Burscough Car Boot

A glorious Sunday morning and a little trip to the car boot. Im a nightmare hoarder especially when it comes to unusual junk that wont fit in anywhere in my modest student house… and will almost certainly collect dust and consume my very existence.

Car boots are little treasure troves for any set designer. Last year we visited the car boot for props for the show ‘Fear and Misery’ (a second year drama production directed by Bill Hopkinson). Its dirt cheap and if your luckily you can find the perfect rusty spoon, walking stick or 1940’s smoking tin that might just put the finishing touches to your design.

The car boots a three minute drive from the University. Today was an indulgent grab a bargin day i wasn’t looking for anything specific but still managed to make a few purchases.

For anyone visiting the UCAS event I will be there with fellow student ambassador Chris Lawson in Wrexham tomorrow. Come and talk to us about the courses available at Edge Hill University.



UCAS events

The Student Recruitment Team  are on the road over the next few months attending UCAS events across the country. As a student ambassador i will be joining them on a number of these events. We will be giving advice and guidance to prospective students and parents about all aspects of Higher Education and Edge hill Univesity. All  This week i am in Cornwall and Exeter with the UCAS. If anyone is down there come and speak to us!

Visit the UCAS and edgehill  website for the full list of events.




Open Skies Gallery

Ruth Ainsworth runs a life drawing session every Friday at Edge hill for any students who wish to attend. The more the merrier!

The classes are very informal, explore what you like but also pick up a few creative techniques from Ruth. Life Drawing classes are highly recommended for anyone thinking of studying design. You may think you can’t draw (and if i had a pound for every time someone said that…) and never will be able to . But it is incredible to see the improvement some of the students have made just from a couple of classes.

Drawing is such an easy way to get your creative ideas out of your head onto paper and present it to others. Personally I find it so much easier than trying to explain what’s going on in my head because it usually doesn’t make sense to the majority of people.

Life drawing is structured around your classes and lectures so you will always have spare time to go. Its great way to de-stress and just escape everything else for that minute.

Ruth also has her own gallery in Southport. Where she offers similar classes to locals. Some of her impressive art work is also available to purchase. Here is a link to her website and details of the address.


I visited the gallery last Wednesday and took some photos of the space. Which i will be using to display my dissertation piece. Enjoy!

Pin Hole Camera


This Friday we were introduced to the pin hole camera by Neil Willcock from the Media Department. Neill has always had an passion for this kind of photography.

He introduced us to a number of his own creative examples of pin hole photography. Some of the results are simply stunning.


Artist Francesco Capponi has created a pinhole camera from an egg. The artist places the photo emulsion on the inside of the egg, takes a photo, and then let’s the image get exposed on the inside shell of the egg.

There are so many possibilities. Creativity has no limits!

How to make a pin hole camera

When you make a pinhole camera for roll or sheet film, use a small can or box as the camera body. You can use anything that has a tight-fitting top – a clean paint can, a vegetable shortening can, a 2-pound coffee can, a shoebox, or even a cereal box.

Cut a small square out of a can (this will be where you pierce your pin -hole) sand the surface down if very thick.

To make the can light-tight, paint the inside with dull black paint or line it with black paper to prevent light reflections. If the can you use has a plastic lid, paint the lid black.

Be sure to paint it inside and out; then before using it, check to make sure no paint has chipped off. Chipped or peeling paint on the lid will allow light to enter the camera and ruin your pictures.

To make the pin hole take a surgical needle and pierce the can.

Positing the film paper will be dependant on the size and pan of image you would like to take. To calculate use the following webpage …http://www.mrpinhole.com/calcpinh.php

Here are a few photos from the session and our customized cameras!