The Key achievements of your work on the unit:
In Unit 6 I have widened my knowledge of art as a form of activism through research, mainly books and artist installations. I have also been able to learn how to body cast using alginate as a mould which I look forward to do more of in the future. Using DIY materials and learning their processes as part of my art work has also been an achievement in this unit, as it is a skill I am only able to progress with and can use outside of my art also.
The most useful things that you learnt:
Now I have learned how to crochet, I feel that I am able to look more actively in to the craftivist community and potentially join in with any projects they are doing. I also feel that learning how to crochet has been a gateway leading in to the use of more DIY materials in my project. Learning how to body cast using alginate has also been very useful, as I now understand what type of materials may be more appropriate to make certain sculptures or 3D artworks.
The issues that you found challenging and how you set about overcoming them:
A big issue I found at the beginning of the project was the making of the sculpture. As I was most familiar with modroc, I began with that as my main material to try make the sculpture out of. After many attempts and trials and errors, I realised the material I was using was not appropriate nor presenting the detail I desired to achieve. I overcame this issue by attending a session in the sculpture workshop where the technicians were able to assist me and teach me about materials more appropriate for my idea. Also, when I first began learning crochet it was very difficult to understand from video tutorials and books what stitches they were going in to etc. Luckily I was able to spend some time with my mother who was able to give me some pointers as to where I was going wrong. From that point, I was able to continue with my plan to crochet around my sculptures.
List what you now consider to be the main areas for development that you intend to focus on in the next unit:
In the next unit, I will look in to casting other body parts, such as heads, so I am able to experiment with more DIY materials. I also wish to perfect my technique in body casting so I am able to avoid little hiccups such as air bubbles. I will research in to how my work could be put in to a public space – like the bronze sex slave statue in Seoul – and how it could make a social impact. By doing so, I will look in to DIY materials, embroidery in particular so I am able to incorporate text in to my work but also participate in projects going on in the craftivist community and understand the progress of stitching to presenting in a public space.