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Final Module..

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The last few weeks of my time at Glyndwr University are flying fast!! It wont be much longer before that chapter of my life ends ready for a new one to begin! My final assessment will roughly be around 8th May and then I am due to have my baby on 15th!!! So right now, every minute of everyday is very valuable to ensure I am ready for that final assessment but also ready for the new edition of my family to enter the world!

Just briefly, I have been very lucky with this pregnancy as everything has run smoothly and therefore I have still been able to carry on working on my degree.

The final module is mostly based on portraying a professional practice with my work so that when I leave my studies, I will be ready fr the big, wide world of illustration. Some of the things that are required to show my professional side are designing a website, creating and printing business cards and postcards and creating a portfolio to a professional standard. If I am honest, a few weeks ago I didn’t feel ready to build a website, It wasn’t really that long ago that I discovered my natural drawing style and therefore I didn’t feel that I would have enough of that style to display within a website. I went ahead with the website anyway as it was part of the module and I’m glad I did! It has given me a new goal and more to aim for, I feel quite excited that I actually have my own website and find some inspiration and drive to draw more illustrations to fill it.

You can see my cards on my Twitter page and I have also created a Facebook page! The Facebook page is brand new but I am working at filing it up very soon.

I have been looking at Children’s Education for the final module, to complete the negotiated study number 2 and I am really excited about the characters that I have created so be sure to follow the next few post where I will upload the process of creating them!!

 

 

Kiminspire-Kim Project

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Many moons ago, I wasn’t the strongest woman in the world, I was very shy, had very little confidence and practically zero self-esteem. You could say that I was a frightened little creature that hid away from the big wide world!! It was a difficult life, living with my insecurities but behind them I had some good qualities that I didn’t feel I could embrace and therefore I threw myself into my local women’s center, Rhyl north wales, for help and guidance. At the center, I was offered many courses such as a confidence course, assertive class and an endless list of classes including things as basic as cooking, walking, social groups to more functional classes like access to university and much, much more. I took a confidence class, the assertive one and also at the time a digital media class. In the mean time i read books to help with confidence, and understanding depression and anxiety and pretty much anything within that kind of spectrum. I didn’t know what exactly I was aiming for, just that there was  tiny amount of drive and ambition hidden away behind my insecurities. I picked up a few quotes on my journey, one being..“If you don’t know where you are going..then any road will take you there…”. Now, looking back, I can see the truth in this quote. At that time of my life, I really didn’t know where I was going, but rather than sitting still I kept moving and as a result, the choices I made then have contributed to where I am today. The courses I had taken and books that I read have changed my outlook on life, changed the way I think and also, I didn’t know that the digital media course was an access to university course!! So when I had completed the course, and was offered a place and interview at Glyndwr University, I was in absolute shock! Still, that was another barrier to cross and I still had a way to go with my self belief that I was good enough to go to university but that’s another story!

Going to university has not only taught me about the illustration that I am studying, but a lot about life and people and learning, always learning! And opportunities, new doors and possibilities. trailing off, some months ago, my next door neighbor, Annie Donovan, operations Manager at KIM Kindness in Mind, asked me if I would like to facilitate an art class for KIM, the women’s project group. I was again in shock to have been offered such a opportunity, and as somebody who has come quite far in life from needing the help and support of a women’s center just like KIM, I jumped at the chance! I felt comfort in the fact that I myself have been given the opportunity to help other women like myself.

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When conducting the art classes, I have a lot to think about, I try to ensure the class will be suitable for every woman in turn but also relaxing and enjoyable. My aim isn’t even to teach them at this point in time but to help them relax, enjoy themselves and feel good about what they have created.

Next week I will be facilitating a class at the project in mold, north Wales and I have been thinking about a basic charcoal drawing class. The goal is not to see who can draw the best, but just to enjoy the connection that charcoal makes with the paper, some of the women may express themselves through the drawing but the aim is mainly to enjoy just making a mark and having fun. I am really excited about taking the class and look forward to many more to come!!

