Experimental Responses


Since my first initial response to ‘Floating Island’ I’ve thought a lot about my surroundings and how I can intereperate nature into my ideas in subject. A way I did this was by visiting a few of my favourite places that I felt really showed the beauty of nature. Two of my favourite places that I visited were Roath Park where I captured images of swans on the lake. I also visited a beach near my home in Plymouth called Jennycliff where I captured images of the waves crashing against the rocks and also the rocky cliffs. When sitting at Jennycliff I couldn’t help but notice the amount of litter left by people who had been there for picnics and also rubbish that had been washed up onto the beach by the waves. Seeing this really made me realise that a lot of people do not think about the effects they have on the environment when not picking up there rubbish after themselves. This has lead me to looking more into ways we pollute the sea and how it is affecting the animals living in this environment.

The more I moved along the beach I noticed a lot more debris washed up against the rocks. I began to collect a few of the things that I saw washed up like pieces of warn rope to take home. Using the rope and a few things from my garden that were going to be thrown away, I began to lay out my items to start drawing. I used white acrylic paint and different blue inks to create this piece. Over all I am quite pleased with how this has come out. I used pieces of crinkled brown paper and tissue paper on parts of this as i thought it would give an interesting effect underneath the acrylic and the inks. I really like the textured pieces this collages painting the most as I feel they are the most interesting to look at and give this piece a more layered effect.

One of my ideas following this was to create a PVA fish that I would be able to print with ink. I wanted to try out this technique as I thought using PVA would allow me to use different materials to be able to create a more diverse amount of textures when printing. The kinds of materials I have used were things like rice, string, straws etc as I thought these kinds of materials would leave very interesting marks when printing. I’m very happy with how this has turned out as the textures left in the hardened PVA  printed very well in the printing press. One of the things I like the most is that the textures leave a very interesting pattern and give the illusion of scales of the side of the body. I found this exercise to be quite helpful with my studies and I think I could develop this more by using more of the litter and debris that gets washed up onto the side of the beaches.




Makiko Kudo – Floating Island

After looking at how we are effecting the environment in a negative force it made me think about what we will be doing to it in the long run. What if nothing changes? What will happen if littering and pollution is just becoming worse and we don’t do anything to try and stop it?

Whilst experimenting with different materials I accidentally burnt through a piece of synthetic fabric and this made me think. It made me think that the heat gun was all the pollution in the world and the synthetic materials was nature. As soon as the heat gun hits the synthetic materials they began to melt and warp and slowly begin disintergrate. The synthetic materials left a really cool texture that reminded me of bubbling sea foam and I then started to think about how I could use different textiles to create textures


Since then I’ve made a few little samples using different textile techniques like weaving, feltmaking, Nuno felting, Shibori and also Screen printing. Doing these little experimental pieces has really interested me into the kinds of textures you can create. This for me has sparked the idea of creating a final piece or pieces that are stable enough for you to touch. When seeing art I find the most interesting parts of most pieces to be the textures incoperated in the pieces. When looking at oil paintings the brush marks and strokes I find really give the painting the effect of movement and I really like this. In particular I really enjoyed doing the felt pieces. One of the pieces is a flat piece using different colours of normal felt and the other felt piece is more of a felt pocket with also includes little parts of sheeps wool. I really enjoyed creating the felt pocket the most as I found this very cool to make. I think this could be quite an interesting way to create a more three dimensional textured piece.

My first take on printing for subject was a bit of a fail. I created a Lino cut of a Koi fish and wanted to create a print that I could use two colours. I designed my Lino print and did my first print with a pale yellow. I then when back to cutting away more parts of the Lino to be able to use another colour on top and printed with this, this time using a bright orange colour. When doing this I found it to be very difficult to line the Lino print up to the printed piece on the card. Then when putting the Lino through the printing press the Lino slide and made the print of the orange not line up to the yellow print as there was not enough room the second time for the Lino block to pass under causing this to slide around a little bit. You can see this in the prints below. Even though this did not go to plan I still like the effect of the pale colour against the brighter orange colour. I think this looks really effective.


Colour and Shape

After looking at ‘Floating Island’ closely I have began to experiment with colour and shape. What I find interesting about the way in which Makiko Kudo works is the mixture of different tone colours he uses to create the leaves and greenery in his work. There are no harsh lines separating leaf from leaf but you are able to clearly see this and this is because of his use of colour. This is something I definatly want to be able to create in my own work.

My response to Kudo’s work has mainly focused on the colours he has used in the ‘Floating Island’ painting. I have mainly focused on using greens, yellows, oranges and blues. What I have tried to do in my own pieces is to create layering effects using different types of paint like watercolour and acrylics to create a more built up effect and then using white acrylic paint and water I have created concerntrate rings of paint that are then blurred and murged into the rest of the painting. I think that this creates a very interesting layered effect.

With my art work recently I have mainly been focusing my thoughts around the process of how I am creating. When creating layered mixed media pieces I think that the process of what your using to create your piece can sometimes be the most important. This is something I want to continue focusing on throughout the year as I find the process of making to be quite important to me when I work.

Makiko Kudo – Floating Island

A week ago I was able to go to London to visit a few different galleries which included the Saatchi and Tate Modern. When visiting the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea I was able to see this piece above by artist Makiko Kudo made in 2012.

