Field Collaborative Lab 3 – Illuminated

For the third week of our collaborative field projects with the Ceramic and Maker students, I took part in a workshop called Illuminated.

During this project we were split into groups to create a ‘Triptych’ piece and our first task was to create the centre panel of this using film to create a 20 second video.

My group came up with the idea of counting up to 10 and then counting down again to create our 20 second video. We used a projector to do this a cut of our numbers from black card. When the video started we took turns sliding the numbers onto the projector screen which was projecting onto a white wall. When we reached 10 a sheet of red asitate was held in the air above the numbers and we each took in turns a gain to slide the numbers off in order counting down from 10.

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The second part of the Triptych was to then take another groups video and create the left panel of their Triptych. The video that we were given was a video that showed 4 people walking from the enterance of the school of art reception up to their studio space and back down to the reception area.

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The idea that we came up with was to create our own studio space in an enclosed area which represented each person in our group. So we all found a table and an easel and then went to our studio spaces and grabbed a few items that helped to show what subject we took and what represented us as people and also represented what our studio space looked like.

From my studio space I brought my bag, a bottle of water, light bulbs from another project,  my notebook, my decayed corn I use for background textures, masking tape, a hair brush, a coffee cup, a few pens and the wall decor was from the start of this project as a warm up and we selected our own pieces to hang.

For our third Triptych we had to switch round again but this time we had a video and an installation piece to work from. The video we had was a 20 second time lapse style video with a double exposure on top of two different videos. The videos were of the sky with trees framing the side and the image was photocopies of leaves onto asitate which where stuck onto a window in a framed shape to show both the sky and the leaves from the trees.

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Using these as inspiration for the final part of the Triptych, my groups final idea was to collect branches and anything that would have fallen off a tree and hang them in a small installation space. On the day we found it very hard to hang the branches even with a ladder so upgraded to hanging them against a wall which I feel worked out better as you were able to see the shadows of the branches against the white wall with the spot light we used.

Overall I am very pleased with all the final parts of each Triptych. My favourite part of this project was creating the third part of the Triptych with the branches as I think that against the white background it has quite a haunting effect especially with the shadows slightly behind in the background.

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Field Artist – Kate Gibb

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Kate Gibb is a Screen Printing Artist that I found to be quite inspirational for not only my second week field project but also for my Outside/Inside project. Gibb’s work consists of lots of bright colours that compliment each other quite well and really help to make each other stand out. The colours that she has used for the two pieces above are similar to the colours that I had chosen to use for not only my individual piece but also the group piece we created.

We used bright shades of orange, blue and green papers and screen printed their complimentary colours on top to create a very colourful and visually appleasing effect. I think this worked out very well for us and also made a good colour selection that when then cut out of to create a colourful silhouette sculpture.

Gibb has also inspired a new technique I would like to use for my Outside/Inside project that can really help with the layering effect that I am wanting to achieve. I want to use screen printing on top of the small playing cards I create and a lot like her work I would like to use different shapes and colours to print on top. The colours that I will be using will be based around the colours that reflect the mood/feel of what I’m writing on each card for example, bright colours for happier thoughts or a happy mood and then darker/murkier colours for unhappy moods or darker thoughts.

The layered effect Gibb also uses for her work will also help me when creating my own pieces as I want to be able to over lap and layer the shapes and colours with out completely blocking out and getting rid of the colours and shapes under neath. I could do this by using the dark colours for the first few layers and then putting the lighter ones on top.

 

Field Collaborative Lab 2 -Light is Colour

 

For the second week of our Collabrative Field Projects with the Ceramic and Maker students, I took part in a workshop called Light is Colour. In this workshop we started by learning a little about Primary Colours, what colours they make and what their complimentary colours are. We were then divided into groups of four and given a colour each of which we had to make the colour we were given, it’s complimentary colour and black in small plastic cups. We then wrapped the cups in cling film and saved them for later. After our break we went down to the Screen Printing studio space and had a basic induction of how to create our own Silk Screens and also how to wash off the chemicals and where to store the Silk Screens .

Using black card, scalpels and cutting boards we all began to cut out designs for the Silk Screen making process. In my group I worked with Ales who does fine art with me and Martha who is a Maker student. We created our screen using Alex’s design on a small screen.

On the Tuesday we began to create our screen printing designs on pieces of coloured card. I think that our design has come out very well and we even began to over lap the card and re-print on top of card already printed to create different effects. Our next task was then to take a selection of are prints and begin to make the screen prints into more three-dimensional forms. What I was trying to create was a cylinder sculpture that spun round with the screen prints inside like a Zoetrope.

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With my version of the Zoetrope I want mine to be attached to string at the top and able to spin in mid air. I really like this idea and think it could work quite well with the screen print pattern on the inside of the cylinder.

I am quite pleased with my individual outcome. The orange and red outside shell blend very well together and the square cut outs give a good look inside of the sculpture. On the insides of the cylinders are the screen printed designs we made during this lab project. When spinning the cylinder you are able to get a good look of the pattern inside and the colours blend well together.

For the group three-dimensional sculpture we decided to create a pyramid shaped piece that had cut outs of shapes. On the inside of the sculpture would be mirrored paper so that when light is reflected through to create shapes the light will bounce off the paper and through the cut outs onto the wall behind it. We used hot glue to assemble this together and the screen print patterns are still visible on the outside. I really enjoyed this field project and found the skills I learnt whilst doing it to be quite helpful.

Below is a short video and collection of images of the final group piece.

 

 

 

Field Collaborative Lab 1: Silhouetted Still Lives

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For the first week of our Collabarative Field Projects with the Ceramic and Maker students, I took part in a workshop called Silhouetted Still Lives. What this consisted of was looking at the effect of light, shadow and shade on a three-dimensional form. What we did each did was collect a range of objects we thought would be be good for either creating shadows or objects that would create an ingesting effect with light passing through. We arranged our objects and used a projector to project light through the objects and then drew the shadows a and shapes on a sheet of paper. After doing this a few times we then all drew shapes from what we could see from the shadow tracings which are shown above.

Using all of our drawings we then used cardboard, plastic, netting and other materials to create a three-dimensional collage of shape and textures which would help us with making our machete. Then using clay we experimented with creating different textures and cut outs which we wanted to use for our final outcome. I used a pencil end to create a tree bark effect and also to draw curves and lives to the clay like the shadowed had projectsed. Another technique I used was a curved cutting technique in the clay to cut out sections. This was we could use a projector again or any light source to project through the holes on our clay piece to create shadows.

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Above is a photo of our final outcome. We decide to go for a hourglasses tree shape and use cutters to create mark making around the sides and to also cut out shapes. We also used curves of clay to create these leave like shapes around the base of our piece as this kind of shape was what we all saw in our shadow tracings.

Over all I am very pleased with the final outcome of our Still live as it shows clearly what we saw as a group in the silhouettes and shadow tracings.