Just before the Christmas break, I began to feel a bit apprehensive towards the Field module in Term 2, as I felt as if I’d only just settled into my Textiles group and University life. Although when we returned after the Christmas break I felt quite positive after we’d received our full brief for the term. We began by having a few weeks to work on the ‘City’ project individually, before joining together with fellow textiles students. This gave us the opportunity to combine all of our initial research together, in order to create a small final piece and give us a taste of working collaboratively for a few weeks. This experience was really nice to be able to talk some of the girls, that had previously had been in different workshop groups than me.
We then split off into our multidisciplinary groups throughout the whole of the art school which was scary to begin, but had just been such a rewarding experience. It gave me the chance to mix with students form different subjects bringing the whole school closer together and has just been such an invaluable experience. Throughout the duration of this field module, I have learnt so much about the way I work and where my skills fit into the group. It has also given me the chance to improve my collaborative skills, that I will improve on throughout the rest of my University education ready for the design industry.
I’ve had such a great time getting to know my each member of my group and feel that we’ve bonded so well and will continue speaking to each other. To begin I felt apprehensive about being paired with students, who have poor attendance or who wouldn’t contribute, however i’ve had the opposite experience with my whole group being dedicated our 4 week project. I’d say that is has ended up being my highlight of university experience so far. Each day didn’t feel like a huge task or that I was being forced to meet up, but just felt as if I was meeting with friends. The fact that we got on so well, has really shown through in our work as we have achieved so much, leading to us gaining an ‘Exceptional’ mark for our skills used. We all worked hard to complete all of our group goals, to allow us to create a large piece of work that we will feel proud to have achieved it together. I just feel so lucky that we gelled so well together as a group, as I know from talking to other students that they haven’t had the same positive experience. With members of their groups not turn up or contributing had made the project difficult for them to create a final piece.
Our presentation to the rest of the group also went very well, as we decided to go for a informal style, with all of us just pitching in whenever. This casual way doesn’t always work well, however with us all being comfortable around each other we thought this would be the best way to present and seemed to work well. I am now really looking forward to next years Field module and the opportunities ahead of us.
Below are a selection of photos from our mural progression today, ready for our presentation and assessment tomorrow. I am very happy with the groups developments, as we were all very determined to get it all finished. We divided the work up between us all to utilise the remaining time, asking for each others advice throughout. For example, Anna, Sophie and Cara working on the stain glass window, cutting out the acetate and sticking in place, whilst I wrote our quotes onto the river and Mark hunted for supplies. To make our 20 foot mural a success, it has taken all of our skills and connections throughout the School, to bring it all together making all of us equally important in the group. I have spent a great deal of time trying to decide what section I like best on the Mural, yet still can’t decide.
With just today to go before put group presentation and assessment we had a long list of things to finish on our mural. From cutting the acetate to create our stain glass window effect, finishing up the river, to cutting the extra foot of each boards, we definitely have enough tasks to keep us busy all day.
My first task for the day was to stitch two calico flags, to be hung from the flag poles on our mural to the far left. I have spent a lot of time thinking about what to include in my final flag designs. In the end I went with aspects of my repeat window print from my drawing book, as everyone else in the group liked it. I also created a version of my illustrated National museum Wales building, as I personally find the building inspirational and iconic in Cardiff.
This morning I spent the morning painting on my slightly abstract version of the Pier Head Building situated in Cardiff Bay. As a group we liked the running paint effect so much in the mock mural we first did, that we thought it would work well in our final. I am so used to doing more realistic architecture drawings that I found it hard at first to only include key areas and not to overload the painting too much with detailing. I am very happy with the way it looks and think I works very well with Anna’s version of the millennium centre below.
With a week to go before our project hand in, we spent a few hours this morning creating our background using acrylic paint. As a group we decided to go for a textured sponged in look, rather than a flat background. It just makes the piece look less flat, also it was a quick way of covering our 20 foot mural in a small amount of time. Overall I’m really happy with today’s progress, as it means that tomorrow we can start painting in a few of the main buildings in.
This afternoon we managed to make a great start on our final Mural, as this morning we had a large group tutorial where as groups we had to present our groups work and final piece ideas back to the other 7 groups. Our presentation went really well as we all understood what we each bring to the group and how we have all stayed included along with our goals for the final week of the project. Tomorrow morning we should be able to get the rest of the initial outline drawings done before hopefully beginning to paint tomorrow afternoon, which would give us 3 more days to add to our mural. We should also have an idea of where we will be exhibiting our work tomorrow, if we are given permission for it to be displayed outside.
After a few weeks of trying to decide where to exhibit our large mural the group has decided to try and ask permission to display ours boards outside. This morning I sent an e-mail to the resource manager outlining our plans ready for feedback. I am still undecided about this idea, as with our short timeframe having enough time to paint our mural will be tight let alone coating the whole thing to keep it outside. However members of the team feel that this will be achievable so we will have to work as hard as we can to complete this.
—- e-mail to ask for permission —- our idea —-