What really drew me into this piece was the vibrant colours of the trees and leaves framing around the painting. The colours in person were very bright and eye catching which I really enjoy and the different shapes he uses to create leaves I also like. Another aspect of this painting I quite like is the colour of the river. I really like the colours together and also the shadow the floating island creates on the water.

After looking at this piece by Kudo my thoughts on my first initial response is to experiment with colour and photography. My plan is to visit a few different locations in Cardiff such as Llandaff by the river and Bute Park. In these places I can take photographs using my film camera of rivers and streams and also of the trees to begin working from these focusing on the colours. I also want to link people in with my work whether that’s doing portraiture or candid photography I’m not sure yet but I’m hoping that I can do this by creating a few collage pieces and experimenting with photoshop.

This year I really want to work on including photography with my work and use these photographs to inspire me to create mixed media pieces.

A Key Moment for Me This Year



Two Pieces Above by Dieter Roth

A Key Moment this year for me was finding the work of Dieter Roth, a Swiss artist who is well know for his artist books. (Shown Above)

Throughout the start of this first year I really struggled with what I wanted to work towards for my final pieces and also what theme to go around for Outside/Inside. When I had realised I wanted to base my work around my thoughts and feelings finding the work of Dieter Roth really inspired me to create the pieces that I did. What I really enjoy about his artist books is that it is a visual diary. He uses words, diagrams and colour to create these pieces and I think is pieces are simple but quite beautiful. All of the colours together create a very welcoming look and the colours that bleed through the pages leave quite an interesting effect. Another aspect of these pieces that I really love is that each page is dated. This relates a lot more to my first final piece then my second as on the back of each card of my first final piece is the date I had completed it and also they are displayed in order of date like Roth’s work. I have used a similar technique to Roth’s pieces above by applying colour over my writing. Doing this on my own pieces has partly masked the writing which I think speaks very loudly to the point I’m trying to make about no one really knowing how anyone is thinking or feeling. You think you know but you never will know. This leaves quite an effective look I feel and gives the piece a layered look.

Gerhard Richter

An artist that has inspired my first final piece for Outside/Inside is the work of Gerhard Richter. Whilst in London I visited the Tate Modern and was able to see a few of Richter’s paintings. Richter has created these abstract pieces by layering paint and then wiping over his canvas with a squeegee. Doing this drags the layers of paint and you are able to see the colours that were layered underneath. What I really enjoy about his paintings are the mixes of colours he uses.

Above are a collect of oil painting by Richter called ‘The Cage Paintings’. These paintings have many different textures as there are lines from where a squeegee has been dragged and paused on the paints surface, brush strokes and also areas where the oil paint has dried and created a rippled effect. There are also areas where the paint looks delicate and fluid. This collection of paintings are named after a musician called John Cage as Richter listened to Cage’s music whilst creating these pieces and wanted to name them after the composer. Richter has also been interested in Cage’s ideas around ambient sound and silence as well as his use of chance in musical composition.

I really like the idea of listening to music and creating a collection of work. Listening to the music and creating movements of sound in paint or pen or any material. I think this could be a really good idea for when I create my final outcomes. I can listen to the music and use colour to reflect the emotions I feel listening to the song/songs and how it makes me feel. I think the way that Richter works is something that I could possibly do for my first final piece which relates to Artist Trading Cards as it is relating to my thoughts and feelings.


When creating my first final piece I listened to a playlist of music I created which reminds me of when I was a young child and also being around my mum. Whilst being at uni I have found it quite hard being far from family and friends for months on end as I had only been away from home for a week or two before hand. For my first final piece I was inspired Richter and him listening to music and creating movement. For my work I have used music to express emotion when creating my Trading Cards. Below is a list of music I listened to each day I created one of my ATC’S. Each song I have a personal connection with as they are songs that make me feel a lot of different emotions both happy and sad.


Duran Duran – Ordinary World

Cher – Believe

Candi Staton – Young Heart Run Free

Eric Carmen – Hungry Eyes

Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes – (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life

Bryan Adams – Heaven

Luther Vandross – Never Too Much

Duran Duran – Girls on Film

Duran Duran – Hungry Like the Wolf

Natalie Imbruglia – Torn

Robbie Williams – Millenium

East 17 – Stay Another Day

Savage Garden – Truly Madly Deeply

Deep Blue Something – Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Robbie Williams – Angels

Fatboy Slim – Praise You

R. Kelly – The Worldest Greatest

Mario – Let Me Love You

Blur – Parklife

The Ronettes – Be My Baby

Athlete – Wires

Harry Belafonte – Jump In The Line

Seal – Kiss from a Rose

Travis – Why Does It Always Rain on Me?

Duran Duran – Rio

Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way

Sum 41 – In Too Deep

R.E.M – Losing My Religion

TLC -Waterfalls

Phil Collins – In the Air Tonight

Kim Carnes – Bette Davis Eyes

Enya – Orinoco Flow

Bill Withers – Everybody’s Talkin’

The Rolling Stones – Sympathy for the Devil

Bryan Adams – I’m Ready

Randy Newman – You’ve Got a Friend in Me

Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive

Bruce Channel – Hey Baby

Cher – If I Could Turn Back Time

Cher – The Shoop Shoop Song

Cher – It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World

Blondie – The Tide Is High

The Monkees – Daydream Believer

Oasis – Don’t Look Back In Anger

Oasis – Stop Crying Your Heart Out

Robbie Williams – Rock DJ

Fleetwood Mac – Albatross