At the end of every academic year, there is an exhibition within the Maker studio much like every other degree and masters course within Cardiff School of Art and Design. However, in the third year Makers have the opportunity to go to New Designers. New Designers is a massive Craft, Design and Maker event held in London, split between two sections of work from furniture to installation pieces and jewellery. Looking and selecting a few examples of what little is surprisingly available the level of skill is immense and I can’t imagine how in a sense out of your depth it may feel to be a graduate exhibiting.
Despite this, I have the opinion of why not life presents opportunities so grab them while you can. At this moment in time unless there is a massive change in direction the biggest problem is maintaining and achieving a standard of work to the level that not just Maker expects but also that of the likes of London. Hopefully, after everything that has happened so far, this is the moment that will make it all worthwhile.
Realistically at the meeting nothing is indefinitely set in stone as the maker degree show could change the direction of everything.
Next Month myself and the rest of Maker Level 6 are visiting the collect Saatchi exhibit in London. This event to my understanding Is a great platform for newly established Makers, Designers and Artists alike which are selected by a judging panel. This trip is also to ensure that if there are any galleries in which individually you would like to attend then now is the best time. With New Designers as a possible opportunity before finishing my degree but not technically a registered graduate it will be great to see the standard and type of work that is selected for these types of events and high reputation.
Not literally a breakdown although thinking about it…….anyway, so far things have been reasonably okay there are a few problems that need sorting but nothing out of the usual there. I have had my formative assessment which seemed really positive but feedback hasn’t come back yet. My artefact has been a reasonable success and the process in which I made the piece is something I will do again on Maker. With just under 11 weeks not including holidays I’m feeing the nerves getting more controlling but I’m happy were I am at and looking forward to what I can achieve within the time left and the possibilities I could have after graduation.
Through my tutorials since the beginning of third year there has been not just in my fellow makers but also tutors eyes of a broad range of outcome potentials, most noticeably in Lights.
Through companies like Craft in the Bay I believe this influence has become more realised. Honestly having had a rough time with the Delight In Light project last year the idea of making lights was off putting. However the potential scope and uniqueness of the pieces I’ve made so far that could change my mind on that way of thinking. Also with my overall focus being on objects that are decorative and functional or a mixture of the two this is a perfect opportunity to show what I can do.
These were a few early experiments playing with the ideas of shape and also light and the way material works with light. Having completed a few good quality test pieces before Christmas I’m now looking to book the university’s photography space to test out light and the pieces reaction to it. Also to link in my artists research ill be attempting to create forms out of actual leaves if this is possible much like Kay Sekimachi work below
I’m looking forward to this way of working and hope to be able to draw together new ways of making and techniques on top of the knowledge I already have at this point in time.
Due to circumstances out of my control I had to postpone formative till the new year which means that although in a sense I have more time in fact I have got less in another but based on feedback from tutors as will as fellow maker friends I seem to be going okay, I do not believe them but yeah that is nothing out of the unusual. Before Christmas I was told and advised if I intend to create a collection of objects such as bowls, vases plates and such in order to have something of standard I need to concentrate on one type of object and have an outcome complete rather than three different types of object but nothing complete which I have achieved with the bowls respectively.
Next term when formative will occur I hope to be able to show a more focused and visual plan of what I want to achieve for the remainder of the course and how my tutors can help me with what I want to achieve as with the materials I work with the result and expectation go against each other but produce results that are unique in their own. I’ve managed to produce a few test and one finalised piece as seen below which is my artefact for presentation for next term and intend to work on this and add my further ideas to be able to advance further in preparation for the final deadline in May and the potential of being picked for display at New Designers, and other events and possibilities beyond.
In order to start promoting and get an idea of how social media can help promote and advertise me and my work I created a Facebook Website much like some of my fellow Makers have which respectively allows me to see how well and far my posts are travelling on social media and what better place to start than Facebook that connects you to millions of people instantaneously. With this being a first attempt the look and feel of this page will alter and redesign over time as I gain more confidence and understanding of success through media but I like to think ive made the best start possible.
And to promote ive attached the most recent works like the piece above to show the current stages of work at this moment in time.
Glass by Design is a small predominantly glass but mixed materials business in Penarth that opened last year run by Angelina Hall and Cathy O Doherty. After graduation I hope to be able to display my work within their shop which since opening has collected he works of some fellow maker graduates of the past two graduate years of the course. As well as the potential opportunity to exhibit work there is also an open house event every Thursday between 6-8 where for a £15 fee you can meet fellow glass artists and have access to glass kilns something that upon graduation I will not have access to without potential funding possibilities.