Laura Cherry



Today’s Schedule;

10-11= Blogging

11-12= Organising studio practise work

12-1= Break

1-1.30= tutorial with Andrew

1.30-3= In the wood workshop making an attachment to fix in to my aluminium piece. This is to hold the work on to the wall for installing next week



Below is a picture of before and after organising the work. There is also an image to show the wood that fixed on to the back




Today’s Schedule;

9-11= contextual studies lecture

11-1= Organising studio practise work

1-2= Break

2-4= Reading for context folder



Today’s Schedule;

10-1= Volunteering at the RUH for the Alzheimer’s Society

1-1.30= Break

1.30=4.45= Salt Printing workshop

4.45-7= Break

7-8.30= Writing up dissertation plan for the hand in tomorrow morning



Write ups for the RUH volunteering can be found with my professional practise project.

Salt printing is a technique developed in the 1830’s by Henry Fox Talbot. The process is long but very rewarding and clever. Below are a few photographs from the salt printing experience;

the images I used…

the exposing…

As I was working in the dark room, the amount of documentation I could do was limited. I have remembered how to do this process;

  • Immerse the paper you are going to print on to in a salt solution
  • allow the paper to dry fully
  • mix silver nitrate with ammonia- adding droplets of ammonia very slowly
  • allow the solution to turn completely black and then continue to add droplets in until it goes clear again (have to wait a long time for this to work)
  • using the solution, paint 2 coats of it on to the paper (allowing to dry fully each time)
  • print a negative image on to acetate
  • place all the layers (blotting paper, acetate and silver nitrate paper) in to the glass press
  • make a dark cover for the glass press to fit in to
  • take the image outside and expose for 10-20 minutes
  • cover the work and take inside
  • once inside the dark room again, put the print in to water for 5 minutes
  • immerse the print in the salt solution and then place in a colour tray
  • after being in the colour tray for 2 minutes, immerse in water again
  • put the image in to the fixing solution so that the image will no longer be affected by light
  • immerse in water again for 5 minutes
  • take image out of the water and place on blotting paper to dry


Today’s Schedule;

9.30-10.30= Tutorial with Camilla discussing context folder

10.30-11.30= Updating contents page and researching artist Ralph Meyer

11.30-12.30= Break

12.30-1.30= Year group meeting

1.30-2= Working on artist statement draft- draft printed for Andrew to read on friday

2.30-3= Blogging

3-4= Break

4-4.30= Working on risk assessment form for external project


Today’s Schedule;

10-11= discussing dissertation proposal with peers

11-1= workshop about indexhibit with Paul Crook

1-1.30= Break

1.30-3.30= Reading for context folder and to gain ideas for dissertation- looked at previous students dissertation titles

3.30-4.30= Break

4.30-5.30= Reading

7.30-8.30= Job interview- to support funds for University

Easter Break 23rd March- 15th April

What I have done;

  • Following on from my practise before easter, I decided to trial making a second artwork using aluminium. Below are some images which show the process of drawing the image on to the sheet of metal.

Drawing out the image-


Transferring the image on to the metal using carbon paper-

When it came to applying sand to the metal, I had some difficulties. Previously, when I made my other metal piece of the parliament building, I used sample glues which were sent to me by Ap Fitzpatrick in London. The glues were a lot stronger and were thicker in substance. Due to the price of these glues being so high, I wanted to try using pva glue, to see if I could still make the same effect. However, the glue simply wasn’t strong enough to hold the sand, it peeled off the metal very easily and because pva is more watery, it made the sand spread and when the sand dried, the image became distorted. Therefore, I have decided to rethink what I will do with this piece of metal. At least I have learned what adhesives are the best to use and which are not.

Below are some photographs- it took me 3 hours to apply the sand, and it peeled off within 10 minutes of drying;

I also have learned that sieving the sand before applying through a plastic applicator is a lot more effective. When I dyed the play sand with the ink, clumps of sand were formed. By sieving these lumps out, the sand runs a lot smoother through the applicator and it means I can apply the sand a lot quicker because the applicator does not get blocked. I made my own sieve out of a cardboard cup.. (left mine at home !)

  • Furthermore, I have continued to work on my context folder. I have written an artist statement, organised and written up all notes from lectures and exhibition visits
  • All blog notes are printed as hard copies and organised in to a folder. Hopefully this will make it easier for examiners to see how each work was developed
  • During my easter break, I was asked by a friend from Southampton University to assist her with her project for her final year. She is a fashion stylist who has taken lots of shoots for a book that she is making. My job was to illustrate one of the photographs that she took. I did this in order to strengthen my professional practise module and to simply try something new. Below are some photographs of the works. I have scanned some of them in and some have been photographed using a dslr;
  • I also visited 2 galleries in London and I went to Barcelona to gain more material for future artworks.

I visited the national gallery- monet and architecture exhibition

I also visited the tate modern gallery- picasso exhibition

I visited the national gallery in Barcelona and photographed as much of the architecture as I could. I took over 300 photographs. Below are some of the key images I took-

  • I have also been reading as much as I can on narratives in order to support my dissertation proposal- notes are in my context folder


Today’s Schedule;

10-11= Training at the RUH for the Alzheimer’s Society

11-11.30= Playing with new camera. Nikon D3400 with 18-55mm VR lense

11.30-12.30= Break

12.30-1= Walk to Uni

1-2= Reading

2-2.30= Measuring grid and buying aluminium metal for next piece

2.30-3.30= Break

3.30-5= Visiting artist lecture- Des Hughes

5-6= Writing up lecture notes and exhibition notes

6-6.30= Blogging



Fully trained as a Side by Side Volunteer at the RUH- I will start this position in April, working once a week, being a friendly face to Dementia patients

Metal bought for £8.50



Today’s Schedule;

10-11= Selecting image for new sand piece, printing off and gridding up the photo

11-12= Bought a large sheet of paper and gridded it up. The image will be around 80 x 60cm

12-1= Year group meeting

1-1.30= Looking for metal technician (could not find him so I need to remember to buy the aluminium sheet tomorrow morning)

1.30-3= Break

3-4.30= Finishing reading articles

4.30-5= Updating blog

5-6= Updating CV

6-7= Writing up Visiting artist lecture notes, printing and putting in to context folder

7-8= Break

8-9= Working on Indexhibit/ new website for professional practise



to do;

  • write artist statement
  • organise practical work
  • find out a way of hanging aluminium works
  • finish second aluminium work
  • finish transferring website to indexhibit
  • write up exhibition notes
  • update external project folder- print out notes, application forms, photos of exhibitions etc.
  • buy white spirit
  • label practical work and printed blogs


Today’s Schedule;

London visit

coach at 9.05-12.25

walked to V and A – exhibition I wanted to see, tickets had sold out

Walked to Tate Britain- saw the all the human exhibition and the impressionism exhibition

Coach home at 4.30-8.30



Unfortunately, the exhibitions I visited did not allow photography, so I have written up any thoughts I had and uploaded photographs I could find online of the exhibition. The document can be found in my context folder under the exhibition visit section.

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