Direct Modelling of Feet with Natasha Mayo

 

One of my favourite workshops to do was the direct Modelling with Natasha. In this workshop we were all given a large piece of terracotta clay and using only our hands we were able to craft a foot out of a egg shape.

The first part of this workshop consisted of us creating an Easter egg shape out of the terracotta and using the fleshy part of our hands we pressed into the clay to create what will be the cure under the foot. After this we then started to creat the basic shape of the foot taking away parts of clay from the top to create the flatter part of the top of the foot. We then started to map out where the toes would be oth the foot and because to cut these out using small tools and also our nails. After this I then moved onto shaping the ankle a bit more and using a tool I removed a chunk of clay where the ankle is which would help if I were to add a leg onto the foot. After I had shaped the toes I then began to take away parts of the clay at the bottom of the foot were the toes would be.

I was really surprised with how well my foot turned out. I think it was a very realistic representation of what a foot looks like and I think I captured some of the detail quite well for my first attempt. I also really like the way the foot curves underneath.

if I were to do this again, what I could improve on would be to spend a bit more time moulding the ankle. From a Birdseye view the ankle looks really good but it’s you look at it from the side it looks very swollen and not shaped at all. Next time I will make sure not to neglect this side of the foot and to make sure to take a step back and look at every angle of the piece before deciding I’m finished as this was not something I noticed until after the clay had hardened.

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Over all I am really impressed with the outcome of this. I think for my subject I was to find a way to incoperate clay into what I am doing as I think this could look very effective with the ideas that I have after looking at Makiko Kudo’s piece.

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Field Collaborative Lab Projects Review

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

Illuminated

Field Collaborative Lab Week 4

Panormic Pinhole Camera

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Screen Printing

A technique that I have recently learnt that I’m very excited to use for Outside/Inside is Screen Printing. This week I have spent a few hours in the Screen Printing studio taking part in a field project called Light is Colour. During this time I have learnt quite a bit about making and cleaning off your own silk screens and also how to screen print. During my A-Levels I learnt a little bit about screen printing in Textiles but I used Silk screens pre made with designs and not my own. I am very excited to be able to work in facilities where I am able to create my own Silk screen and will be taking full advantage of this.

As I am working on quite a small scale for Outside/Inside; my designs I am hoping will be able to include layering with screen printing. In my Pinterest board (linked below) I have saved a variety of screen prints made by other artists who use screen printing with a layering technique. I really like the way this looks and the clash of colours on some pieces makes the prints look very effective. My screen prints I think may be on playing card size or may be even in match stick box fold out books.