The centers

I would like to take a minute to say that if you feel that would you benefit from any of the centers, do not hesitate to contact them. They are there for your benefit, they are there to help!! Also, these centers cover a whole lot more than I have described here, I have only mentioned what areas have been beneficial to me.

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Creative futures 2014 continued….

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I am now 30wks pregnant and due to that reason (and feeling like the size of a baby whale) I could only manage 2 of the 4 days of creative futures!! 😦 So I don’t totally miss out on the exciting people who have come to visit Glyndwr I have decided to have a look at the schedule and research the speakers anyway.

Wednesday 5th March/ Thursday 6th March

Bex Raven

BA (Hons) Fine Art and History of Art and Material Culture 2002

PGCE Art and Design 11 – 18 2009

MA Fine Art Engaging the public with Art 2011

Bex has always loved Art and has a wide background in many disciplines.

It was her vision that founded Funky Aardvark based on her MA research into making Art accessible for everyone. She is a great believer that Art and Craft should be inclusive and welcoming, but most importantly fun!

Bex creates work with a wide range of techniques yet the thought behind the pieces is often similar. She draws inspiration from her own life experiences to generate quirky, often mixed media artworks. Bex loves to create work which actively involves the audience and often asks them to join in with the pieces in some manner. She often generates interaction via text and encourages the viewer to share their own experiences. Look out for lots of her work in the interactive exhibitions and out on the streets.

Bex plans to further her own knowledge with another return to academic study and write her PhD. She is also working on publishing her first book that will bring out the artistic side in anyone. Most of all Bex continues to pioneer a way through the modern world of Art convincing everyone that really it should be all about having fun.

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I like the way Bex has thoroughly portrayed her unique style and personality within her dress sens and her artwork, she seems to find inspiration in many different areas and I really like her interest in stitching. When I sew, I tend to try and hide the stitching but with Bex, she openly displays her thread which I think gives a different feel. I also love the way she has created hearts differently above by using an actual heart aswel as different shapes and texture.

CAROL RAMSAY

Illustrator turned Installation Artist, responding to site and working with recycled and found objects. I deconstruct forms of everyday life, as such creating and fabricating unusual or delicate works of art. I have a strong belief that contemporary art can be aesthetically pleasing, yet still viable.

“I base my practice in contemporary installation and community based artworks and would call myself an accidental artist activist. I choose not to work in one media, preferring first to discover site through research then also through the art of conversation, breaking down boundaries between artist, place and people. These conversations can then define the media used. The collaboration of ideas can make creativity ever more powerful.”

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Title: It’s a Jungle out there

The exhibition title was ‘Inhospitable’ so taking a book entitled ‘It’s a Jungle Out There: The Feminist Survival Guide to Politically Inhospitable Environments’ I made a play on words and took certain quotes from the book out of context thus making feminism inhospitable.

Again, a totally different artist with another style and views on how she likes to portray art and for her own reasons, I was taken by the book page idea here as I have had a go at something similar myself. I didn’t really have anything that specific in mind, more the fact of how to use old books and incorporate them into another form, artistically, and I can safely say my outcome didn’t look half as interesting as Carols!!

TONY CLARKSON- PUSH CREATIVE

Push Creative Ltd.

“Since Push Creative began over a decade ago, we have gained creative diversity and the ability to create work that is aesthetically, physically and commercially successful. Whether we are working on large or small projects, our approach is the same: original thought, clarity of message and simplicity of implementation.

We are considered a small agency, but it feels like the right size for us to stay close to our clients and build a network of real partnerships with other creative people. All of our clients can enjoy the benefits of a project that has been tailored to their exact needs and we build our team around the project rather than the project around our team. With Push Creative, you’re only billed for what you need and we’re 100% transparent with all our clients.

