Mould making is a strange business! It may look like I am making very odd Christmas puddings and hybrid jellyfish / doll heads, but this is actually my first experiment into finding the best fibre optics to use for my light up pebble.
My fellow part time MA Design students and I recently put on a show of work in progress at UWE. I found it really interesting to show preparatory work, the work that has actually taken me longest and caused most heart ache, alongside finished pieces – the hideously ugly mould which took me months to make, alongside the carefully polished concrete piece that finally came out of it, eight of the many colour experiments with the finished pebble screenprint which they eventually led to. A really helpful and instructive experience.
It has been such a boost to talk to people about my work, and for them to understand and appreciate what I am talking about, and not think that I am round the twist for loving maps and wanting to make concrete pebbles. I don’t think I had appreciated just how valuable the experience of getting work out of my studio space and onto walls where it can be seen and commented on was going to be. I will do it again (but not until I have had a good long while to recover).
I am really proud and honoured to have been awarded the 2017 National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies’ UWE bursary in conjunction with UWE’s Department of Art & Design.
NADFAS have awarded me the bursary to develop my concrete pebbles. The aim is to add fibre optics so they light up when you hold them. I’ll be documenting the project on this blog, so lots of photos to come…