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Week 11: Cutting Photographic Prints

Inspired by┬áRichard Galpin, I wanted to see what cutting into my prints would do to the stairs and how it would impact the visual simplicity that I am looking for in my work. I tested out my cutting on several of my worse photograms that I had completed earlier, using two designs – cutting out […]

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Week 11: Cyanotypes

I first played around with cyanotypes last year in the summer school with Reading Scholars, where I was able to take away some of the paper that we used. On a very sunny day, I laid out the stairs and paper in the sun and produced 30 different cyanotypes of the staircases in varying sizes. […]

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Artist Influences and Research Studio 3

Artist Talk: Barbara Walker

Barbara Walker presented in our final artist talk of the year with her fluid work, responding to the world around her. This technique gives her a unique way into the painting and drawing that looks at the social and political. One of the first works that was shown looked at disabled bomb experts and those […]

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Glass Casting Part 2: Derek the Duck

The first part of the glass casting workshop looked at moulding wax and creating a mould for the glass. The second part of the glass casting workshop worked with the cast class and hand grinding it. First step was to soak the plaster mould to weaken it and get the glass out. We were then […]

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Week 10: New Matchstick Stair Designs

I wanted to expand from the first three original matchstick staircase designs (matchstick staircase design 1, 1.2 and 2) to help produce a more varied selection of photograms and cyanotypes. I found that the first two designs were very common staircases and fire escape designs, and I wanted something that was a little bit more […]

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Week 9: Photos and Photograms

Developing on my list that I made after the week 8 exhibition, I spent a day in the dark room developing several photos that I had made of stairs around the university as well as producing photograms of the stairs. I am unsure of what to do from here with the photograms, but I enjoyed […]

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Artist Influences and Research Studio 3

Artist Talk: John Russell

John Russell is a lecturer here at the University of Reading and talked to us about his practice in our weekly Wednesday artist talks. His practice grew straight after art school with a group that he was involved with; Bank. They pretended to be in shows with famous people to which they would send terrible […]

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Artist Influences and Research Studio 3

Richard Galpin

Richard Galpin strips photographs to reveal a fragmented set of forms in spatial compositions. His work began with scaffolding, scouring and peeling away the surface emulsion in specific areas to leave only the scaffolding part. This transformed through to rollercoasters, cities and into futuristic spaces. Galpin engages with modernist abstraction, constructivism and futurism, as well […]

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Week 9: Scanning and Planning

I did not know what to do or where to go after the Week 8 Exhibition critique, so brainstormed all of my ideas. A part of me wanted to return to my original idea of placing the stairs in realistic settings, but another part of me wanted to play with the light and shadow aspect […]

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Assessment Exhibition 3 Studio 3

Week 8 Exhibition

Within the Week 8 Studio 3 Exhibition, I displayed in the AV Room, down the corridor from the studio space. This area was curated by four of us, ensuring that everyone had the space that they needed, and the audience were able to interact with each piece in the intended fashion. I displayed all three […]