Today I had a chance to do some life drawings, I chose to use charcoal because then you have to commit to each and every mark. I actually prefer the drawings in the bottom of this photograph because they were completed in five minute slots, which gave me a freedom and prevented over thinking the measurements.
The photo to the right shows me using a plasma cutter for the first time, used to cut shapes out of metal sheets. I went to fast at first, so I need to remember to take my time!
Welding will take me a few more hours to become more accomplished, this is totally new for me to do. I hope that my confidence will grow so that I can start work on creating a metal sculpture.
I wanted to illustrate that refugees are people with families and feelings of desperation and displacement. I decided to carry on the theme of tea being given in a crisis by using a mug of tea to paint scenes, mainly of children who have had to flee what they have known for their safety. These will be attached to the handmade paper for my book.
For the first time ever I had a go at making my own paper, following a process which involved soaking ripped up paper and blending to a pulp. I infused tea leaves within my paper in order that it would become coloured and maybe even smell a little of tea. I made my own deckle and mould with chicken wire and 2 old photo frames, which seemed to be successful. Below is a video in slow motion mode, taken on my iPhone of the blending process. The tea links to my previous project, where I made 15 cups of tea to serve to public, whilst starting conversations about the refugee crisis.
On Saturday 14th January 2017 I served tea with a group of other Fine Art students, outside of the main entrance to Plymouth College of Art. Our hope and intent was to talk to members of the public about attitudes towards refugees. The members of the public were integral to our work, meaning our project was centred around the participant. We served 15 cups of tea, it was quite amusing to see how sceptical people were about receiving something for free. The rain meant that people sometimes used our gazebo as a shelter, which meant they talked for longer about their opinions.
I am teaching myself to carve wood, with the intent of harnessing this skill to create part of a sculpture, with a metal shell and a wooden figure.
It is a beautiful process and it is nice to use something that is so natural. It will contrast well with the metal part of the sculpture.
It is safer and easier to use the chisels whilst they are sharp and at times lubricated with oil. This is a beautiful set of wood carving chisels given by someone very dear to me. I am considering making a very simple woodblock, which the Japanese have traditionally used as a process for hundreds of years.
Ruth N Brown, a chance to see my works in progress