Wednesday, 26 January 2011
Wednesday, 19 January 2011
Here is a quick update of some exciting things I've been doing since graduating last summer, 2010.....
(starting with the most recent)
Rare Gifts @ Residence Gallery
My Brilliant Eye bottles were featured in the Rare Gifts Exhibition at the Residence gallery in the lead up to Christmas. The concept of the show was handmade works that cost from £1-£200. There was a bit of a dark, macabre theme going on but displayed in a kitsch Christmassy way; so my work and stray resin eyeballs fitted in nicely!
I sold my first piece here! (a small poison lady from The Gift Shop collection)
Proposals, Applications and Interviews
My first steps after graduating were to find a pay the rent job (in a pub and packing ceramics for Tina Tsang at Undergrowth Design) and to mass apply for ‘real jobs’, mostly art technician jobs in schools and write proposals for exhibitions and projects.
One of those was for an installation of tropical birds at Kew Gardens, I wasn’t selected but I’m proud of the drawings I made for my proposal... lots of bright ink
London Design Week: Homework @ Mint Gallery
Soon after my return to England, London Design week was upon us. After spotting my work at New Designers I had been invited to exhibit at Mint Gallery’s Homeworks exhibition, featuring a number of new graduates work.
A selection of my Gift Shop pieces have been there since.
China - Thailand - Malaysia – Singapore
My time at the V&A was cut short but for a very good reason! On the 2nd of August I got on a plan to Beijing, the first of a number of long journeys, travelling across China and then south east Asia.
I met my boyfriend Tom who had been living in China for the past year and from Beijing we took a 42 hour train to West China, an experience in itself. From here we flew further West to Kashgar before busing and training our way across the desert back east, calling at Turpan; Dunghang, where we spent a night in the Gobi desert, Xi’an, home of the slightly disappointing terracotta warriors; Yangshuo and finally Guangzhou, where I had my first experience of a waterpark, but not a lot else. From here we flew to Bangkok, then travelled to Kho Tao island then got the train to Malaysia and the boat to the Perinthian islands. I saw some of the most beautiful sights, ate some amazing and horrible food, travelled on far and wide on numerous modes of transport and did lodes of amazing things i'd never done before like snorkelling, meeting an otter and swimming in a river.
V&A Residency - July 2010
In July I was very happy when I was offered a short graduate residency in the ceramics studios in the V&A ceramics galleries.
I shared the space with recent Royal College graduates Matt Raw and Amy Hughes and my friend and fellow Brighton graduate Alice Walton. While Pheobe Cummings, another Brighton alumni was next door doing a 3 month residency, creating beautiful unfired clay landscapes.
During my time their I produced a small collection of work inspired by the collection in the new ceramics galleries. I built upon processes used to create my The Gift Shop pieces; dissecting, reconstructing, press moulding, and in particular, screen printing; as it’s such a quick way of getting drawings and ideas directly onto the clay.
When exploring the collection in my first few days of research, I was drawn to the Staffordshire figures of mythical creatures and their bizarre ugliness! I based my work on these Staffordshires, creating my own grotesque creatures on simple, faux marble bases.
Dream, Think, Speak
Following my degree show I was approached by the artistic director of Brighton based performance company Dream, Think, Speak and asked if I could display some of my cardboard furniture in the window display of their fake department store in the Before I Sleep production.
One of my cardboard-clad tables were displayed alongside other selected Brighton designers in the large windows of the old Co-op building on London Road.
Thursday, 13 January 2011
V&A - Designers of the Future Exhibition - June 2010
My work was selected to be exhibited in the V&A's Designers of the Future exhibition, alongside other
Brighton and RCA students, because of the way I have drawn inspiration from the museum's collections.
Was very exciting, especially as Alice Walton, Hayley Zierold (fellow Brighton Materials Practice graduates) and myself got to pose in some cheesy photos for Brighton University press....
For a week me and 19 other Brighton graduates carted a selection of our degree show work to the Design Business Centre, Islington to exhibit at New Designers 2010. It was a fairly stressful and expensive venture... though the opportunity to go through the process of putting on a group show must have been valuable! The footfall through the show was generally a lot lower than we all hoped and expected, but I did get some positive feedback and the chance to share my macabre poison stories with anyone interested! And I did get an exhibition out of it....