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  • Argh! Uni summer project!!

    Hey everyone I just recieved my summer project from uni....

    ''The first module that you will undertake focuses on making a piece of work for exhibition at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery (Rajesh has probably already given you some info on this). You will be asked to produce an item of design craft work that reflects your future ambitions as a maker, weather that be as a jeweller, furniture maker, ceramicist, functional designer or whimsical craft maker. It is important that the work that you make is informed by and underpinned by historical and contemporary art, craft and design practice.''

    I REALLY want to get going with it, got my sketch book out and everything but have NO idea where to start, how do I start designing from thin air?!
    I'm thinking right now i want to go into jewellery, but i think i chose the ceramics modules for the forthcoming year, I like working in plastic too so thinking of combining the two...
    I want to make something fashionable yet contemporary yet wearable and sellable. we make everything from scratch too!!

    Anyone have any hints or tips about how to get started with a creative flow? im rubbish at sketch books as it is! any ideas for future fashions/trends which I could look at?
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  • #2
    I quite often bookmark web pages which have interesting things on them that I would like to try to make or an interesting picture or pattern etc. If I'm having creative block, I'll revisit them to refresh my memory and try to get the creative juices following again

    If you do the same or if you have any craft mags/books, it might be worth having a browse through them to get ideas? Maybe visit some local museums/galleries too?
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    • #3
      What course are you doing? Sounds great - I wish I'd done something like that!

      I'd start by pinning down the subject area, then probably narrowing down the materials you want to work with. I've never done a sketch book for art, only DT so I can't really give you much guidance, but I always find that as soon as you start, even it's just doodles, ideas will flow from you then!
      Have fun!
      How long do you have to do the sketchbook?

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      • #4
        I do 3D Design Crafts. So its like Design and Technology at school (well reminds me of that anyway!) but a bit more advanced! Its good how we have the freedom to do what we want but sometimes I think we need a bit more guidance, the last project was jst titled dining, and I thought that was too broad! now we have to just do ANYTHING, haha!
        We have until mid september so over a month.
        I like my sketchbooks to flow like stories and be neat (they never end up this way!!) so I've left the first page or two blank then started flicking through magazines and cutting out stuff I liked or appealed to me, which was literally everything!
        Still have no idea what to do!! But then again its only been about 3 hours!
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        • #5
          I have absolutely no idea about uni or projects but...
          If you are thinking of jewellery and have 'to relate it to historical or contemporary art' then maybe pick an artist that you admire and/or a period of history. Say maybe a monet, or Van Gogh's sunflowers and use those sort of colours but based on classic greek or gothic style. Someone posted (maybe here or maybe on a different forum) the painting 'the scream' on a glass bead.
          I may be way out but it's late, or is that early?

          Melanie

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          • #6
            Hi, just adding a top i think might be useful..

            When i'm going to make different soaps, I'll lie down with notepad and think of the fragrance

            so i'll think black currant and think of purple with glitter etc

            I know its not soap but maybe it will help

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            • #7
              How about writing down, drawing or collecting a few of your favourite things? By this I mean your fave colour/shape/medium/topic and then perhaps the names of artists that inspire you.

              By taking a structured approach, putting to one side the 'need to be creative' you will be doing something. This might help you feel constructive and inspiration could strike because you have taken the pressure off yourself to 'start from scratch' and that looming blank page is no longer blank.

              Let us know how you get on and what eventually helped as many of us have creative droughts from time to time

              HTHx
              Terry xxx
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              • #8
                Inspiration.........

                Hi there,

                Looking at your work (you seem to have a natural flare for colour and shape), thinking about the brief and where you're studying. These 2 things sprang to mind:

                1. Burleigh ware pottery, they have an amazing archive of pattern designs that you could ask to see, as I don't know if it's accessible to the public. They are a working pottery so if you visit you can see transfer printing, sculpting flowers, an amazing colour library and lots more..........

                2. Designer Kate O'Connell exhibits near to me and I thought her work was beautiful....her ceramics are also made into pendants and her glass jewellery may interest you??

                I hope these may spark something, I know how you feel, when I did my Fine Art Degree there was never any projects set at all!!!

                Good luck

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                • #9
                  If you finally decide on ceramics and plastic perhaps you could use the fact that ceramics have a tremendous history but plastics are relatively recent so maybe in some way you could show and echo the ancient ceramics in the modern plastics.
                  Carol
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                  • #10
                    That sounds like a great project! I did Designs Crafts at A Level then moved over to Applied Arts for my degree, wished I'd stayed with Design Crafts. Got such a passion for art history from it though, I wanna do your assignment! lol

                    As 'Aviya' said, I would have a little sketchbook on the go with filled with things that are personal to you, almost a visual journal...there's sod all point in focussing on something that you're not truly inspired by or interested in so perhaps collate all of those things and draw some ideas from them??

                    Good luck!
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                    • #11
                      Thank you everyone for some really good input!
                      At about 3.30am when I was TRYING to sleep an idea came to to me!
                      Thinking about ceramic jewellery and coming from The Potteries, I thought it would be quite nice to experiment with making ceramice pendants but with a kind of dip in the middle and transfer images of things like the old kiln buildings or other local 'places on interest'.
                      This is just an initial idea, i'll have to experiment with size/colours/textures/EVERYTHING. though of making a raku fired piece because the colours are amazing in the end, then maybe a resin set thing in the centre with a picture in, actually, so many ideas regarding this idea!
                      What do you think? A good place to start or has it been done before ;s I've not really seen/researched ceramic jewellery at all so I don't know, and now I have to go to work when I wanna get stuck in!!!!
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                      • #12
                        What do you think? A good place to start or has it been done before ;s I've not really seen/researched ceramic jewellery at all so I don't know, and now I have to go to work when I wanna get stuck in!!!!
                        typical isnt it!!!!
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                        • #13
                          How about jewellery made from reclaimed stoke on trent pottery. I am sure there are some gorgeous bits of thrown away pottery out there that would be good to use. This not only covers the Potteries aspect but also the future ambition as a maker to use recycles material where possible..
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                          • #14
                            Great minds think alike!

                            Originally posted by shpangle View Post
                            How about jewellery made from reclaimed stoke on trent pottery. I am sure there are some gorgeous bits of thrown away pottery out there that would be good to use. This not only covers the Potteries aspect but also the future ambition as a maker to use recycles material where possible..
                            Great minds think alike, as i'm just doing this with some pottery I found whilst digging up my garden!!!!! He, he!!
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                            • #15
                              really rather jealous - my summer 'project' is my 20,000 word dissertation on sustainable property development! Yours sounds SO much more interesting!
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