Events and Exhibitions

Ancient Scent: Ireland

Today I went to St. Saviours’ Hall on the Barbican for an exhibition by Ancient Scent, a group of artists who take residencies in different places.  Their project Ancient Scent: Ireland was a residency “inspired by the spirit of Ithell Colquhoun’s own journey to Ireland, recorded in her psychogeographical memoir”.  During this project, Ancient Scent spent a week in Ascendancy House in Ballycumber, and visiting sites such as Durrow Abbey, Clonmacnoise, and Leap Castle.  The work in the exhibition was made after their return in April 2017, and created during group art workshops.

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The OTT cult’s (founded by Lally MacBeth) fashionable knitwear

 

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Ceramic bowl and knife and fork set
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Donation box, a book of stories, and zines made for the exhibition
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Big ceramic bowl

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A few my favourites from the collection of ceramic pieces made by Ancient Scent!
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Collaborative ceramic pieces
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Andrew Sneyd/Lyn Andrewes – Interaction Between 3 Elements – Oil painting
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Lyn Andrewes – The Wells of Leamonaghan Parish, The Dark Well – Mosaic
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Collaborative pottery – inspired by the “banquets” Ancient Scent had during their residency!
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Postcards of Phebe Placement’s artwork
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“Sad Spaniel Bird” – Weird and creepy!
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An OTT wall decoration
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Altar Slab – I love how mysterious and witchy it looks!
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Drawings made by rubbing charcoal on paper and then making “her ancestors” from the shapes
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A huge collage painting
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Two cute characters made using Rorschach print methods
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A small sculpture trapped in glass
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“Everything gets Embroidered”
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Two of three creepy clown-like sculptures – Where did the last one go..?
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 Loads of small ceramic pots made for holding different sorts of things
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Phoebe Placement – Drawing (or a print?) on silk
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Close up of Penny MacBeth’s Eiru Beneath the Sea of Green on a lightbox
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Penny MacBeth – Head of Lugh II – Seems almost angelic!
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A print of one of Phoebe Placement’s pieces

The artistic styles and the mediums which Ancient Scent use are really diverse, from photography, to pottery and ceramics, all the way to creating an imaginary cult.  The individual artists within the collective inspire each other’s work, so the exhibition isn’t just a lot of different objects on the same theme, but feels more like a full fusion of all of the artists’ skills and ideas.  Walking around and looking at the pieces was like wandering through a folktale, serene and magical at times then creepy and menacing at others.  I’ve never been to an exhibition quite like this before, and I’ll be keeping an eye out for more of Ancient Scent’s work.

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Events and Exhibitions, Professional Work

TEX Comics – my new zine!

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I have made my Tate Exchange 2018 comic strips project into a new zine – TEX Comics!  I will be releasing it at Counter Art Book Fair this Saturday 17th March at Ocean Studios, Plymouth.  The fair is open from 12-6pm and is free and open to all so come along!

Personal Work

Midnakit’s posts from 2017

This is a masterpost of all my posts here in 2017!

January 2017

Block printing cotton bags – with my Plymouth Pilgrims linocut

The Science and Technology Showcase at Plymouth University

Global Game Jam 2017 – making ‘Quake Rescue

February 2017

Talk from Jack Gill at Central Library – listening to Jack from SoGoodStudios

EpicMakeTime with MESH – working on the Shrimp

Titanic Exhibition – at the Duke of Cornwall, and the plaques on Millbay Pier

Anatomy for Figure Drawing & Comics – working on an Udemy course

100 Ways To (be) Home Ed – a post I wrote for the #100waystohomeed bloghop about what it is like to be home educated

March 2017

My Gallery – I added a Gallery page, which really needs updating now!

The House of Marbles – in Bovey Tracey

NatSatClub Devon Dialect Project – illustrating “zart”

April 2017

The Art of Truth In The Digital Age – week 1 of ‘Home Grown’ at Ocean Studios

Emerging Natural Beauty exhibition at Ocean Studios – week 2 of ‘Home Grown’

Radius: 50mi at Ocean Studios – week 3 of ‘Home Grown’

May 2017

Here and Now Exhibition – week 4 of ‘Home Grown’ at Ocean Studios

Plymouth University Illustration Years One and Two Shpw at RWY

Uptown Junk at Studio 102

June 2017

Land/Sea Exhibition – at Plymouth Arts Centre

Game Arts at PCA Summer Show #BreakingThrough17

Animation at PCA Summer Show #BreakingThrough17

Illustration at PCA Summer Show #BreakingThrough17

About Zine Workshops and Gurt Noodle – video of Gurt Noodle #0 originals, and some minizines and flyers

July 2017

Bratpop gig poster design – my design for a poster for a gig I played

YEA Plymouth – introducing the YEA Plymouth project

Illustration at the Plymouth University Graduate Show 2017 – Part 1

Illustration at the Plymouth University Graduate Show 2017 – Part 2

July Zine Workshop

Illustration at the Plymouth University Graduate Show 2017 – Part 3

Illustration at the Plymouth University Graduate Show 2017 – Part 4

Illustration at the Plymouth University Graduate Show 2017 – Part 5

August 2017

Graphic Communication with Typography at the Plymouth University Graduate Show 2017

September 2017

NatSatClub Summer Show 2017 – visiting Somerset House to see my work alongside other young artists! Glass houses, beach glass jewellery, and collaborative work with Barnaby Barford

My new flyer for the next Zine Workshop – also starting college and my Kitwatch design!

Plymouth Art Weekender #PAW17 – my YEA ’17 cover and info about PAW

Plymouth Art Weekender 2017 – Day 1 – We The People Are The Work at Peninsula Arts, PCA, PAC, the Council House, and Karst

Plymouth Art Weekender 2017 – Day 2 – Tabling with YEA Plymouth at the Athenaeum and distributing our zine YEA ’17!  Also making an art book with Muster Press.

Plymouth Art Weekender 2017 – Day 3 – Papier mache and monoprinting workshops and exhibitions at Ocean Studios, Inkblot workshops and the exhibitions at PSCA, the Union Street Party, the Athenaeum, Studio 102, and PAC.

October 2017

Happy Inktober 2017! – the prompt list

I.Am.Not.A.Robot – at Radiant Gallery

We The People at PAC – update!

My latest poster design, for my October Zine Workshop

November 2017

Workshop poster designs – my first two pattern designs and posters for the YEA/PAC workshop project

Poster for Creative Writing Workshop

Pattern design – a post about how my pattern design process for the first three YEA/PAC workshop posters

I won a Design Competition! – my design for the Art Side tote bags

December 2017

Events this week! – my badges and zines in photos

Illuminate 2017 and a Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl workshop – at Ocean Studios

Tiny Mart – my table and day at Tiny Mart maker/seller Xmas Fair

Give Up Your Day Job – my table and day at the Give Up Your Day Job DIY art fair

 

That’s it!

 

 

 

Personal Work

Midnakit’s posts from 2016

I have been keeping this blog since June 2016!!  Hoo boy!  I have been thinking for a while about making a masterpost of links to all my posts so far, so here are the first six months!

June 2016

First Post – original characters, self portrait

Art Cards from May – original characters, Luke Skywalker, self portrait

New art cards – original characters, a self portrait, and Godzilla

Graduate Show at PCA – including some badges I made of me and J

Today’s sketch (19 June) – Link

Watercolour drawings – Link, The Last of Us, Fox (Ptolomy Elrington), original character

Today’s sketch (26 June) – Kyary

Keys to Drawing Chapter 1

Sketching Skateboarding

Today’s Sketch (30 June) – “Peppy” original character

July 2016

Today’s Sketch (2 July) – Kyary

Today’s Sketch (4 July) – “Roses” original character

Digital Futures & Dataplay – Plymouth Cubed watercolour

Today’s Sketch (6 July) – Kyary watercolour and Plymouth Cubed sketch

Today’s Sketch (10 July) – “Berry” original character

Keys to Drawing Chapter 2

My PlymouthCubed art inside PlymouthCubed!

