A Brief Introduction to Lv4 Constellation.

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I met Martyn Woodward, one of my Constellation tutors this morning, for an hour lecture as an introduction to Constellation. I was excited about this part of the course beforehand, but left the lecture rearing to go for Thursdays, because I am fascinated by Contextual Studies and Art History. I feel Constellation is going to be a large percentage of what I enjoy on this course as a Maker.

I already have a very clear idea of what I want to do for my two options for Term 1 and 2 in Constellation. I’m particularly interested in Archaeologies of the Unseen, The Body in Society, Creative and Cognitive Development in Art and Design, as well as Visual Thinking. If I do not get my first two choices but get my second options, I feel I will still be happy.

I look forward to starting my study groups.

Tent.

‘Beautiful and Useable; Tools for Thinking and Making’

Between Thursday and Friday, I attended Craft in the Bay and Tent, London for two contrasting exhibitions. Tent felt like it was more Product Design based, as it informed newcomers in the Industry of pricing, what is currently being designed and what is on the market, whereas I felt Craft in the Bay was more suited to my choice of degree as a Maker. Though, like Tent, Craft in the Bay gave a good indication of pricing and information on applications to join the Welsh Arts Guild.

Lee Se Yong

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I thought this piece was decorative and useful, as I believe it is a container and it fits in quite well with my project theme of Beautiful and Useable. I loved the design and the carefully painted detail that adorns the top of the piece. The blue contrasts nicely against the white. As a piece that looks so fragile, I am interested in how heavy it would be to pick up or hold.

Dulux ColourFutures16

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I was very interested in the Dulux ColourFutures16 displays as they reminded me of the colour wheel. As an artist, I am drawn to colours and found that ColourFutures16 was a good use of complementary colours. I particularly like the gradiation of colours adorning the floor, showing the different hues of colours.

Craft in the Bay.

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I thoroughly enjoyed Craft in the Bay, because there was such a diverse range of pieces and artists in the ‘Heat Exchange’ Exhibition. I felt more inspired by the artwork I saw in this exhibition than at Tent, as I felt Tent was more aimed around Product Design and Product Designers. Throughout the Heat Exchange Exhibition, I saw so many unique and wonderful pieces, all of which were made out of different materials, techniques and proccesses; some I’m very interested in applying to my own practice as a Maker.

Below are the pieces that I was captivated by.

Marjorie Simon
Houses and Barracks/Housing and Warehousing

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These were a cute collection of little buildings. Would genuinely love to collect these. Different and eye-catching. I wanted to take one home with me if I had more money in my bank. The materials applied to create these were: Acid-etched vitreous enamel on copper, Liquid and sifted enamels, kiln-fired on folded copper. Each building folded up from a single sheet of metal, sawn and water jet cut. Gesso on acrylic sheet.

Lisa-Marie Tan
Ceramicist

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Beautiful, intricate pieces. Spent a long time just staring at them. I loved the detail and the materials used. Slip transfers from photographs, glazed.

Tamar De Vries Winter
For Safe Keeping

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Intricate, stylish and gorgeous series of pieces. I think they were designed to be coasters but personally if I had bought these, I would display them and never use them for their intended use. I want to try out applying these materials and techniques to my own practise. Materials: Spun copper boxes, Acetal, steel, enamel and photographic enamel decals were applied to produce thise pieces.

Paula Rylatt
Glass artist

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Paula is a glass artist who is American but has lived in Britain since 1978. She has been practising as an Glass Artist since 2000, after receiving a degree in Decorative Crafts. She’s stated there are two main things that inspire her; “trees and the sea”. Paula has also stated that; “there is a sense of change within constancy and movement within stillness inherent in both which trigues me. There is something of those dynamics in my use of clear, fused glass; a solid material that looks like it will melt away, a ghost image of a place that allows the ‘here and now’ to be seen through it.”

Paula’s stunning pieces that looked so delicate but intricate were my favourites from the whole Heat Exchange Exhibition in Craft in the Bay. I’m so fascinated by the glass work and honestly would love to try out glass pieces of my own.