Thursday, 16 May 2013

A World of Colour

After hours of sanding, drilling and precisely cut wood, the doors are standing and...painted!

Friday, 19 April 2013


This week I have been assembling my doors -which have now formed a structure I can work on. Hours of failed mathematical drawing later and a newly assumed 'do it by eye' approach- the structure is assembled! Next stages are filling in gaps and painting!

Wednesday, 20 February 2013


Small model:


Clay workshop 2

This weekend, I got to finish off my clay box made with artist Lindsi Ramsden. We used oxides to highlight the textured lines then mixed powered ceramic paints to add colour. Lindsi will now fire the boxes for the second time before we can go pick them up!

Great workshop! I would thoroughly recommend!

With oxide:

With colour:


Following the advice of my tutor, I have made some models experimenting with the types of spaces I wish to create. This has been a useful exercise as it has helped me to imagine more effectively, how a enclosure of doors may feel. I am leaning towards the use of 5 panels to make a pentagon structure as I feel this is more satisfying than a square and has enough - but not too many - doors.

I was interested in what panels of fabric instead of doors would look like...

I like this model and am still deliberating over which type of space to make. I am aware that these panels are a lot more elusive and create a transitory experience whereas the doors (although not properly clear in the cardboard model) would be a much more solid, enclosed structure.  The door model looks rather shanty-town at the moment but I plan for the final finish to be meticulously clean cut - aiming to bridge the border between art and design. As you can see with the door model, I am experimenting with the idea of a plain white exterior vs. a vibrant 'colourful inside.

Monday, 11 February 2013

The mystery of doors..

I am considering working with doors to create a space which one can enter to be immersed in a world away from reality - reminiscent of fairytale dreams such as Alice and Wonderland. I hunted out a man with some old doors (how exciting!) at the university and have taken some pictures thinking about how this space will feel.

I have also done some small models playing with ideas of spaces which you can walk through/around/in. I am leaning towards using shapes which relate to the notion of a door but which are not so obviously symbolic - hence the rectangular structures seen below.

Clay slab building

This weekend, I had my first of two classes with artist and workshop owner, Linsi Ramsden at Manchester Craft and Design Centre. It was a full day and very interesting to learn all the processes of printing in clay as well as how to slab build! Made the box this week and next week we will paint and glaze it! I plan for my box to hold flowers. Check back next week for finished pictures!

Friday, 25 January 2013

New term

Sadly, Ive had to dismantled the corridor so no more fun times passing through the stringy world! Is all stored and ready for reassembly if I find an exhibition to put it in! :)

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Finished pieces – Open Studios 2012

I am very happy with the finished pieces this semester, especially Untitled 1 (corridor). This piece was received very well by visitors at the Open Studios – creating a buzz of interaction and achieving a fantasy-like, ‘out of this world’ experience.

Feedback included: “fun”, “like being in another world”, “immersive”, “makes you feel happy”, “mysterious”.

There were other comments showing the piece had an opposite effect: “disorientating”, “makes me feel dizzy” which has helped me to reflect upon the piece. I didn’t expect these reactions but they have given me an interesting insight into how spaces can affect people differently. I still feel that these reactions were successful as it proves that participants felt immersed in the space and experienced a dislocation from the real world.

Coming together