Reflecting on our Open Day event

 

 

Sarah- On Saturday, when the art space opened, me and my parents came to look around to view other peoples work. We also noticed some musicians who were performing in the space that we are using at the moment. I first took some time to explain and talk about my work. Once I got going, talking about the pieces on display,my ideas and what I’m doing on the float for the Manchester parade I was okay doing it.

IMG_0781.JPG

Leslie-I drew some big cartoon work about this building, the Chorlton space.  I also talked to people about my career and my picture of Tarzan. My mum came and my brother Geoff came which was fantastic. 

IMG_0762.JPG

Horace- I was there. I went to church first so I wore my black suit. I asked the fella about his school days. I met newer people to ask questions to. It was good. It was a bit like a party. 

IMG_0789

David-  I thought it was really good. I didn’t realise there was so many people’s work in the other spaces. I was interested in what people did. Loads of people talked to me about my inspiration, I said ‘Its just Life; skin, colour, texture, genetics and vibrance’. They all liked what I did. 

IMG_2536.JPG

David James and Matt Girling; Pearlescent Evolution.

 

 

On the first studio session back in march David James started a painting that he has been working on ever since. It started as a still life of a dinosaur, a frog and a lizard toy I lent him for inspiration. We chatted a bit about genetics and the DNA strands that David had been exploring and how this new painting is a continuation of similar ideas. He has since gone on to include Reptile eyes, a Peacock, an Amarillo, David bowie and is currently painting fish swimming around eye balls. Each idea is in some way linked to the last and when one idea had been realised he moves on to the next. David calls it as an “never ending masterpiece”. Given infinite time, paint, and paper it feels like David would be able to paint everything that as ever existed. His ambition knows no bounds.

Pearlescent Evolution is a collection of Animation and Green screen experiments. It started when David was describing how he trying to capture the “iridescent eyes” and “idyllic eyes” using “pearlescent paints”. I have taken some of these words made green screen cut outs to show David how the green screen works.

 

We both agreed it’s a very effective way of getting interesting results quickly. We have been bouncing ideas back and fourth and experimenting by taking recordings of David’s painting and manipulating them to try and create the qualities that David talks about but are very hard to achieve with just paint on it’s own. I’m not sure that we have always done exactly what we set out to do but the results have been quite interesting regardless. Im looking forward to continuing to collaborate with David and hopefully will produce enough interesting footage to use for a full length music video. Heres’s what we have so far…

Lesley- ‘Painting from the Hey Days’

20160511141940 (1)20160511141933 (1)

I’ve been doing these Beautifully. It makes me feel good about doing the job of drawing and painting from the heydays from the video I watched in 1990’s. I had to draw the outlines of ‘Giant Haystacks’ and Big Daddy’. Then i used the pens to do the different colours of the audience and the arena and the wrestlers.  I put the water on the pens to make it all colourful. The black pen is at the end.

Horace, Sophie and Juliet – Bringing back school memories

HORACE, SOPHIE AND JULIET

Two weeks ago we went to see my old school in Ancoats with Martin from Venture Arts and met the owner, we went inside the school which is going to become a car park. After that we went to Every street where my old house was and took a picture. We then went to Counsillor street where the freight trains go. We waited for a train to pass and were really lucky to see one! Sophie took some photos. I used to go up there and watch the rail line, that’s bringing back memories.

Last week we made a mini version of the school with my instructions and did research about Grange school where I went after Cambrian school closed down. I then interviewed Nick about his secondary school, he told a memory about setting something on fire in the science room! Nick used some wood to make the shape of the school’s buildings and the lake next to it. I liked Nick’s school.

People used to go to school in different days, they used to learn different things. I like talking about schools because it brings back good memories. I think people like bringing back their memories and I like hearing them.

This morning we talked about the development of the project. I would like to interview more people. We might be doing it in an art gallery. I am exited about it!

MHP_3628

‘The difference in each of our styles’- Sarah

Last week I was hemming the bottom seam of the skirt for the dress to stop it fraying as well as the back seam to allow for the poppers to fasten it up this week.

This week I am going to cut out the second back bodice template, to sew on to the the rest of the dress and maybe do the press studs on the back seam.

Me and one of the tutors were talking about how we could improve the mannequin I was trying to make by seeing what materials and techniques we could use.We also discussed other styles of fashion there was on the internet, and how some of the historic places did their restoration work on old pieces in the manor houses.

Sometimes the difference in each of our styles in our work is what makes it interesting like how they can fill in detail or colour that I may not think of or not be able to do myself.

 

Barry & Rosanne- storyboarding our new video piece SCRRIPTT

Barry- I’ve been pleased and happy with my writings and using them to make a new video together with Rosanne. I was thinking about an acting paid job on television, doing tricksserss. I’m interested jumping on 71 years ago television pictures with lots of good money to spend and buy, I want to do it for the rest of my life. I have worked well init.

Rosanne- Barry and I are collaborating on a new video together. We are bringing together footage of Barry’s writings and drawings with footage of reading to each other from Barry’s work and recording each other. We are combining sounds of the paper with spoken word and my interpretation of some of the sounds I find interesting within Barry’s writing. We have drawn up a storyboard together, we’ve worked with Martin to decide on shots and scenes and soundtracks. We have planned out 9 scenes and decided on the title SCRRIPTT as the piece considers what a script is, how it informs others and communicates an idea to be transformed. We have been thinking about how to share the video both online and via exhibition with the aim to have the piece screened at New Art Spaces Chorlton Open Day.