Saturday, 30 June 2012

A few recently developed photos from this summer.

I've been enjoying the lazy summer days (not that they've been nearly as lazy as previous summers. Here are a few pics.

Punting on the river Cam

Bedroom window in the sun


Sara sitting by the cathedral


Tuesday, 26 June 2012


Last week was our degree show. Here are the pieces I created for it:

Film #1

Free Cake (Photo by Amelia Cross)

Table (Photo by Aidan Frame)

My work for the show was about frustration. The film I showed never started, the free cake was behind a barrier (and then gone) and the magnifying glass did not reach the minuscule text.

I am very happy with the way the pieces went, aside from someone breaking one of the barriers surrounding the shelf. I am part of a show of recent graduates from Winchester School of Art taking place in London in just over a weeks time, so I will be showing the table there again, hopefully with even smaller text. I will also be displaying the Free Cake piece, but changing it up a bit to make it easier to install and less vulnerable to damage. 

I have been exceptionally busy since the show, with end of year meals, Graduation ball and the handover of my student union job. I achieved a 2:1 in my degree which I was pleased with and have been having a great time overall. 

A photo of lots of Winchester leavers together at the Grad Ball

And a lovely photo of me and the other sabbs at the Ball.

So all is going well, just looking for a job now and looking forward to the London show, which if you would like to come is at:

Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf,
South Bank, London SE1 9PH

From 6 - 8th July 2012

Entry is free and the venue is open from 11am-6pm daily!

Saturday, 2 June 2012

The Essential tools for a Degree show set up...

 Artwork in picture by Roseanna Clare

We have been setting up for the degree show all week now and today it was finally done.
I am glad it's over and am looking forward to the opening night and seeing everyone's work all looking fabulous.

I hope that you don't ever have to feel the pain of setting up a degree show. I literally put blood, sweat and tears into it and am now going through the recovery process, which involves jelly, cookery magazines and the occasional glass of Prosecco. If however you do ever have to set up a show, this is what you may need.

Masking Tape
Mask off every area of floor you paint, if you don't, people will step on it and you will be angry or cry. They will step on it anyway, but this decreases the likelihood and is better for your sanity.

Wet Paint Signs
Like masking tape, this helps your sanity. It also means you feel more justified for calling people who step on your paint morons.

Roller & Tray
If you don't have these you can't paint, at least not quickly. You could borrow someone else's but they may scowl at you.
For scraping off the polyfiller you dropped on the floor whilst filling in gaping holes in the wall. This is also useful for applying polyfiller to holes in the wall. It is not good for opening paint tins though, it's too bendy.

A screwdriver
For opening paint tins.

For sanding the liberal amounts of polyfiller you just applied to everything.

This is useful for avoiding getting the wrong kind of paint on the floor, like any paint which is not the colour the floor is going to be.

For cutting off the ends of the wall/board tape

Paint Thinners
Floor paint is oil based and if it gets on ANYTHING which is not the floor it will stay there, unless you have paint thinners or white spirit. (Note: Do not spill the paint thinners on the floor)

Many Paintbrushes - Very cheap ones
For painting the edges of floors and walls, you need them to be cheap because people 'borrow' these and leave them places with paint on.
A helper
These are a valuable recourse, they work for free and help you to get things done in time. Thank them lots and give them beverages. I recommend you get a strong one that can lift things better than you, like I did.

For pulling things out of the wall which shouldn't be there.

A hammer
If you are using anything with wires then a hammer is your friend, as you can tack them up with those little wire holder things.

Cable Ties 
For tying up wires and making everything look neat and wonderful. 

I needed these for when I decided to run a cable through the ceiling and discovered some jagged metal. I am not the only one who injured themselves though, I saw many blisters.

Coca Cola
To bribe your helper and keep you nourished in extreme weathers.

There were many other things I used (electric screwdrivers, paint, tape) but these were the things which my university (Winchester School of Art) didn't provide for me. If you have yet to embark on your degree show adventure I wish you luck.