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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Simple vs pattern

One concept that has come up throughout my work since the beginning of Maker and during my work for the final year is this battle between the simple and pattern. Many of my friends balance the boat on this category with the idea less is more and why complicate a design with pattern when the beauty of the natural material shines through.

As much as I love pattern I understand the desires of both cases and this is something im interested in exploring and even approaching artists about. I believe that as a maker there is a great deal of interpretation and face value to what we individually make but the idea of what the viewer sees in comparison to what you see and what you want them to see and think remains a blurred vision. For my work throughout the year im aiming to challenge this idea by making simplified and more complexed pieces and ask individuals their interpretation of them when viewed and their interpretation when I present them in some shape or form what my pieces mean to me.

Also this seems to be flowing into the idea that my dissertation is about. For my dissertation I have been looking into the idea of phenomenology and the broad relationship we have to objects which is of interest to me as ive always wondered why my work is viewed in one way when I see it in another, And if there is a reason for this more in the sense of the experience of the object and its presentation on Maker. I believe that this is something that will benefit me on Maker and also in future experiences as making work that the general public can see and interact with is something id like to potentially do in the future.

Morning talk

Today instead of having a seminar on the reading material for the week we were given free post it notes to comment on three individuals work from the maker group. This will basically visually allow the entire maker course to visually question what they think about the work that has been presented and whether what you’re thinking is what they are seeing and whether it falls into the category of Craft, Art or Design and whether we individually agree with where we situated ourselves the week before between the two areas or if the other makers interpretation has shifted the opinion.

For the sticky note task for the cabinet I had four individuals comment on the work. Two where question marks which is understandable as even I am confused by my own idea and one comment believed the cabinet work at the moment in time despite it not being what I wanted to create believed it fell on the Art category of a sculptural piece, and the other comment was again focusing on the art route but highlighted in more details

  • Concept based
  • Meaning and thoughts to the ideas behind the piece.

Despite this the idea in Ingrids and a few of the maker’s eyes is visually imaginable but more of a blurred view than a physical object so experimentation and development as well as more focused ideas may hopefully help me focus the look to present to my fellow makers and see whether the mood has changed from this morning to thursday where i will be presenting to a small group of my fellow makers and one of my tutors Jon and see whether this is something that is worth going for or worth going for but there area  few areas that need to be worked on which at this moment in time seems to be balancing between the two.

Discussion with Martyn (Make Your Mark)

After the discussion with Pip I discussed with Martyn my ideas for the outcome results and expectations of the Make Your Mark Project. For my individual practice I try to emphasise a meaning within the materials I use and the look of the objects in that respect. The use of nature like objects and materials such as leaves, pine cones shells as examples has been something I have loved using in my outcomes dating back to GCSE.

My ideal outcome which is something im looking to develop further in 3rd year and beyond is useable functional objects such as bowls and vase like objects. I wish to show that i take these objects from their natural place or origin that is their natural surroundings and place them in my objects that reflect natural looks within the home environment bringing ourselves and nature closer together.

I have ordered a selection of glass frits which is glass that has smashed into small pieces to create the effect and colour of leaves that in my final exhibition I can put along side of my finished outcome. Also im hoping by my next tutorial to have a 3D printed aspect of my designs to show and any testers that are finished in time, to see if the standard that is hoped for is being achieved ready for exhibit at the end of year and use in the rest of the areas I need to cover in Make Your Mark.

Dissertation planning progress

Having spoken to Martyn before the end of term 2 on Maker I discussed with him the ideas in relation to Dissertation, like the two previous essays I feel that to really focus myself on the dissertation and get the best results marks wise at the end introducing a heavy element of practical experimentation which on Maker is encouraged as much as is possible,And this is something that will reflect in the dissertation itself hopefully. The question in my head that seems to be coming through is

  • How glass is transparent material and difficult to manipulate and why their is a reliance on the technological side over the making side

Admittedly this is quite a lot of things rolled into one sentence but I wish to answer why this is a material you cannot really adapt to technology and is more reliant on the making process, Based on the building knowledge of materials and techniques I have learnt and am still learning on Maker, Glass is a material that in regards to technology is saying good luck with that mate see how you get on. Whereas with 3D printing you can create practically any form of pattern or design providing size can be a limitation on a computer to your requirements but realistically technology has control in the end and can decide whether things will go right or wrong.

I have began researching some theorists from within the practice of study for Constellation with Martyn and from outside as well as recommendations from other sources. Also I have looked at articles and other medias that I can link in as well as existing dissertations however from the advice of friends who have been through the degree dissertation path and are now in further education or a job moving into a artistic career path dissertations are good but are tailored more for the one who published it but can help you see the visual layout of a professional document.

Hopefully even by the looks of it not everything will be on the hand in i can validate why this is and add to things as i go along ready for writing up coming may june time and over the summer holidays


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.

Dissertation Ideas

For the past few days ive been reading through some books that I found through Summon and recommended by Martyn my constellation and dissertation tutor. At the moment find a question for the dissertation topic is difficult as the question practically is the entire essay condensed into one long question which isn’t exactly what I was hoping to happen as this makes me worry about writing the essay.

The basis of my essay was to examine the Material of Glass in the context of the theories of Juhanni Pallasmaa and Tim Ingold and a few others from outside of the constellation lectures. With the theories of these practitioners being on the physical hand making processes it would be a good idea to challenge them on the basis of how technology can prove and disprove their theories as well as show why technology can make and break us through the use of glass and evidence of experimental practice to link to the object that is half of the focus of the dissertation that is equally judged with the dissertation towards my final grade at the end of third year in Maker.I look forward to starting this process and although im coming to the end of my time on Maker im looking forward to the future possibilities that await.