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New dissertation  Link to Document Dissertation :

Exploring Identification of Visual and Written Research, Regarding Disability.


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Parliament and my experience.

These are a couple of pictures of the St Mary Undercroft , the Chapel in Parliament which is private and used for the placing of ex prime ministers bodies before thier funerals, and special state occasions.

The main thing that impressed me was the plaque that Tony Benn placed in the broom cupboard to commemorate Emily Wilding Davison who hid herself illegally during the night of the 1911 census campaigning for votes for woman , she believed if she could hide all night she would then have to be recognised as living in the houses of commons. she died of injuries in June 1913 under the King’s horse at Epsom.

This woman has always been a hero of mine since a young girl and i felt honoured to be able to stand where she stood but also find that in politics these days how sad that world leaders are being so short sighted to treat woman in poor and denigrating way making me wonder how much still needs to be done in a world of injustice.

The other thing that stuck me was the exquisite workmanship that was done so many years ago in 1297, and looks incredible today.

it must be an inspiration to any crafts person today with such a high skill level of finish and intricate detail which was almost made me breathless to see.

In terms of how this has influenced my work , I have become less insular and considering and learning far more about how we engage as a nation and make rule, how politics is part of our life but we tend to disconnect and place blame rather than engaging more and learning to influence those practices.

I feel my work can have a voice, and it is important how I represent myself and others. Who and what I am talking about can have an influence. Writing can become a part of my creative voice and I feel my dissertation has influenced my work and visa-versa. which came about with the piece  “are you alone or joining the party”. I intend to make some more pieces which are more politically influenced and have been granted a bursary to help fund my cost of materials for this from the Patricia Penn award.



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Grayson Perry

I went to London to see Grayson Perry in conversation and discuss his own work , politics and Art universities. This was very interesting, his overall message was that students need to be themselves and follow their own creative yearnings. I agree with his opinion as I believe your own creative process is very important, and only by following your own creative desire will you satisfy that craving from within. I feel this is good to be reminded of this by someone who has seen success and I will do my best to stay true to my own beliefs and not be swayed by commercial demands in life.

I have also found that my desire and need to do more meaningful work, be clearer about my concepts and direction is becoming more important to me and looking at how and why I am planning my work and how it relates to all that I am showing the audience. How I relate  my material with my concept and present it, how it is perceived and what my intensions are need to be considered more thoroughly.

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I have found blogging frustrating at times as i cannot seem to convert the type of file to be able to upload the media files i ahem recorded with interviews of first hand research. This i am sure will be a learning curve, i do though find i feel slowed down by this lack of familiarity to blogging, i am sure once i have mastered this format of information i will find it extremely useful.

Organising blogs has been a struggle while feeling exhausted and in pain


Glamour and grotesque

I had my first lecture on the Glamour and Grotesque.The lecture was interactive and almost a workshop style which I found very informative and constructive to my learning style.

We looked at 1920’s and Glamour including some photo’s of Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo, these woman were icons of their day, showing intrigue and  demur.

Following this lecture I have realised there are very set ingredients to being glamourous; these include certain textures, images, light and tone which give the viewer or recipients a reflection of glamour.

I found identifying in the lecture the key images of this era and glamour were silver, black and white and shiny materials using light and tone, geo,metric lines, oriental, foreign and the exotic to portray these images.

This learning has given me a clearer understanding of how to use glamour within my work , looking at using more parian clay (shiny) rather than plain porcelain which is not self glazing in style. This may highlight the use of glamour on a figurative sculpture.