Producing the Plinths

Thursday 25th May

The final prep for my exhibition space was assembling the plinths. In order to ensure that the plinths were assembled at a right angle, I attached a wooden block which an accurate 90-degree angle to the board I was working on. This allowed me to push the boards against the block while they were drilled together. Using this method all the way around ensures that the plinth would create an accurate cube. Once all the sides where joined, we then cut the lid to the accurate side of the cube and attached it once the edges where sanded to leave smooth sides. This method was followed twice to create the two wooden plinths.

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When creating the plinths, we found it difficult the drill the nails into the holes so that they were flush, as a result in order to make the whole bigger, we drilled a slightly large hole over the top of the hole already made to create a dentation. In the process of doing this, sometimes it pulled away the white coating on the surface of the wood. Moreover, to resolve this issue, using filler, I filled in the holes which covered the screws and the damage made around them.

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Final Exhibition and Pamphlet Design

Wednesday 24th May

Moving forward with the garment arrangements, I started the plan for the extension. Using wooden planks, I was able to attach them to the wooden boards and secure them with brackets. Once in place, I was then able to attach the garments and see the outcome of the experiment. The visual result of the plan where successful, as it allowed the garments to have more room and the ability to breath. However, the brackets used could not support the weight of the garments. Therefore, with a heavy duty bracket in place, the exhibition design will be successful.

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Using wooden planks, I created smaller panels for the extension

Taking off the old bar and attaching the brackets to the boards to secure the extension in place.

Wood naturally dur to the pressure of the weight without a strong bracket in place.

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Final display in place with strong brackets. Here the garments are porting from the space, bringing forward the garments allowing them to breath and be seen from all angels.

After organising the exhibition space, I then spent the afternoon in the mac suit. Using my time effectively, I was able to finalise my pamphlet by inserting the edited images and my work colleges from over the year. Once completed I then printed off the booklet on card and paper. In order to see which was the better version, I asked fellow class mates their opinion on which they thought was the better quality and why. Overall they said that the paper one was better because the quality of the print was higher and it was easier to turn the pages.

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On the way home I stopped to purchase the wooden board for the plinths that I needed to create. With many different types of wood to choose from, I saw that there where white MDF pieces of board. With limited time left, I felt like these would be a more time efficient as I would have to paint the boards after they have been assembled. Therefore, taking this into consideration I decided to purchase the white boards.

Exhibition Development

Tuesday 23rd May

Using the exhibition designs I had drawn out, I rearranged and manipulated the designs to see how they would best suit the space I had been allocated. Doing this I looked at: staggering the garments on different layers, placing them on different heights and placing them in front of one another. Furthermore, the initial design I had drawn out was the best visual display for the garments. However, the garments were too cramped and clashed together, losing the meaning of the garments. This took away the individuality of the garments, making them appear as a collection rather than individual garments. As a result, I decided that the garments would have to be pulled out of the space to created more depth to the space. This will enable me to spread out the garment across the bar, giving them more space in between allowing them to breath.

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Original Plan

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Seeing the central garment low down

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Bringing forward the central garment

This was a potential idea for the development of the space, however I felt that bringing forward the one garment took the emphasis away form the other two, making the others seem less superior. As a result I believed that the initial plan of having them side by side would be the most effective way to hang them.

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Pulling back the central garment

This plan took the garment completely out of the picture, it took away the quality of the garment because of its size, causing the garment to appear lost within the space. This was because it was being covered slightly by to long and volumes garments. As a result to have this garment protruding out of the space would be more effective.
Once I had organised the further plans for my space, I had my tutorial with Jo about the images I had captured at the farm. We looked through the images and talked about the quality in each of the pictures. After looking at a final three that where the most successful, we decided that I could display large A0 images outside of the room on the corridor at the entrance before you go into the exhibition to see my original work. This would be contextual information for the viewers to see and create an awareness of the project.

