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

Field Artist – Melanie Bowles

Melanie Bowles is a Textile Design artist who is one of the artists that have inspired me through the field project weeks.

I have chosen Bowles work as one of my main inspirations (as well as Kate  Gibb) during most of field her work has helpd lead me to the idea that I have for my Field Week Individual Final Piece.

One of the reason I have chosen Bowles work is of course the use of colour that she uses in her work. I really like the bright, luminous colours that she uses for her pieces as they give them a very cheerful and happy vibe. I also like how she uses them in different patterns wether it’s dott work or solid coloured shapes this technique helps to build on the layered effect.

For my Final Project Outcome for Field I want to create a layered design like this that will turn a flat surface into something quite three-dimensional when looking. I really like this idea as I enjoy that Bowles work is on a flat surface Material but it doesn’t look flat the pieces themselves have a layered depth to them and this is because of the colour placement and textures she has created.

Another asspect of Bowles work that I like that the background of the white Material is almost always covered but still has parts showing through. I think this is quite effective as it helps to give the pieces a busy look and also keep them bright. It also helps to make the design look less flat.

Field Artist – Anne Hardy





Anne Hardy is a British artist who specialises in Photography, Sculptural Installation and Audio. I looked at Hardy’s work during my third week of field project and found her work to be quite helpful when looking at creating my own installation space with my group.

For my third week field project we had to create a ‘Triptych’ piece and we decided to create one video piece and the two others would be installation pieces.

Looking at Hardy’s work she uses a lot of detail and space to create her installations. We were inspired by the space of which she uses up to create her pieces and used encloses spaces like her to set up our installations. As we only had a week to create ours they were not to as much detail and thought as Hardy puts into hers but we tried to pay attention to detail the way she looks to have done in her own pieces for ours.

Our second part of the Triptych I think relates more to her work as it is a work area that represented each one of us in the group. We collected things we would typically have on our desk and we tried to collect things that would add quite a bit of detail to each one of our characters.

Since we only had an hour or so to create this, it was not as large scale as some of her work but we tried to create something that would reflect an installation that she would create.

I found Hardy’s work to have helped quite a bit with the process of creating our installation as it helped me to pay more attention to the finer details of what we could include in our own.



Field Artist – Susan Anderson


Susan Anderson is a Ceramics artist I took inspiration from for my first field project. For this field project my group wanted to create a sculpture that had natural curves a lot like the pieces above which are only a few of the many pots that Anderson creates. Our original inspiration for this project were trees and nature. This idea came from the shapes and patterns we created using objects to create silhouettes against white paper which we then traced. What I like about Andersons work is curved shapes cure uses to create her natural form pots. We decide to use this technique to create our ceramics piece as I think it is quite a natural curved shape and also represents the shape of some of the older curved trees I have seen since being in Cardiff.

Another aspect of Anderson work that I really enjoy are the colourful glazes she uses on her pots. For our own ceramics piece we will not be using bright, fleresent greens like her but the textured effects the glaze leaves gives a very interesting effect. When I look st the pots and the textures and colour changes on the outsides remind me off what dripping tree sap looks like when its running out of the tree and down its trunk. This effect I think really ties together the piece and doesn’t just make it about the shapes but also draws you in with colour and textures.






Book + Art: Handcrafting Artists’ Books by Dorothy Simpson Krause



Ageing Paper (Page 21)

Overprinting Acrylic Paste Painting (Page 28)

Gelatin Monoprints (Page 30)

Inkjet Transfers (Page 32)

Transferring Texts (Page 38)

Placing Text (Page 40)

An Altered Book Sculpture (Page 52)

Books Folded from One Sheet (Page 62)

Simple Accordion (Page 70)

Extended Accordion (Page 71)

Editioning (Page 72)

Scrolls (Page 74)

Side-sewn Books (Page 94)

Multiple-signature Books (Page 108)

Making and Attaching Independent Covers (Page 120)

Foil Over Wood (Page 122)

Boxes (Page 126)

Creating a see through box (Page 130)

Unbound Collections (Page 132)

Adapting a Container (Page 134)


Krause, D.S (2009) Book + art: Handcrafting artists’ books. Cincinnati, OH: North Light Books.

Jennifer Angus


Link to Artist page

Jennifer Angus is an artist I discovered whilst researching into insects. She uses dead insects to create her art pieces by pinning them in clusters to create a pattern effect. The insects Angus uses are typically from Southeast Asia, particularly Thailand and Malaysia as this is where she spent quite a lot of time travelling. A lot of her work links to preserving the rainforests and to bring awareness to the fact that the species itself is not endangered but the habitats that they live in are.

“Virtually every insect on the endangered species list is there because of loss of habitat’ – Jennifer Angus


The colours of the insects grouped together makes her work look very delicate and very beautiful to look at. Her colour choices I think are grouped together really well and the patterns are aesthetically pleasing.


Looking at Angus’ work really opened my eyes to the possibilities of what I could do by basing my project on insects. Before discovering her work, I had never come across an artist who had used actual insects to create their pieces. I think that this is a very unique way of creating art and is not something you see often.