A lot to say….

So I haven’t blogged for a couple of weeks now, I’ve been a bit off radar to be honest. We had some really sad news last week when my sister’s husband passed away unexpectedly at the young age of 28. It’s been a huge shock to all of us and so uni work, blogging and even tweeting have taken a back seat lately. Bethany amazes me everyday, she’s incredibly brave. I’ll be there whenever I can, whatever she needs.

So I have much to catch up on. I’ll probably do a couple of posts over the next few days to try and get back on track.

I’ve spent a lot of time in the surface decoration department this week, all the possibilities are so exciting it almost made me wish I was doing it as a degree! I met with the technician (Sue) on Tuesday and we agreed that it would  be better for me to come in for a morning or afternoon at a time and we would just work through doing the techniques that I wanted to try, I spent the whole day there on Friday and worked through what would have been several modulettes. I’m fairly pleased with what I’ve achieved but it is going to take quite a lot of practice to get my printing to a standard that I will be happy to use in my Creative Entrepreneurship module next semester. But I have time and I’m going back to do some more next week, once I’ve had a little time to think more about layouts and overlaying prints and colours etc. It is going to be more of a challenge and definitely more time consuming than I imagined it would be to improve my printing, I knew it was going to be a challenge; I’m trying to learn something that you can do an entire degree in a short space of time. But I’m fairly confident that with hard work I’ll be able to do it and he technician seemed to agree too. Screen printing creates some really beautiful fabrics and though the initial development is time consuming, once a print design is finalised the actual process should be fairly quick. Especially in comparison to the hand painting I did for my Final Major Project!

It’s going to take a lot of practice but I’m happy to be developing some new skills and making the most of the opportunities available to me. I asked the technician if she could give me any advice on what I would do in the future, obviously I have access to the facilities and equipment at the university at the moment but what will happen once I’ve graduated? Sue is going to give me a list of contact details for companies that can produce screens so that I can research this. I’ll also need to research the cost of inks, foils etc. She told me that the university to hire out studio space which would enable me to use  the facilities even after I’ve graduated, this costs somewhere in the region of £10 an hour. I would hope to be able to set up my own makeshift studio at home but it is good to have other options so I’ll need to look into this further too.

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