We work across a wide range of disciplines and we ensure the right creative specialists are working on your project, and you can have direct contact with them, not a third party. We pride ourselves in the close working relationships we develop with all our clients, and we endeavour to make the process as rewarding as the end product.”

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“We had been working with Google on the Line of Site project, a web based architecture competition. They asked us to design an advert for them to be used in series of publications promoting the competition and their software, Google SketchUp. We were happy to oblige and used their actual software to create the 3D lettering model used within the ad. We also included one of the competition

participant’s works that was especially talented in the use of SketchUp to help promote the capabilities of the software for Google.”

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“Deutsche bank needed a series of icons that would sit within specific sections of their website. They had to be bright, busy and striking and all be of consistent size. The client was happy with the result and they were used for many years on the main Deutsche Bank website.”

From the digital perspective I respect the fact that Push Creative have met the customers needs in the above picture for the Deutsche bank. I love the bright, bold colors and also how they have merged different images into the media in an abstract style.

Whilst I was looking for information on Push Creative, I did come across a few other companies with the same name so it was slightly difficult in finding the correct one and making sure that I didn’t mix the information!! But, on my travels through Google, I found a Push Creative website that I thought was pretty cool so I thought I would share it! It is the sort of website that you can interact with, there are even actual moving people doing different things and the back ground music is fun! Ironically this is a branding and design website, check it out!!

CLARRIE FLAVELL

Clarrie Flavell studied at Glyndŵr, graduating in Applied Arts in 2002. Taking full advantage of the ideas – led course, she produced four light-emitting portrait sculptures for her final piece. Since then, having acknowledged her theme, she has based her next steps upon the chance events that have come her way.
                                                               
                                        The Blue Earthworm is a purpose built studio/workshop, owned and run by Clarrie Flavell.
Clarrie has exhibited some of her pretty artwork at Bodelwyddan castle at some point during 2013 and also has her workshop situated right next door!!

Creative Futures week 2014- Glyndwr University

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Photos taken by me unless stated otherwise 🙂

Today was the first day of Creative Futures at Glyndwr University. Glyndwr arrange for different kinds of creative people from different industries, and areas of the Art industry, to come to the University and give an hour of their time to speak to students within the lecture theaters on site. In the hour slot, the ‘speakers’ tend to introduce themselves and their story and line of work. By doing this, students gain an insight into the creative industry to help prepare for the big wide world after graduation.

As always, Dr. Stuart Cunningham, Head of Creative Industries at Glyndwr, kicked off the week with an introductory speech explaining the importance of the week ahead and how students can make the most of it. He also briefly covered how we should consider the importance of the local economy when we do eventually find work within our chosen sector and also that the economy for Creative Industries is recovering after the poor climate that we faced starting in 2008.

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Launch of the Creative industries website

Ed Vaizey MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, marks the launch of www.thecreativeindustries.co.uk as a “website for everyone” in the UK creative industries to showcase their success “to the world”. This speech was given on January 16, 2014, at a launch event held at the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising in Belgravia, London.(you tube)

Dr Stuart Cunningham then rounded his speech off with some much needed inspirational phrases to help us on our journey, and also shown us a slide of his ‘web of inspiration’. The slide shown a web of faces of the people who have inspired him throughout his life, ranging from teachers to films and music.

“TRUST YOUR INTUITION…KEEP IT FRESH WITH INFORMATION..”

    “There is value in breadth and depth..”

“REFLECT ON LEARNING….AND INTEGRATE IT INTO WHAT YOU DO…”

“Be a student…learn while you can…”

I usually do feel prepared for the week ahead right after Stuart makes his introductory speech, he reminds us why we are there and encourages the students to make the most of the 40 speakers who have taken their time to guide us through the creative futures week.

I felt very lucky to have met somebody who has done so well with their creative efforts!

Barry’s films have won over sixty major international awards, including Grand Prix, Best Director, Best Film, and OSCAR and BAFTA nominations.

