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Monday, 30 June 2014

Post-New Designers

An interesting and successful week at New Designers. I met some fantastic glass artists who also graduate this year. It was also an honour to present my work to the judges of the Contemporary Glass Society. Although I did not win any prizes, David Reekie sent me a lovely e-mail saying how much the judges liked my work. I was also invited to apply for membership of the Society of Designer Craftsmen and to cap it all I have been invited to apply for next year's New Designers, "One Year On".
Oh and another thing, I achieved a 1st class honours degree!

Monday, 23 June 2014

Summer Show 2014

I was struggled with finding a subtext for my previous experiments, but through engaging with the material I gradually moved towards using a recognisable motif, the “Monopoly” house. By using it in a modular fashion I wanted to explore the notion of public and private spaces, as well as a comment on property as investment, not as domestic home spaces.


The “Monopoly” house motif is used to represent the notion of private property and space. The distinction between the public and private is now increasingly blurred. The current economic climate has seen an increase in evictions and homelessness and the notion of the private space is being re-evaluated. Private spaces have now moved into the public realm, as people are forced to take residence in these spaces to find shelter. Yet there are many rules, regulations as well as an increase in surveillance, that make surviving in these public spaces more difficult, and the homeless are punished for doing things in order to survive. (Belvis Pons, 2013)

http://www.furtherfield.org/features/performing-home-art-activism-and-affections



My interest in modernist architecture has focussed on brutalism, as there are many examples of this in Croydon. This style was mainly used for public building projects and was popular with governments and institutions. However, this style was not adopted for corporate projects, as its architectural philosophy was associated with utopian socialism and the public sector. The buildings are typically large, fortress-like, that uses modular elements grouped together into a unified whole. Concrete is used in its raw, textured state revealing the basic nature of its construction. (Wikipedia, 2014) 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brutalist_architecture

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Conclusion

I have been preparing for the Degree Show (11th - 18th June) at Plymouth College of Art, and New Designers in London (26th - 28th June).

My final body of work is inspired by the Brutalist architecture of my home town of Croydon.







Saturday, 26 April 2014

Development


Previously my aim was to investigate the effects of light and glass. I investigated the optical effect particularly with float glass and the various applications of surface details, some of which were successful. The cast glass pieces had a lot of potential. 
As far as concepts, ideas and subject matter, I am still drawn towards architectural and geometric subjects. During my previous research I noticed that most of the pieces were modular, a combination of separate components. I have combined different types of glass together and a lot of the same, but with subtle differences, and this was the direction that I was aiming towards.
I noticed that the pieces that I had produced beginning to look like sound waves, so I investigated sound as a possible subject to investigate. I became disheartened as I did not want to just replicate established visual representations of sound, so I looked back to the modular nature of my previous experiments. 


I looked at stacks of circular glass and thought that the reverberations that I had produced previously could be replicated in some form. I was not happy with this so I looked at cubes, which was another format that I had used previously. I set about casting and cold-working these and I was during this engagement with the material, that I produced house-shaped forms.



I was struggled with finding a subtext for my previous experiments, but through engaging with the material I gradually moved towards using a recognisable motif, the “Monopoly” house. By using it in a modular fashion I wanted to explore the notion of public and private spaces, as well as a comment on property as investment, not as domestic home spaces.




As far as the technical aspects are concerned, it has been a struggle, but I feel that this has a lot of possibilities, maybe too many. I plan to create a statement piece and several “kits” to emphasis the modular and flexible nature of composition.