I have received an email back from my tutor in answer to my suggested direction for part 5. I had suggested two lines of enquiry:
The first was for a set of experimental vessels / sculptural forms constructed using natural found objects such as bark, leaves and grasses. I had really enjoyed my experiments with leaves that I did for part 2 and wanted to develop that further.
The second was a collection of cocoon / pod like forms using wrapping techniques. Each containing a secret within it. They could be coloured / wrapped in a way that conveys an idea of what is within for example a dark secret could be dark and spiky whereas a secret hope or dream would be lighter and luminous.
I personally preferred the first idea wanted some advice on where to go next. Pros and cons etc. I had listed the things I thought I needed to investigate in the sample stage on the blog.
Rebecca replied with the following suggestions:
She stated that whilst both ideas were interesting the second one was made weaker by the inclusion of messages and meanings.
She suggested that she didn’t think there is a need to separate my two ideas at this stage and to explore making vessels/cocoons/pods (these are all sculptural) from the materials that I find stimulating and to be open minded in the techniques I use.
She also suggested that I aim to be playful and innovative and using reflections to make decisions on what I think is working well and how to develop my idea further.
Armed with these suggestions and advice I feel that I am on the right track developing samples using natural materials to make structures whether they be pods cocoons or vessels. I am going to try and be led by the materials themselves. I am off for a walk in the woodlands around the school in a short while to see what I can find to use with some of the preserved leaves I now have.