For my field project I wanted to create a final piece that could create all kinds of shadows when light was shone through. I wanted to create a piece using little playing cards that would be cut into shapes and have places that had been cut away for the light to reflect through. I created a draft/Practise piece before designing and creating the final piece but after experimenting with smaller versions I decided to try something else. The problem I had was the cards I was using were too small of a surface and because of this the shadows created were not very impressive. For the light is Colour field project the final piece I made in my group created all kinds of interesting patterns and shapes on the walls. I think what helped this was the larger surface areas and also because of the reflective mirrored card we had used as well. Because this mirrored card was at the bottom working as the flooring of the inside of the sculpture I think the light reflected off it really well and created a better reflection of the shadows. Another problem that I think effected the light being able to transport through the gaps was because the cards were not the exact same pattern it made it hard for light to pass through as it would pass through the first card and then be stopped by the second.
What I think I am going to do next for my field final piece is maybe move away from creating shadows and moving onto documenting them instead. One of the field projects I took part in called ‘Silhouetted Still Lives’ we created line drawings using the reflections of shadows onto paper with projectors and other light sources. I really enjoyed doing this and found the outcome to be very effective. I also want to interpret colour in to this also as light is Colour.
Piet Mondrian was a Dutch painter that contributed to the De Stijl and Modern art movement and group. One of the reasons I am looking at Mondrian’s work is because I really enjoy the Artist work from this art movement and also because his work can be related to the ideas I have for my final piece for my field project about light.
Composition with Red, Blue and Yellow
What I really like about the piece above are the colours Mondrian have used. In all of Mondrian’s pieces that are similar to the one shown above the three primary colours (red, yellow and blue) are always included and are always the stronger, bolder colours that project from the surface more dominantly than the rest. This is quite an effective look and the thick and thin black framing around each colour is also another good way to help each colour jump out of you like an illusion. Having the colours be able to project without using a white background I find is quite impressive in my opinion. Using white in the background of a piece helps to highlight the intensity of the colour next to it as it is very bright but using very pale colours like the baby blue and lilac have created a very similar effect.
For my final piece for field I would like to create three or four A5 pieces that are based around block colours. The colours I want to use are red, yellow, blue and green. I have chosen these colours as they are all very bright and pigmented colours and the contrast of each I think will look really good as a collection. On top of the block colours I am planning to use light and objects to create shadows onto the paper and drawing them like one of the field projects I completed called ‘Silhouetted Still Lives’. After doing this I want to cut away from the paper and create gaps of which you can see the block colours through when layered on top of each other. I really like this idea and think it will work well. This relates to the field work as I am using light to create shadows and also because I am using different colours and light is colour.
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.
Looking back on all four field projects I feel as if I have learnt something from each one. The field project that I found I took the most knowledge from was the Light is Colour were. During this I started off by learning more above primary colours and which colours paired together. I found that this helped me with the rest of the project as I was able to identify which colours that would work well together for the screen printing process.
Screen Printing was also another technique I learnt quite a bit about. I learnt the basics of Screen Printing in A-Level when I did Textiles but within this week I had learnt how to create my own Silk screens using the equipment they had in the printing room and also about washing off screen printing and cleaning the paint off the screens.
For my Outside/Inside project I want to interperate Screen Printing with my final pieces as I think this could leave a very interest effect on top of the overlaying writing I have been doing and also will make the pieces more vibrant as I will be using a lot of colour.
Field Collaborative Lab Week 1
Silhouetted Still Lives
Field Collaborative Lab Week 2
Light is Colour
Field Collaborative Lab Week 3
Field Collaborative Lab Week 4
Panormic Pinhole Camera
Nancy A Breslin is a pinhole photographer I looked at during my final field project week. I decided to look at her work as she creates a variety of self portrait and landscape pieces. In my group we mainly focused on the landscape side of photography as there are quite a few woodland areas around uni.
What I really liked about Breslin’s work was the lower angle of her landscape pieces. What I like about this is that it gives the view a look at the photo in a different perspective as we alway see things from higher up its interesting so see how it looks from a lower angle. With the low angle image above, it also captures strands of the grass which I find gives a very interesting textural effect.
We tried to recreate this for our own pinhole photos and result turned out to be quite different. The main focus in our photos was the grass only as that was the only subject that was captured clearly. What I enjoy about Breslin;s work is that she was able to capture the whole of her surroundings which makes it more clear to see what she as the artist was seeing at that point.
Breslin’s self portrait photos I think are also very interesting. I really like how she has captured movement in the photo above by drinking her coffee whilst exposing the photo paper instead of staying very still. This blurred movement effect is a lot like the effect we captured when taking our own photographs which resemble the sky.
For the fourth and final week of our collaborative field Projects with the Ceramic and Maker students, I took part in a pinhole camera project. During this project we were split into groups of three and had the task of creating our very own pinhole cameras. In my group we created three different cameras. One was made of a large Celebrations of which we used black paint to black out the inside so that no light was able to leak through and spoil the photo paper. The second camera we made was a tin can pinhole camera which also needed black paint so that when used to expose light to photo paper, the light would not bounce of the metallic insides of the can. The last camera we made was out of a small film roll casing which did not need to be blacked out as the little capsule itself is already made to be black out.
The camera I found worked the best was the third camera which was the small film roll capsule. I think this went well as the capsule was already blacked out and had nonlight leaking through where as the others had to black out ourselves and the paint we used did not black out the can or sweet tub properly.
Above out the outcomes we got using all of the cameras that we made. As you are unable to see subject in these I think they make quite interesting abstract pieces as the shapes and different shades of black and grey leave a very interesting effect.
Also with these photos we edited them with a photo editing platform called Aurasma which I found quite hard to use. With this app (which you are able to download from the App Store onto your phone) you take a photo of the pinhole exposes after they had been developed and you are able to use a range of filters to change the intensity of the colours from the original pinhole photographto help make it easier to see what is in the photos. You are also able to create a link to an object or drawing using the camera which will automatically load up one of the pinhole photos when shown on your phone screen which I found to be very confusing.
These images above are photos of the edited pinhole photographs. I think that using this app has really helped to show what we were capturing with our handmade cameras. The top three photos were exposures of the sky and I think that this has picked up quite well after using the editing app as you can see the shapes of the clouds. The first photo on the bottom row is an exposure of a lamp post outside of uni with the sky in the background and the art building framing the bottom. I really like this photo as you are able to see the sun shining through just behind the lamp post and I think this leaves quite an interesting effect. The last two photographs on the bottom row are of the grass behind the school of art where we placed our camera on the floor in the grass a took an expose from a lower angle. After being edited you can see the different shapes the grass creates and I think this leaves a very interesting effect.
Overall I have really enjoyed this project. I was able to use the knowledge that I learnt from A-Level and Foundation when using Analog photography and also learn from the mistakes we made whilst making our own cameras and now have a better understanding of which materials work better and what I can do next time to make them better.