And actually, it was also good for our morale, I think, to look back at our work throughout the course and she reminded of what we've all achieved, and how far we've travelled in our learning and practice. i certainly had almost forgotten some of my work form last year, and some of it I was quite pleased with, such as these nesting, folding boxes, made as a response to the project to make pocket sculptures, for Mark's Conceptual Art workshop session. At the time, I was in the throes of moving house and retrieving my possessions from 4 months in storage - it seemed like boxes, and their appearance and disappearance, was filling my world....
I also seemed to have a fair number of life drawings which I thought better of, on rediscovering them now, than I did when we were doing this regularly last summer. I still don't feel I've made much progress with this at QR, but we have not hd much tie this year on life drawing, nor on drawing of any sort really, and this is an area I will try to pick up again in other ways once foundation is over.
These are some books I made as part of the project we did on the zoo at the end of the first year of the foundation course. I used old copies of the RWA ART magazine as a base, and then inserted photos of all the myriad warning and prohibition signs scattered around the zoo. I liked the idea of using wooden sticks (stakes?) as the binding - reflecting on the cages and fences which keep the animals enclosed and the people out.
I made several smaller versions based on a book design made from a single, folded and cut sheet of paper, scaling the print accordingly.
My portfolio was also an opportunity to record some of the things I've one outside of the Foundation course. Last summer I did a letterpress Printing course at UWE with Tom Snowden and Angie Butler. I continued experimenting with books made from a cut and folded single sheet. This meant I had to work out how to lay out the type so it would all work and be properly located/centred on the pages. I made three separate prints and bound them into tiny books, using covers made from a print workshop done a couple of years ago.
I also did a week learning Bookbinding at UWE with Guy Begbie.
In 2011 I also did a week-long course on collagraph and relief printing at Howard Gardens, UWIC, Cardiff. with Chris Lloyd. This was very useful, not least because with only 3 of us students, we had loads of time and space and Chris's undivided attention.
These two are drypoint on perspex, the first one from a photo I'd taken, and the second one from a life drawing I'd done previously,
These are collagraphs, using card, primed with shellac, then cut into and layers stripped out, and with plastic tape as a make to create different textures for the printing ink to adhere to, or not.
This one is based on a photo I took in New York, looking up at the sky among the tall buildings. It sued two layers of print, and a paper screen o protect the black from the pink overprinting. the colours are a bit violent, but I was just experimenting with inks available at the time.