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Month: November, 2013

Time Consuming

After speaking to Marianne about my proposal for my final idea I realised that stitching a mural could prove to be too time consuming and I would not be satisfied with the results, therefor I needed to come up with an new idea and fast as time is running out with this project.


Illustrated Ideas

I found that sketching down my ideas helped me keep ontop of things and monitor where I was going with my work rather than just writing it down, so here are a few of my illustrations and experimentation.

Normal Brain


Brain suffering from Alzheimer’s


Practice Hand Stitch




Although I liked the outcome of using hand stitch I found that it was taking up too much of my time and to create a much larger piece of work using this technique in the time I had to make my exhibition piece, it just would not work.

Practice Machine Stitch



I really enjoyed using the machine to stitch into my illustrations, I like the messiness of the stitch. Along with the colours it documents the confusion and havoc of the disease eating away at the brain. I found that using the sewing machine it was a lot less time consuming than hand stitch therefor I could produce more work in less time and I also preferred the finished outcome.

Brain Scans

I want to create a piece of art that shows the deterioration of the brain when suffering with Alzheimer’s, how it attacks the persons cells and eats away at it.

I began looking at different brain scans of brains with and without the disease to document the difference and change once it has developed.

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Alzheimer’s Disease


I have decided to base my exhibition piece around Alzheimer’s disease and how the disease effects the victim, breaking down of brain cells and the symptoms around it. Having witnessed Alzheimer’s take someones life myself, I feel very passionate about the cause and therefor would like to do my bit to help make people more aware.
Alzheimer’s is a type of Dementia, although people associate Dementia with old people this is not always the case.  Figures show that it can develop in people under the age of 65, it can also develop silently for many years before any major symptoms appear.


Typical early symptoms of Alzheimer’s include:

  • Regularly forgetting recent events, names and faces.
  • Regularly misplacing items or putting them in odd places.
  • Confusion about the time of day.
  • Disorientation, especially away from your normal surroundings.
  • Getting lost.
  • Problems finding the right words.
  • Reduced judgement, for example, being unaware of danger.
  • Mood or behaviour problems such as apathy, irritability, or losing confidence.

Experience of Alzheimer’s disease

I have unfortunately experienced Alzheimer’s disease first hand and it is an awful disease, still incurable this disease is taking many loved ones lives and I would like to try and raise awareness even if it is only a small help.

Visual Literacy: Part 2

Tetley Exhibition Piece – Visual Literacy Part 2

After part 1 of Visual Literacy I have decided I would like to expand on my sewing skills and for my final exhibition piece I would like to create a quilt like mural somewhat similar to the ‘Shoreditch Sisters FGM Campaign’.

Although I am planning on creating my piece in a similar style to the Shoreditch Sisters, the subject matter I am basing my project around is more personal to me.
Alzheimer’s disease is present and common within my family and I have recently lost close family members to this horrible disease, I would like to create a quilt documenting how the disease eats away at the victims brain cells causing them to loose their memory and eventually their life.
I think it would be an interesting way to highlight the seriousness of the disease in a way people would not necessarily see it, personally I do not know the ins and outs of how the disease develops internally, I only know what I have seen from an outside perspective.
This subject is very close to my heart and I am very passionate about helping towards the cause.


Lecture Notes

Lecture 1: Institutional Power

  • Understand the principles of the panopticon
  • Understand Michel Foucaults concept of Disciplinary Society’
  • Consider the idea that disciplinary society is a way of making individuals ‘productive’ and ‘useful’
  • Understand Foucaults idea of techniques of the body and ‘docile’ bodies

The Panoptican

Lecture 1Institutional Power

Michel Foucault (1926-1984)

  • Madness & Civilisation
  • Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison
  • Disciplinary power and Disciplinary society

The great confinement (late 1600s)

  • ‘Houses of correction’ to curb unemployment and idleness

The birth of the asylum

  • The emergence of forms of knowledge – biology, psychiatry, medicine, etc.,  legitimise the practices ofhospitals, doctors, psychiatrists.
  • Foucault aims to show how these forms of knowledge and rationalising institutions like the prison, the asylum, the hospital, the school, now affect human beings in such a way that they alter our consciousness and that they internalise our responsibility.

 The Panopticon internalises in the individual the conscious state that he is always being watched.


  ‘Hence the major effect of the Panopticon: to induce in the inmate a state of conscious and permanent visibility that assures the automatic functioning of power.’(Foucault, 1975)

Disciplinary society and disciplinary power

  • Discipline is a ‘technology’ [aimed at] ‘how to keep someone under surveillance, how to control his conduct, his behaviour, his aptitudes, how to improve his performance, multiply his capacities, how to put him where he is most useful: that is discipline in my sense’ (Foucault,1981 in O’Farrrell 2005:102)

Key things to remember:

  • Michel Foucault
  • Panopticism as a form of discipline
  • Techniques of the body
  • Docile Bodies

Lecture 6: Concepts of Space – 15th November 2013

  • Marcel Duchamp – peep hole installation
    – Relationship between public and private space.
    – Interior space, vocal point, public & private.
    – Spaces on different scales. Plays on expanse.
  • MERZ
    – Flat/3D installation.
    – Challenges notion of space.
  • Guy Debord “La Societe du Spectacle”
  • John Dewey “Art as Experience”

Conceptual Art
– Art as an idea.
– Invention as place.
– Conceptual drawing.
– Conceptual performance.

Art as idea > Art as object.

Conceptual art – 1960s/1970s
– Thought and concept that defines the framing of a space.
– Conceptual art shifts from an emphasis on form and aesthetics to consider the ‘thinking process’.

