Field Collaboration: Working on our Collaborative Book: Session 5

To recap, on our first meeting, we met and produced some A3 initial collaborative drawings, that we decided would eventually become part of a book that we produce together. Today, after finishing the final edits to our animation and uploading it  to YouTube, we met up to work on the book some more. We started by producing A3 sheets of drawings that relate to our own individual projects, to show where we started and how we got a feel for each other’s drawing etc.


We then thought about all the research we had done to come up with the ideas we have and started documenting artist research and animation inspirations in the form of printed imagery and hand written text. In terms of collaboration, we each wrote something on every page, it’s nice to see all of our different hand writing on a page together and the different thoughts on things and comments people made on sessions we have undertaken and things we have made and researched.


After that, we thought about how this book was perfect for documentation and we included images of us doing collaborative drawing and pictures of us working as a group. Again, we added hand written text and took a step back and looked at all the pages we had created. At the moment, we have lots of a3 pages to create the book and it is looking like it’s going to be a highly valued document.




We are excited to add more imagery into it and for the textile members of the group to bind it or thread it into a complete book. It will definitely make a treasured item to accompany our large drawing and animation as it shows are journey and contains a little piece of each one of us.


We also had a tutorial this morning with tutor contact and we were pleased to learn that they were really shocked by how well we were collaborating and commended us on our work. They helped us along with ideas for our next animation and commented on how well the music complemented our animation and described it as quite magical. They encouraged our existing ideas and helped us finalize them. We are looking forward to more guidance and feedback when we see them next time with new work.


Subject Feedback: Time Project: An investigation into Food Decay

I was pretty pleased with the Feedback I received in conjunction with my Time project, considering it was the first formative feedback point of my Degree. I didn’t really know what to expect, I have worked really hard and was really hoping that was recognised and portrayed within my work. A system of Tick boxes was used under different categories ranging from very poor and insufficient up to excellent. I managed to achieve my ticks in the second from top box, The comment being very good, professional and interesting. 




I was happy with the mark I achieved and the words that described my work, I was also given very valuable feedback, positive points and ways to improve my body of work. My tutor said I have had a strong term of experimenting with many different mediums and bring great enthusiasm and dedication to my practice. They said I had produced a large amount of work around my mould theme but in my diligence and hardworking enthusiasm there seems to have been little time for reflection. A criticism was given that it was not clear what my two final pieces were and that it would be interesting to reflect on whether I consider my work to be art at all.  Another criticism was that there has been little cross-fertilization from the lessons learnt in undertaking workshops into my studio practice. I do feel I have used what I have learnt in workshops but may be this is not made clear enough and there is no harm in doing more. There were many positive points in this feedback  and my tutor talked about how I had really good contextual referencing both in my notebooks and on my blog. They said my blog was really well executed which I was particularly proud of considering I have never blogged before.

The underlying point of my feedback was that all that is missing from my work is TIME FOR REFLECTION.

From this feedback, I got the impression that I had worked well and had a very good first term on my degree programme. The Criticisms seen here, are things that I can work on and improve my work and attitude as an art practitioner as a whole. I will make critical judgement on my work, experiment with incorporating things I’ve learnt in workshops into my work more, reflect, write a piece on whether I consider my work art and reflect some more. I will make it clearer which pieces I have chosen to be my two final pieces and reflect on why. After this I am hoping that I will have satisfied more of the criteria set and boost my grade upwards. Overall, I am pleased with how I have done and am glad that I clearly know how to improve on it.