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Very very busy

I am putting my blogs on hold as with finishing off my PhD, working and teaching my workshops at the weekends I am a bit pushed for time!

Treacherous Torso Exposition at Northlight Art Studio

My first exposition relating to my PhD study was held on 26th July 2014 at my personal art studio.

An interesting group of women attended, resulting in some very fascinating and emotive responses from the participants. The level of engagement and dialogue varied from participant to participant, and there were some very interesting conversations.  Specifically, there were several comments about  how the sound created a physical sense of movement relating to different body parts. This proved very interesting in relation to the creative and theoretical aspect of my research.

Here is a short caption film of one of the participants interacting with Treacherous Torso: Sites of Struggle

Participatory Exposition – Treacherous Torso

Treacherous Torso is my first exposition as part of my PhD research. It is going to be held on Saturday 26th July 2014 between 11am and 4pm.  The event is free and details of registering for the event can be found here on Eventbrite:

More details can also be found here on Tumblr

Please get in touch if you have any questions about the event.  All women between the ages of 18 to 75 are welcome.

Sites of Struggle Audio Player

Studio, studio and even more studio!!

At last my stuff is in and my ikea shelves have arrived which I have painted white. The electrician has been to do the sockets and so I am all ready to go.

Here are some pictures of my space …. finished!!

Studio and more studio!

Well, just an update on my lovely studio. I have built the wall, which was a major event and required much more time and effort than initially anticipated. It looks great, and I have put a side panel off one end so that I have a kind of door opening.

I have painted the walls and window frames, and I have painted the floor RED. It looks fabulous if I do say so myself, and has attracted many comments amongst my fellow studio residents.

Having a bit of a problem with the blind, as the fixtures broke and also the window is narrower at the top than at the bottom, but at an absolute squeeze it should just fit. So once the new brackets arrive I should hopefully get it up there.

I am covered in red brick dust from drilling holes, which has got everywhere and does not seem to wash off. So I have to retouch the paintwork around the window, otherwise my lovely white blind will get red smears all over it and that will really bug me!

I am moving my stuff from the temp space into my new space tomorrow, so onwards and upwards. I also need to get the electrician in to put three plug points around the room, as it only has one at the moment.

Here are some more pictures of my lovely space.

Studio move

As previously mentioned,  I have been residing in a temporary studio space, but have now been able to move into my permanent studio. Well when I say move, it really is that I have acquired the space after major roof works, and the space itself needs quite a bit of work.

The studio is an open area which I feel is not conducive to the kind of workspace I need, too  many distractions, and I do require a degree of privacy whilst working…..despite all the lovely people there. So, I am building a wall out of panels and painting the whole area.

Here are a few pictures of the space…. it is a bit a grim but has great light and once I have finished it will look great. The grey floor has to go!!

New Artists Studio Space

Super Super Super!! After months and months of being on the waiting list I have at last  got my artists studio space  which I am really excited about (well I will be moving into a temporary space this week whilst the roof is being fixed). So… I will have lots of space to spread my work out, and hopefully I will be more productive with the practical aspects of my research because until now I have been doing everything at home, and have stuff everywhere which has not been easy when trying to be organised and creative at the same time.

Lovely Wool For Resistant Felt

My lovely wool for felting has arrived today, a much bigger bag than I had envisaged.  I bought it from Wingham Wool Work,  it is super soft which I am sure will be ideal for mixing with my conductive fibres.  Once my bamboo mats arrive, I will be attempting wet felting for the first time, with the aim of making a conductive tactile fabric. I expect I will need to experiment with the ratio of wool to steel, to establish a useable level of conductivity.

Here are my initial experiements…. the steel fibre once felted is very fluffy!!




GPS Orchestra at Octupus Collective

I have just come back from Barrow-in-Furness after attending a GPS Orchestra workshop organised by Nikki Pugh in conjunction with Octopus Collective. I had a great time experimenting with the GPS module alongside fellow attendees. The weather was a bit miserable, lots of rain but this did not deter our determination to take our instruments outside into the park to test. Here are some of Nikki’s images  Creative Commons License

Manchester Mini Maker Faire 28-29 July 2012

What a weekend and what a great time I  had at Manchester Mini Maker Faire where I exhibited Mannequin Maggie and also some interactive sound canvases. There was a complete mixture of visitors and it was interesting to see the different reactions between male and female participants especially when interacting with Maggie.  I met some wonderful women who expressed an interest in participating in my next project which is part of my PhD and anybody who would like some further information can find it here .

Here are a few photos of Maggie and her interactive canvases, more can be found here: