Conclusion to Assignment 5 and Feedback.

Reaching the end of my fifth and final assignment has felt more of a  milestone in many ways. From losing the will in part two creative writing to getting back to it in part four photography and then realising quite quickly that textiles and any studying of it full time isn’t for me.

I have spent an awful lot of time worrying about my final assignment and also the following assessment of my work. I know that this is silly and I can ask for help but once the fog has cleared a bit from the past few months I will be submitting in January.

For my fifth assignment I looked at how textiles play a key role in their environment.
I chose to analyse and explain the fabrics that I came across on a visit to the Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool, to see the exhibition- Love Life 2 by Jonathan Baldock and Emma Hart.

I enjoyed the richness of the exhibition and the ways in which textiles and colour were used within it. I have started my assignment based on the feedback I received and this goes for the previous four as well. I can see now with the assignment feedback I received that I have made mistakes and have not always been very clear in the ways in which I wanted to say something. I haven’t always expressed my views in the best way, a bit like this corker- ‘I have chosen to look at the installation which was a giant head made out of felt stitched together.’ I can now see that ‘giant head’ isn’t the best way to describe something no matter how much it looks like one.

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I have felt that my tutors feedback has always been constructive and it has pushed me to look again at what I have written and how I have described something. Once what I have written has been questioned and that ‘something’ has been pointed out, I see it and I usually feel a bit silly for not seeing it in the first place. This is all part of the learning process so I try to use it for the better. Read and read again.

 

As I have worked through each project in part 5, I have been surprised at how much we use and rely on textiles and how their usage is everywhere. The sustainability processes interested me greatly and how we can be better at recycling and making clothes last. The print and pattern sections I also enjoyed as picking any fabric or fashion designer to research will give you so much to go on. I chose Matthew Williamson for some of my research and I became embroiled in all of his variations of prints and patterns which stem across clothes, settees,wallpaper and jewellery.

The parts about the cut of an item and how it is styled to fit and move was very interesting as again I didn’t know much about the details that go into clothes making.  The artists research into the context of textiles was also very interesting and showed me artists I had never heard of before and this made me look into their work further such  as Christo and Jeanne Claude’s-surrounded islands.

I found by researching the Chanel cat walk shows I became obsessed with the events as a whole, the fashion, the music and how it all works. It is the parts like this I found interesting and really brought the section to a good rounded end as it tied in well from the beginning of fabric production to the end design stages and finished products.

I feel my learning log has progressed well and even though I still have a lot of posts to catch up on such as writing about exhibitions I have visited this year, I am happy with it and it runs smoothly and works well within the sections. I hope for it to become a go to for myself as a research blog as well as for my course tutors to see.

I think I have gained a lot from this first course as it has given me a very clear idea on what it is I wish to continue with, what I find interesting and what I do not wish to pursue.  I look back now over part 5 and I was very excited to be starting it but coming to the end I have decided that textiles isn’t something that I wish to pursue further. The whole point of Creative Arts 1 is to give you a choice and an introduction to each medium ready for your chosen pathways and I think visual culture and art history research is what I would like to continue with.

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Assignment 4, Reflection/Feedback.

Demonstration of subject knowledge- I have referenced the the work of David Hockney and his Polaroid photograph Pearl Blossom Highway 2 (1986) and My Mother, Bolton Abbey (1982).

I feel I have interpreted the artists use of photography being integral to their practice without the photography element being immediately apparent.

Demonstration of research skills- I have researched the artist and his work and how he has adapted and used photography in his practice.

Demonstration of critical and evaluation skills- I think I have shown critical thinking throughout this assignment and I have discussed my thoughts about the piece in my conclusion and commentary.

Communication- I feel my writing is understandable and flows well and I have presented my assignment with an introduction, middle and a conclusion with paragraphs and links attached, within word count and a commentary about my experience with part four.

I have been quite astounded at times throughout this fourth part at how little I know and how much I had forgotten about photography. There are a lot of photographers and artists I had completely forgotten about and also ones I had never come across before. I was convinced that I would do OK throughout this part but I found out quite soon that I knew not as half as much as I thought.

As I have worked through each project I know I have been down at times at having to read and then re-read what was asked but then once I had started to research more I felt I got a better grasp of things. I liked the holiday photo project as it made me revisit lots of images I had buried away and it was a nice feeling to look at them and answer the question  ‘How do they make you feel?’

I found by researching the origins of The Photobus by Daniel Meadows, it brought me into a whole new realm of photographers I had never heard of and whose work I now truly love  just from researching further, such as Richard Billingham and John Davies.

I really like my learning log now and I like to use it to show things I wouldn’t normally. Even just a few pictures from a day out that I like or have felt were interesting to me, I find I want to post them as it is part of the whole learning and documenting process. I recently visited the Catholic Cathedral in Liverpool and I spent most of the time looking for the public art pieces. I was so excited to look at the John Piper glass that is throughout it, that when I got home I had taken over 100 pictures of it. It is things like this that make me like my camera again and although I won’t keep them all, sometimes it is just good to take yourself out for the day and find something you like, photograph it and find out about its history.

