Friday, 24 December 2010

Maybe you've noticed...

It's Christmas

Last week we woke up to our first snowfall here
this winter. I know the rest of the country has
had it for months already... But this was our first day
and it was a very exciting time :)
We had a snowball fight

These are my home made Christmas cards. When I made
them I never thought I would actually see Plymouth
Hoe looking this Christmasy and white...

This is a picture I took on Wednesday (22/12) of the hoe
This image sums up Christmas 2010
I love it!

[Also, Jess has told me to point out that this is a totally
unedited photograph... Straight from my camera to your eyes]

When I was back up to Staffordshire in October I went to
my friend Grace's house and we made decorations
out of paper clay. Here's one of mine on the tree

Now all that needs to be done is the present opening

x x x

Monday, 6 December 2010

In the brioche case

36 Things

Procrastination may well be the thief of time
but sometimes it can result in moments of sheer
genius. It was procrastination that inspired my
project for the next year... 36 things describing my life
Starting with 36 drawings of items in my studio space

Any actual work..?

During the holiday I spent the majority
of my time on crutches...
During the five weeks I was incapacitated
for I took a photograph of my feet
one every day for 36 days

I recorded the time at which I took each
photograph and also all the painkillers I consumed

It's been a long long time...

Jess has told me I should just
write fuck a lot of times over and
over again as an 'artistic statement'
I think she is full of crap!
Not that what I am going to write
will be any more exciting than if
I did just fill a post with several

So I know you are all thinking
"What on earth has Kat been doing
during this extended period
of blog silence?"
The answer is quite a lot actually
Not that I have any photos of these
various things to share with my faithful few

I know it's December, but I'm going to
talk about my summer

Me and Jake celebrated our 3 year anniversary
We went to Salisbury

In July I went in to hospital and had
surgery on my foot

It was pretty gross and painful.
I also had a birthday!
I got...
A wicker picnic hamper
A watch with 12 interchangeable ribbon straps
The day I swapped my Dad for two Goldfish
Porco Rosso
A book on J M W Turner
Kitty Jay
Chocolate brownies in a jar
Russian dolls brooch
Bath Bomb
LDN postcard
Lots of other things that I can't
remember right now

Monday, 28 June 2010


I'd just like to point out that I am perfectly aware of how crap I am at
this thing. I promise I will try to do better in the future.

Sunday, 27 June 2010

The more recent past

This is work from the first of the two modules of mysecond year.
For this project I decided to combine my interest in music with my
artistic practice. My main influence during this module was
the piano piece Passaggio by Ludovico Einaudi. I worked with the sheet
music for this piece to create visual work, as well as going in to the
Deep Blue Sound studios to record myself performing the piece.

After hearing a radio programme in which they discussed
the notable differences which occur in different orchestral
renditions of the same piece of music. I used this idea to create
the black lines you now see running across the work. The upper line
is the one I drew whilst listening to Einaudi's original recording
and the lower is from my own recording of the piece. Through
doing this I found areas which ran almost parallel and others
which were very different. I found this an interesting way
in which to analyse the two recordings.

This project also coincided with an Art History module entitled
'The interdisciplinary city' which focused on Vienna in the 1900's. A
household name at the time was composer and conducter Gustav
Mahler, who I instantly became obsessed with. These are just a couple
of pages from my influence book.

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

A brief history of me

I know this is going to be a lot in one post,
but I feel the need to 'set the mood'.
So here is a quick re-cap of work,
mainly from the first year of my degree...

After exploring different methods and practices, I found a 'site-based' approach to my work the most appealing. For this project the site I was focusing on was a dis-used army barracks in the village of Marchington, Staffordshire. Once again my practice involved extensive work with photography.

The following work is taken from my 'site-based' module.
This project focused on creating work as a reaction to a particular place. For this module we visited Berlin, Germany. On returning home, I created a visual diary of the sites and events which happened during the trip.

The following work is taken from my 'two dimensional' module.
This project was all about experimenting with two dimensional materials, including different methods of drawing, printing and painting with pigments. If I'm honest, I didn't enjoy this module at all. But it still provided an interesting experience.

The following work is taken from my 'spatial practice' module.
The aim of this project was to produce three dimensional work based on the theme of narrative, using a 'found' object. I decided to work with an old photography album, which resulted in the work I created being strongly photography based.