Assignment Five – Process and Omissions

For my fifth and final paper in the textiles section of this course, I chose to write about Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party, a large-scale, multi-media work of art/installation created between 1974-9. I have visited this work several times and am very moved by its scope and strength and ambition. It's not a perfect or… Continue reading Assignment Five – Process and Omissions


Project 4 – Enveloping the body

Notes and research Texture When we're thinking about fashion, texture offers a visual and tactile surface quality to garments Examples of textured fabrics include: tweed, velvet, corduroy, seersucker, velvet, different knits, etc. Texture can be determined by several factors: the kinds of fibres used, the design of the yarns in the fabric, the production techniques,… Continue reading Project 4 – Enveloping the body

Project 1 – The life cycle of textiles and materials

Exercise 1 - Sustainability Definition of sustainability: The ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level. As in ‘the sustainability of economic growth’; Avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance. As in ‘the pursuit of global environmental sustainability’. (Source:, accessed 18 Feb 2018) Thinking broadly, write a… Continue reading Project 1 – The life cycle of textiles and materials

Part Four – Learning Outcomes

It's time again to review how the course learning outcomes are reflected in my work for the Photography section of this course. Can I demonstrate an awareness of a broad range of contemporary practice in the creative arts? The photography section was a great platform for exploring a range of contemporary art practices, precisely because… Continue reading Part Four – Learning Outcomes

Project 3 – A sense of place

Can a place exist in a state of perpetual change? [With reference to "Room Eight: Heterotopias and Non-places" (pages 172-3, Place)] This question makes me uncomfortable because I feel like the answer is so obvious: to me, all places exist in a state of perpetual change. How could it be otherwise? It seems cliche to… Continue reading Project 3 – A sense of place

Project 1 – Photography: art or science?

Notes re: Gareth Dent’s article "Dealing with the flood..." [accessed 28/11/17] Dent acknowledges, but doesn't move very deeply into, the questions raised by the "problem" or "question" or "issue" of too many images, or what I have called the "new banality of photography". In particular, he notes how other artists (notably, photographers) are responding to… Continue reading Project 1 – Photography: art or science?

Assignment 3 – Preparation & notes

We were asked to identify an example of re-appropriation within visual communication.  I chose to look at the work of visual artist (painter/sculptor) Kehinde Wiley. His work really resonated me the first time I saw it in Paris at Musee d'Orsay's "Masculine / Masculine. The Nude Man in Art from 1800 to the Present Day"… Continue reading Assignment 3 – Preparation & notes

Introduction to Visual Communications

Notes and initial reflection on Part Three - Visual Communications:  In 2013-14, I completed a certificate in Visual Communications at École Supérieur des Arts Modernes (ESAM). I was hoping to come away with a solid set of graphic design skills. Unfortunately, the course wasn't mature or thorough enough to afford me mastery in that domaine,… Continue reading Introduction to Visual Communications

Project 1: The craft of writing

Exercise 2: Twenty-four hours of text I compiled a list of everything I've read, written, seen or heard over the last 24 hours. So, what makes writing art? I brainstormed this, too, and ended up with far more questions than answers. Feeling stuck and as advised, I ended up referring to my notes from Part… Continue reading Project 1: The craft of writing