Saturday, 31 March 2007

Rockin' out in the workshop.

Evening all (assuming there is anyone out there of course)

I don't really have much to say today but thought I'd pop up a few lines anyway.

Well it is now the Easter Holiday at DoJ (Duncan of Jordanstone) and I don't know of anyone who is actually taking the time off, everyone has far to much to do. Saying that, 4 weeks till final hand in, I think everything is under control. I hope!

This semester has been a strange one, lots of interdisciplinary projects, theory work and written things to get done so I've personally not settled into the designing and making side as much as I'd have liked to or expected to. Today however I got down to it and decided to make a brooch, just for the sake of making something and in the hope that the design side of things would all flow back into place after some hands on in the workshop. I was the last one there tonight so was in charge of the gas supply being turned off, Roger [Morris] the head of department kindly reminded me before he left that if the place goes up in flames over the weekend it will be my fault. Nothing like some pressure for you! Making the brooch was a case of killing two birds with one stone, not only did it get me some time in the workshop but I decided to make something I can give to my mum because she is forever harping on about me making something for her. Something I find a lot of art students have a similar experience of with their own parents. I'll be sure to pop a picture up when it's all done, should be early next week :)

Also, because I was the last one in the workshop I had the radio up full blast and was dancing around quite a bit, I do hope there is no CCTV in there ;p

Have a good weekend everyone x

Wednesday, 28 March 2007

Bone Idle

Today has not been a productive one at all.

Since my doctor gave me a week of work I'v done pretty much nothing. Isn't it always the same? You are so busy that your exahusted but you get on with things anyway but as soon as you have a rest you cant get going again. By the way, im not diseased, I'v just sprained a tendon in my wrist but working on the checkouts wasn't helping it at all so my GP very kindly signed me off of work for a week, wey hey! no Asda for 7 days.

So the plan for today was to get on with the the dissertation because thats the next big hand in, aside from the end of year assesments of course, but things didnt go quite to plan. I'v more or less just messed around on the internet and MSN all day. I came online first thing to check my e-mails and it all went downhill from there. Although the problem could be that I'm becoming nocturnal, I work better at night, less noise and distraction, or that's what I like to tell myself. Anyway, there are 4 weeks till the end of term so plenty of time to get everything done!

So while I was messing around not doing very much I thought I'd catch up on what the current issue of Knitty has to offer. For anyone who doesn't know about this website and enjoys knitting it's well worth a look. Issued quarterly it is full of free patterns sent in by readers and links to their blogs if they have one, the nice thing is that often the people who send things in are proffesional knitters and sometimes have books of their work published so the patterns are always high quality. There is also an archive of past patterns and every issue has articles relating in some way to knitting, be it on hand spinning, felt, or new techniques. Anyway, if anyone enjoys knitting and didnt know about this site I hope you enjoy it as much as I do and for anyone who is interested in learning to knit and doesnt know where to start have a look at this site, it helped me loads and the videos make so much more sense than reading a load of instructions where you dont understand the pictures never mind the instructions.

Have a good day whatever your doing. x

Tuesday, 27 March 2007

500 Pendants.

Well hello, I thought it about time I got one of these things going. After all they seem to be the way of the future and Sandra, one of the tutors here in Dundee who is very keen on the idea of everyone having a blog of their own, has never lead us astray before.

So what is there to say?


Today I found out about a competition to have a pendant published in a book by Lark Books as part of their 500 series. Well worth some consideration I'd say, not only are the other books on jewellery in the series beautiful and always full of inspiration but if any pieces were published it would be some welcome advertising and recognition from peers.
However, its near the end of term here in Dundee so course work has to be considered first but it's deffinatly something to think about.

A few other people in my class have blogs so I will try to find them and add links to them on here, aside from that there isn't much to be said at the moment.

Have a nice day.