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New work//Reflection//January 2016

Yesterday I got my assessment results back from the first semester. It gave me a chance to see what the tutors thought about my working process and current body of work. I was really keen to see how I could improve and reflect to improve my practice further. I tend to dive straight into anything creative and if I have learnt anything from first term it is that I need to take my time with things. I say this a lot but I actually need to do it. I have three years for this degree.

I've broken down the key areas where I need to improve on and have thought about ways to tackle them.

1) Take your time and reflect// This is a big one, and I even said I would do it at the start of my degree however I have gone straight away, almost too quickly with the way I work and think. It has seen me burn out this term already. My problem is I want to keep going with what I love to do and don't see this. I need to take breaks and learn that this is ok to do.

2) Working longer on things - sticking with a process means I will see the benefits in the long line// This was in relation to my life drawing. This goes with out saying, as someone who is constantly bouncing of creative inspiration and stimulation I need to work longer on pieces of work to challenge myself and appreciate what I'm doing more. As the first term is all about measured drawing rather than developing a personal language with life drawing; I need to focus and work longer on this process.

3)Bibliography and keeping track of sources - Pinterest and blog// I need to become better at documenting my sources. This will also help me in the long run because It's important to credit people where they are due etc. I think not doing this already comes down to being lazy and not really wanting to take the time to do it! This needs the change and doing it will also mean I don't panic in the long run. I need to make things easier for myself rather than challenging myself where it isn't worth it.

4) Try to be more contained - a stream of consciousness way of writing may be clear to me but not to the reader// As our journals are marked and read by an external body it is important to be as clear as I can so they understand it. My journal is a reflection of me; whether this be a fragmented, disjointed entity, I need to be clearer. This will also help me!

5) Keep a weekly reflection on my blog collating thoughts, progressions, inspirations and studio practice//

6) Talk more about my own work// I love to share my work to start a dialogue with people but I also need to have more confidence in sharing my work on my blog.This is something I have been told by people who read my blog too.

A comment which came from my assessment and has stuck with me and is something I want to push further.

"Print is a passion and a strength and I think your playful way with collage and monotype is very successful." 

I went into the printroom yesterday for the first time in over a month// The print room was open late for drawing students so I just went in and made work. No pressure for what happened, no planning I just made work for me.


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