Sketches from the past fortnight.. – Bigbury beach and fan art (My Hero Academia, Colour Catchers (Alice Kensington), One Punch Man, Gutsie (Ghoulkiss), Attack on Titan, Undertale, Gravity Falls, Adventure Time

Art Cards (24 July) – original characters

Plymouth Young Contemporary Open

August 2016

New things! – some new things I had got

Recent sketches and activity – original characters and Kaguya

September 2016

Daily sketch – Kitchen

Comic strips and my zine – Monster Hunter and Journey comic ideas, writing about MACS Issue 1 (2014)

Young Arts Club at Plymouth College of Art – screenprinting, sewing, KitBIT fashion designs, animation, plaster and wire sculpture, seahorse t shirt design, millinery, self portrait

Plymouth Art Weekender 2016 Day 1 – including Dog Show at Radiant Gallery

Plymouth Art Weekender 2016 Day 2, Part 1 – including PCA and Plymouth University

Plymouth Art Weekender 2016 Day 2, Part 1 – including Prime Cafe Bar and PCA

Plymouth Art Weekender Day 2, Part 3! – at Ocean Studios

October 2016

Plymouth Art Weekender Day 3 – including Union Street Party and Royal William Yard

Games for Better Game Jam – Infection!

November 2016

On Shaky Ground at At-Bristol

Plymouth Cubed Talk at Central Library

Inktober 2016 – all my Inktober 2016 sketches and original characters

National Saturday Club Part 1 – self portraits, figure sketching

December 2016

NA&DSC London Trip – original characters, Quicksilver and Thor, visiting Central Saint Martins and the Tate Britain

Glass Fusing Workshop – Zelda fairies and other things I made by fusing glass

 

Professional Work

My Project for Tate Exchange 2018

Towards the end of 2017, all students at Plymouth College of Art were given the opportunity to submit ideas for projects for a collaboration between PCA and the Tate, called the Tate Exchange 2018. The theme for this exhibition was “Factory Settings“, and we had to come up with ideas based around production.  I had an idea to produce collaborative comic strips working with groups of other students, where each participant would give me one frame to draw to build a series of stories.  The projects selected to be part of Factory Settings would take place at the same time in London and Plymouth.

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A comic strip I produced with students and staff from PCA Tavistock Place

My idea was selected as one of the art events to take part, and I requested to have my project based locally, partly because of my age. I’m fifteen, so that places some restrictions on my ability to travel – even with supervision and safeguarding from PCA.  I also think it is important to support and create more art projects in Plymouth.

The next stage was for me to plan out my project and what resources I would need for it.  Maddy Blythe, the Curriculum Manager at PCA Pre-Degree, suggested that I work across three separate venues, spending one day at each – PCA Tavistock Place, PCA Palace Court, and Plymouth School of Creative Arts, and where in the buildings I should set up. This gave me the chance to work with three different age groups, and see the differences in narrative and content between them.

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A comic strip I produced with students from PCA Palace Court

I decided to carry out my project in an A4 landscape sketchbook (mine was produced by Seawhite of Brighton) and black ink fineliners (I used Sakura Pigma pens) and a brush pen (Pentel), as these are materials I am used to and are good quality, and will keep in good condition for a long time. I supplied myself with the materials (bought at my local specialist art shop The Art Side), but the different venues I went to supplied the chairs and tables!

I visited PCA Palace Court on 31st January, PSCA on the 1st February, and worked in The Warehouse at Tavistock Place campus on the 2nd February.  For each comic strip I began by marking out the frames (each strip has four frames, all on one page)  For the first frame of each story I asked a participant to give me an idea for the beginning of a story, such as a character doing an action or an event.  Then I asked the next two participants what happened next, letting them refer to the previous frames in that story, and then asked the final participant to provide an ending for that story.  The next participants would start, continue, and finish the next story/stories.

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A comic strip I produced with students from PSCA

I didn’t limit people to just giving one idea, as several people had gotten really interested in the project!

In total, I worked with around 38 participants – students, staff, and visitors at the venues from primary age up to adults of between 50-60, and we managed to produce twelve different comic strips.  Some of the results were wacky and action-packed, and others were more sweet and thoughtful.  The themes ranged from rockets in space, to an elderly couple breaking the fourth wall, and duels between unicorns.  Each strip fills an A4 page and consists of images with no description, and so the theme of production is able to continue in the reader as they must interpret the story themselves, so each story can have multiple meanings depending on the interpreter/reader.

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A comic strip I produced with students and staff from PSCA

My plans for my sketchbook of comic strips is to make it into a new zine, which I hope to release at Counter art book fair in Plymouth on the 17th March.  I will also have the original artwork with me for people to look through.  After that, I will be making it available for galleries and exhibitions interested in art books, comics, or work from young artists.

If you are interested in viewing the original art for this project, please come along to Counter, or contact me.

