It is production week!! (which is really the two weeks prior to the opening and assessment week.) It is almost as if the months of production and 'fabrication' of my textile installation: Benjamin #2 hadn't officially started the preparation of the exhibition. It seems that everything suddenly starts to come together unexpectedly. No mater how much I plan, the unexpected seems to happen, the todo list piles up or plans fail to work out.
I feel like this week I have exhausted every idea I could have for the installation of my textile work, from:
It has been a lengthy process...
Experimenting with draping the fabric over different types of objects; angular objects verses rounded more organic shapes. I found that using the chicken wire gave the fabric an organic shape which enhanced the natural curves in the shape of the thumbprint motif I am using.
These are the forms that led me to consider working with the acrylic. When this idea was proving to be more expensive than I could currently afford. I began to question my reasons for wanting to work with the material. I asked question such as:
Why add another material to this installation?
Why is creating an organic rounded form important to the work?
and most importantly...
How else can I achieve this using the materials I currently have?
It was a good exercise to take a step back and think about what I was aiming for and why I was aiming for it. I suddenly stopped being stressed over moulding 3D acrylic forms and could thinking clear about my conceptual ideas for the piece and how to achieve this.
Jodi ann Nicholson
I am a multidisciplinary artist. my training started at the Contemporary Dance School, TrinityLaban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Continuing developing my creative practice at Cardiff School of Art and Design in their Masters in Fine Arts course.