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Monday, 28 December 2009

Source Project. Going old school with film.











So the time has come for me to get some of my film photography developed.I took them to Boots this time as Jessops took forever to process my film last time and now one of my films is MIA as the ilford films need to be sent away.This is not so great, but Boots are on it apparently.I'm awaiting a call to hear them say ''oh we have your photos here miss, come get them for free.'' (i do think this is highly unlikely but heres hoping).Must crack on with the source project.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

colour project. the grapefruit. ring 1 of 3 done.







Ring one of three done. woooopah.






p.s yes it is photographed with a knife and spoon. It's taking the literal idea of a grapefruit being eaten for breakfast. kinda cool non?














Wednesday, 25 November 2009

The Colour project.

So, it is time for the last project of semester one, of 3rd year. oh my how time flies by. This project is the colour project, which hopefully in turn should leave us with a colourful outcome. We are to pick a fruit, that were laid in front of us in our studio. I have found myself with a white grapefruit, a toughy some may say. But but but i am beginning to quite enjoy this project it will be a challenge to create a piece that isn't too literal compared to fruit. I like it. The grapefruit was once known as the forbidden fruit? interesting. The colour yellow is know to symbolise cowardice and deceit...all these little things are factors I am going to take in and amalgamate together to create something good. This projct we are also focusing on using resins and acyrilics something I have yet to tackle so this could be interesting. Time to do some further sketch booking and get my watercolours out.

Monday, 23 November 2009

Research talks are done.


So today was presentation day, its been and gone. I don't think I have ever felt more stresssed over a project than I have throughout this one. There have been tears, moments were I had to just take a time out before I would end up melting my brass into a mess.I had to research someone who initially baffled me and daunted me a little...But now, we have come to the end, can it really be over?My presentation was....truthfully I don't know actually, words came out my mouth and the powerpoint went through the slides but other than that it's a slight blur to me. I felt extrememly nervous about this presentation so there is such a sigh of relief to have come to the end.it challenged me greatly and even though it also stressed me I wouldnt have had it any other way. I feel the memory box is just a first draft of something that may be firther developed in the future.

Friday, 20 November 2009

wordpress and me= huh?

tell me whats so good about wordpress?i cannot begin to understand it, its just so much information , i just do not know where to start. is it just because i'm a jeweller, not really up to date with the technological world?

Monday, 16 November 2009

Deadlines and dissertation.

...Thankfully it is not the deadline of the dissertation (quite yet) but with the end of this project looming- power points needed to be executed perfectly and proposals for dissertations are to be handed in, and final pieces need to be made, it's tense times right now. I found myself having a late night at uni tonight, only to come home, turn on my lap top and do some further power-pointing. There are so many things to think about, I cannot believe how quickly 3rd year seems to be passing me by. It's crazy, I don't feel old enough to in 3rd year thinking about dissertations, didnt i just leave school?(apparently not). How do we find the time to do this? I have work, Ihave hockey, I have uni...I have a life? hahah. oh well.

So this project is going....mmmm well its going anyway, I have what I would like to think should be a lovely idea for a project, however making it just seems to be not as easy as expected. But but but persevere I shall. The memory box will live on( i hope)


Dissertation wise, I think my thinking is going down a very commonly used route so i need to find a way to make it more interesting. But how?I am hoping to look at the culture and society changes through history towards religion and our attitudes towards it,focusing on jewellery and the symbolism it once held and how in todays culture it seems to have lost all symbolism. Symbolism and jewellery seeem to fall hand in hand I know, that's why I find myself drawn to this, as do many others though it seems. I think I will work on finding a more exciting angle.

If anyone knows how to pause time while I catch up, please let me know.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Project 2. The Research Project.

So, it's about to become the 3rd week of our research project, I felt/know I've struggled to get into this project,I found myself in a bit of a rut but I am currently working through a surge of excitement of ideas and plans of what lies ahead. It is exciting. So, who am I researching you say? Jeweller, Jayne Wallace, I hadn't heard of her previous to this project and was initially daunted by this idea of digital jewellery?What is digital jewellery? Mmmm i find myself always being such a tradtionalist(is that a word) but on looking through her work there is one study that i am extremely interested in.The memory loss studies. Jayne Wallace looks into making pieces that 'invoke human realational richness.' she works closely with the digital side, but i am hoping to focus more on creating pieces without the digital effects that can evoke feeling. It won't be jewellery, it will be a thing. it will make you feel something,I am focusing closely on memory loss.I f i had more time and knowlege of digital processes i may begin to focus more on the digital side, but that will take more time. I am more focusing on the why, not the how, of Jaynes practice.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

DHTP.

Tomorrow could be the day we present our DHTP .

I'm nervous. But it should all be fine.

Ring Exchange. First 3rd Year Project.


This is the first project of 3rd year back at DoJ. The brief was to design a ring, which would then be made by another jewellery student.I based my ring on walks through Morton Lochs, looking in the Hides and going through the wooded area. I also looked at echoing black and white panoramic photography which i had used to capture my journeys through Morton Lochs.... I tried to do this by working with silver and oxidation to keep a simple but hopefully effective result. These pieces are now being displayed along our jewellery corridor fro anyone to see who comes past the jewellery department.

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Sustainability and Design!!


Currently we have a collaborative project mixing it up with the other specialisms in the design school! I'm now working with IED, IMD, IPD and some more. We're working on an environmental project, we need briefs, brands, figures and themes.This project seems like it could be pretty intense but could be quite fun working with graphics and textile and such like. I didnt know anyone in my group, but i'm thinking we're a pretty good group. I've been ruthlessly going through copies of the environmentalist and other eco magazines and books in hopes of finding some exciting methods and thoughtd towards sustainability in design. there just sooo much information, my Jeweller brain is struggling to hold all the info.3rd year has barely started and I'm already finding theres not enough hours in the day to keep up with all the work. BUSY BUSY.

Monday, 7 September 2009

So, I've just created a Blog.

Hello

My name is Roisin Connolly, I am about to begin my 3rd year at Duncan of Jordanstone, doing Jewellery and Metalwork. I'm nervous, things are beginnning to become more intense, the skills of everyone around me seem to be blossoming and people are now beginnning to aquire enough skills to make and design complicted and beautiful pieces. I Love doing jewellery and metalwork and couldn't imagine myself doing any other degree. I though now was the time to create a blog and begin broadening my horizons and looking ahead to after I graduate *touch wood.*