The key achievements of your work on the unit:
In Unit 7 I have been able to practise more with plaster casting using alginate. With practise, I have been able to develop my skill in this and learn how to avoid air bubbles and how to fix/fill them if little ones appear. I have also been able to practise embroidery by stitching quotations in to canvas. However, I felt that my main achievement with help from the Unit 8 Context essay was more in-depth and relevant research. I have been able to find artists whose work I really admire and take inspiration from, and communicate things how I desire to, as before I was finding it difficult to explain and communicate the context of my practise.
The most useful things you learnt:
I think the most useful thing I have learned in this unit is how to avoid mistakes in casting, or fixing them appropriately when they do occur, as not all fault can be initially avoided. I have also learned that stitching in to canvas is not ideal, as it easily tears when you stitch back in to a previous stitch. Furthermore, researching in the Pattern & Decoration Movement has been extremely useful in my practise, and taught me of various mediums artists have used and combined with craft, and how it can be done.
The issues you found challenging and how you set about overcoming them:
At first I found casting my own foot by myself was going to be too much of a challenge without a second pair of hands. I almost attempted it by myself but luckily didn’t have a space large enough for my foot. I overcame this by booking a session in the casting studio where technicians were at hand to help me out of the cast and also aid me with practical advice on avoiding air bubbles and how to fill them in afterwards. Another challenging aspect of the unit was spray painting my casted feet. As I wanted to paint them all over, paint from parts of the foot kept peeling off on to my fingers as I had to build up the colour with multiple thin layers of paint. So, adjusting the position of the foot was tricky however I managed to overcome this slowly by building up the layers of paint.
List what you now consider to be the main areas of development that you intend to focus on in the next unit:
In the next unit I hope to move from plaster casting in to something along the lines of bronze casting or using the metal workshop to work with different materials to make sculptures. I intend on keeping my work 3D as I enjoy the physicality of that aspect. I wish to practise my embroidery more over the summer so that my text is more fluent and consistent. This can be helped by using aida rather than stitching in to canvas, this way I am able to count my stitches and maintain the text to a certain size.