HE conference


Workshop 1. Photography with Richard Tymon and Matthew Savage.

Richard and Matt discussed how their passions in photography developed and how they wanted to turn their passions into full time career’s and how doing the degree at Blackburn really shaped them into the professionals they are today. We observed Matts photographs. Matt is a Freelance photographer who has galleries on his website including Weddings, Self portraits, British Landscapes, Asia and night skys. (Www.MatthewSavagephotography.Co. uk)

Matt talked about how he travelled and went about creating his beautiful and aspirational photographs of Landscapes, and Astronomy from the mountains in Iceland to Pendle hill.( Unfortunately the practical workshop they had hoped for couldn’t go ahead as we didn’t know to bring our cameras.) They answered questions and we’re quite helpful. It was good to see the difference’s between Matts and Richards work and listen to their passions in photography and how it excites them as they consistently grow and experiment with their methods.

Workshop 2. Fashion and interior design with Dr Lucy Lyons.


GRACE GELDER. Grace is a Identity photographer and film maker and likes to liberate women and change peoples perceptions of themselves. . Grace has a BA HONS in visual performance and an MA in Documentary photography.

Grace showed us some photographs of her work. A professional Mongolian female director of a prison and explained how this woman had applied lipstick ready for her photograph to be taken.

I researched Grace and came across an article of an interview with her that talks about why she made the decision to marry herself and her experiences before and after. Grace’s work is influenced by her commitment and experiences with self compassion and self love.



“I have a BA Hons in Visual Performance from Dartington College of Arts and an MA in Documentary Photography from Dalian University, China.”

Grace has created images in:  Residential care homes, a skyscraper, a school prom, wrestling matches, dance shows, the Mongolian parliament, nudist beaches, factories, sexy dinner parties, Indian rooftop rituals, banks, bedrooms, bathrooms, yachts, Bulgarian gypsy cobblers, Olympic park, rubbish dumps, youth centres, weddings, the back alleys of London, wild moors, nuclear power stations, Bermuda, homeless shelters, forests, abandoned castles, trains, planes and automobiles.


Design animation and illustration. Bill Is a a cross-disciplinary visual arts practitioner and researcher. Bill has a background and education in fine art and has taught on a wide range of courses at UCBC since 2008. Bill’s current artistic research examines the uncanny in relation to post-cinema, affect theory, animation, installation art and pervasive computer-generated visual effects. (www.blackburn.ac.uk/lecturer-profile/CARW01)  Bill showed us some animation that he has been working on and talked about realism’s and perceptual effects. (https://vimeo.com/bunter 


Richard is a freelance photographer and he specialise’s in commercial and event photography.  Richards clients have included Wayne Hemingway(-vintage events), the NHS campaign and a collaberation withThwaites. Richards photgraphy website (Richardtymon.com) includes lots of his work. The gallery includes Portraits, Products, Places, Manchester International festival, vintage portraits,Northern soul, Places at rest and lifeblood. Richards latest work emerges art and technology together, audio and visual. A short film of merging close up photographs taken of people that are not aware and recorded soundscapes.  facesrichardtymon.wordpress.com/video-installation/

Richard was involved in this mornings workshop so much of what I heard in the lecture was what he had talked about then. His Places of Rest photographs are of Commercial buildings in Towns and cities that are taken at night when the sky is at its darkest and the only light comes from inside the buildings. Richard works a lot with the BAME heritage (Black,Asian,Muslim,Ehnic) and has taken profile pictures of the diverse workforce in a booklet that has been published. 

Richard was the photographer involved in the Ours campaign. 



2009 PhD Sheffield Hallam University. Delineating Disease: A system for investigating Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva

2009 MMAA Medical Artists’ Association RMIP State Registered Accreditation of Medical Illustration Practitioners

2000 MA Fine Art – City & Guilds of London Art School

1992 BA (Hons) Graphic Design – Norwich School



From my notes, Dr Lucy Lyons explained her history with learning and schooling at a young age and how she came to find her talent in perceptual study through drawing and pushed herself later in life to become a successful science (Anatomical pathological) research illustrator “Drawing key elements past the surface shot giving clear information, be in the presence, time slowing down.”  “Drawing matters” “Art permeates everything, who you are, How you can use it”.  

“My work explores the notion of observing and understanding the world through the activity and processes involved in making.”

Artistic engagement, re-appreciate, re-evaluate, re-dignify. show value, appreciate specimens. Helps to explore. 

I really enjoyed Dr Lucy Lyons lecture although getting a PhD and illustration isn’t something I want to do she was someone I could still aspire to. She let me believe that if I push myself enough I can be as successful as she is. I enjoyed the Workshop that she was involved in.  First of all we had to draw some pictures of small surface areas on parts of objects displayed around the room, these were then photocopied and replicated a few times so that we could tear, sew, pin and create something ‘a garment’. I really didn’t like my end creation though. 


Key points from my notes

Jenna talked of creative industries, Degree industry standards, how the sector is growing in the Northwest and how it was exciting times. 

Creative exports grew more than 4x faster than any other sector. The creative economy added new jobs at more than twice the the UK economy average. Creativity is a commodity for buisness and the economy. Left sided thinkers are creative thinkers and creativity is innovation. Enterprise zones where graduates from creative industries, Digital a key priority, easily enter employment. 


Talked about Blackburns The Making Rooms (Fab lab) facility. With Commercial prototyping and short run production capabilites. How it’s a  creative hive bringing enterprise and creativity to one space. With Artists studio’s, work shops spaces, wet room and spray rooms. 

Running workshops, training rooms, gallery spaces and social space with a cafe and buisness lounge and Live performance area.  

How the place is set up for Hire time on any of the machines  (eg.. Lazor cutters, kiln and potters wheel, 3d makers, vinyl cutters and milling machines.)



 A freelance spacial design/ interior designer who has worked in Hong Kong and soon to be working in Dubai and former degree student at Blackburn.

Sam showed some of his photographs of collaborations with a Hong Kong hotel and a Bank. He talked of his collaborations with Retail outfits and exhibitions he has been involved in such as Harry Ramsdens.  When recieving a breif, Philosophical theoretical underpinning- Think about how the customer will use the space. (customer profiles/map profiles). Create areas, activate space,  Considerations- What are the surroundings like? what’s the spirit of?   Sam uses auto CAD which is a 3D form of visual spacial planning.

I was really pleased that someone had come to talk about interior design as it is possibly the path that I want to take although I am having so much fun and learning so much in foundation that I am even more confused about what i want to do and where i want this experience to take me. I want to do everything.


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