All the Small Things

After about 3000 frames and hours of filming and editing, I am finished my film! I’ve really liked stop motion animation as a process though I’ve only scratched the surface really of the technical side.   I think the most challenging thing has been the continuity for lighting and positioning of objects. I enjoyed syncing…

Filming: Lighting, choreography, narrative.

    I created a story line based on the emotional significance of cherished weathered tactile objects and their display-influenced by the Wunderkammer. The setting is a three tiered glass display cabinet filled with made and found objects .  The puppet choreography was dictated by what I could fit on each shelf and how much I could…

FMP: Puppets

For our Final Major Project (FMP) I am (gulp) making a stop animated short film. This is pretty much influenced by Czech filmmaker Jan Švankmajer and the Brothers Quay. I came across the Brothers Quay through their work with His Name is Alive during my time with the 4AD record label a million years ago, and…

Transformation Project

This project involved transcribing an existing image, to create something new. I chose Duccio’s Franciscan Madonna (1280 – 1285) an Italian renaissance painting of tempera on wood. I liked the formal arrangements of the figures in the composition and also the deterioration of the egg tempera on the panel. I decided I didn’t want to…

End of Art Foundation Part 1

I have absolutely loved every minute of the first term, even though I studied Art History before-doing the actual practice is a joy. We have been really pushed-I didn’t expect to do installation and conceptual work on a foundation course. I particularity like making objects and photography  so I’m thinking of moving towards film-possibly animation. Oh yeah…

Week 10:Life Drawing

We have been doing life drawing for about six weeks now and are lucky to have the same model every week. It is quite tricky and I’m making the same mistakes-shortening of limbs, head not in correct position etc. However I can now attempt feet and hands which were out of the question six weeks ago!…

Week 9: The Box 2

For this assignment we had to explore materials again and make something influenced by our first box in week 5. I felt I had already looked at the theme of Africa in the rust masks I made for the Land Art project so instead concentrated on the idea of the box itself. I love boxes-especially…

Week 8: Titus Groan

For our illustration project we had to do something based on Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake that would feature a character/scene from the book. I found it very difficult to get time to read it and have still only managed about 5 chapters- but the descriptions of scenes and characters are great. I struggled a…

Week 7: Excavation Project

For this project we had to choose an item of clothing that was personal and deconstruct it to make a 3-D sculpture. I love vintage clothes so I chose an Edwardian blouse made from thin cotton with embroidered detail and trims.  We had to explore the qualities of the garment, which in this case were transparency,…

Art Foundation Week 6: Land Art

For our final project for land art I created some beach ‘effigies’ in the form of head sculptures as a homage to all of the far away cultures that the sea has allowed us access to. I had been looking at Oceanic masks for the box project and also at the Moai heads at Easter Island so I wanted…

Art Foundation Week 5: The Box

We have been working on Mood Boxes for the past 5 weeks for Exploring Materials and Making, looking at artists like Joseph Cornell. We had to start off with an empty box and choose from given themes. I have a keen interest in the taxonomies of museums and their systems of display of other cultures so mine…

Art Foundation Week 4

This week we went to the Hafod Estate  for Land Art to frame the landscape in the picturesque manner with our own picture frames made from natural materials. This was a fantastic though exhausting day, I used the underwater camera and caught the reflection of the trees in the bubbles  by pointing the camera upwards. This wasn’t…