Life Update!

So, where have I been?

Well when I stopped posting I was up to my eyeballs in dissertation work, which was as you can imagine verrrrry time and energy consuming. So everything else kind of took a back seat, but all that hard work and stress was worth it in the end because… I got a first! I’m so happy as I put in a LOT of work into it and I’m glad I got a grade I can be really proud of.

Anyway since then I’ve celebrated by chilling and going on a few holidays and enjoying the summer. Besides my part time job I volunteer at a couple of places now, a small gallery and at an art group, both in Glasgow. I’ve revamped my website to fit more with my professional art image and branding, and I think my Blogger page is next, just so everything is consistent. I’m now working towards setting up an etsy store to sell drawings and also looking at a masters for next year. So writing up C.V.s, proposals and personal statements is what I have to look forward to the next couple months.

Art wise I’ve been practising and playing about with photography as I’ve been taking one photo a day for the first few months and plan to print them and stick them into a sort of scrap/sketchbook thing. I’ve also been working on a watercolour/ drawing for a present and I think I might play about with this style to sell on Etsy.

I’m also working on building up concept, workshop and artist folios. This is to help me with research for further study and my goal of working in community art. I also plan to write up my artist folio on this blog and also include some exhibitions that I’ve attended reviews.

So I’m looking forward to what the rest of this year might bring – so watch this space for what I’m working on 😀


Róisín -x

Last steps of research

It’s the last week of research – yaaaay! I’ll most likely do bits and pieces of research throughout as I start to formulate ideas along the way.

This week I was looking specifically into my local area for statistics so I could plan out where I could go. I think I’ve decided on one area being one of the more “deprived areas”  I just need to think of what would be a more wealthy area and an area of average income etc. I’ve been able to get a lot of information from the Falkirk census site which I’ve been printing pages from for my logbook.

Here are some of the images I took from the “Case study” I looked at last week:







The reason that I’m planning on doing these is to get a general idea of what sort of things I will find in certain area – this example being woods next to estates and schools etc.

So the plan for next week is to begin getting my ideas in order and applying all the research I’ve been gathering. This is also the same week that I’ll finally be able to go into my sketchbook. A couple of things that I have planned are to go to the Smith Gallery in Stirling for some inspiration and also do another case study near my house.

Until next time-

Róisín -x


So yeah as I warned you last week – I’m still researching, not the most fun part of the process but it’s how I work and needs to be done. I like having a bulk of knowledge to fall back on and it seems even more necessary this time around than it has in the past so I’m really trying to focus and keep everything organised.

Speaking of organisation – look at my new and improved, colour coded folder! So fancyyyyy.



So what have I been looking at?

I have three artists in my folder right now, Mark Dion for his methods and practise, Grayson Perry for his TV programme and tapestries focused on the different classes in Britain and Eric Fischer who I found by accident when looking a different types of maps.

I’ve also been looking into different ways to display data, types of maps and infographics.

Also during the week I went for a walk as I am thinking of maybe doing preparation “case studies” in certain areas to try and get an idea of what kind of things I will find.

To some up I’m on track, I’m researching, and next weeks post is gonna be pretty similar, after that one though I’ll hopefully have some more stuff to show. This week I’m planning on evaluating on the stuff I’ve been reading and also getting some statistics and such to try and help me decide on where I will be focusing on.

So that’s all I have for you just now,

Until next time

Róisín – x

I’m Back!!

So yeah summer’s hard to be consistent – sorry.

Annnnnyway I’m going to blog (hopefully) every weekday – I’m planning on Mondays but I’m not promising anything.

So what have I been doing so far?

Currently I’m on week 5 in my timetable which means I should have finished the basic research into my concept and starting to gather some visual research. Which I’ve sorta done – I would have liked to have gotten some evaluation in but, well, there was a lot of stuff I had to print off and apparently that takes up a lot more time than I was anticipating. I’m still on track though because I do have a bunch of stuff that I can get my teeth into.

So this is the boring research stage with not much to report on or pictures to post cause I’m not really able to go into my sketchbook just yet and need to stick to research and get a good idea on my topic.

And it’s at this point in the post I realise I haven’t actually mentioned what I want to do – great start me.

What’s my topic?

After really enjoying what I did in my degree show I wanted to continue on with using found objects in my artwork except this time develop the idea of how these objects reflect the people that left them and offer a bigger reflection on the area as a whole. I think I’m going to focus on how they can reflect the areas class as this would give me a good starting point for my dissertation.

So yeah that’s all I can really say right now (next weeks post may have a similar theme to tell ya the truth)

until next time 🙂

Róisín -x

Inspiration of the Week – Cathy Wilkes

In Cathy Wilkes she creates installations using found objects and also includes some of her own paintings.

