Motivation

For me, I find motivation one of the hardest things to capture, and preserve – especially when it comes to working on Fine Art or Textiles. There is always a distraction of some sort… A television show I “must” catch up with, blogging -even, or simply talking to someone who means everything.

When I have the inspiration and motivation to work, I tend to be slow and it becomes tedious yet I know that I should be working for as long as possible. Of course, this doesn’t always hold up for long before I encounter at least one of my many distractions.

However, when I don’t have the motivation – just like today – I tend to “flake”. Everything immediately becomes a “big deal” for no reason and I begin to forget my pathways for each subject…

I have been searching for an answer for all of this since September, and I have fallen short. I have a number of Tumblr accounts with inspiration blogs – they pick up, they flop – and they now seem to mean nothing.

Let’s just hope next week is a better one.

My Textiles Dissertation …

This week, I seem to have a lot more free time that I thought I would (not a lot of homework/work done in free lessons). Therefore, I have taken this time as an opportunity to start finalising my Textiles dissertation from the coursework project. (The dissertation is an “essay” of artist evaluations which link together to answer a particular question in which you intend to research and answer using the evaluations as help).

The question I have asked is: How have artists used distortion to alter our perception of the world around us?

In this, I have a number of artist evaluations lined up. Ptolemy Mann, Matthew Harris, Bjorn Dahlem and Eva Hesse – all of which are very fascinating and have a key role in making my project a success.

So far, I have written over 3,000 words for this (which is the equivalent to 12 pages – with images). This does also include all of the information I have gathered together from the internet – which will all be referenced at the end of the essay.

Ideally, I would like to finish this dissertation this week, but I think that will be unlikely to happen as I have a lot of other things I need to do which need to come first. The whole thing doesn’t need to be handed in properly until late May, but I think it would be a good idea to get the majority of it done now.

Also, I still have my Fine Art dissertation to put together too which I think will take slightly longer than my Textiles as all of my artists haven’t been properly evaluated yet.

The pressure’s on!

At Least I’m Doing Something Right …

Yesterday evening, I recieved an email from UCAS notifying me of a change in my application… I logged on etc, and there it is. Something I have been hoping for for about 3 months.

An offer from Manchester Metropolitan University (Manchester School of Art).

It’s 280 UCAS tariff points (300 points is BBB, so this is basically BBC) and I really think this is achievable!

I cannot express how proud of myself I am at this moment in my life. I have never felt like there are people out there who admire my work as much as the women did on Wednesday. I feel proud.

I think Manchester is the place where I need to go to progress further.

My Interview …

So today I have been to Manchester and back, and I think the interview went pretty well!! So a very good day indeed.

There was only two of us being interviewed this afternoon – which shocked me! – but apparently they only have between 35 and 40 students per year as students in total… And considering the amount of people who apply (something stupid like 400) I am feeling rather proud and confident that I was given the opportunity to attend an interview there.

The women who interviewed us gave us a quick talk/presentation on the course as a whole; what sort of work they do each year, competitions and various study trips. Something that was made very clear was that the course was definitely driven more to the architectural side rather than interior furnishings (that would be the worst course for me …). And because of this, I knew I was in the right place.

Even sat in “The Gallery” (a little cafe which holds live music from time to time!) I knew that I was sitting in the right place…

I think everything is coming together slowly now… And all I really need to do is focus on my school work to make sure I get the best possible grades in August – and one’s which I deserve!!

Another Update!!

I think by now it is time for a quick update on how my new exam projects are going.

As you already know, I already have my two contact sheets (with their write-ups) and both introductions written.

My task now for this evening is to write two artist evaluations. For Textiles, I will evaluate Chris Berry, and Fine Art; Jill Lorraine.

Artist evaluations are key in developing your own techniques and methods throughout the project, so it is absolutely vital that I write these.

I have been given a very strict deadline for each piece of work which should be completely. For example, this weekend I should be taking ANOTHER contact sheet (for both subjects), and this week I should have completed my developments to my first and write an artist evaluation.

This is tough, and the pressure is definitely on!!

So Far So Good!!

I’ve just had my first lesson at school with my Fine Art teacher (who also happens to be Head of Art), and he has looked over all of my photographs for both this subject and Textiles.

At first he didn’t look terribly pleased with the Textiles photographs as he didn’t see the message I was trying to put across. This was okay as we then had a lengthy discussion as to where this project could go with them – possibe pathways.

We have now discussed that it would be great to take elements from all of my photographs I have taken and combine the different buildings to make another photograph which I can work with.

We also spoke about the various methods and techniques which I could use to express my ideas further. I have decided that I should use traditional methods, yet use recycled materials – so we have two different types of ideas running parallel with each other in one project.

I also presented my ideas for Fine Art through my photographs, and my teacher loved the relationship/combination of metal with the organic and natural qualities of the teeth/mouths. I have decided that I am now going to explore the alliance between medical cures (casts, metal rods and nails etc) and how this can actually help cure different problems.

I am really happy with this feedback and I think I am off to a great start in this project already. All I need now is a sketchbook and flip file which I can now present my ideas.