Centre For Entrepreneurship (Beginning the idea)

As part of the Centre for Entrepreneurship scheme the aim is in time to be able to create a successful built model of the company/business that you wish to see made reality. Over many sessions we have been covering key areas that are necessary such as funding but also other areas such as how others can help your business where you can’t (speciality knowledge). Obviously Art is an area that does well but like a well-oiled machine it needs many working parts to stay strong and active as if one part goes then its collateral for the rest. My business idea is much like all my work and interactions in life really. That being massively over complicated with a much easier way of doing things hidden in plain sight, but where is the fun in that is. Speaking to Lauren the leader of the program I discussed that over time I’d like to expand what my business is about and as I build contacts hopefully they can help with the structure of this.

Starting at an easier point there was the workshop discussion. With their being so many art materials and practices there Is as a big a market for Craft and the hands on Craft as there is for the outcomes themselves so I came up with the idea of having a few workshops to show how those who would like to do this but have no idea how to do this can achieve this goal. From a Maker student perspective there are many workshops that require some form of machinery assistance which is obviously costly but are more secondary to the process than the idea behind how to make, As examples I came up with three areas that I would research into how I could make a profit and achieve goals that stay true to the meaning of the business thesis respectively these areas being:-

  • Glass
  • Wood
  • Pewter

Taking these areas forward I would begin to analyse just what exactly I could achieve now and what would take time and further investment to get, but at least this will produce a starting result.


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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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.