The Final images selected and edited:

These are the strongest images from the cape garment designed to imitate the fur of an animal skinned alive. These images have been edited to bring out the colours in the garment and show the garment at its full. From seeing the images next to one another, the strongest out of the four are the 1st (full length cloak, in-side-out) and the 4th close up on the beck of the garment.

 

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This is the image that I have selected for my final image of the meat garment. This is probably the weakest of the three image is will be selecting. However capturing a successful image of the garment was difficult because of the darkness of the bullets pen.

These are the final three images selected for the milk dress. All of these images make the garment standout amongst its surroundings, which makes the image successful. Overall I feel that the 2nd one is the most successful, because the image gives you a clear visual of the design of the garment.

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Exhibition Design

Monday 22nd May

As the exhibition room was now complete, we were allocated our spaces in the room so that we could start prepping our exhibition display. This included: topping up the pain around the edges of the boards, repainting any areas and sanding down any rough edges. As my space is on the corner where there is access to and from the back of the boards, where exhibition work was saved, I had to wait until the door was closed up before I could gum strip the panel. Once that was done, I was then able to arrange my work in the space I had to see how the work could potentially be displayed.

Inspired by artwork by an unknown artists, I decided that I would like to hang the garment to represent the hanging meats at a butchers shop. In order to recreate this image, I have decided that it could be successful to use material to represent each of the industries including: ropes, chains and piping. This could potentially be used to hang the garments, as an alternative to fishing wire or string.

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Using a wooden bar which I had painted white, I wrapped around blue rope, chains and piping, to represent the different industries. This will be the hanging mechanism for each of the corresponding garments adding the final edge to the garments.

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Taking inspiration throughout the project on the company Uniqlo and using it as a potential idea for my exhibition. I decided that I would require plinths that I could display my work on. With this in mind, I went on a search to find three plinths’ that would sit neatly under my garments. The first plinth I came across was a long quite flat plinth. Using my objects, I tested to see if this looked eye-catching, however it gave the impression that the objects where a collection and therefore this would take away the idea of the object being a product of each of the garments and what they represent. Finding another one on an average size of 1ft by 1ft, I decided to take it home and get some panels cut precisely so that I could fit them together to make an extra two plinths. This size was perfect, as it would allow enough space between the object and the garment, in order for them to be seen together, but not too close that the object is lost.

Trial 1:

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Too low down to have an impact on the work.

Trial 2:

Plinths too high to hand garments above them. However much more visually successful on separate plinths higher above the ground.

Final Trial:

This was the most successful with the plinth being 1ft by 1ft. you could see each item individually with it being far enough off the floor to visually attract the viewers.

Finishing Touches

Friday 19th May

With Friday because our day off, it meant that only some students could make it into college to finish the painting because the floor was being cleaned and polished at 4pm that day. As a result, three other students and myself took it upon ourselves to finish off the work that had to be done to the room. Therefore, looking at the painting and the finishing of the gum tape, we ensured that all panels where finished to an equal high standard before the end of the day.

DIY on the Exhibition Space

Thursday 18th May

Now that the structure of the exhibition was in place and all the work had safely been removed from the room it was time to gum strip the edges of where the boards meet together and fill any holes that where in the boards.

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This took team work, which was very effective to start with, as everyone was in the mood to get stuck in. However, as time passed, because became bored of the same routines and started to lack in ambition. This made it harder to complete because there were less and less people taking part. Furthermore, as a result of this, it caused tension between those working and those who weren’t, as it seemed that some people were doing more than others.

Eventually by the afternoon we were all ready to start painting, so once again people started to join in again, but as time passed individuals gave in to helping. With the painting having to be complete by the end of Friday, this caused tension to build once again between individuals.

 

 

Health and Safety

Tuesday 16th May

Now that most of the panel where in place, it was the case of ensuring that all the boards where structurally safe and assembled in the most practical way for the exhibition. To ensure the structure would be safe, we drilled nails through the boards into the draws that where places behind. This was done twice on each panel to keep the board standing taut.

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