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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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…

‘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.

My leaf dress project- Sarah

Today I have been working on my leaf dress project, cutting out the the templates for the back of the main dress.I then had to cut out the fabric around it and sew it by hand to the front or other pieces but, I will have to undo the back next week to put in some fastenings so I can put it on some display.

In my sketchbook I also made up some illustrations for Jane Eyre today.

OutsiderXchangeS Collaboration Begins

Last Wednesday (16 March) we brought all of our Manchester based artists together for the first time at their artist studio in Chorlton.

Joining Barry, Sarah, Leslie, David and Horace we have the dynamic Sophie Lee, Rosanne Robertson, Matt Girling and Juliet Davis.

As well as our lead artists Tanya Raabe-Webber and James Pollitt who will be helping to facilitate the collaboration between all artists.

Entering a new artist space can be an exciting time and for some of the artists the first time they have had an artist space to call their own. Horace in particular appeared to thrive in the space saying “This is my space and I am going to do some great work.” Matt, who is an experienced artist, this is also the first time he has had a space to experiment with his work adding “having this space gives me the space and the sense of calm to really experiment with my work.”

The first morning in the space all of the artists settled in their own space and then during the day sat and chatted about their own work with each other. One of the first steps in collaboration is being comfortable in their studio and space and then learning more about each other. Through these conversations inspirations of collaboration will happen and hopefully we will see some amazing work produced individually, together and inspired by each other.

By the second week in the artist studio all artists appeared inspired by artist Matt’s figurine stop motion work which he had set out in the centre of the studio. Leslie and Matt decided to experiment on an animation connected to Leslie’s interest in Tarzen and David decided to take his previous exploration in DNA structures further by looking at some of Matt’s figurines of dinosaurs. Horace started sharing his interviews and music influences with Rosanne and who knows what might come from that. It will be exciting to find out. Sarah continued to experiment with different media and inspired by the recent fire at Wythenshawe Hall has started to build part of the structures of the hall in clay as well as the coat of arms of the Tatton family (who originally owned the Hall). These are just some of the early collaborations happening across the studio and it will be exciting to see where they go on the OutsiderXchangeS journey of collaboration.

OutsiderXchangeS Artist Workshop 3

Workshop 3 of OutsiderXchanges
Barry is writing into the shapes he draws (, street lights and houses) to create new layouts.
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Lesley is creating some layered 3d drawings by drawing each bit separately then cutting them out and composing them.
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Horace is working on his interview technique by filming himself chatting with people about their school days.
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Sarah is working on experiments and designs for a textile sculpture.
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David is using his photos of skies as a starting point for some abstract and fantastical multimedia landscapes.
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Want to join our artists? Want to be involved in a collaborative process? Want to be involved in a ground breaking project? An artist based in Manchester and Newcastle areas and want a free art studio space for 5 months? Find out how you can be involved by visiting: Artist Submission.

The deadline is 8th January.