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The Start of Something Great

So here it is, me posting on my new site. Old posts are still available so don’t worry about that!

Degree Show is coming up in May so I’m working hard, day and night, to achieve my dream spectacle. I am very lucky to have been successful on my Sponsorcraft page, I asked for £200 and managed to reach £176 over this target!

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I would like to thank you to those who pledged. I have been overwhelmed with the success.

 

 

My Degree Show will show my love for underwater creatures in the form of fashion, film, photography, jewellery, sculpture and more. My dream is to work in Sci-Fi/Fantasy themed films working with special effects makeup, props, costume, and film making.

Here’s a wee ring which will be displayed at my Show. And for all those designers and makers being told what is the so-called “not right”, I say:

“Let your imagination take you where ever you want to.

Latex ring red

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Collaborative Alien Project: Who Are We?

Got my little butt into gear and finally plucked up the courage to ask Grant Herron (a fellow Jewellery student) about possibly collaborating as I heard he was into Film props. He was well up for it surprisingly so we went ahead and got started a couple of weeks later.

We decided to take our own interpretation on a Sci-Fi Film ‘Alien’ by Ridley Scott. Both of us thought we should create some kind of arm piece. Grant, being more experienced in electronics, designed the upper arm which consisted of small LEDs, a small rotating satellite dish and hinged parts. This is what I also wanted to learn from him. For me, well I went all out making a silicone corset forearm piece (as I’d never really played with the material before but was very keen to), a prosthetic glove with ribbed tubes and long hinged creepy fingers, all made from latex of course.

As we were both passionate about film, we discussed perhaps making a short film which would be able to present our piece on the body, moving and electronics in operation. For that we would need a storyboard:

My buddy filling in the storyboard

Here are photos from the making of our pieces:

Grant’s upper arm piece in the making. The circular piece with small tubes protruding from (right of picture) is the joint so I can allow movement like bending my elbow.

 

 

 

The satellite Grant made. Also some LED lights you were able to turn off and on.

This sequence of photographs is me attaching my prosthetic latex glove using Pros Aide glue. You can only really glue prosthetics in stages to make sure you have glued it on properly.

Still loose flapping bits of latex.

After repeatedly applying the glue all the latex should be attached to the skin with no loose parts.

Here is the whole of my lower arm piece put on. The fingers are divided into 3 and there are 2 hinged joints on each finger so they can move. The finger tips are square copper wire soldered together and I have created clear latex windows on each so light can pass through.

Below this you can see tubes extending down from the knuckles which are made from latex and copper wire and lastly the piece on the forearm is made from silicone.

The Silicone Piece

I had to create a mould in plaster to cast the silicone in. It is very weird and squishy to touch which I thought went well with the nature of this project.

The Facial Prosthetics

Just experimenting where it looks best. I thought it would look good to exaggerate the cheekbone.

Samples of prosthetics. They kind of look like slugs to me.

Attached only using the prosthetic glue. You can still see that the edges have not been blended with the skin but that comes next.

The beginning of the blending process… but you can see that later!

Here is me and Grant and a few other helpers on the set just setting and cleaning it up.

Day time

Night time

My 20th time trying to put in contacts

Final Make-up

Midnight on the set. So so cold! Kept my dressing gown on as long as possible!

Just altering a wee bit

Final arm in the dark

Movie making in process

One of the Stop Motion pictures

Final scene

Such a good experience. Think we’ll be collaborating again for our final year as I think it is good practice for the future. You can learn a lot from each other and take things a step further. For me, I want to go into Prosthetics as I see it diminishing due to Computer Aided Graphics (CGI). Yes it can be extremely useful for big things but with it, you lose that sense of actually holding and feeling the object as it is all done on computer. Some makers use it because they are just being lazy and it saves time, but some actually use it for good purpose. For instance, in The Matrix when Neo dodges the bullets, that is a good example of well-used CGI.

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What Influences People?

In our lecture on Friday we discussed people’s tastes, fashion, and how or what had influenced them. I think it was a very entertaining and interactive lecture. For example, the lecturer asked the audience “stand up if you are wearing a hoodie” (I stood) the lecturer then said “do you notice anything?” and yes I realised as I turned (as I was sitting at the front) that there were people in hoodies all clumped together. Why was this? Perhaps because they were all in the same discipline (I think it was interactive media design) So does this mean that people who are in same courses or live together begin dressing similar to one another? Maybe so. The lecturer then asked “if you are wearing a scarf please stand” (I stood) and funnily enough, people wearing scarves were all clumped together (mostly girls), and generally girls in Textiles, perhaps they worked with a lot of fabric.

We then reviewed our small experiment with a series of questions to consider:

  • Where do your opinions of what’s good come from

For me, I think most of my opinions come from mainly my family as they are all such strong characters who I admire.

  • Have you ever told someone else who/what they should like?

I don’t think I have told someone what they should like but perhaps I have introduced new things to people, therefore may be similar to making them like what I like.

  • How influential have friends, family and teachers been on your tastes?

I think my influences have come from family and friends very much so. I have noticed when I moved to Dundee my style in clothing has changed dramatically.

  • If a famous designer contradicted me, who would you side with?

I believe that I will stay with my own opinion and not follow others contradictions.

  • Is taste in-built or is it acquired from the environment around you?

I believe, in general, that taste comes from the environment around you, like hanging with your friends and class etc.

  • Is good taste genetic? Or the result of your upbringing?

I think good taste is a result of your upbringing, for instance, you have suffered from depression you may dress gothic-like, and if you feel happy you may dress colourful.

  • Do you think you have good taste?

Errrrr… I think I have good taste but sometimes I feel embarrassed when I tell somebody what I like in case they think it is uncool or something. Does that mean I don’t think I have good taste?

We then carried out another small experiment by everyone writing down their top 5 favourite movies, classic composers, song artists and designers/illustrators. After a few minutes, we (the audience) decided which were our top 5 on each topic.

From the results, we talked over how we came to the conclusion of each topic. Possibly a song reminds you of a good moment in your life; maybe you just liked the actors in the film. It can really vary on why a film or song is your favourite.

Thus, we have learnt that people who dress alike usually group together and your favourite films/songs etc can depend on emotional feelings or memories – certain things can mean more to you others.

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