Second Rotation: Fine Art

Brief: To create a final piece on the initial ‘theme’ of traces

Initial ideas: footprints, fingerprints, hair, animal prints, litter, handwriting, mirrors, time-lapse etc…

Whilst I was able to come up with lots of initial ideas this is where I encountered problem 1.

Problem 1: Come up with an ORIGINAL idea

At first, this seemed almost impossible. It felt like everything that I could possible think of had been done before. This was when I realised that I needed to approach the task in a different manor in order to come up with some more inspiration ideas.

Ordinarily I like to have a design all planned out before hand so I know exactly where I am going. However, on this occasion I decided to make the most of my time and experiment. That meant using materials and processes in ways that I hadn’t done before. 

My first experimentations included using charcoal to do some rubbings of the painted surfaces on the work tables. This resulted in some very abstract pieces but I couldn’t see how to use it initially so I moved on. The next process I wanted to breakdown was to use acetate and marks. I used the main markings from the rubbings to trace onto the acetate which I then projected onto myself. I soon found out that there wasn’t nearly enough detail on these pieces to make anything interesting. 

Whilst I was thinking about what to do next I began to break down my work and notice what I was doing. Ultimately I decided that I wanted to physically break down the process of drawing. I was also listening to everything that was going on around me and produced some drawings to represent this. To break down drawing I drew out the basic structures and forms that are used within the drawing process which I think was conceptually very interesting but I became stuck again so I decided to look at my work again and revise my plan.

I decided to look at some quotations for some additional inspiration in order to come to a final outcome. One quote that I found was “In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.” To me this seemed perfect to use in my final outcome because it suggested that there was a trace of childlike play inside all of us and that as we group up this becomes hidden in most of us and needs to be explored. 

For my final outcome I decided to do a 3 piece MDF wall hanging painting. The bright colours were to represent child’s play whilst the quote was painted in a traditional typeface representative of the businesslike world that we grow up to be in.

Overall I was really pleased with my final outcome and I feel that some of the ideas I touched on whilst coming to this outcome could be really interesting to unpack and explore further another time. 



First rotation: 3D design

Title: Counter Crisis

Brief: to produce a 3D outcome in response to a crisis.

When I was first set this brief it seemed simple enough to think of ‘normal’ crisis events such as drought or earthquakes. But I wanted to go further than this, I was very much interested in the type of crisis that isn’t necessarily plastered all over our tv screens.

As I began my research into other designers who had made a 3D response in response to a crisis I discovered that there hadn’t been much that had been developed for people who have got emotional disabilities or other such disabilities that don’t require them to be in a wheelchair or have help to physically move around.

One such design that caught my eye was for a building that was specifically designed for deaf or partially deaf people. This design enabled the person to communicate with those around them more easily by having an open plan design with transparent partitions between the rooms so that they can easily have eye contact with everyone at all times.

On a similar not I came up with some disabilities that I felt were in crisis and tried to think about what I could design in order to best help them in their crisis.

Ultimately I came up with the crisis that is that people with limited mobility or autistic people specifically often struggle to feed themselves. This is because they struggle with the physical movement or co ordination that is needed in order to cut up food in a traditional manor.

Therefore, I decided to design a converter for regular knives that converted them into motorised knives which could be used in any environment and were each to hold and use.

My final prototype was no where near as refined as I would have liked it to have been however I felt that I had managed to get my idea into the physical world and on paper.

Group project 3

Our 3rd group project was very much a continuation of project 2 in that we went on a journey and came to our final outcome. 

However, this project was quite interesting because we essentially had to approach the same resources in a different way to come to a different outcome. 

Once again we went back to the drawing board and discussed our individual skills and ideas. We decided as a group that we wanted to make a 3D piece with different layers that led you into the distance in the form of a box shape.

Initially the group were trying to do everything by memory, but personally I find it very hard to work like that and I much prefer to have something to work from. As the groups ideas were limited I went out with some of the other group members to record the environment once again but this time with a clear idea of what we wanted to produce as our final outcome.

Upon returning to the studio the images helped a lot in enabling us to start drawing out the basics for the final design. We were able to focus on scale and key elements of the surroundings in a lot more detail than we would have otherwise been able to.