I really like Wilkes work as I think that her pieces create an interesting – and to me quite eerie, unsettling and sinister – atmosphere. Placing these human like figures amongst these objects creates a whole situation and scenario within the space these objects occupy.

What I like most about this work is that the viewer is allowed to impose their own story onto the installation and create a sort of dialogue between the “characters”.


Part of what I think makes this piece interesting in particular is the use of the hanging sheets. These are reminiscent of an washing line giving the sense of home life an comfort. The patterns on these sheets also remind me of wallpaper furthering this feeling.

However even though they give a sense of comfort and protection, it also acts as a barrier, blocking the audience’s view on the installation. They seem to be trying to hide what is happening behind them, with what is going on behind them appearing to be somewhat dark and potentially depressing.


In my work I have used found objects to tell some sort of story or dialogue behind the objects, however I have never really used them to tell a whole separate story.



In all I like these installations and I like the artists ability to tell a story but not reveal all to the audience but allow them to make it up for themselves with the objects presented.

NB – all photographs here have been taken from this site:

I do not own any of the pictures on this post.

And the consistent blogging begins

So my plan is to update every week from now on, I’m trying to be more organised and consistent throughout all of my social media type accounts to give me at least some sort of online presence. I have started to update my instagram more regularly now and seem to be in a bit of a routine with it now.

Summer has been far more busy than I had anticipated. I’ve barely had a moment to myself since I started college, and even when I didn’t have anything on – I still had to redo my room and gut out three years worth of crap.

However a couple of weeks ago I did help out at a summer school ran by my college. This was an amazing experience and has given me a great boost in my confidence in my abilities. It also helped me to fully establish that this type of work is something that I definitely want to do in the future.

I’ve also began doing some basic research into what I want to do for fourth year but this hasn’t really fully taken off and I’ve just been doing bits and pieces (although I did buy a lever arch folder and dividers so I feel more prepared). I’m hoping to really get started with this over the next couple of weeks so I have more of a fully flourished idea of what I want to do by the time I start uni.

In terms of practical work I haven’t done much, it’s really only been a couple of drawings. One of which is a tattoo design I’m thinking about and another was mostly for fun/ am planning on trying out a cyanotype material piece with.

So that’s all I have for the past few weeks,


Róisín -x

More research!!

So this is currently the last week I have planned for research I think I might need to continue on with some research but not quite as intense as I am eager to actually start developing some of my ideas.

Any way my artist research is well on the way to being done, I just need to finish off my annotation which will be done with over and done with soon hopefully as I know exactly what I’m going to say as I’ve already typed out my artists on here.

So here’s what the pages that I’ve done this week for this:

As well as artist research I started reading and highlighting and writing notes in my research file and some of the stuff I’ve looked at is really interesting and I am keen to develop some stuff to do with Ogham as I think that this is quite relevant to my project.

By looking at my notes on social media, I had an idea of taking photos of my face and changing the brightness as my research said that brighter photos get more likes.

Here’s a couple other sketchbook pages that I’ve done:

The plan for the rest of this week is to:

  • Finish off writing notes in my research file
  • Finish of my artist annotation
  • Go on at least one investigatory walk that I’ve wrote about in my sketchbook
  • Perhaps find more research topics to add to my file
  • Do image transfers based on Social media notes

So hopefully I’ll be able to show you those next week 😉

That’s all I’ve got for you right now

See you next time


Róisín -x

Inspiration of the Week – 100 Years Project

The 100 Years Project is an online project by internet content creator Dana Roc in which she asks people what they want to be remembered for in 100 years.

This project is really interesting as almost everyone wants to be remembered for something, and there is a wide range for what people want to be remembered showing human diversity and personality.

The answers themselves were interesting because of how detailed some of them can be, like the person has been thinking a lot about it and thinking about it quite deeply, whereas some of them are simple one word answers.

For my project I am interested in looking into why and in what ways we want to be remembered and so I think this project is a good piece of research to have.

However the point that I want to make with this project is that we will be forgotten and that that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

I am planning on making my mark being somehow related to the ways that we try to be noticed and remembered amidst the crowd.

NB – all photographs here have been taken from these sites:

I do not own any of the pictures on this post.

Until next time


Róisín -x

The Research File Begins

So this week I’ve really got my head down ad have began researching stuff, and printing stuff an highlighting stuff. Exciting I know.

The next couple of posts are gonna have a similar story as I am going to get all necessary research done in the first month I have for this project so that I have a good foundation to base the rest of Studio Practice 2 on.

So the bulk of my research has been about the ideas about legacy and how and why we want to be remembered. I have also been looking at the idea of narcissism and the human ego.

Here’s the stoof I’ve put in my sketchbook this past week 🙂

So just another short update this week,


Róisín -x

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