DEGREE SHOW FAVOURITES: JEWELLERY

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What I particularly love about the jewellery and metalwork course at DJCAD is the sheer variety of work that springs from it, pushing the boundaries of what jewellery means.  If you’re looking for a particularly dynamic jewellery design course, you’re guaranteed it here.

IMG_7569.1Rachel Alexander

IMG_7562.1I think these were by Kirsten Manzi

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IMG_7564.1Fay McGlashan

IMG_7565.1Lucie Hunter

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IMG_7567.1Jennifer McGurk, I think

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Megan-McGinley-WorkMegan McGinley

Annoyingly my favourite piece from this show is not online, and I didn’t take a photo of it!  I do have postcards though, so I’ll see if I can scan it in.  Her name is Sarah Finnigan.

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DEGREE SHOW FAVOURITES: MHAIRI EDWARDS, SAHAR LATIF, JONNY LYONS, FIONA SKINNER

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MHAIRI EDWARDS

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Mhairi-Edwards-Work(C) Mhairi Edwards

Mhairi’s was probably my favourite exhibition of the entire degree show, especially her thread and glue pieces.  Stunningly intricate, simultaneously light and heavy, they defy perception and leave you wondering how endless Mhairi’s patience must be.

For Mhairi’s website click HERE.  For Mhairi’s page on the DJCAD site click HERE.

SAHAR LATIF

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Sahar-Latif-Work(C) Sahar Latif

Sahar’s suspended thread piece was beautifully tense.  I almost want to give it more space to breathe, to walk around it and see it from every single angle.

For Sahar’s website click HERE.  For Sahar’s page on the DJCAD site click HERE.

JONNY LYONS

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(C) Jonny Lyons

Jonny’s work is achingly witty, somewhat dangerous, stunningly photographed and quite frankly mad.  His are the kind of set ups that I wish I had thought up or even witnessed.

For Jonny’s (great) website click HERE.  To see Jonny’s page on the DJCAD site click HERE.

FIONA SKINNER

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Fiona-Skinner-Work(C) Fiona Skinner

I find it quite hard to realise that all of Fiona’s pieces are, in fact, screenprints.  I’ve worked around Fiona whilst I’ve been night teching this year and witnessed her jubilation and frustration in the creation of her circular pieces.  But I never had the chance to see a finished one until the show.  If anyone has the nerve to say that screenprinting is easy or a less skilled printmaking technique, I dare them to say it to Fiona.  I think they are beautiful.

For Fiona’s website click HERE.  To see Fiona’s page on the DJCAD site click HERE.

DJCAD DEGREE SHOW: FA; APCP

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Here is a selection of my favourite pieces from the DJCAD show.  There are lots!

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At first glance this piece doesn’t look like much, I guess.  But I really liked it because it is quite in line with my love of the unseen and my pieces on the white walls.  Making something of that which is ordinarily overlooked is right up my street.

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ImageI liked this installation too because it makes an example of accidental and natural, beautiful occurences.  I think this was Liam Dunn’s space…we talked about how this was his work space all year, and how it felt right to incorporate it into his final show.  It really reminded me of SKYSPACE.

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ayla Rose Cowan, whose work you can, of course, see as part of Any. And. Or

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abriele Jogelaite, who won the Bernard Cooper Memorial Prize for printmaking this year (I won it last year 🙂 )

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IMG_7525.1Morag Cullens, whose work reminded me of DJCAD graduate KATIE JOHNSTON’s work

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ImageMatt Wilson, the lithography master.

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ayne Topping

ImageVivienne Russell (I think)

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Image1Lada Wilson

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Tom Colquhoun

IMG_7571.1Duncan Perkins/Rusty Robin

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Rosheen Murray

IMG_7574Sarah Rowntree (sorry sorry sorry for putting the name wrong on this!)

DEGREE SHOW OPENING

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In April my computer hard drive failed and between work trips and holidays it took a little while to get it fixed.  And then when it was fixed I was suddenly off again to England with work!  So all in all I am massively behind with everything.

The next couple of posts will be my favourite bits from the DJCAD Degree Show 2013.

(Artist references to follow)

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Sahar Latif

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ImageLayla Rose Cowan

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Ana’s controversial masturbation video had people queuing to see her show.  Image

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ImageAngel Zorn

Probably the creepiest thing in the show.

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I am delighted and very excited to announce that some of my degree show prints will be included in the upcoming exhibition “Printed Matter:::::/Print Process.”  Organised by Sean Scott – a 4th year Illustration student at DJCAD with whom I worked for the Edgar Schmitz “Sindanao” opening – the exhibition aims to bring together a whole variety of artists and designers who work closely with print in their practice.  The result will be an eclectic mix of styles and techniques, demonstrating the incredible versatility of print in all its processes on an international scale; Sean has received submissions from Scotland, England and even Canada!

I have submitted the following:

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You may see one, you may see all three!  Either way this promises to be not only a fantastic exhibition but an opportunity to find yourself sharing a space with processes you may not have seen before.  And the only way to truly engage with prints is to see them face-to-face, stick your nose up against them and get a sense of the physical presence of ink on paper.  I find this so with all prints but particularly mine – they just don’t compare on a computer screen.

Printed Matter:::::/Print Process opens for preview at DJCAD this Thursday 22nd February 2013 and will run for a month.

As the first major print-related shindig I have been involved in since graduating you can expect lots more on this over the next couple of weeks!  In the meantime keep an eye on the Printed Matter:::::/Print Process blog.

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What goes up, must come down…

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And finally, it’s all over.  In all cases, a show comes down far quicker than it goes up.  Tim Sandys (http://www.timsandys.com/) literally pulled his work from the walls:

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Though some of the FA and APCP lot had taken their shows down on the Sunday afternoon (the last day of the show being open), I abandoned mine in favour of the beach for a day or two.  Aptly, one might say, the weather was miserable when I came to remove all my pieces and clear all my things out of printmaking.

