24 May 2012

Festival of the Erotic Arts.

Recently Steph and I received amazing news that our work was selected for this years festival of the Erotic Arts in Edinburgh.

Picked to join the collection of work to be shown in the white space Gallery is our collaborative piece The I, the you, and the we. 

If thats not enough Brazil's Top Magazine voted Festival of the Erotic Arts as one of the top ten events in the world in June 2012. Thats pretty pretty amazing news for the festival and also for everyone taking part.

Although the festival falls in the same week as degree show, meaning I'll have to leave on the Thursday,  I'm actually really really excited. Not only is going to be fun packed weekend of amazing activities, culture and learning, but I get to have a little break from all the hard work.

What's most exciting though is just knowing that the degree show isn't the end. Not that I ever thought it would be but I think the uncertainty of the unknown and whats to come can be overwhelming. Just knowing that making my best efforts to pave my way are paying off gives me incredible hope, far more than just simple relief. 

20 May 2012

Oh May...

Full of surprises is the month of May; some good, some not so, but all worth the while.

I never thought I would be so so busy I would neglect ye olde blog, but its just been mental this past fortnight, but very very exciting as we've approached the the run up to degree show.

After some hiccups with Asda not printing my "inappropriate/explicit/copyrighted/facebook/google/
illegal/disgusting/suffocation" workbook photos and two hours of going through them all with staff, explaining that they are indeed mine and why a screenshot of my FCP workspace was not copyright or offensive, I left partially empty handed, with refund, as my photos were shredded.

I also spent a week preparing my vacuum pack and had my first official run through. It went very very well, but is still not fully running smoothly as the vacuum pump didn't create enough suction and I'm no longer allowed to use the schools vacuum cleaner (which worked amazingly) and until my own is tested I can't use that either.

However I did get to do enough of a test to know it works and the suction was good and the bag is sealed. Marianne and Naomi assisted me with the closing and operation as well as taking a few photos and videos. One of which captures my single most happiest moment of May: getting both feet off the ground:

I still have a lot of work to do on this, need to get it reassembled over the next two days really and get myself the best possible vacuum/pump for the job.

The rest of the show is coming together nicely though and things are starting to form over in the sculpture hall. I really admire the way they've all been working to get the construction and painting of the space done to maximize time for the work to go up. The third and second years have been helping like troopers, really encouraging to be honest. Some of our lot are gonna come in and help get the PEM spaces done and of course theres really no question about how well we work together in getting things done, fingers crossed the printmakers will get into their space tomorrow and we can get started on the rooms. 

I think it would be really great to get some vinyl lettering of all our names to go in our spaces to show cohesion in the group. Marianne suggested the same sheeting Callums year used, so we can weigh it up. Might be an idea to do statements and titles too.

I'm almost almost ready with all my work finished or in their final stages for the show. It's going to be so exciting (and terribly stressful) to start installing the work.