Friday, 24 February 2012

Break week and War Horse

So far, this week has been exactly what I needed. I got my Blossom City fix. I got to see all the people here who I miss terribly while I am away at school. I got to see lots of cute fat squirrels (which I will admit seems a strange thing to miss, but I have yet to see a squirrel in Halifax) AND I got to see the most beautiful piece of theatre I have seen in a very long time - probably the best since The Lion King. I have said this before but if you have even a passing interest in theatre do yourself a huge favour and go see it. You will not be disappointed. There are so many amazing aspects, the horses are obviously incredible as well as the huge projection screen, the hilarious goose, and the tank! My mum laughed at how my eyes lit up when the tank came on stage since it was inside a tank on stage ten years ago that my love of theatre began.

The puppetry of the horses is absolutely amazing, so much so that after awhile you forget that there are three actors controlling them. There is a TED talk with Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones the creators of the puppets that can be found here and is definitely worth watching.

We got seats in the 4th row orchestra, I have never been that close to the stage for a production like this. Seeing this did exactly what I expected it to do though which was to make me miss theatre, which is about 7 steps backwards from where I am now. This tends to happen every time I see a big production. It's crazy to think that about 8 years ago I was waiting nervously at Sheridan for my interview for the Technical Theatre program. While I am happy to be on the path I am on now, I do wonder sometimes where I would be now if I had infact continued with theatre and gone down that road instead.

Monday, 13 February 2012

Jewellery and Fabrication Fun

I don't really have a lot to say because this week has been exhausting. You know when you have those weeks where you tell yourself "if I can only make it until ___day" Well, I made it! My second midterm is out of the way and though I was convinced that I was doomed to fail I survived and actually think I did pretty well.

So this is what I have been doing. I made a brooch! We learned how to powder coat which was pretty exciting.

Here it is all done with the images behind it.

And! My prototype is done!! I am pretty happy with it, definitely some things to work out on my final 9 pieces, but a good starting point. Pam told us today that another aspect of this project was to consider how we would want it displayed, or packaged which is wonderful preparation for the world outside of school. This class just keeps getting better and better.

I also got to flamework again the other night. I miss the torch.

I made more centers! I really love the purple one.

And here is my lovely cube/box thing. It is not even remotely symmetrical. I sort of hate fabrication, but I said that about forging at first and then I made my spoon and it grew on me. Maybe that will happen again?

I still have a busy weekend ahead of me but then I get to go home for break week for some well deserved rest and Blossom City....

Thursday, 2 February 2012

I heart jewellery

So it's February. How did that happen? Only 75 more days until the end of the semester! This semester has been very busy so far, but I have to say that it's been really nice only having one studio to worry about. Though I could do without some of the art history, or at least the exams that come along with it. I have my first midterm in less than a week, and another one two weeks from today. These will be the first exams I have taken in probably five years - should be interesting.

Anyway, despite a rocky start Holloware and forging have really grown on me. Here is my finished and polished spoon! I had heat treated the copper (basically just put it in the oven) at one point and got this really amazing magenta colour - but I liked it better this way.

Then we did a sinking exploration. A lot of the detail would have been more easily attained with chasing and repoussé, which apparently I need to learn for almost everything I want to do right now. Kye wanted us to look at organic forms, so I looked at some images I had of coral.

My favourite part of this week involved fire and hot glass! For my prototype I made a few little elements out of glass. It was the first time I had worked with glass since the summer, it was nice and felt really natural to be back in the studio. I am still figuring out exactly what I am doing for the prototype but I will post more photos as I make more progress.

The hydraulic press is making my life a lot easier (despite sort of destroying my acrylic mold) I can pop out a bunch of these shapes! I also did a test with some more heat treating of the copper. I think I left it in the oven a bit too long - I wanted it to be a little bit more magenta, but I can just pickle it and try again!