As well as his films, Barry has directed and animated some 70 commercials, title sequences and animation inserts for films and pop promos.

His book Stop Motion: Passion, Process and Performance was published in 2008 by Focal Press and six of his films with commentaries and interviews were issued on DVD by Potemkin in 2008 as Barry Purves: His Intimate Lives. His second book Stop-motion was published in 2010 by AVA Publishing.

Barry has also given numerous TV interviews and animation training courses and has featured in documentaries and articles for magazines, books and the Internet. He has held workshops about animation, and particularly acting for animation, in colleges around the world, and in all the major American studios including Dreamworks, PDI, Pixar, and Will Vintons. He is a regular jury member and advisor for festivals.

Barry’s early career was in stage management as well as some time as an actor, working in many theatres around the UK. He has directed and designed for The Garrick Theatre in Altrincham, Manchester, The Edinburgh Festival and other venues.( www.barrypurves.com )

After introducing himself and showing us some clips off his work, Barry came across to me as a strong individual who went for what he wanted in life regardless to any difficulties he faced and also not being ashamed to express his emotions through his work. From the clips he had shown today, I was more taken with ‘Plume‘, i found myself engrossed into the short film and I think the music played a part in keeping me interested and gripped. Had the clip gone on any longer I’m sure I would have cried!!

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Sid Madge- The business of Branding

Sid Madge was another speaker that I went to today.

Sid Madge is a brand strategist and founder of Mad Hen. Over the past 25 years, he has worked with many of the world’s largest brands (IBM, GSK, VISA) and run and worked for some of the country’s most renowned creative agencies (Conran Design Group, Wolff Olins, CGI).

At the core of Sid’s approach is a belief in building relationships; forging bonds between brands, their people and their customers. By strengthening these emotional connections, he dramatically improves business performance for the long-term. It’s an approach that encompasses all aspects of an organisation’s brand, from positioning and strategy to visual identity, tone of voice and all facets of communication.”

Throughout Sid’s talk, he couldn’t express enough how important it is to bring emotion into your work, he briefly discussed some key points that draw people, consumers, towards what you have to offer but the main thing what people connect to is how you make them feel. Therefore if you can make a person laugh, smile or even cry when they look at your work, website, design or whatever it is that you do creatively, then you have more of a chance of them remembering it.

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We looked at how colour is used within the design industry and logos, and why they work.Sid also pointed out how far the company M&M’s has come and how they have pushed their boundaries when advertising and connecting with the public. Really, they are just a sweet company but they have gone all out to reach the costumers needs and draw them in. The possibilities really are endless.

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ISABEL GREENBERG

Final speaker of the day for me was Isabel Greenberg.

Isabel Greenberg is a London based illustrator and writer. Her first graphic novel ‘The Encyclopedia of Early Earth’ was publushed in 2013 by Jonathan Cape in the UK, Random House in Canada and Little Brown in the US. She studied illustration at the University of Brighton and since graduating has worked for a variety of clients including Nobrow Press, The National Trust, Seven Stories Press, Solipsistic Pop and Wrap Magazine. In 2011 she won the Observer Jonathan Cape Graphic short story prize.

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I appreciated listening to Isabel and how she has made it where she is today, It is very inspirational to hear other Artists stories. She seems to thoroughly enjoy what she does, and is happy that she has been able to narrow down to the fact that it is the actual story telling that she loves. She spoke with enthusiasm and a great understanding of her knowledge in here field and if I could be like that one day, I would be very happy too!

London Serco Competition

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I was working on a competition distributed by London Transport Serco and although I did complete the brief and enter the competition, I felt that that my final illustration didn’t quite meet the criteria of the brief. I don’t feel dis-heartened by that though, as I felt that I discovered quite a lot about my drawing style and also that my style is still developing at a very slow pace!! The brief took lots of turns and twists and I came to love the little characters that I had developed towards the end.

I began looking at time machines to try and portray the time over the years within London but also changed midway to the history of London transport shown together.