I think I have gained a lot from this part and it has been quite cathartic at times but it has also made me look and research further to find more about things that have sparked my interest. I found that just one photographers image on an internet search has led me to find so much more. I think this is what is so good about photography, there is always something to see, even if you think it has all been done or you have already seen it, you are only ever scratching the surface.

I am looking forward to Part 5 Textiles very much as it is something I am interested in for further courses and I am curious to find out more and how the initial processes make it all work together.

 

 

Assignment 3, Reflection/Feedback.

Demonstration of subject knowledge- I have referenced the piece Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough and the re-appropriated image Green Boy by Jim Henson. I feel I have interpreted it and given my thoughts about the differences between the images and the way they are presented.

Demonstration of research skills- I have researched the history of re- appropriated images, the history of the Gainsborough piece and the Kermit the frog piece. I have read through the exercises that were close reading examples and texts.

Demonstration of critical and evaluation skills- I think I have shown critical thinking throughout this assignment and I have discussed my thoughts about the piece in my conclusion and commentary.

Communication- I feel my writing is understandable and flows well and I have presented my assignment with an introduction, middle and a conclusion with paragraphs and links attached, within word count and a commentary about my experience with part three.

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Assignment 3 was much better this time and I was really pleased to hear that I had done ok with it. I’ve never really gotten into visual culture in a ‘actually look at it’ way before so it was nice to look back through my learning log and see how the third part all came together.

Comments I really must take into account are being able to explain myself and my ideas more. How I came to the conclusions and how they fit in with the overall piece of finished work are a bit vague and I can see this when re-reading.

I liked that my feedback shows I enjoyed this part and writing the assignment as I did and even though I think maybe I should have picked a better portrait than the one that shows Kermit the frog, having given myself a bit of time to look over it I am pleased with it. I keep making the same mistakes though with assignments and I really do think I need to plan them more carefully instead of collecting a lot of notes, links and images and then trying to decipher them. I think this is starting to show with my final drafts as trying to edit them down for the word count, I end up missing out important parts of how I reached my conclusions.

I have finally fixed my log to show all the categories, dates and tags that I need and now I understand it better myself. It took a while for me to grasp this whole task as I could understand it but now I see to an outsider it was a bit of a trek. I quite enjoyed labelling and tagging everything so it is all in order.

I am enjoying filling up my visits section also. I can’t always make any official OCA study visits as they are usually on Saturdays and I work,  so it’s nice to look and see where the trips are and try to visit them myself at a later date.

 

Assignment 2-Reflection/Feedback

Demonstration of subject knowledge- I have referenced the piece I used ‘Say Hello,Wave Goodbye’ and I feel I have interpreted it and given my thoughts about the detail and feelings of the piece.

Demonstration of research skills- I have researched the craft of writing and how stories are formed and made. I have read through the exercises that were close reading examples and texts.

Demonstration of critical and evaluation skills- I  think I have shown critical thinking throughout this assignment and I have discussed my thoughts about the piece in my conclusion.

Communication- I feel my writing is understandable and flows well and I have presented my assignment with an introduction, middle and a conclusion with paragraphs and links attached.
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I struggled with the second part of this assignment as I generally lost interest in it all. Creative writing isn’t something that I enjoy. A set topic of writing about something I do not want to write about became a bit much. I guess we all come across such things at some point and read, use and need it but I felt quite bored whilst trying to research.  I now know what I chose was a bit ridiculous and I missed the point of it. I am hoping to rework it at some stage in the next few months.

The feedback I received from my tutor was very positive and I suppose if your in a funny head space with a piece of work, to have somebody spell it out to me what I was supposed to be doing and the things I had missed, I reckon I understand the massive chunks I chose to ignore that were important to the final piece.

I have changed my blog around so I have better drop downs so I can keep track of what I am doing and where things are.

The last part of my feedback was a call for me to visit more galleries and artworks and I am pleased to say that over the summer and autumn I did. These will all feature in future visits posts.

Assignment 1 Reflection/Feedback

Demonstration of subject knowledge– I have referenced ‘What is art’ using research from my learning log and I have demonstrated a knowledge of Jeremy Dellers work and the context in which the artwork was created. I have referenced the documentary and the people mentioned and also mentioned and written about the time period the work was set in.

Demonstration of research skills– I have researched the study of art and made references to the projects and visits I have made throughout. I have made references to the documentary, to any reviews, persons mentioned and researched the works of Jeremy Deller and referenced them.

Demonstration of critical and evaluation skills– I feel I have shown critical thinking throughout the assignment and I have discussed my thoughts about the piece in my conclusion for both parts.

Communication– I feel my writing is understandable and flows and I have presented my assignment with an introduction, middle and a conclusion with paragraphs and links attached for both parts.