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Chris seemed to have excellent fun ripping the scrim from the ceiling.  Once thrown in a heap on the floor, it had a similar allure to a pile of freshly raked autumn leaves.  We could have predicted what was to ensue…

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Done and dusted.  Now I look forward to showing with the Compass Gallery and the Six Foot Gallery in Glasgow in July, along with a few other people from DJCAD.  I think that makes it extra special; nothing like showing with friends!

I should also mention that I have been awarded the Bernard Cooper Memorial Prize!  I haven’t found out much about the prize, other than this: “BERNARD COOPER MEMORIAL PRIZE – Awarded annually to the final year student who has produced the best portfolio of work in that year.”

I was surprised, but it is a privilege and I am very happy.

Debra, Harriette, Lisa and Madeline

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On Sunday it dawned upon me that the degree show would be over, so I grabbed my camera and headed down my corridor to grab some snaps of a couple of people’s work before it all got taken down.  I didn’t catch everyone, but here is what I did get:

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Debra (Debs) Thompson created an installation of plaster boxes.  Of her work, she simply states “but the box is unable to hold them in….”  Simple and elegant, her cubic sculptures have an instant aesthetic appeal and my first reaction when I saw them a few weeks ago was a yearn to touch them.

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Harriette Yarrington (RSA:NC) creates intricate sculptures of animals and their bones out of fabric.   So convincing are they that a zoologist was fooled into thinking they are real!  As was I, until you look extremely closely.

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Lovely Lisa (who bought one of my prints!) makes very large scale paintings.  I didn’t realise for a while that they are infact 3D, with huge globs and layers of paint protruding out from the canvas.  This, combined with beautiful, expressive painting certainly brings a realness to lightImage

Madeline McKay’s (RSA:NC) beautiful bird etchings make me wish I had made them myself.  We have both worked extensively in the printmaking workshops this year and it was always lovely to see her work come to life.  Madeline has won lots of awards for her work, and rightly so.

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I wish I had had time to capture everyone’s work.  You can have a look here though: http://www.dundee.ac.uk/djcad/degreeshow/studentsexhibiting/

Links:

Debs: http://www.dundee.ac.uk/djcad/degreeshow/studentsexhibiting/fineart/debrathompson/

Harriette: http://www.dundee.ac.uk/djcad/degreeshow/studentsexhibiting/fineart/harrietteyarrington/

Lisa: http://www.dundee.ac.uk/djcad/degreeshow/studentsexhibiting/fineart/lisascrimgeour/

Madeline: http://www.dundee.ac.uk/djcad/degreeshow/studentsexhibiting/fineart/madelinemackay/

After the show closed on Sunday we went back to mine and sunbathed and had dinner in the garden!  Finally a chance to enjoy the last of the sunshine.

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Happy dining al fresco!

Studio 610

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Having focused solely on my work recently I thought I would give a tour of the rest of the studio that I am exhibiting in,  and give you a chance to see Janet and Andrews work!

Here is a basic floor map of our studio.  I am on the left, Janet is on the right, and Andrew is on the bottom wall:

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So when you first walk into the studio you see my work.  This, as you know by now, is what it looks like:

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We turn right, and see into the rest of the studio:

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Janet 

In the above photo you can see the beautiful blue suspended Japanese woodblock print ‘Gauldrons’.

Impressions, West:

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Gauldrons Tidal Passage:

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‘Away O’er the Sea’:

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Westport:

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All of Janet’s work is based on her home area of Kintyre on the west coast of Scotland.  Having spent most of my holidays on the west coast I empathise with her affection for the land and seascape, and think she’s done a really great job at capturing it in a contemporary way.  Her media here ranges from etched glass to plaster, and Japanese print to collotype and traditional intaglio etching.

web: http://www.janetcasey.co.uk

blog: http://janet-casey.blogspot.co.uk

email: janetcaseyart@gmail.com

Andrew

On the back wall of the studio is Andrew’s work.  I don’t know Andrew very well and as a result haven’t really had much chance to speak to him about his work.  Having said that, it is easy to see that it is both beautiful and intricate, and that he cares deeply about what he does.  In the past week he has been continuing to work on his large board pieces.  He sits in front of the boards and seems to switch off to everything else in the room, using both hands to tap ever so gently against the boards with fineliner pens.

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I can’t seem to upload the final photograph of Andrew’s work, for some reason.

Email: tsunglass@ymail.com

As you can see, our work is simultaneously different and complementary, and as a result our studio seems to be incredibly serene.  It’s a nice space to be in.

The Degree Show is open til the end of the week, from about 10am-8pm each day.  Come visit!

DEGREE SHOW

Degree Show

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Come one, come all.  Tonight is the opening of the DJCAD Degree Show and it’s going to be ace.

The past few days have been busy finalising everything for the associates evening (which was last night) and for tonight.  We got our results on Wednesday – I got a 2:1.  I’m happy with that, it was what I was hoping for.

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Here are my postcards!

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And a couple from associates evening:

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Not much to report otherwise.  A gallery in Glasgow has asked to display some of my prints in their annual New Generation exhibition!  Very, very exciting.

See you tonight!

So, Degree Show is done.  I’ve spoken to a few people and we all agree that we’re in a weird limbo between relaxing and not knowing what to do with ourselves.  Having worked so intensely for so long, it’s difficult to simply stop.  Anyway – here is what my show looks like! All pieces for sale, drop me a line at helenhardman107@hotmail.com.

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Ta-daaaah!  Now off to Newcastle and home for a few days.

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