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.
For my Outside/Inside project I am using colour as one of my main focus points. What I have been doing with this is playing around with the idea of using colour to represent the emotion and mood behind the text. When writing my thoughts down on my chosen medium (usually cartridge paper) the text flows into each other and overlaps making it quite tricky to read. The use of colour will give the viewer of the piece an understanding of the emotion behind the text with out actually being able to read the text itself.
I was first inspired to use colour after completing the ‘Light is Colour’ field Collaborative lab with David and James. Using screen printing and experimenting with the different colours really inspired me to use colour to represent emotions. For example, with brighter colours like yellows and oranges will represent brighter and happier moods where as dark blues and blacks will represent duller and darker moods. Reds and greens on the other hand will represent moments of anger of destress.
The first card on the left in the image above represents a bright mood behind the text but also moments of anger. On this ATC I have wrote down my thoughts surrounding my first day back at work when I went home over Easter. The yellow and bright orange colours around the sides are symbolising the happier comments I have written down about being home with family and friends and also returning to work after three months. The red patch in the middle represents a period of time during the day where I was angered or irritated.
The second card to the right in the image above represents a day where I had very mixed emotions. Most of the day is shown to be happy and bright as I have used yellows and reds when writing about the amazing life my grandfather had that passed recently but the greens represent the day as being partly upsetting a destressing knowing that he is no longer with us.
The white used in both cards and in most of the other cards I have made represent a barrier between the text/colours and the viewer of the cards. When I feel upset about something or feel as if I look fragile I put up a barrier to block out other people so that no one knows how I am feeling. I think the white represents this quite well as you are unable to see through it very well and it also gives the card a more layered effect.
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.
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.