The project After support from an a-n Review bursary for professional development, I have secured ACE funding for a project to explore making 2d drawings into 3d forms.
This blog will follow the project as it evolves documenting my development and progress as an artist. I hope to record my feelings and findings as I mature through managing and leading Revolution and Resonance 2017. This project builds on my experience to date both as an artist and as a professional, it will give me an opportunity to really focus on my practice development, aligning everything I do as something that supports me and the work I have set out to make. In the past is has been very natural to become side tracked and broaden out ideas quickly, this while in a phase of creative exploration is perfectly reasonable, is not helpful when developing work. A second phase of distillation though thought process and physical process (both interlinked) is paramount to moving forward with clarity and purpose.
I am someone who constantly likes to add new things into the mix, so to limit myself is an opportunity I have found works really well when I need to progress. The fact I have a mentor, Judith Alder for the 6 month duration of the project is key to my staying on track as well as very useful for nuts and bolts organisation, an objective and experienced view on my actions is as essential as breath to breathing.
I will be working with willow artist, Annemarie O’Sullivan who will teach me and help me understand the natural materials I am using. Expanding my skills and encouraging me to develop ideas in the materials available will enrich my practice in specific and deliberate ways.
Project management. In order to document the process of making the structures together with Ashburnham Place volunteers and Hastings employment project trainees I will think about what I want to record and practically how much I can afford from my budget from a videographer. Writing a brief and discussing this is the what I am currently working on along with setting up a timeline meeting with the staff at Ashburnham Place to work out potential site issues and identify how best to communicate. I have set up a time sheet and have added the ACE logo to my website and email footer. Further tasks include updating my axisweb page, my blogger account and writing a short visual presentation to Ashburnham staff to introduce the project. Ashburnham Place is the project partner providing site, volunteers and staff support.
Drawing in 3D. I have started making a maquette a day to begin the exploration of the form in a scale that is manageable and affordable. I am uploading these to my Instagram account. These individual works will inform the development of the bigger final structures to be made and placed in the landscape.