For me, constellation was a good break from my subject area as it allows me to get back to what I love. I’ve always been passionate about art, obviously otherwise I wouldn’t be here, but I’ve never been able to tie my love of modern art into textiles. I was always torn between fine art and textiles and eventually swerved away from fine art, which isn’t something I necessarily regret but it definitely something that I miss. However, the constellation lectures brought me back to that, which I love. I know some of the other textile girls in my constellation group weren’t entirely happy with the group we’d been put in, however, for me it couldn’t really have worked out better. Some people may struggle to understand modern art sometimes, but for me I find it inspiring, and sometimes more expressive than renaissance for example.
I certainly enjoyed Dr Clive Cazeaux’ lecture on thinking at the edge as I studied philosophy at A level and is something that I’ve always been interested in to this day. However, I don’t think I would’ve been able to write an essay to the same standard that I’ve written my post modernism essay on. I also enjoyed Cath Davies’ lectures in the study skills sessions too, however, for the same reason as I didn’t chose Cazeaux’ lecture neither did I chose Caths.
After looking at abstract expressionism, pop art and consumerism, Fluxus, minimalism, conceptualism, and site specific and land art, I found myself inspired to argue something that I’ve spent a large portion of the past 5 years arguing, and that is is it possible to make a meaningless piece of art? Ever since I studied art at GCSE people around me have found it hard to understand some aspects of modern art, however, it’s something that I’ve always been interested in. Some people would look at (For instance) a piece by Mondrian, and see it as nothing more than a few lines and squares, and not understand how he got from his tree series to his final outcome. I however, even now, look at his pieces and feel inspired. Not necessarily because of the pieces themselves, but because of the way he came to that final outcome. It’s something that many people cannot comprehend. After being to all of the lectures, and chosing this question I felt it fitting to concentrate on minimalism as the main focus point of my essay, as many people view it as pointless, meaningless and empty. However, after doing my research it became clear that this was exactly what the artists wanted them to think. All in all, I found the constellation sessions very interesting and helpful. Even though I The whole point of their art, to minimalist artists is to merely be what you see, no emotion or complexity to it, just as it is. And I’ve honestly found myself completely in love with minimalist art just from writing this essay.
I without a doubt can say I’ve enjoyed my constellation lectures, but not only that, I can also say that I’ve gotten a lot out of them and they’ve certainly benefited my studies. Even though I study textiles and don’t necessarily look into modern art as often as I should, it’s a nice way of bringing all the subject areas back together to remind us that we are all artists working together.
For our last term as level 4 students we had our digital brief to complete, and since the beginning of the project have been going to workshops with Steve and Ray. I already had a basic knowledge of photoshop, however had never worked with illustrator before so was interesting getting to grips with using it.
Since the beginning of this project I’ve realised how important these programmes are to designers, especially when it comes to creating prints. The main focus of the brief was life drawing and florals, and having only been to one life drawing session due to limited spaces I’ve spent the rest of the time concentrating on my floral designs. The majority of my designs were either created from quick drawings or drawings in my sketchbook.
The beginning of the brief started off quite difficult as I struggled with being introduced to illustrator, however, once I came to terms with it, I began enjoying using it more and more, and now, at the end of the term, have found something that I really enjoy doing, so all in all have come away with a great new skill.
I always find starting a new brief rather daunting, this one especially. The thought of being put in groups with people that I’d never met before did scare me, admittedly. But once we were put into our groups and got to know each other better it became a lot easier than what I’d first anticipated. We got off to a tricky start with regards to what we were going to focus on, and although we began not having a clue what we were going to head towards I feel we came out with a very successful outcome. Although I was nervous going into the group work I came out feeling as though my own work had benefited from the experience and not only that but I’d learnt a variety of new skills and design methods from my peers.
When it comes to my personal project, I always struggle within the first few weeks with finding inspiration and the motivation to get into a project, especially when it’s a project that I’ve had to work on several times in the past. However, this time i chose a completely different aspect compared to what I would’ve usually chosen, which has been nice because it’s also allowed me to learn things that I never knew about Cardiff. I chose something that I’d had first hand experience of and I think that gave me that extra motivation, I was looking at things that I hadn’t looked at in years and was being reminded of what Cardiff looked like when I was younger.
Overall, I’m happy with my work and even happier with what I’ve gained from the whole experience.
Along with all my architecture research I stumbled across an artist that I looked at years ago and who’s work I’ve always loved, Alice Kettle. I’ve always loved drawing and I love the way she combines textiles and fine art and is definitely the direction I plan on going in when it comes to my final piece.
Her mark making using stitch is amazing and even though hers are usually figureativ, doesn’t mean that I can’t bring the technique into my own studies.
Having done all my research for the architecture I thought i should probably start looking at Modern architects and artists. Starting with Gehry who I’ve been a fan of for years. Not purely for his work but also for his method of working. It facinates me that he finds his inspiration in the smallest of things, such as scrumpled up paper and rubbish, but yet manages to produce some of the most iconic modern buildings to date.
I find his work so intreguing, and it excited me to think that this is where modern architecture is headed.
So having already researched older buildings in Cardiff, and having been out to take photos of Cardiff as it is now I thought I’d try my luck at finding buildings that are about to be built, and fortunately I found the perfect website for this research.
This website couldn’t be more perfect, showing Cardiff and how it could possibly look in the future. Safe to say I’m happy with all the research I’ve done so far, I’m also happy to say that I have a clear layout in my head of how my work is heading. Not only that but it’s interesting to see current plans and get a rough idea of how Cardiff could begin to look over the next decade!
Day trip! Out to take photos of new buildings that are being built in Cardiff. The main development in the city centre that I’ve witnessed is that of the Hayes/st Davids 2. When I was younger it looked completely different and I think that’s one of the most memorable changes in recent history so will definitely be a focus point of my work.
I also decided I should probably start looking into artists and designers, my starting point was to look at older designs, such as the civic centre in Cardiff. This was the beginning of my research into how it’s developed.