Tuesday of this week I assisted my future sister-in-law during a fashion shoot. It was the first time I had been involved in such a task, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, despite the cold!!! The final outcome is to be a 3 minute video, I was on hand to document the shoot and help out where I could. Also my beautiful bike made its debut performance on film...
My work on display as part of the MA Design 2012 show at The Design Centre, Sunderland. Although I loved the course I cannot express how much of a relief it was to finally finish!!! Now what's next...?
Oh my poor neglected blog! Since my last post I graduated from MA Design: Illustration at The University of Sunderland with a DISTINCTION! I was thrilled to achieve such a result, but also exhausted, hence my absence. I decided to treat myself to a bit time off to calm down and recover from such a hectic Summer. Below are a few images from my Degree Show, twas a lovely evening with some lovely people...
A few photographs from the opening of the Traces exhibition, held in the beautiful setting of Tynemouth Station, with live music from The Acoustic Smugglers, featuring my very nervous self on banjo! The evening was a great success, organised by curator Kathryn McCandless, and a great opportunity to relax after all the hard work!
For the past few months I have been working on a slightly different project. Usually working to create a 2-Dimensional illustration I was approached to create a piece of work within the bridge space at Tynemouth Station, as part of the Traces exhibition. In keeping with the theme of my suitcase piece I again worked around the idea of found items collected on walks along the beach and their own journey's onto the Roker coast. I created a driftwood wave and hung the found items over a bed of sand. It was a great experience to work alongside some lovely people, and I really feel that I have learnt a lot from this project!
Been taking lots of photographs in the studio today in preparation for tomorrow's interim assessment (I use the word studio lightly, what I mean to say is a make shift construction in the corner of the sitting room!). Pretty scared as this semester I've faced a few setbacks, but I know exactly where I'm going with my project now, so maybe it will all be ok! I guess I'll find out tomorrow! GULP!
Another piece of work for the 'Sea the See' exhibition at the Washington Arts Centre. A collage featuring a little verse I wrote inspired by an old photograph of my Gran, Aunty Lily and Aunty Doris at the seaside, also included within the collage. The exhibition will run from Saturday 14th July - 1st September 2012.
Third day of playing on the sewing machine, the fact that it is still working amazes me! Three days under my control has to be a record, I even managed to change the bottom thread without any problems! Hurray! Finding it quite a nice way to create backgrounds for my illustrations. As the book is set within an overgrown allotment I am attempting to recreate foliage-like forms, and am finding that the fact that I have very little control over the machine is actually working to my advantage.
Life has been consumed by MA work, the Critical Evaluation in particular. Still loving every moment, just ever so tired, a feeling I am putting down to a recent bereavement. Finding it difficult to concentrate at the moment, I'm guessing that's why this essay is taking so damn long! I did however manage to steal a few moments away from writing. Using my time wisely I decorated some biscuits, ginger bread ships, a gift from Scotland off my Mam and Dad.
I was lucky enough to be the winner of a recent competition to win a copy of 'Craft Markets Newcastle, An Illustrated Guide' created by the wonderfully talented Katie Chappell. Produced as part of Katie's Illustration and Design Degree, the guide comes beautifully packaged, tied with a charming gingham bow, the sort of packaging one opens slowly, preferably whilst seated in a comfy armchair! Over the past few months I have began making a few bits and pieces with the hope of building up enough stock to maybe take to market, as a bit of an amateur on the craft market scene this guide couldn't have come at a better time! With a concise list of local events, recommended travel and some handy tips, alongside a lovely set of illustrations this guide really does tick all the boxes! The guide has a real warmth with a personal friendly feel to it, the amount of time, effort and care that must have gone into it's production is clearly evident. I am thrilled to have my very own copy, complete with a CMN canvas tote bag! For more information or to purchase a copy you can visit http://www.newcastlecraftmarkets.co.uk/, alternatively to see some more of Katie's work go to http://www.katiechappell.com:) xx