness it has to the market. As someone who has confidence issues im sure this will get better in time but its one of those things that one side of the situation will always dominate judgement.

However ive made a start at some mindmaps and moodboards of objects that I like and artists that’s work I find inspiring and as someone who doesn’t like drawing because im not a confident drawer I hope this will help me push forward in this area and show how ive changed from the way I worked in first year and how this can also evolve in third year. Entering into third term things are hectic but some projects are slowly coming to their endpoint and hopefully I will have a reasonable amount of time at the end before exhibit setup to fix any problems that may occur, whether this is possible I wont know till later on but it is always best to set realistic goals and try your best to reach them then have no goals and nothing to aim for.