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New Jam


Just another example of how cello can be combined with other instruments in a non-classical context; I have uploaded this purely as a reference point for me. I feel that in this recording, the cello is perhaps used more intricately than in previous times I have played bass notes with singers/acoustic instruments. This idea will sound more interesting when plugged! (and perhaps played with effects pedals…)


Incorporating Music


Next I will think about bringing music into the module. Below are some prev. recordings that I have participated in (recently)…

Also some experimenting with a loop pedal. Having just acquired an electric cello I would quite like to do something with that.

Loop Pedal

Creative Writing 01: Transformative Writing


Some previous ‘transformative’ works…

A Work on Charles Bukowski

A Letter from Joyce’s ‘Eveline’

Music Haiku

Keifer script excerpt

“I have seen them riding seaward on the waves
Combing the white hair of the waves blown back
When the wind blows the water white and black.

We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown
Till human voices wake us, and we drown.”

– Eliot, T.S. (1920) ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’ Prufrock and Other Observations.

Creative Practice 02: Sculpture: Ink Drawings and Glass


Theorising the project

My first sculpture project, skeletons, focuses on the divide between subjectivity and objectivity; more specifically, skeletons focuses on the way in which subjects perceive their physical identity in a flawed sense and thus it becomes a barrier to objectivity. Thematically, this project is closely linked in terms of my currently developing creative practice project in that I would like to explore in the way in which subjects understand their own physical identity in context of culture.

Following my previous project (designing a paper shoe) I began by experimenting with different coloured inks, developing techniques such blind and continuous line drawing. My selected initial ink works are shown below.

Finalising the sculpture

Researching certain sculptors, namely Diana Dias-Leao, I was prompted to translate the principle of my ink drawings onto glass. Working with the concept of a juxtaposition of fragility and strength I was able to produce a number of glass works with the intention to represent a subjects perspective of their female body that they perceived to be somewhat damaged.

The words inscribed into the (above) clay mould are taken from the Jeffrey Lewis song ‘Broken, Broken, Broken Heart,’ which utilises glass as a metaphor for pain. Specifically, I chose Jeffrey Lewis lyrics because of the sense of irony in his songs and a dichotomy between ‘happy’ and ‘sad.’

Below is an image of my exhibition, which consists of glass/copper torso and collages, wire, and ceramic by-products.


Lewis, J. (2009) Broken, Broken, Broken Heart [Jeffrey Lewis Site] Available from: [Accessed 10 November 2013]

Dias-Leao, D. (2013) Diana Dias Leao [Just Glass] Available from: [Accessed 10 November 2013]

Creative Practice 01: Design: Mixed Media and Marquette


Designing and making a paper shoe

In order to design a paper shoe I first explored a variety of media with shape, form, and structure in mind. Materials used were inks, sharpies, fine liners, brushes, charcoal, and water in a range of combinations.

Once I had experimented with enough designs (not shown on this blog entry) I then began to realise my project. I produced 3 marquettes before sketching my final template. After experimenting with a number of swatches on Adobe InDesign I produced a final template (below).

This template was printed and produced in order to put together my final product, a paper shoe to be marketed to a specific audience. The audience I had in mind was a secondary school class learning about recycling and the carbon footprint. Below is the final result.

When producing a sculpture in my Creative Practice for this MA I will draw on techniques such as mixed media art works and marquettes.

Other mixed media

Below are some other examples of mixed media experiments I have produced, combining materials such as acrylics, glue, string, poster paint, indian ink, dyesperse, and fabric paint into the mix.