This was considered central to art making as the essence of art: idea and concept.

‘Conceptualism developed approaches such as: A challenge to the visual and the status of the art object.’

  • Lucy Lippard
    – ‘Dematerialisation of art.’
  • ‘Nails’ – Hauser & Wirth
  • Fluxus Box
  • Architecture and spatial practices
    (Modern to post modern archetectural approaches to space)
  • Michael Faucault
  • Robert Morris
  • Aspects of Dystopian spaces
  • Postmodernism
  • Karl Lagerfield & Zaha Hadid
  • F.Jameson ‘The Cultural Turn’
  • Altermoderdnism
  • Nicholas Barriard
  • Psychogeography
  • Social space ‘youtube’
  • Claire Bishop ‘point of departure’
  • Olafur Eliasson: your chance encounter
  • Relational Aesthetics (1990s)
  • Marc Auge – Supermodern as ubiquitous modern space (non-places)
  • The modern procession
  • When faith moves mountains
  • Virtual spaces and participants

10. Visit An Independent Art Gallery

The White Cloth Art Gallery

As an art student I should visit galleries a lot more than I do so when we were given the cultural consumption list the first task that jumped out at me was the visit to an independent art gallery.
Me and a few fellow viscommers decided to take a visit down to the White Cloth Gallery to see Tom Stoddart’s photography work, White Cloth is very different to any other gallery I have been before and in fact I enjoyed it more than the larger more established art galleries. I liked the chilled and friendly atmosphere of the art space, it made me feel a lot more relaxed and could enjoy the art more with my peers.

Tom Stoddart

Sudan Famine


Mike Winnard

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Cultural Consumption

 Cultural Consumption List

  1. Watch a subtitled film 
  2. Get involved with/ hold a debate 
  3. Play a board game
  4. Teach someone a skill
  5. Learn a new skill 
  6. Organise or take part in a quiz
  7. Discuss a documentary 
  8. Read a short story 
  9. Go to international supermarket and try a food you have not eaten before 
  10. Go to independent gallery exhibition 
  11. Go to a live event outside of your preferred genre
  12. Watch a TV political debate programme
  13. Have a conversation online with an art student in another country
  14. Visit a community event
  15. Read a recent arts journal 
and highlight a project you find interesting
  16. Visit somewhere beginning with your first initial and fulfill at least 2 of the tasks there
  17. Learn a new word
each day for a week 
  18. Read a review 
  19. Visit a religious building 
  20. Visit a museum
  21. Find a poem that means something to you 
  22. Find out the full name and profession of you Great Grandfather and Grandmother 
  23. Listen to someone inspirational on desert Island disks (radio 4) 
  24. Do something different (you decide)
  25. Review an international blog 
  26. Cook a meal inspired by a book or film 
  27. Learn to spell your name using BSL
  28. Buy and read and compare a story from both a Broadsheet and Tabloid newspaper
  29. Volunteer for an organisation/ event you feel passionately about
  30. Choose your own task 


VisLit has been a new experience for me whilst being on this course, this project was very different to the ones in the previous year. At first I was slightly confused with how to approach the work but eventually realised what I was doing wrong and that this project gave me the chance to experiment and better my workmanship from mistakes I was making.

Throughout this project I have discovered that not every piece of work I create needs to be perfect and it does not matter if my work does not turn out how I anticipated. Infact, everything I do is a learning curve and I will better myself no matter what the final product is.

I wanted to learn a new skill that I could use in the future to combine with my preferred genre (illustration) therefor I felt textiles/mixed media was a good skill to acquire.  I went about learning by researching different textiles artists and collecting used urban materials to create abstract pieces with, this meant I was using unfamiliar materials to create pieces which I have not done in the past, it opened up a new way of combining for me.

Procrastination is one of my main struggles when it comes to completing a project, I spend too much time researching what I like and ideas I have rather than getting my head down and making some actual work. I feel as though I still need to learn a way of avoiding or improving this, that way it will not hold me back in future projects and I can work to the best of my ability.

I feel as though I still do not have a strict learning style, I like to try different ways of learning to see what I prefer or what is suited to me on that day. Although I find it easier to learn from watching tutorial videos than reading how to do something from a book, I pick up the skill in a short period of time therefor I require more skills in a shorter amount of time. I used quite a few youtube tutorials throughout this project and found them very beneficial.

I found my research really helps me when it comes to my projects, I enjoy discovering unknown artist that work in a familiar style to me. It helps me to come up with new ideas and ways of working.
Although like I said previously, I can find that my researching sometimes takes over. In this project I found my research benefitted me and I tried not to do too much. Louise O’Hara’s work really opened my eyes to a new way of working and resulted in me creating some unusual pieces of work.

The process of getting things wrong helped me to realise that not every piece of work has to be perfect and neat which is what I tried to do in the past and therefor missed out of other opportunities of producing more work.

Overall I found this project has helped me realise a lot of things about myself and how I learn and this will highly benefit me in future projects. Not every piece of work needs to me perfect or correctly completed to be a good piece of art! I also found that I do not need to stick to one genre of creating, that combining the two can create better and more interesting pieces of work.

Found Materials 3

After the group crit David advised that I made some more finalised pieces of work from the materials I had found, so I began putting together materials to see what I could create.

The finalised pieces were somewhat miscellaneous. I found it difficult to try and reflect the urban side of Leeds with the materials I found, which was my aim. I struggled to find materials in good enough condition to create something with because of the recent weather conditions.

I also used different things to combine the materials, not just stitch.

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