UPDATE (11/3/18)! My new TEX Comics zine will be available at Counter! See this post for more info!

 

Professional Work

More patterns

This is a continuation from my blog post Pattern Design, where I went into a small amount of detail behind my intentions and reasoning for the patterns I’ve used in my posters for the YEA PAC workshops.

As the project has progressed, I have made my patterns more intricately-drawn and busy.  I think this may be because some of these workshops have intertwining elements and can branch from one specific technique, art form, or artistic job role.

From left to right, poster and meanings:

1 – Comics and Character Creation – I made two main illustrations for this. First I drew a Godzilla-like monster holding onto buildings, and second I drew a robot running away from an explosion.  I tried to make them seem as “cartoony” as possible while still staying within my style of drawing, and emphasise the connection between comics and the characters they may contain.  The smaller doodles are similar to the ones in a previous poster (Creative Writing), which still fit with the story element of comics.  Dirk Gently (Netflix) fans may recognise one of the elements I threw in there as a cheeky nod to that series.

2 – Zine Making – For this pattern, I created four different fictional zine covers.  Instead of lining them up neatly, I wanted to create the effect of zines and zinemaking equipment scattered all over a messy bedroom floor.  Some of the little circles and swirls are inspired by an illustration I did for Gurt Noodle #0, which gives examples of types of zines and what they could cover.

Below are my workshop poster designs in their final colour scheme and scale.  Photoshop lets me make colour and scale changes to my patterns really quickly, so  in the future I could use the patterns I’ve made during this project on fabric, decorative paper, sketchbook covers.. all sorts of things!

Again, you can read about my other designs in this series in my earlier post Pattern Design and you can read about how I made my patterns in Photoshop here.

Events and Exhibitions, Professional Work

Give Up Your Day Job

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Me at Give Up Your Day Job!

On Sunday 10th December I had a table at Give Up Your Day Job, which is a D.I.Y. art fair “and punk rock flea market kinda thing” held at The Junction, Plymouth.  This event is really focused on Plymouth’s indie and punk makers, with stalls selling t-shirts, zines, embroidered items, ceramics, cards, prints, and lots more.

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Zine by South Coast Rats

I like this event a lot, the diy giveupcommunity seems really close and friendly and there was a great atmosphere all day.  Dan of Il Pleut Screenprinting and South Coast Rats, who was one of the organisers of the event, came over and gave me a copy of this zine, full of photography and collage, which made me feel very welcome.  There was even a stall selling fresh homemade vegan cakes and snacks where my brother got a chocolate brownie which he says was really good.

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Embroidered t-shirt by Jasmin Griffiths

I was offered the opportunity to exchange art with my table neighbour Jasmin Griffiths which I was pleased about as her embroidered t-shirts are really cool.  I like her sweet but sour minimalistic designs.

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Zine by Paige Nicholas

My neighbour on my other side was Paige Nicholas, an illustrator who draws punk inspired portraits, and I got a copy of her zine.

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Rachel Hall’s table

Rachel Hall is a Bristol based illustrator who makes prints based on lyrics, space and science fiction.  I thought her postcards based on Star Wars and The X-Files were adorable and quirky.

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Lalala Pompom comics

Benjamin Wright and Isaac Lenkiewicz from Lalala Pompom comics were also there.  Ben is an illustration tutor in Plymouth and one of the team behind Drink and Draw Plymouth and Tiny Mart, and he and Isaac publish lots of funny but twisted risograph comic zines.  This time I got a copy of Turtles Fighters Live to add to my growing collection of their work.

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Comic zine by Isaac Lenkiewicz and Benjamin Wright

My dad was helping me out on my stall, but I only live around the corner from The Junction so the rest of my family also came down for a visit.  My mum bought herself a book from Blind Spot Distro, who specialise in vintage sci-fi and fantasy, which she was quite pleased about.

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Book from the Blind Spot Distro stall

I took my badge maker with me so visitors could create their own badges, here are the ones I managed to get photos of.  The top left one is one of mine.

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Badges created at the event

This was my second time at Give Up Your Day Job, but my first as a table holder.  I came earlier this year and met Max from Shake Bristol and Lize Meddings from The Sad Ghost Club, so I felt proud to be able to take part myself this time.  It is a really chilled out event, small in size, big in heart and full of independent and alternative local makers.  Watch their Instagram for details of the next one!