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Dissertaton

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As an illustrator, Artist, Human Being, I have encountered many difficulties during my studies withing my creative journey. I didn’t realize that having little confidence and low self esteem could effect my my chances of fulfilling my goals and dream of becoming an illustrator, and so my tutor suggested that I look at that subject area for my dissertation. His way of thinking was that I would be able to investigate other artists to see how they tackled their insecurities and still be able to fulfill their goals.

The question?

How can the insecurities of the artist inhibit creative potential?

This is the question I worked by for my dissertation. I have not yet received my results but if I am honest, I have gained a great insight not only into other artists and their insecurities but about myself, my insecurities, making myself aware of them and how I can move forward- not only as an individual but as an artist and hopefully a qualified illustrator.

When I began my investigation, I tried to look at a variety of artists and insecurities because there is a wide spectrum of the art industry covering music, painting, poetry and much more.

I found it difficult to narrow down the information into just one dissertation essay and had to focus on prioritizing what information was necessary as the more more I discovered, the more interested i became in the wide variety of artists and inhibitions. I found the Right and Left Hemisphere a very interesting subject to explore and I could have easily delved into the scientific and physiological sectors that the hemispheres entail, and again with Creative block. I only had chance to briefly skim across these subjects for the matter of the essay but for the sake of my knowledge and further learning they are like a tip of an iceberg that I can return to at any time for my own personal gain.

Bob Dylan and Jackson Pollock were some of the artists I investigated, I was highly drawn to Jackson Pollock and felt that I could have based the whole dissertation on him as an individual let alone his creative journey. I was very intrigued by the life style and mental heath difficulties that Pollock lived through and I’m sure that any future essays will be based on him!!

Some of the insecurities that I didn’t get chance to write about was the Jonah complex and procrastination. I would have like to look at Tina Turner but I really had to prioritize.

Having said that There was a lot of areas that I didn’t get chance to cover almost makes me feel like taking them on for the sake of mt ow benefit…i’m sure that is something that I will bare in my next time I have some free time.

I have revealed further info from my dissertation, which you will find a short distance down my blog, that includes books that I used and some more detail so feel free to take a look 🙂 .

 

Tips?

 

So what tips can I offer for tackling the dissertation?

*Firstly, does it benefit you? have a think about your level of interest on your chosen subject matter, I can assure you that if your interest is limit then you may struggle.

*Start early. Start as soon as possible, leaving you plenty of time for research, investigations, breaks and anything else that prevents you from working, Leaving things until last minute is a weakness of mine but I am grateful that my tutor advised that we work over the summer ready to tackle the initial essay after the holiday.

*Will you or anyone else gain from it? knowing that you will learn from the information you find is another key to keeping the interest flowing throughout your research and essay.

*Prioritize! Try to remember to include information that is required and relevant to the  question you are trying to answer. Prioritize your essay, when its done..its done!!

*Categorize. Make a list of categories, prerequisites, bu doing so you will be making a whole essay into smaller sections and there fore it will be easier to work by.

*Variety. Add variety to your research, watch films, listen to pod casts, read books and newspapers, browse the web and interview people

*Mind map and make lots of notes

*Question. make a list of questions that you require to research, what do  you want to know? why? who? how? when?

 

 

Where has the time gone??

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It has certainly been a while since I have blogged a post!!
In my defense, I am a mum studying for an illustration degree with a new addition to the family on the way!
Although it has been some time since I have blogged, I have got lots to catch up on over the next few weeks including what I have been up to at Uni-how my drawing style has shaped and lots of new stuff I have leaned, creative futures has come around again so there will be some interesting and exciting new people to type about and also the dissertation! I think that there is a lot of speculation about the big D (dissertation) and hope it will be helpful to others to blog about how I tackled it.
Uni aside, I’ll be visiting Bodelwyddan castle again next week as they have some exciting events coming up so keep an eye on my blog!