I am still interested in using my art to examine and explore around the theme of nostalgia, so a bit of reading should prove to be a good starting point. I often employ the use of research through reading to supplement my own knowledge and projects. I am excited that my degree has been the launch to my career as a fine artist, and what a great institution to learn from in the Plymouth College of Art.
So up to now the table has been an extremely personal project and very literal. I decided that I wanted to make it more relatable to the audience, and I also liked the exaggeration I added to the broken leg. It is like a growth that cannot be hidden from view, which I am expanding as I create. The table becomes a metaphor for the family, trying to keep the skeletons in the cupboard.
I am refining the process of transferring photos onto material, leaving the paper on for more than 24 hours seems to help ensure a clearer image. Blue used to be my Gran's favourite colour, hence the use of blue material. To carry this forward into my project, my intention is to weave a selection of photographs into my 'tablecloth'. I am also going to look at what I can use that belonged to my Grandparent's within my planned installation.
The installation is still very much in the planning stage.
Hand sewing can be a slow and thoughtful process. My lecturer suggested it is also feminine, something that I had not thought of at all. I have been thinking a lot about my Gran whilst sewing this waterlily, a flower I painted/drew for my Gran a few times whilst growing up and discovering art as part of my life. I wonder if this is even doing my Gran any credit? What would the audience think of this work? I am also thinking about how I want to present this table, which will come up in another post.
I am still considerinIg how one can preserve things from around the house, that are instantly recognisable for what they are. Papier mache is a process I haven't used since I was a child, so it felt like a childish and immature activity.
How successful is this bowl? Ironically I have used old notes made during this degree, as I think about what processes I want to include in my final college installation.
This is the start of my career, rather than this being my last project.
The image is distorted and a practice with transferring images from a photocopy onto material. This photo was used in my last module, and reflects upon the idea of being vulnerable. I am not sure I will use this exact image in my work but this feels like an idea that will be transferrable for the present module.
A failed and new technique that I am currently trying to perfect. This is a photo of the photo I tried to transfer onto canvas. Perhaps the material wasn't the best, nor the paint a very good medium?
The lily is something that was shared between myself and my Gran, as a special flower.
My Gran had a table cloth that was saved for Sunday best, so it really only came out of the sideboard cupboard on special occasions. It was lacey with flowers all over, but I can't remember what flowers they were. My Gran took great pride in baking a little feast or banquet to celebrate birthdays and visits from other family who weren't local.
Do other people have memories of their Grandparent's table cloths and fond memories associated?
Ruth N Brown, a chance to see my works in progress