Literature review map

This morning after waspgate (I had an infestation of wasps in my roof and spent the afternoon trying to stop them infiltrating too far into my house!!! After pest control came I then had to deal with hundreds of dying wasps in the living room…. Arghh!)

Anyway I feel like I’ve been getting a bit too over excited about reading and strayed from love to objects, then realising I need to be more systematic and ‘finish’ the love section before getting carried away. 
Having spoke to a collegue, every time she has read something new, she maps it onto a mind map…. So I have tried to do something similar to get in order! 
I’ve so far mapped out all the areas for the literature review I think I need to focus on… Straight forward… Then all the areas within that that I need to look further into…getting busier!
Then how they link with each other to an extent…this is where I get myself confused!
Then who is doing what in that area. Because I am doing this by practice I also need to look at other practitioners too which is where I think I get confused! 
Anyway below is where I’m at. I’m going to put this up on the wall and keep adding to it!

I’m now going to make folders on my computer to enable me to drop in bits to each one…! I feel a bit more organised now. 
I just find it hard to concentrate when I’m reading something… Any focussing technique suggestions welcome!

A bit more experimentation with some wax and objects….

I wanted to begin casting things in materials I am thinking of using.  Having read a lot around was and shrines and the body parts at the Fatima Church in Portugal where they throw in wax versions of legs and arms etc for health I thought about having a play with beeswax.  Having made candles when I was younger I know that wax picks up detail really well so wanted to see if it would work for what I needed.

I have collected a few objects recently, about what might be an object someone would give someone else or what reminds them of a person.  Pipe, lockets, brooches, glass trinkets, purse….I also collected a few containers, egg cups, dishes just to practice in.  Lolly sticks are the best thing for stirring too and pliers…Just always handy!  Also white tack….!  White tack is amazing.  I’ve had this since I worked on TV sets.  It is so strong!  Recommended instead of blue tack!

So here’s my experimentation…

Bain Marie…Jug and Pan.  I didn’t know but wax can combust so this is the safest
way to melt it.  Stay with i the whole time and keep an eye on it!
Melted wax in the bain marie, ready to pour.  Smells amazing!
I suspended the locket above the container and
poured in the wax around the edge.
When it solidified I couldn’t get the wax out of the container or the
locket out of the wax!!!!! 
Put the wax in the freezer for a few hours and eventually pulled it out
The final imprint in the wax.

Having gone through the whole process I enjoyed getting back to being practical, however I was not as thrilled with the results as i’d first hoped.  It smells really good though!  In retrospect the thing I liked about the silastic T4 that I used last time for my MA (see below picture) was the fact that you could see straight through it and gave a ghostly impression.  There is something called glass wax which you can buy from Tiranti so I think i’ll give that a whirl.  It’s also got me thinking about the type of Store or container I want to make so might have a drawing session too.

Starting to experiment … With moulds

So I have had ideas bubbling up for the past couple of weeks regarding a theme or idea or topic around my own practice. It all links back to memory of people and objects but I am still working on an area to target this.

Last night I figured I should start to remember how to go about casting and making and so played around with alginate and plaster.  I was a bit tired and forgot a few key elements such as building up around the hand, creating keys to allow the plaster mould to come off and on and a few other things….
I also threw a whole roll of scrim away and so had to use jay cloths to strengthen the plaster.

The detail picked up by the alginate was very fine although this at the moment is not essential.

Sadly the fingers broke off whilst trying to extract the cast. I probably didn’t leave it long enough to set and was too eagDer to see the finished product.  It has reminded me on what I need to do to create casts now, but I think it’s a while before I cast a head!!!! 

Literature review and the start of it all!

So it’s been a funny couple of days.  After sanding my floors all weekend, I could not get my head back into reading on Monday morning.  I felt really disorganised even though last week I had a really productive few days.

I managed to:

  • Fill in my high risk ethics form
  • Complete and get signed off my research plan (a bit later than should have)
  • Nearly complete my consent form
  • Put together a portfolio of my work to show wannabe participants. 
This week I need to:
  • Tweak consent form
  • Write a passage about what I want participants to actually do and tell me (i keep putting this off for some reason)
  • Get into my literature review and organise how i’m going to do it!
I thought I was going to be doing my methodology as when I was getting into the ethics form, I touched on this and how I would go about it, but having spoken to colleagues I should be reading.  I just find reading so hard…It feels like i’m not getting anything done, even though when I get into it I realise I am!
So yesterday was more productive as I saw human life and went into work for a few hours and went to the library.  I pulled out loads of books but then started reading “The Essential Guide to Doing Research” by Zina O’Leary.  I thought I needed a bit of self help and actually this has given me some really good tips and ideas!
I have been looking at how to organise the literature review.  Because I will be reviewing fiction, non fiction, philosophers, artists, makers etc I need to have some sort of plan to tackle it. so i’ve split it into sections.
I also need to work out what research has the most relevance so the intersecting areas of literature helped with this and I created this (messy) diagram..
So thats my update… I’m going to continue organising myself today and then try and get on with a bit more writing, maybe i’ll tackle the ‘what participants need to do bit’….eeeeek!
When I’ve done it I will post it up and see if I get any responses on line….So if anyone is reading this then they can get involved!  


So the next few weeks I have as ‘Research Weeks’ from work.  After a meeting with my supervisor I showed him my Research Plan and there were a few changes to make (for the better).  It’s hard because when you’ve been writing for a whole day or more you lose sight of what you’ve missed etc.  I have been comparing and contrasting other artists work with my own this morning.  It’s actually weird to read over what you have written and then carry on again, 1 because it sometimes sounds crap and 2 because in the past i hate having to amend things, but i seem to have got the hang of it today.

I also have had a couple fo emails from my old friend Lara Torres, who is in her last year of a PhD at LCF.  It was really great to hear how she is doing and also the fact that PhDs in fashion and fashion practice are happening! 

This week I want to get my plan finished and sent in (well I have to as apparently I’m a month late submitting) and then I want to look at completing my ethics form and consent forms).

This is a list of ‘stuff’ I wrote down to get done over the next few weeks so I might also try and work out what to do from this. I also bought a tub of was so i’d like to start playing with that next week too!

I had an induction on the machinery in Queenstreet Studios which was great as now I’m allowed to go and use the machines too!

Right less ponificating…more writing!!!!