Olympic Torch Passes Through Liverpool

Friday was surreal to say the least. I arrived at Hope Street in the morning to visit a disused warehouse full of props and stage pieces  (we are hoping to grab some bits and bobs from here for upcoming projects)

On our return i was introduced to the wardrobe. As a mild sufferer of OCD …the wardrobe could only be described as a living nightmare. I am looking forward to spending two full days organising and labelling.

Then at 4 i met up with Jim Hendley http://www.culture-scruff.co.uk/ to climb inside a Beatles puppet with the Hope Street Team. As much i was willing to do so unfortunately I was too small to fit inside one. To anyone who was in Liverpool when the torch was passing around half 5 we where up near the Anglican cathedral. Photos coming soon!

Design and Visual Exhibition

A mad few days for us all. A set up, launch party and private view …excessive cakes and few too many glasses of wine. Thanks to everyone who helped and came along to show their support. I couldn’t have done it without you!

The exhibition is still running until Friday! so if you can make it down to Edge Hill we are in Hale Memorial Hall just on the way through to the Hub. ( you can’t miss it!)

Heres a few cheeky snaps i took today. Its well worth the trip.

Dissertation Doomsday

The past week ive been at Open Skies Gallery in Southport with ‘TITS, WOMB,MONITORS and para-SITES :The Instability of Flesh’  on Market Street.

An interesting week to say the least … a few strange residents … but some really positive feedback from others. Thank you to everyone came, here are a few pics…

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.

http://openskiesart.co.uk/default.aspx

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.

http://www.flickr.com/groups/homemadepinhole/

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!

 

A lifetime in the mac suite

Perhaps a slight exaggeration but a ‘lifetime in the mac suite’ has what this week leading up to Christmas has felt like.We’ve all  been making a piece of video art. Using found footage and our own filming we’ve created a 5 minute film with the subject ‘The revelations of a body in a confined space‘ .The Mac’s in the performing arts building have been really helpful in creating an abstract piece of work. They all  have the latest version of ‘Final Cut Pro’ ( a very expensive program) , which after a tutorial, was a treat to use. The editing software allows you to layer images, cut, speed up footage and even change the colour of the image.  I will upload the footage for you to see soon!

 

Postmodernism?

The Postmodern. This has been the topic of Thursday morning lectures for a long while and if I’m being honest I still don’t know what it is. A new exhibition at the V and A ‘Postmodernism Style and Subversion 1970’s – 1990’s‘ brings art, design , architecture from the concept movement and explores its revolt against the modernists utopian vision. After watching this video I’m so glad they don’t know what their on about either.

Postmodernism at the V and A

The Alice In Wonderland effect

Alice in Wonderland syndrome (also known as todd’s syndrome) is a neurological condition which affects human perception of objects and even their own bodies. A genuine condition but  a temporary condition , associated with migraines, brain tumours and the use of LSD. Symptoms of AIWS are common in childhood, with most people growing out of it in their teens. The sufferer can feel paralysed, They may envision their feet to be the size of elephants and cannot walk out of a room. Or they may imagine the room distorted with objects larger than they should be. A surreal experience to say the least.

This is an idea we started to look into in our life drawing session on Friday. We started to think about perception. Your hand close up to your face is a lot larger than if it is further away. Its hard to think in such a way when your translating the image onto the paper.  But its simply a case of drawing what you see and having no doubts at how surreal it looks on the paper while your drawing it.

I always had a habit as a child of drawing unnervingly large birds and girls with hands which where twice the size of their poor heads. As a child my observation told me that all girls had hands like lead weights and a stomach like an ironing board. (I’m sure everyone has  dreamt about this at some point) .  Its funny how our perception changes through our experience…

..so to conclude, we need to stop telling ourselves we can’t draw! a bit of self belief and practice goes a long way!