Lecture – Development Process (Unit 7)

Wednesday 15th March

Starting at 9am, we had a lecture from our tutor Jamie Holman about the development of our work as we progress throughout the final stage of the course on our Final Major Project (FMP). The subject of this talk was about the research and practice of our work, looking beyond the inspiration to find what inspiration comes to us as we work. As explained by Pablo Picasso, the “inspiration needs to find you working”. Therefore, suggesting that the ideas that I address though design and production will initiate the inspiration for my work. “Inspiration is for amateurs”- Jamie Holman.

Eve Clyde 1968, photography of performance, the leap of ambition. These are the words that Jamie used to describe the image on the PowerPoint. This is a piece of art that we had referred to multiple time throughout the year, but most significantly this was the first one that they had shown to us on the first day of the course. However now, after the development and encouragement of our skills and ambitions, I know see this image differently. I see it as we are the directors of our work. Not all of our work is made by us, but it was our idea that enables the work to flower.


When doing this we need to ensure that we are constantly building on our ideas creating layers to produce and experiment with different methods and materials. As a natural process all research should be recorded in order to be able to reflect and evidence the work that we have produced, step by step, success and issues. Using this methodology will allow us to test the potential of the medium. All forms of research will impact your work, therefore recording going into shops, taking photos looking at the trends, styles, colour, materials used will enable us to see the repetition on the highstreets. This may have and divert the ongoing changes in my work with how I want to change the work to suit the current day.


Looking at the idea that everything was better before makes people live in the past that never happened. Looking at the idea that “art was better before”. Curiosity and rigger is the initial start of the research, it knowing what something will do that will give you the drive to develop your work- “the potential of the medium”.

What is the origin of the research, where did that come from, why did I chose to start there, what inspired that? It’s the extension of the research.


Everything is contemporary in its time. Duchamp Fountain R Mutt. This is referred to as being the image for modern/contemporary art. However, this was made over 100 years ago. It’s the blend of old and new- its post-revolutionary.

Evaluation and Researching


  • is there work here? – interest, enough to work with, safe? know the answers already, extending that research already carried out.
  • just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should do it – access doesn’t mean you should do it
  • scope of the work- is it feasible? how do you measure it? – planning, ensure you know when you’re going to take action with certain projects within the FMP
  • will it sustain you, challenge you, rearward you, has it been done before? ensure you know if it’s been done, riggers research. Have crates and tutorials to find this out
  • don’t decide on the outcome of the work before you’ve made it.
  • Planning book tutorials, test, trail run
  • Reviews – opinions on the Facebook page
  • Coherent – do they understand what is your trying to express, is it clear
  • Sustained evaluation
  • Mark yourself against the grid
  • Always answer these questions – “what did we do, how did we do it? what worked well? how can it be improved? who does it link to in research? how will this stave the next stage of the work?


Suggested references:

Neil’s Tool Box

UAL Awarding body – Exemplification for UAL awarding body grade criteria


From this lecture I have been able to understand the development of work so far throughout the year but how much I still need to improve in order to achieve those higher grades. References that we have been provided with as well as guidance will ensure that I will be able to mark myself against the guidelines to reduce the chances of missing key elements of the process.

Now that I have finished this lecture, I will be able to look at the work u have produces so far and tweak it in order to ensure that I have successfully executed each of the different steps in order to aim for my aspirational target of a distinction.


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