Before beginning Home Truths, I kept my ceramic work and artwork separate. Home Truths gave me the key to begin to integrate these two parts of my life together, as I tried to relate my Field work to my Subject work through the commemoration of place. The use of clay within Field has translated into my practice now, with half of my final piece being ceramics. It has been incredibly refreshing to interact with clay and its materiality, and it is something I want to continue on with in third year.
Additionally, before Home Truths I really struggled to get all the inductions I would need to be able to fully utilise the ceramic department. Since, I am fully inducted in using the throwing room, slip casting and use of glazes and slips which I have begun to use within my practice, and will do even more so next year.
Surface decoration was the area in which I lacked knowledge especially. Thanks to Home Truths I have now had experience with resist painting, using oxides, slips and coloured glazes. Using resist painting allowed me to achieve precise and intricate shapes that I would not have been able to achieve with a paintbrush alone, and would work well with the shapes I am painting now and in the future. Also I have never really worked with coloured glazes before, only underglazes. Now I have a more developed understanding which I hope to develop into understanding of reactive glazes to create incredibly textured surfaces.
I chose to got to Morocco for my second Field model as it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore a completely new culture. The majority of my work at the beginning of the year focused around colours and patterns, and the ways they can be used to create different effects. Before Morocco I felt I was coming to a roadblock within my work. The introduction to a new culture allowed new ideas to flow, with translation into my practice through the exploration and personal interpretation of a place.
Visiting Morocco has given me more confidence. I was nervous before as I didn’t know if I could handle such a culture change and being the minority. I found it was a completely different way of living, but this was refreshing. Being the minority warranted a lot of attention which was intimidating, with a few people trying to take advantage of us. However it meant that I learnt how to deal with stressful and difficult moments, and take control over these situations. I think this will translate across into my practice when it comes to making difficult decisions and taking charge.
Working as a group was stimulating, especially with students from different disciplines as I was opened to new ways of thinking. Before Field, my working as a collective was minimal as I like to have control. However I learnt that it can be beneficial to work collectively, especially with people from other disciplines. Since working with textiles students, I have noticed that this concept of patterns has strengthened within my work. Additionally, now knowing textiles students, I feel more able to ask them for help within textiles mediums, including puff medium, which I used within my final pieces. I plan to utilise collaborative working when I visit Scotland with Kirsty Alley over summer.
Through the Morocco Field option, I partook in a video editing workshop working on Premier Pro. I have never worked with video art before and have always found it a really daunting concept. I never thought I would be able to use the software to create a successful video. However, after having the induction, I have found that it is not that hard to do and it allowed me to create a successful video with my group for part of my final piece within the Morocco Field option.