Final major project completed for exhibition.

I had to hang up the rest of the fabric I purchased from York Market with the paper clip. and blackout the windows again using gaffer tape before I could setup my sculpture.

First of all we tried to see what the sculptures would look like in the main exhibition space and used some spotlights on it although it looked good I felt that the blacked out room would look better.

I also experimented further using my original sculpture’s in the space on a plinth. They looked good but I still wanted to try my larger sculptures.

I then moved the sculptures into the blacked out room I placed them on a black piece of material I had left over and then I felt they needed some height so I used the plinth and placed it on its side with the fabric.

I then had to find a way to secure the piece because although it stood up it couldn’t be left as it had fallen and it wouldn’t be a good idea to leave it to fall mid exhibition.

I approached Ollie who gave me a stapler but because of the weight and thickness of some of the wire the staples wouldn’t work. It was suggested that screws would work but I really didn’t want to use screws that could be seen and I felt they would be seen, so Ollie found some black screws that against the black fabric covered plinth couldn’t be seen so I was really happy with that. To further stabilise the sculpture I used fishing wire and paperclips securing from the top of the sculpture’s to the ceiling.  I am really happy with it so far but just have to wait in hope that everything is ok with the audio and visual projection.

I visited my exhibition piece on the day of the exhibition and the Audio had been set up and I was really happy with it but I felt their was still something lacking. I was mostly disappointed with the way the projector would not reach all of the sculpture and there was no way of enlarging it or moving it further back.

I went to see Brian I thought perhaps I could use a  second projector and project the same image underneath. ”Twin projections onto Twin sculptures’. Brian wasn’t sure this could be done and said he would bring another projector over to see if we can get a larger image onto the sculpture. I was disappointed but was pleased that there maybe another solution.  Brian came over and had decided to try to link the two projectors together as he realised that there is an output socket on the projector but couldn’t guarantee it would work as he had never done it before.  Lucky for me it did work and I was over the moon with the result.

I am so happy with what I have achieved for my FMP I don’t think I could have done anymore.





Audio and Video

I met with Brian the college technician at the editing suite at 10am so that we could go through the audio that I wanted to use for my FMP. The Video’s are stored on my You Tube channel. I had to sign in to you tube and then Brian used the You tube Link on a You tube Audio editor to down load them in to the Adobe Premiere Pro on the Mac computer in the suite. I explained how I wanted to capture Paige and Taylors point of view on what it is like to be Identical Twins but with my voice in it as little as possible so that it sounds like they are just talking about it rather than answering questions although this wasn’t always avoidable.

I have never seen or been involved in editing Audio or video before and it is something I wouldn’t mind knowing more about when I move on to my Degree although I am not technically minded and I do know from my research that lots of artists that use Media in their art work don’t necessarily do all the editing etc.. themselves and most will employ Technicians like Brian to do the work for them.  I directed Brian with every bit of the editing process and we cut the amount of Audio from Twenty nine minutes to 17 minutes. I wanted to use photographs that I had manipulated previously and had used before but also felt it was important to use the photographs of the girls when they were younger and from their photoshoots in the kitchen especially the Time lapsed Handstand that I based my wire sculpture on. I won’t know what the effect of using these photographs will be like in the exhibition space until it is all set up although I am prepared to make changes should I need to. I also want to explore further to see what it would look like using different lightbulbs in a spotlight including a red light and a black light.




Paige and Taylor, Wire sculptures.

I hope to recreate this Handstand as a wire sculpture.

firstly I drew around the girls on separate large pieces of paper and took some measurements. Using the drawings I begun to shape the outline of their form with the wire starting with the feet, hands, arms and Legs.

I then moved on to parts of the body like the hips, pelvis and buttocks.

and then the Torso and attached the Arms and legs and lastly the neck head and hair.

for the face I drew around the front of the girls face with her head side on for the silhouette and attempted to make the face but I didn’t like how it was turning out preferring the simplicity and imagining their faces are there, and so decided I liked the simplicity of the silhouette made form one piece of wire bent to shape like the drawing.

when I felt I had completed as much as I could on the first sculpture I then moved on to the next one.

Although I got the sculptures standing and they looked good I was disappointed that the Sculpture of Paige looked more like she was doing a headstand than a handstand so I wasn’t happy with it. I attempted to rectify this by strengthening the arms with more wire. I had a few problems along the way, while I was constructing the first sculpture I ran out of wire and so I had to wait for delivery of more wire. The wire that was delivered was slightly larger and heavier than the wire I had been using previous and it was really difficult to cut and twist. The bigger the sculptures became and the more wire was used and so the more difficult it was to spot weld. Some of the wire is twisted and knotted to add strength to the structure and keep it stable.

I believe that this was why the arms begun to bend and look like the sculpture of Paige was on her head also the knee’s of the standing sculpture Taylor begun to bend as well making her sculpture slightly shorter than she is in real life. I want their sculpture to look realistic in size so I decided to rectify all the problems by cutting off the legs and lengthening and strengthening them with the thicker wire.

I have done as much as I can at home and will need to make adjustments at college as I will need to transport them and find a way to make sure the sculptures are well balanced and won’t fall during the exhibition. I hope to have a low level plinth to stand them on but will see what it looks like when I have my exhibition space.



Casting Paige and Taylor’s Hands.

While I was Volunteering to work with the Saturday club I had an opportunity to cast Paige and Taylor holding hands.  They used to hold hands a lot when they were younger and still do sometimes although they won’t admit it. Because they are so close they can be very tactile with each other as seen in the Video I took where they absent mindedly started grooming each other.

I chose holding hands as its a simple gesture, a sign of a special connection, its human nature to hold your hand out and take another’s to lead them somewhere and its something innocent and special between Identical Twins that share an Unconditional love for each other that they were born with.