University Update

Before the Easter Holidays, I made the most important decision in my life; university choices.

As you know, I have had offers from Manchester Metropolitan (280 points), Birmingham City (280 points) and De Montfort (260 points). In case you don’t know, an A* is 140, A: 120, B: 100, C: 80, D: 60.

In the worst case scenario, if I got an A* in Textiles, B in Art and a D in Spanish that would still give me a total of 300 points.

On this basis, I have chosen Machester Metropolitan as my Firm Choice (1st) and De Montfort as my Insurance choice (2nd). It looks like every interview I went to has paid off considerably (considering in two out of the three I would receive an offer the next day).

I am very happy with my choices, and I am very glad I have made them. I would be equally happy at either universities, however I think Manchester has the better course and is more suited for what I would like to study; Interior Design but more geared towards architecture.

First Significant Piece

During the Easter break, so far (yes, I know… It’s coming to an end already … But I still have more to do!) I have produced one significant piece for my exam Unit in Textiles. As you know the title is “Combinations and Alliances”, and I have been looking at the links between traditional and modern architecture.

From my second set of photographs (which I shared some of them yesterday), I have now produced this:

I have used the material which I printed on before the holidays, and put some wadding/wodding behind it and stitched through the whole piece (both horizontally and vertically) – I have also added a three blocks of other materials onto the piece to show my appliqué skills.

The following photographs are close ups of the piece:

Preparing For My Large Pieces

With my second set of photographs, I have also started to work towards some significant pieces. To start with, I have produced some quick responses through paper (nothing big just emphasising the lines etc).

I have three large pieces planned and to be able to do them, I have experimented with printing (using lino and cutting into that).

Here is my set up:

Setting Up My Space

As you can see, I have my lino print, a perspex board for the paint to be rolled on, and another roller (which is clean) to roll the back of the lino onto the cloth.

Here is my prints after the first colour – light yellow (orange fabric) and coral (black fabric) :

First Print - Light Yellow and Coral

After this first print, I have then cut into the lino again (these new cut outs will show yellow or coral in the second print). You should notice a difference in my set up:

Second Set Up - Second Print (Red)

Here, you can see my lino print more clearly – you should be able to see more of a change from the last prints I made.

And now here are the finished prints!!!

My Finished Prints

Stick around for updates on my significant pieces from these prints…

Finally, I’m getting somewhere …

Today, I have managed to finish my Fine Art Dissertation for the Unit 03 coursework project this year (title: “Microscopic Worlds”).

So now, I move back in time to finish my coursework sketchbooks so I can finish those and focus on the exam project more thoroughly. Once these are finished, I know that I will have some more time to blog about the work which I have already produced for the Exam project “Combinations and Alliances” – for both subjects.

So the sooner this all gets finished, the sooner I will be back blogging every day!! … *touch wood* …

Yesterday, I took photographs for my first contact sheet of my Fine Art exam title, “Combinations and Alliances”. They are of three people’s mouths, and some of which have come out looking quite abstract.

Here are a few for you to see:

Hopefully when I go back to school tomorrow, both my Fine Art and Textiles teachers will like my ideas, and ultimately, my photographs.

Exam Titles Are Finally Announced …

Before the February half term started, I was given the exam paper for both of my art subjects so I could think about what I would like to explore with the title and start taking photographs for it. This weekend marks the end of half term, and school starts on Monday. Great…

The exam paper is built upon a title which you must explore/experiment with (this title corresponds to every art subject within the exam board – so for me, I need to think about what I can do for both Fine Art and Textiles, and they must both be different ideas). The paper also gives a thorough breakdown for each subject area with different routes that could be taken to base our projects around.

“Combinations and Alliances” – the title for this year’s A2 art subjects.

Combinations: The act of combing or the state of being combined.

Alliances: The formal agreement or treaty between two or more nations.

Both of these definitions are quite general, and therefore aren’t much of a help with ideas. However, I was given a presentation from a teacher about further ideas and routes which could be used to base our projects upon.

Deconstruction and reconstruction was one of the main points I picked up from this for Textiles as I have a keen interest in Architecture already… However, this is quite similar to my final outcome from the coursework unit which has just been completed, so I may need to re-think this one.

Rural vs Urban and Old vs New would also link and relate to this very well. If I were to explore these areas for Textiles, I think I would look at the environment and surroundings rather than just focussing on the buildings.

For Fine Art, I have been thinking about exploring vaccinations – the “alliance” of good and bad bacteria/germs and also link in the relationship between sugar and tooth decay. I think this could be quite an abstract approach to the title, which would definitely keep me interested and focussed.

Not only should I be looking for an idea which either has elements which combine together and therefore form an alliance, but also how they depend on each other and what would happen if you took one away from the other.

This is definitely something which is going to tickle my brain today… I need to start taking photographs and writing introductions!