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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The Medal

For my medal I wanted to make the medal send the message of sustainability which is ironic as a lot of material was used and in a sense wasted during the making process to the end result. Throughout the year feedback was having difficulty in helping me and im sure my tutors would agree the idea was there but what was produced wasnt getting the home run approach a medal needs so it didn’t come together however despite this I learnt a valuable process in bronze and the time process a medal roughly takes through every stage give or take to the end.

Over the summer I will attempt to redesign a few possible ideas for the medal and hopefully enter the competition aspect of bams and if possible exhibit in Craft In The Bay but I will need to see one of my tutors to discuss this if possible and take things forward and fight my corner on this as this is a great piece of work to have for portfolio purposes and cv purposes if i can take advantage of the circumstances. Plus with the extra cushion of knowledge to fall on ill be more confident in what can be achieved in third year and in the live briefs than I did when the projects were first delivered.


Bams Re pour

Given the bronze process didn’t entirely go to plan first time ive reproduced the medal and modified the pieces for exhibit. this has proved challenging as I don’t want the liquid and the malachite to get caught in any gaps this time im hoping to get the two moulds finished tomorrow and on a tree and BAMS is done apart from updating the book of the new images and possibly pettina on the details of the tree and other areas on the medal. I’m hoping everyday at this stage to get something done and meet goals as this is the only way ill be able to complete the workload for the end of year.


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.


Make Your Mark Tutorial rundown

Yesterday I had a talk with pip regarding the progress made with Make Your Mark ideas and outcomes. I briefly showed some of the ideas I had in rough form and the artists these ideas are influenced on and how these when coming to critique can link to one and other and why this relates to my individual practice and ideas for future outcomes.

Pip believed that I needed to be more complex with my ideas as the early studies that I had shown on the day showed detail and my ideas and means of ways to put these pieces together but there wasn’t enough on them and from a professional perspective you would look at the design now and in an exhibition it would practically look out-of-place. Pip stated that i needed to be more confident and really go for the ideas if I want to prove ive come back stronger than the events of first year.

Taking this into account I went over in my head the ideas and what I would potentially want to make and refined the ideas to make them look more professional. Hopefully along with the rest of the portfolio work for this project and the rest of the other projects there will be a large body of work that shows my skills as a maker but also as a props maker as im torn between two paths a material one and a more practical job related path, however I think that may be beneficial for the market that as a Maker I will be graduating into.


The Plan – What I need to get done

With not long left im trying to pull out all the stops to get as much work done as possible all to the same high standard that is expected and I know I can achieve. Last week I spoke to martyn the main technician for Maker about ideas for outcomes involving glass and possibly other materials but mainly glass as the overall material used. Hopefully if setup went to plan I can sit down with Martyn and discuss these ideas and work out the materials I need to order for what I want to achieve, what tests I need to do and where is the best place to order materials and if these materials are compatible. As well as this I spoke to Maff one of the technicians of Soft Modelling thats expertise is in Laser Cutting about my lamp

Of the top of my head this I what I believe I need to do practically

  • Woodturning for Faking IT and delight in light for experimental processes
  • Collecting and ordering materials such as glass, resin and moulding materials
  • Plaster lathe turning for Faking IT and Make Your Mark

This is some of the processes I need to get done this week coming at a push a week tomorrow or im in trouble and I really hope that wont happen this year. Despite the workload and everything else that is coming up or will surprise me im really looking forward to seeing all my work and fellow maker work in exhibition and potential future exhibitors picking you out of the crowd through your work.