Amsterdam: Cardboard or Coffeeshop?

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For two weeks now I haven’t been able to look at a discarded heap of cardboard without seeing some kind of lusus naturae piece itself together from the rubble and emerge as an animated being.

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Young Arnolfini Respond: Conscious Mass

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We’re doing a lot of exciting stuff, you should come, mass bonanza.

This Saturday February 7th we’re running workshops/activites in response to Willem de Rooij’s current exhibition at Arnolfini, feat. ‘Origami? Origameverybody!’, ‘Best of Brecht’, ‘Stories from the crowd’ and more! So see you there.

RSVP thorough our Facebook event here.

‘If I see a tree that looks like it should be climbed, then I’m going to climb it’ : Weak Anarchy with Tom Pope.

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As Part of our Young Artist Series, this month we were fortunate enough to take part in a workshop hosted by the eternally playful Tom Pope.

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First he shares with us some of his incredible work along with a handful of peculiar stories that paint him out to be a neighbourhood terror in a comic or something.

Tom Pope’s shirt is the colour of lemons and by his feet is a bag of oranges. These oranges will be thrown with reckless abandon into the path of cameras that are hungry to catch the oranges before they collide with walls and floors, splitting their skins in a shower of orange juice.

If the camera is successful in ‘catching’ the orange the photograph is essentially spoiled by an obscure orange blur.

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The next act in the workshop has us locked in photographic combat, our fingers poised on each other’s triggers. Maeve’s lens is pointed at me and mine at her, ready to shoot. But we don’t want to shoot each other, we want to shoot ourselves. I want to capture a thousand of my own images with Maeve’s camera but I don’t want her to snap herself on mine. So now we’re dancing, everyone in the room is dancing! Like a group of couples in the ballroom of a cruise ship that’s hit choppy waters and scattered us about. And all the time we’re going in circles, trying to move our camera away from their faces whilst drawing theirs towards us.

I’m almost as tragic at writing about this as I was in actually doing it. My chaotic brain can’t handle the two actions at once and I unknowingly let Maeve photograph her laughing face over and over and over while I fail to capture my own.

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And now (with our cameras still citrus-scented) we are temporarily blinded and guided through the gallery; shakily up and down stairs, awkwardly into lifts, clinging on to walls and sometimes each other, led under chairs and tables  until something in our sightless minds tell us the moment is right to take the photograph and open two sets of eyes at once.

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My photograph is a white-out because I had my camera on the wrong setting. The camera was as blind as I was and the image is a total nothingness. The outcome isn’t always as important as the process.


In the last part of our first workshop we do what Tom Pope does best: we play a game. Here are the seven rules to live by if you want to get involved and play the YA Game of Photography:

1. Offside rule.
2. No zoom.
3. If someone shouts ‘You!’ And points, everyone must photograph them.
4. Eye contact with the lens makes the picture invalid.
5. Cannot have two feet on the floor when taking a picture.
6. After taking a picture you have to turn 180 degrees
7. Must shout ‘Yes!’ when taking a picture

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You can go and peep at Tom Pope’s work here: http://www.tompope.co.uk/

An afternoon of balloon collaging!

Art, Artist, Bristol, Workshop

Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to lead my very first workshop!

With 60 seven year olds from Waycroft Academy we created a beautiful array of hot air balloons for their own version of my Bristol collage.

The main way in which I work currently is with collage and cutting up textured papers to create my illustrations. After meeting with Jo Dennis, who is one of the year two teachers at Waycroft, we decided that creating their own version of my Bristol collage, see below, with each child making their own collage hot air balloons and buildings would create a fantastic display in their classroom. They had previously been doing collage work in some of their art lessons, and so my session came at a perfect time.

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The enthusiasm I got from some of the children was incredible! They made multiple balloons, and we used wax crayons and oil pastels rubbed over sandpaper to create a variety of interesting textures. The finished balloons are soon going to be mounted onto a blue display board along with the buildings they created.

After feeling a little nervous initially having 60 little faces focused just on me, their desire to learn and make took over and it was incredible. I felt proud of both myself come the end of the workshop, and all the children, as their creations are brilliant!

