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Reflection #5

I’ve found this week quite challenging and mentally draining at times; the work is developing, however I feel overwhelmed by ideas and certain elements of my practice. It could be due to the fact that formative assessments are around the corner […]

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Playing and Making

The most important part of my practice is the making, it has become a fundamental element. I learn through play and the possibilities of the materials; how far can I push them? What forms can I achieve? Will they develop […]

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Folded Form

So far, this week feel’s busy and hectic. I’m currently researching for my PHD and the whole application process, finding information and contacts of supervisors that I can contact to whom have a connection with my areas of interest and […]

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Reflection #3

We’re coming to the end of week 5; already I can identify that my work has taken a new direction. I’ve realized that purely materials is what evokes and challenges me to produce work. My studio space has transformed into […]

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‘Creases’ and ‘Bulges’

The work is beginning to progress and develop with my experiments with the jelly and most recently bread dough. The touch and nature of these materials suggest human flesh, this could be an area to explore further? Scale and space […]

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Reflecting #2

I finally feel comfortable with moving forward and producing the work. After my tutorial with artist Holly Davey I had the reassurance and an extra push that was needed to produce the works. In discussion, the jelly forms were an […]

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The beginning of something or nothing

  These works explore form and shape in an open space; I come across a shape or an idea in my mind and find the material that can achieve it’s quality and vision. I’m curious in how materials can be […]

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The process of play

  These are playful experiments with form using organic/ food substance materials; the pieces take on a life of their own and are placed in an awkward manner with the purpose intent of whether they will fall or remain in […]

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Moving forward

My research direction and ideas have taken a new direction over the last week. After having a refresher induction in the metal workshop I had a sudden urge to work and play with this material. I have always been surrounded […]

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Manipulation of form

Having an open plan studio space and surrounded by a range of materials to play with and manipulate informs my practice and is my first point of contact. The exploration of minimalism and form has drawn me to new and […]

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Reflecting #1

It was very helpful to have had the advice and guidance of Holly and Stefhan in our presentation morning. Following on from my previous work and concepts, they informed and challenged my under of my own work. What am I […]

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MFA Reflective Journal

MFA at Cardiff School of Art & Design.
A reflective journal of my thoughts, processes, research and current practice through my postgraduate study.

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Distractions

A decision to save time and money and travel to the residency by train was made yesterday and so I found myself stressing unnecessarily, like in my old commuter days,about missing my train. Of course there was no need as […]

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Night before

Packing is taking somewhat longer than I expected. I have packed some warm clothes, but I am not sure whether I will need more than a sleeping bag to keep me warm. If I take my wool jumper, hat and […]

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Reflection on current materials

There’s something really powerful about being impulsive or spontaneous. My practice seems to rely on impulsivity, rarely is a recent work pre-planned. There’s something interesting about pulling whatever material seems to be in front of me, like a take away […]

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Studio games

Luxuriating in the way the paint swirls, clings and disengages from its support. It changes constantly, both during the process of application, whilst drying and after. I am not a painter. For the last 18 months at least, I have […]

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making connections

I am thoroughly enjoying spending more time at the studio.  This morning I was continuing with testing different adhesives for glitter.  Last summer I spoke with Pia, the (now retired) specialist in the Royal Institute’s ‘Material Knowledge’ laboratory, and I […]

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The benefits of dismantling old work for reuse…

I got back in the studio last week after a busy period including my Merz Barn residency and a number of exciting commissions. I started the week by dismantling an old piece of work in order to retrieve some custom-made […]

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Halen Mon, Day 3

Friday. My final day with Halen Mon is drawing to a close. It’s gorgeous here, and I’d love to stay. I have so many ideas for art, ranging from the semi functional to the more fantastical, but how best to […]

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