Sunday, 13 December 2009

Root animation

This is a stop motion animation I made, a while ago now but I have only just managed to get a good quality version on the internet. It is starring Lucy Grey, who also did the sound. Thanks Lucy! :-)

For the art sale....

I have a bit of a problem with publicising myself (this blog being an attempt) but after chatting to a fellow doodler I actually printed some work to go into the art sale/gallery space, priced it up and now its there to buy! Sounds like quite a simple thing but, although I have sold work before, I have never been the one who instigates it. This is quite a big thing for me :-)

Oh yeah and the pieces are on some paper that I made myself on wednesday... also a new thing.

the work is in the gallery space in Guntons building, St Andrews street, Norwich.. will be there until the 22nd december.

for the gallery

Tuesday, 8 December 2009


here is some pictures of one of the pieces after i had put it into the organza. the picture is digitally printed then cut into. i was originally going to set the picture in bees wax, but this didn't work because it ruined the transparency and shape of the material. so i set it in Arabic Gum, so that i could cut through and not fray the organza.

patterned flames

...some of the pictures I have made from photography, drawing and photoshop. I am going to print these onto Silk Organza or Silk Georgette, layer at a time. Then I will physically layer them up and cut through parts to highlight aspects. This development comes from my sketchbook. constant layering and cutting through pages to make my ideas link from drawing to drawing is something i find works well with my style. so this is how I am trying to interpret this into textiles... hope it works!

Making patterns into pictures...

I want to include my free hand drawings by making them into textures and patterns that I can then make a larger picture from... these are some of the patterns I have made for the purpose. I like the idea of a pattern, making up a bigger picture, it gives the larger picture a kind of history, like rings in a tree trunk. or lines on a face.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

The film... a half way piont.

This is a short sequence I put together from what I could salvage. The animation part is a design I scratched onto the tiles after the burning had taken place. I have decided to use this film as a sort of half-way point in my project. I will now take some still imagery from the film and use this in conjunction with drawn and collage work... which I will push further in my sketchbook. Then I plan to digitally print my designs, work a few different designs together through layering and play around with the scale.
I want to concentrate more on the aesthetics colour, scale, depth of field. I have, up until now, concentrated mainly on the concept, that is now so heavily engraved into my work that whatever I make from my existing imagery will show that.
Back to the sketchbook for a doodle! :-D

Friday, 13 November 2009

Then something went horribly WRONG... R.I.P Sculpture.

Although I had done about 5 filming and burning tests in the same materials which my sculpture is made out of, it didn't prepare me AT ALL for what would actually happen when I set alight to my final sculpture...
I had two video cameras and one digital SLR set up so I could catch every little detail of the burning, maybe it was because the sculpture was bigger than my tests? or less wax? or maybe because something extremely flammable had been waved near it at some point... or maybe its because its friday the thirteenth...
but, the sculpture practically blew-up, had demolished itself within two seconds was in seriouse risk of burning down my house AND it was so bright that all the exposure settings were completely wrong on my cameras. All the footage shows is complete whiteness and some swearing from me.

I am going to try and figure out a way of making this work to my advantage... I have taken some pretty pictures of the RECK, I was thinking of turning some of them horizontal, putting them in repeat, downsizing and creating a pattern which looks like the walls of my sculpture. I will them print this (possibly digitallly) onto a new material and build another sculpture.

The reason I want to do this is partly because I want to include the work I have already done, and partly because I think it would add an interesting concept. Building a new hive from the ruins of another is a positive metaphor for the extinction of the honey bee.
I think I will also try and make the film still. I am going to make a stop motion drawing into the smoke left on the walls... and then overlay this onto the footage when it goes white.

could be interesting...

When it was alive...

along with alot of preperations ready for my filming etc etc... I built the 'sculpture', so here it is.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Burning Bees

I am doing a project at the moment that is about the extinction of the honey bee. Basically I want to make a short film about it. My plan so far is to build a sculpture...
and then destroy it infront of the camera...

this an example of what form I want my sculpture to take.  
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