I have also been invited to lead the We Are Family Workshop at Arnolfini at the end of July, which I am feeling even more excited about now! That workshop will again hopefully involve a bit of collage, and will link in with The Promise, which is the summer exhibition beginning in July at Arnolfini. Watch this space for how my next workshop goes!!
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rifeWhen: Wed 18th of June 2014

Time: 5:45pm – 8pm

Where: Watershed – 1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, BS1 5TX Bristol, United Kingdom

 

Since February I’ve been part of Talent Lab, a Bristol-based group of 23 creatives formed by the collaboration of Watershed and award-winning creative agency, Latimer. We were commissioned by Bristol Youth Links in partnership with Bristol City Council to shape an online platform for Bristol’s youth with an eagerness to create content for the youth by the youth. Thankfully this meant goodbye to all things stereotypically appeasing to us, the youth, like the horrid cliché that was the Go Places Do Things graffiti font. Bless their souls, they kind of tried.

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So where did we go from there? Rife, baby. Well, a nameless Rife magazine. We knew exactly what we wanted but it took much longer to finally figure out a name. How does ‘rife’ feel on your tongue? Kind of funny? It takes a few attempts getting used to it but it’s a grower. After months of hard work building up content by the core Rife team, as a digital phoenix our baby has risen out of the cliché ashes with some stories going viral and over 10,000 unique site views in less than a month …and we are not even officially launched yet!

With just over 24 hours to go before the Rife Live Launch excitement and anxiety seems to have dangerously merged.

But that’s not stopping us because Rife is yours – all you bloggers, vloggers, photographers, writers, budding journalists, aspiring editors, ranters, reviewers, tweeters, Facebook fanatics, Tumblr scrollers, filmmakers, comedians, storytellers, cartoonists, graphic designers or simply good at generating good ideas. With so much to offer on the night; from making your own gifs, telling us what Grinds Your Gears, pitching ideas for Rife to our team, networking with industry professionals (LatimerClockwise Media amongst others) and listening to acclaimed creator of The Hip Hop Shakespeare CompanyAkala; all we ask is that you RSVP to editor@rifemagazine.co.uk to confirm your place*.

AND if that’s still not exciting enough, through getting involved you can get media training, mentoring, access to equipment, industry links and profile. So even if you can’t make the 18th Rife magazine still wants you! Check out http://www.rifemagazine.co.uk/get-involved/ to find out how you can still get involved.

I hope I’ll be seeing you there – look out for the girl with the R-shaped earrings!

 

*doors open at 5:45 to those who have RSVP’d and by 5:50/55pm any unclaimed RSVP’d spaces are then opened up to the public with a first come first serve system.

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Glorified People Watching

Bristol, Workshop

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The other day, I was lucky enough to get to work with an Artist and an Architect who were working on a project with the Redcliffe Forum. The Redcliffe Forum are looking on redeveloping the area around St Mary Redcliffe Church, so that its quieter and more people friendly. They’ve got some really interesting ideas in the works at the moment and you can check out more on their website
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My job the other day was what I want to call “Glorified people watching”!

I got given a piece of paper at 12:00 and was told to list all the people that come into the churchyard, what time they get there and what they do there until 2:00 when I had to share my findings. To start with, it was a little weird. Sat on a bench watching the people come and go, it felt like I was spying on them. After a while though, it got more and more interesting. I began to pick up on the little things that everyone did – like taking one particular route as a short-cut, or sitting in a particular group of chairs. I quite enjoyed spending the afternoon sat there, and with the sun on my back I found it quite therapeutic.

All this was so that we could get a good idea of who used what spaces, and how they used them. This is so that they can create a space that’s tailored to everyone’s needs, not just the few people who are putting their time into the project. Hopefully, my results should help and I’m looking forward to getting to do it all again when college starts up again! The project sounds really exciting, and I’m very glad that I get to be a part of it!

My visit to May Park School

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Recently, I got the opportunity to take a trip to May Park Primary School in Easton with a member of the Arnolfini. The whole school is having a lot of building work done, and as part of it, the Arnolfini has commissioned Exzyt to create an Art feature entitled “The Hide” to sit in a woodland clearing on the grounds.
The whole project is remarkable. The idea that this primary school had what was basically its own forest was amazing. It was something I never got to experience as a child, and I just wanted to join in with the kids playing in the forest and making dens!
But the most exciting thing about this space is the project they are doing with it. Along with the Arnolfini, Exyzt has designed a small, timber, sculptural building to sit in a clearing. This structure has been designed to resemble a “boulder” or “hazelnut” that fits perfectly with its surroundings. It’s got a range of features that allow the children to really connect with the wood such as panels where the children can look out onto the wildlife (including an area where a badger has made their home!). It’s a really interesting project that I can’t wait to see completed.


