Level 5 field proved to be more successful than first year, my first option was site, spaces and public spaces. The focus of the topic was to design and plan out our own piece of public art. The lectures and workshops taught us all about the process of applying, costing, designing, organising and all the details that you dont initially think about when starting off designing. It was extremely helpful. A highlight for me was the lecture by Emma Price, who is the organiser of Cardiff’s event ‘ Arts Mundi’. IT is a festival/ event where exhibitions are shown and exhibited all around Cardiff involving many venues and artist. Emma Price explained the process of starting a festival like this how she picks artist for different briefs, and how to apply which was very helpful on understanding how to tackle and apply yourself in the working world. I also enjoyed the lecture with Craig from interior designs, where we debated about meanings of public work how it affects the people it encounters, and how
Other lectures by Andre Stitt, taught us about the performance side of public art, i found it very interesting but slightly awkward public art is not my style nor do i particularly enjoy watching it, most pieces make me a little uncomfortable. However i did enjoy learning about Andres previous works, including the workshop at his studio making an alley way interesting and meaning full from the rubbish left init. This task helped push me out of my comfort zone, which is always a positive way to help define who you want to be in your practice and the limits you are capable of . BY the end i was actually happy with what our group made and how they all bounced off and reflect each other additions to the space. Although i did enjoy the task i dont think i will explore performance further.I now can successfully say it is not my style, but i do appreciate performance and pieces that use the locally scourced materials in the space you are occupying like in the alley way.
Ive always been unsure on where my craft lies. i have swapped between public and gallery installation type work to studio based craft. Site,spaces and public spaces helped me to understand what it would take to specialise in the more public side of art. I’ve never thought about how many people could potentially be involved to ensure bigger pieces of work would be safe, manufacturer, needed and so on. Nor have i ever considered the costs and upkeep of such structures and pieces of work. After learning about the details of public work i would like to be more craft based selling from studio gallery or craft shops. Im still open to the idea of public work as i have taken on the Heath Hospital design project with Eleri, Tomasz and Rhys. Even though i dont plan on entering a career based on public art the knowledge i have learnt on planning, sourcing, safety measures and more will really aid me in my own practice of studio craft. The project really helped me to understand a project from a different persepective that isnt the making and its conctext. I feel that take more consideration on the planning and designing of the project instead of just the product, because of that the project had a positve effect on me and my practice.
During the second term i had the fantastic opportunity to travel to Marrakesh in Morocco and experience a more cultural brief. Wheres Site, Spaces and Public spaces taught me about life brief and how public art is different in both making, planning and affecting and area Morocco taught me about a different culture and society is a way that affects my outlook on areas of the world and how to interpret those themes and observations into my work. I have only ever been to places in Europe, so Marrakesh was a very different atmosphere for me.
I was really affected by the way the local interacted with us the tourists at the start of the week. i was initially a young female tourist that a fair few would try to hassle me. However after having the markings of Fatima painted on my face, nearly every person within sukh’s then greeted me as Fatima and was generally very respectful and polite. I found it amazing how a few dots and lines on my face completely changed my experience in Marrakesh and how those marking associated me with one of the most most respected and important figures in their religion. I decided to include these markings in to my designs for my tapestry. I symbolised iconic forms and colours seen in a lot of the decoration over these along side my markings of Fatima and the famous symbol of Fatima hand. As these were very involved in my personal experience of Morocco.
I don’t tend to explore much colour in my work so to go to a place where colour is a way of defining their culture, and is Incorporated in most areas of Morocco it was a little bit overwhelming but very beautiful. However as the week progressed The amount of familiar colour became a grey scale. It’s as if i became de-sensatisied to the abundance of colour that i didn’t notice it didn’t seem new and exciting. The houses are all the same peachy orange from the local clay, this became normal in this situation. I could still appreciate the colour surrounding me, and still consider the city to be a lot more vibrant and colourful than what i see here in the UK.
To summarise this year’s field options have positively aided in the expansion of my knowledge in regard to my practice and who i am as maker. I have a firmer idea of where i want to be in the future, which is based on studio craft. Making sell able relatively affordable objects produced by hand on machinery in a studio, combining material bordering aesthetic and functionality. I have learnt about how to produce and actually set up, apply and maintain a project instead of just the making of an object. I have a greater understanding on the back ground knowledge of what it would take to have a successful business or career, whether that included specialising in small craft or public art. I appreciated gathering advice from artists and organisers who are or have been in the business of public art projects and learn how they have tackled ideas and projects, whats worked and the advice they suggested to us. It helped us prepare for certain scenarios like who to involve, what to expect. However this does not mean by any means there will not be learning on the job if i go in to this area of work. Site, spaces and public spaces gave a look in to a potential reality of what is to come after uni. I preferred the lectures to creating my own project as i did not enjoy my final out come, but to fully understand the information given to us a hypothetical project was a good thing to do. However analysing and experience a different culturing allowing me to experience work and a society that is completely different to what i am used to allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and appreciate a style or a way of life that i wouldn’t ordinary look into. Just because it doesn’t follow my taste does not mean it shouldn’t affect or influence my work. I have been part of options that have shown both sides of the scale very piratical borderline business to fine art / textiles based projects.