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By: Julie Dodd
The day to day life of a struggling artist.
# 297 [9 October 2013]
I've been working on a new idea for the sinister books this evening, it has twelve pages and takes hours to make. Not sure it's worth the time taken or if it even works really. I might have wasted the whole evening. I'm going to leave it for tonight and look at it with fresh eyes tomorrow.
I've filled a shoe box with feathers now. I wonder where other artists keep their work? I have several shoe boxes filled with paper various installations. I get quite excited when other family members get new shoes, haha.
# 296 [6 October 2013]
I knew I should have written a list!
Probably the most important thing which should be Number 1 in what to do today... Look for funding and apply for funding.
# 295 [6 October 2013]
I’ve been working on lots of different projects today. Feeling all over the place. I’m feeling the need to make lists!
Really I know what needs to come first, the snister structure books, but my fingers are hurting from pressing on the craft knife. The waxing of butterflies is up there with needing to be done too but it is really tedious. And then I suppose I need to tackle this dress which I'm dreading.
I’m enjoying making the paper feathers, they require little concentration now that I’ve figured out how to make them. But again I’m not going to enjoy construction something for them to be displayed on.
# 294 [5 October 2013]
I made a few possible contacts at the pv on Thursday. One stood out as being quite promising, maybe with the possibility of taking my work in the direction I am already heading in but with somewhere it show it, fingers crossed something will come of that.
I was especially happy to finally meet Claire Weetman. I'd heard her name around a lot since she had been awarded a residency as part of the Liverpool Art Prize and was really disappointed to have missed her when she had the winning bid on my work at an Arena Auction. She told me all about her latest project which sounds really interesting, not to give anything away as I am not sure if she is already blogging about it, I am really interested in temporary artwork, a lot of my installation work gets recycled into other projects with the only evidence of their existence being photographs. For me it comes down to me wanting to retain ownership of the work even if it means it being destroyed but Claires work is going to be very public and she won’t have the control of destroying it herself. I don’t know how I’d feel about that! I must follow that blog! I am not finding the time to read others blogs at the moment at all, in fact I’m struggling just to write down my own thoughts as my own time is so scarce at the moment. Only one more week full time though, I won’t know what to do with myself when my hours go back to normal in work.
I’ve been busy making sinister structure books today. PAPER have been in touch because their stock of them is very low after selling some of my work at the Manchester Contemporary and with the Manchester book fair being just around the corner I need to pull my finger out and get them made. I’ve timed them to take around an hour and a half each, which I suppose makes them not worth making, but none of my work would sell if I got paid by the hour and it does get my name out there.
# 293 [3 October 2013]
I was nervous to see my work up at the lodge this evening as I had no idea how it had been installed, all I knew previous to the pv was it was above the fireplace. It wasn’t as I had expected but I was pleasantly surprised. I had planned for them to be clustered together but there is quite a lot of space between them, this has allowed them to become a real feature and you can clearly identify them as seperate pieces.
The show is really impressive; I think it’s possibly the highest standard of work I’ve shown with before and it’s been curated really well. There’s usually something really cringe worthy showing in group shows isn’t there? But everything looked great.
# 292 [29 September 2013]
I’m struggling to make the dress out of ok pages. I cant figure out how to make it fitted around the bust and waist areas. I don’t think I should turn it inside out for sewing. I thought about putting in some concertinaed paper for the bust and waist but I don’t think that will work either.
# 291 [27 September 2013]
Another hectic school week has passed without me posting or achieving much in my own practice but it will feel great to have a little extra cash. I have managed to finish my experimental Malaria piece though. This weekend I’m going to attempt finishing a paper dress I’ve started as part of a commisson to display butterflies on. I have been experimenting with waxing the book pages, I need the pages to act more like fabric plus I needed a way of disgusing any creases made in the piece being delivered and worn so this way I can crease them as part of process to make the piece appear more fragile.
# 290 [22 September 2013]
Really feel I've got somewhere this weekend with a couple of projects but I've got so much to do still. The deadline for one project (although not offically set) is within the next couple of months so I need to get a move on. I'm making book page butterflies in their thousands!!This is only the begining though!
One of my friends took the work over to liverpool for the exhibition at the Lodge. Phew one thing i dont need to worry about (Thanks Caz)plus I have some room in the house again.
# 289 [17 September 2013]
Still no car so I can't deliver the sinister structure work still and I'm working full time at the moment so there isn't much progress on any of the projects I'm working on. I've been working on a new sculptural piece over the last few evenings but it isn't going as planned. It doesn't go together as easily as the last. The prints are larger so the curve of the piece needs to be on a larger scale which I hadn't planned. I've taken it apart three times so far! But this evening I think I've made a break through at last with a slightly different approach. Hopefully I'll be onto the next one at the weekend.
# 288 [14 September 2013]
I've spent the last few nights cutting and bagging butterflies for a new project I've been asked to produce. No idea if the project will work but I'm giving it a go!
I've put supports on the work that's going to the Lodge so if we get a car next week I'll be able to deliver it. At the moment it's taking up all the space in my dining room so the work I'm presently working on is back on the living room couch. No visitors please!
This evening it's back to working on sculptural prints. I've got loads of ideas but no hours to produce them all.
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I graduated from a fine art degree course at Wirral Metropolitan College in 2009 , continuing my practice through a fellowship course during 2009-2010 also at Wirral Metropolitan College. I work as an art technician in a high school three days a week. My art practice is based in printmaking, bookmaking and installation work.