During my visit, I got to sit in with a class as they participated in a workshop about the new sculpture. Exyzt explained that the structure is based on a “zome” – the repetition of a geometric form in a double helix pattern. This is a feature that crops up everywhere in nature, ranging from leaves on flowers to the shapes on cauliflower! They showed how the idea of using a sequence of shapes over and over can create different and more complex structures.
Drawing examples from the gherkin in London, they showed the kids the different shapes they used to make The Hide, and introduced the idea of nets. They gave the class some sheets of paper with a net of the structure on. The children then got to make their own miniature paper version of it, and I was lucky enough to get to join in!

The whole project looks really interesting and talking to the children, they all seem to love it too! The little architect inside of me was really excited about the methods they are using to create it, and the ideas behind it. It’s made me think about how you can use different sequences of shapes to create these engaging structures seem to take on a completely different shape.

This post was featured in the third edition of Young Arnolfini’s Zine, with the theme “Sequential”. Check it out here

Get In The Know

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Clothing from Seven, Bristol. Image: Emma Blake Morsi

Particularly interested in everything, the idea of Nocturnal, my Gold Arts Award magazine, came from my uncomfortableness towards the future and my inability to say no. I wanted a way to do everything I love – writing, designing, producing – without having to compromise myself in a society where we allow the media to dictate what we care about. Therefore, with my Gold Arts Award opportunity I wanted to produce something that could be an authentic voice and platform for people to showcase their obsessions with a two-way support. ‘Nocturnal’ came from my love and desire of becoming intimate with the unknown and holding it up like ‘hey, check this out, get in the know’ so others could see all the beauty, passion, and authenticity also. I’m a sucker for community and if you’ve got a passion for something, don’t be a stranger.

Check it out!

Clothing from Shop Dutty. Image: Emma Blake Morsi

Clothing from Shop Dutty. Image: Emma Blake Morsi

Shape My City at The Architecture Centre

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Yes, I’m posting about Architecture again.. No, thats not all I post about! But I’ve just started a project there called “Shape My City”, which I talked about in another of my posts. Shape My City is a project aimed at young people aged between 15-18 who are interested in Architecture. It aims to give them a better idea about what architecture means and all the different sides of it. The topics part of it range from public art spaces to master planning and infrastructure. So quite a variety of stuff!

I had the first session on Thursday the 6th of March – and it was great! The first session was mainly an introduction to the group and finding out what everyone knew about architecture. But it was lots of fun!

The event started off with a series of activities helping us to get to know each other. This ranged from us circling places important to us on a map of Bristol to creating a brick wall made up of what we wanted to get out of the project. These were really interesting and after, we started on the main event!


We were given some time where as a group coming up with a plan what Bristol would look like in the future. At least that was the rough guide – what we created ended up being quite different! We started to think about how we could use the different blocks and bricks to build taller and stronger structures. Our city needed to adapt to all sorts of issues such as earthquakes, floods and giant two year-olds meddling!

The project seems really interesting at this stage and there is a lot to look forward to! If we do anything especially exciting, I might post about it, but at the moment we’re looking to work towards creating a manifesto for Bristols Architecture for young people and evaluating a design proposal on the Youth Takeover day in November! So there is a lot that I’m looking forward to with it!

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Workshops at Architecture Centre

Architecture, Bristol and Me

Bristol, Workshop

One of my biggest interests is architecture, and I hope to go on to study it. Architecture is a completely different art form to most others – its on a much larger scale than most paintings or photos! In my opinion, its probably the most accessible form of art because everyone encounters it every day.

My interest in architecture has unsurprisingly lead me to Bristol’s Architecture Centre. They are another Bristol based organisation that focusses on Bristols architecture scene. Working with them has been great fun, and while its not directly aimed at young people, there was still plenty I could get involved with! You can see me in the red top in one of the pictures at an event, where we were planning a city using paper, blocks, lego and whatever cardboard we had lying around! It really got us thinking about the different elements that come into play when designing a city. 

This post is mainly about their new project at the moment, which – unlike their previous projects – is actually aimed at young people!! Its sounds really interesting, and you can check it out and apply here! The project is all about getting young people involved with architecture, designing and planning, and I’ve managed to get a place in it! There are going to be a series of workshops that if you get in, will be run by several different experts from their fields! This could include anything based around the topic, so there will be some really good ones.

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Its all building to this years youth takeover day in November this year, where they are hoping for the group to lead some sort of design proposal. The project is completely new, which makes it really exciting to know that I’m going to play a part in defining architecture for young people in Bristol! Its not just something I can put on my UCAS form, its a brilliant experience I can’t wait to be a part of!

They are still taking applications to join the group! So anyone who is interested should get onto their website and go for it!

See you there!