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.


Fine Art roundabout


Today I was introduced to some techniques in manipulating, distorting and diffusing photographs to create abstract or illusionised pictures. we observed a demonstration by the tutor using various techniques and materials such as bleach, turps, Acrylic paint, sandpaper, varnish and stain. We had a look at various artists that use these techniques such as

GERARD  RICHTER a German painter that has produced abstract as well as photorealist paintings, photographs and glass pieces . Quote”I blur things to make everything equally important and equally unimportant” https://www.gerhard-richter.com/en/quotes/techniques-5

One of Gerhards oil on photograph pieces.

URS FISCHER a Swiss artist working in New York.  known for his photography and contemporary art.


Using paper towel and cotton buds to apply, smudge or dab on the materials.

I really enjoyed experimenting with clashing colours with the varnish and acrylic paints which also added texture if it was thick enough. The bleach gave a warm Amber glow to parts of the photographs, this was more successful on photographs that had more colour in them. The varnish would give a warm aging sepia effect to the photographs and the turps I found was not successful in doing anything.

I would like to try this again at some point, using more interesting photographs and experimenting with other teqnique’s like adding Textiles or using heat.

I decided to look on the Pinterest pages and was inspired by the pieces produced by
MAURIZIO ANZERI an Italian artist who uses embroidered thread on found photographs. I really like what he does,  this is something I would like to try in future work.



The afternoon session was to Life draw a female nude. We observed the tutor who give a demonstration of how to hold the pencil and alignment. 

I had to have a bit of help with the alignment, it is my first life drawing i have ever done (apart from a drawing of my dog while she slept.) so the tutor did help with this. I wasn’t far off getting it right. I sat in a chair to do my drawing and my arm begun to ache after a while. we had to draw her but not add to much detail and the tutor said my drawing looked better without her eye. I drew some of the background to add depth and composition to the drawing and I am pleased with the outcome. I think her hands could be better. I really struggled to draw them. I didn’t have time to do a second pose but it would have been good to have had something to compare it to. 
This is a drawing I did of my dog as my first life drawing experience at home as practice. 

Film adaption: Everything is illuminated. 


A 2005 adaption from a novel of the same name and directed by Liev Shrieber. A biographical comedy drama about Jonathan a Jewish American’s quest to find the woman who saved his grandfather (in the second world war) in a small village (The hamlet of Trachimbrod) in the Ukraine that has been wiped off the map and no one has heard of. Through a family specialising in ‘tours for dead jews’  Jonathan (the collector) is guided by Alex (a Ukrainian Rap wanna be and Michael Jackson fan) as Jonathans interpretor. Along with Alex’s (claims to be blind and possibly Anti semitic) Grandfather as the driver and his crazy dog Sammy Davis junior junior (his all seeing eye dog). They travel across the soviet countryside on a journey of discovery, friendship,love, and suprising disclosure that brought me to tears.

I have not read the book but I  really enjoyed the film, the screen play, the humour and the way the journey moved through every chapter from the absurdity of the first chapters to the dignity of the last.


Mark Making and ceramics workshop

I collected some objects from Blackpool for mark making. They include a fork, feathers, shells, a small peice of beach wood, some small ivy leaves and foliage from the street flower beds. Using various coloured inks, dyes and a brayer, I painted on the paper and on the objects. I started mark making with my objects and attempted to make visual and actual texture with my marks.

Van Gogh used Markmaking in his pictures, the most famous one being  ‘Starry night’.

Picture source: Wikipedia


Mark making slab pot ‘Ceramics’.


First we rolled out 4 peices of clay into slabs of the same thickness. The equal sized peices of wood either side of the cloth to guide us. We had to be careful not to make any bubbles as they will explode in the kiln. I used a couple of stones and a shell to make marks and texture to my slabs. They will be left to dry a couple of days before cutting into our desired designs.

While making the marks with the shell I decided to turn the shells position three times to make a clover style print and used the edge of the shell for the stork.


I designed a vase in the form of a simple Gravestone and in keeping with my ‘Document the day’ theme. I decided on the measurements I wanted my pot and allowed for shrinking in the kiln.

I measured the peices of clay for my designed piece but the slabs of clay i had previously marked and dryed were not quite big enough for what i had in mind. I didn’t let this deter me from my design, I just needed to make the larger parts of my designed piece bigger by attaching other pieces of clay.

Using the score and slip teqnique used in ceramics, I bonded the pieces of clay to make the larger pieces of my design and to bond my structure together.




I needed to pack out my structure during assemblage with newspaper to ensure it would stay where it needed to stay and not sink or bend.


I really love how the different marks made by the shells and stones really compliment each other when they are side by side, this is not in my original design drawing but I am pleased that the form developed this way.


I made the lid and cut holes big enough to put flowers in. I changed my design slightly and decided to leave spaces at each end of the lid so that i can place tealight candles and make the form multifunctional. Using a tool similar to a cheese grater I smoothed the edges and corners.



The form measures 20cm Tall, 23cm wide and 6cm deep. The clay is 5mm thick. The lid is 9.5cm depth and also 23cm wide.


The piece is now resting and will soon be ready for its first treatment in the kiln, it doesn’t look entirely different from my original design idea but the transformation i am pleased with.

Lino tile making and Printing workshop.

I had chosen to use my picture of the white lady taken in my ‘Document the day’ photographs. I used a black and white image of the photograph then traced my design on my lino before using a sharp chisel tool to gouge out the design. I ensured before i inked out the pieces that I knew which parts i wanted to keep and which parts I would be gauging out. Next time i do a lino tile I will ensure my pen ink is on the opposite side I am cutting as I was constantly getting my hands covered in ink. Using acrylic paint, a brayer to put a layer of paint on to the lino tile, an old fashioned spin wheel press and some old book text paper, I  have created some really good lino prints. I am really pleased with how they turned out. I painted the trees and the white lady in complimentary colours on the first print to add contrast and also used some layering teqnique’s by cutting into the lino a bit more around the hands and face. I wasn’t  sure if i would like her print as a mirror image but it actually looks really good. I attempted to do the layering again in the 3rd picture but unfortunately the pink on the black and white didn’t work as well as I had hoped although it does have a pop art look about it.