Again, those that were more physically skilled cut out the physical piece, but those that weren’t contributed in other ways such as drawing the areas to cut out and laying out the logistics of making a 3D piece.

Our final outcome was then presented in the studio as it would have been in a gallery for the rest of the year to come and see.

Overall, I feel that our piece was very original but also striking in the sense that you felt as though you could almost walk into the piece itself.


Group project 2

Our second group project involved us going on a journey together around the local area, recording it in whichever way we wanted and then coming back to the studio to produce a final outcome. 

Our initial plan was to go out as a group and to record the journey individually in ways that we wanted to. I chose to photograph the journey as did another member of the group but we photographed completely different things. The other members of the group decided to do similar versions of rubbings of different things that we found on our journey.

Whilst we were out exploring the area we happened to find our own little interests that we wanted to record individually and we didn’t particularly think about the final outcome. This wasn’t necessarily a bad thing though.

Upon returning to the studio we gathered our recordings and decided on how we were going to put them together as a final piece. 

As it turned out, one member of the group had photographed a typology of doors which we collectively decided would make a suitable background for our piece. We then tried to think of ways in which we could incorporate the rubbings or in some way represent them in the final outcome. 

Ultimately we decided to use acrylic paint to represent the rubbings as the rubbings themselves were too small to do anything with on their own. We decided to layer these acrylic marks over the top of the photographs of the doors. 

Whilst we were doing this one member of the group started to draw silhouettes over the top of their rubbings to which we then decided that as the final element we should have some silhouettes of varying sizes on top of the piece to create a sense of depth and reality. 

In the end we were relatively pleased with our outcome given the short amount of time and the lack of direction that we had at the start of the journey.


Group project 1

Our first group project required us to use the improved artwork that we had completed for project 1 during the summer.
We had to discuss as a group what common ground we could find between the artwork and how they could be linked together to create a narrative.
At first this seemed pretty simple, we all had some form of nature in our work. However, we were then challenged to find a more in depth common thread between the work and this proved to be much harder. We sat for ages looking at each other and the work and thinking how on earth can we link these together.
Eventually, after a little persuasion we started to physically move the pieces of work around on the table and we started to physically draw links between the different pieces.
This act of physically moving and writing down ideas helped a lot to pick up the momentum of the group project.
Finally, after a lot of moving around and the all important inclusion of some other drawings and paintings we came to our final outcome.

Perhaps with more time we could have come to a more refined outcome but this is what we were able to produce in the time available.

Revealing our summer holiday work

After spending the summer stressing myself out about how ‘good’ my summer project work was going to be the day of revelation arrived. 

We were required to take a piece of found artwork and improve it. At first this was quite daunting but the more I sat down and mulled it over the more ideas I got. My final piece was of some cottages which I had improved by adding physical, natural materials to the image and defining areas with the use of pen in order to create more depth within the work. 

Our second summer project was to go on a journey for 4 hours and to record what was around us. 

For this project I took a journey around a town called Tenby in Wales. I had to walk for 10 minutes and then stop for 10 minutes whilst I recorded my journey and retrieved some found objects.

My final project took the form of 12 pen drawings that I did on small postcard sized pieces of paper because they were most portable. I also retrieved 12 found objects from the different locations that I stopped at along my journey.

This is just a couple of photographs of some of the drawings that I did on my journey.

Induction week introductory tasks

Induction week was rather challenging and yet fun at the same time. 

We had to sit in a circle and complete a task similar to that of speed dating. However, whilst talking to and getting to know the other person we also had to draw a portrait of them using only a graphite stick and cartridge paper.

Challenge 1: I do not believe in my own ability to draw

Challenge 2: It’s simply scary to meet new people

Upon reflection of the task it became apparent that my own lack in self confidence was common across the whole class. We kept apologising to each other for how ‘bad’ our drawings were of them. In the end we had to put all of our drawings onto the wall and look at everyone’s work, I think it was safe to say the majority of people were somewhat surprised at how similar some drawings were. Which helped us to gain confidence in our own work.