Gallery Visits to expand professional practice. National Portrait Gallery: London.

In order to develop my own skills as an art student and to think about my own creative future, it is important to me to take in as much diverse creativity as possible. During a trip to London in January 2020, before the outbreak of Covid-19, I had the pleasure of visiting the National PortraitContinue reading “Gallery Visits to expand professional practice. National Portrait Gallery: London.”

Quick isolation poetry: challenging myself to make on the spot poems.

I challenged myself to compose some short poems during lock down.  Mainly thoughts and feelings.  None taking longer than a few minutes to write.  The idea is not to think, just feel. Ode To my mother… A cup of tea with a digestive, Nestled in the glow of the light from the electric fire, AContinue reading “Quick isolation poetry: challenging myself to make on the spot poems.”

Visit to the museum of modern art. New York. November 2019

The museum I had a once in a lifetime opportunity in November 2019 to visit New York for the first time.  Amongst the splendour and buzz of the diverse metropolis, there housed a fiesta of creativity, ranging from small independent galleries, street performances and urban street art.  To the larger sophisticated art galleries such asContinue reading “Visit to the museum of modern art. New York. November 2019”

Thwaites Brewery Tower, not just bricks and mortar, Part Three: Experimentation

**Please note, this is a direct follow on from Thwaites Brewery Tower, Part two: A concept* Installation part 1… I had many ideas brimming away creatively, and knew that I wanted to continue using projection, and had researched the work of Jenny Holzer in-depth during my second year.  I had also been to the TateContinue reading “Thwaites Brewery Tower, not just bricks and mortar, Part Three: Experimentation”

Thwaites Brewery Tower. Not just bricks and mortar? Part two: a concept

**Please note, this is a direct follow on from Thwaites Brewery Tower: Not just bricks and mortar?  Part one: Research** ”Thwaites tower, not just bricks and mortar, but a beacon of working class culture, consciousness and reflection”.  The thought on my mind when I realised through my many visits to the demolition site that IContinue reading “Thwaites Brewery Tower. Not just bricks and mortar? Part two: a concept”

Experimenting with text and poetry: A creative thought process, Part Two.

Sketchbook work has always been a large part of my creative process, it’s a visual aid I use for ideas and inspiration.  A lot of the work never sees the light of day, but each piece lends itself to my journey, and ultimately to the finished piece of work.  I tend to start a projectContinue reading “Experimenting with text and poetry: A creative thought process, Part Two.”

The potential to create art during self isolation: Collaging

During this period of solitude and uncertainty, it is important, especially as an art student, to maintain a creative pathway in order to grow professionally.  Now is the best time to reflect on ideas and research, and maybe even try new techniques or ideas that may, or may not have been part of our originalContinue reading “The potential to create art during self isolation: Collaging”

Thwaites Brewery tower: Not just bricks and mortar? Part one: Research

Thinking back to my childhood, I must have been about 5 or 6 years old.  I remember my dad stepping foot over the threshold of our humble mid terraced house on Infirmary street, in Blackburn.  He’d be in his white overalls, sleeves neatly rolled up displaying his large arms that would engulf me as IContinue reading “Thwaites Brewery tower: Not just bricks and mortar? Part one: Research”

Experimenting with text and poetry: a creative thought process, Part One

Towards the latter part of the second year of my BAFA degree at Blackburn College, I began incorporating text in the form of poetry into my visual work. This evolved through research and experimentation set in a sketch book, and used as a journal to depict my own thoughts and feelings about my life experiencesContinue reading “Experimenting with text and poetry: a creative thought process, Part One”

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