This container of "Nick" Clegg, P.V.A was unearthed in the studio earlier today. Clearly we have a pin sharp political satirist in our midst. Your possible links between the Deputy P.M and a gallon of P.V.A please. So far - Not really that powerful Fairly bland Tacky to the touch Slightly unpleasant odour Is just about able to hold two pieces of paper together
While we're talking about the Summer Exhibitions we thought that we'd better point out that everyone is invited, yes even you dear reader.Here's a copy of the Email flyer that Jim and Dwayne (both 33) knocked up, er.. designed, the other day:
The exhibitions feature all the subjects taught by the Faculty so there will be plenty of work to amaze and entertain you. Plus, if you come on the preview day - Saturday 4th June - there will be nibbles, cake and potentially* the finest wines known to humanity. Why not come and make a day of it?
The poster and mail invite were all designed by our own Michael 'Mike' Molloy (Year 3 Graphic Design) and are themed around a course obsession, Mexican masked wrestling.
Sorry - we know we've been neglecting the blog for a couple of weeks now. There's a very good reason of course - end of year assessments, tutorials and most importantly of all, the Year 3 Final Major Presentations. Now all of that is behind us it's time to concentrate on the end of year show and catch up with our backlog of posts.
The run up to the show kicked off this morning with a team briefing lead by our charismatic leader, Captain Simon Davies.
10.15am: Captain Davies addresses the troops
We're going to do something 'arty' this year but I'm not at liberty to disclose exactly what. However, you will be pleased to know that it will involve piles of A3 card, an imaginary gust of wind, 300 bulldog clips and miles of nylon fishing line....
Once the briefing was over we needed to clear the studio it was 'all hands to the pumps' and within the hour the following transformation had taken place...
11.45am 12.00pm: Rhiannon recreates the opening moments of 'The Sound of Music' That's quite a dramatic transformation for only an hours work isn't it? When environments change so rapidly and dramatically, there are invariably casualties. Sadly, we have to report that Year 3 Illustrator Michael 'Mike' Tailford (and his ironing board) are now homeless. It's a cruel world...
Year 3 Illustration student Mike Tailford, lets us watch the making of one of his 'Scrapyard' paintings from start to finish.
Like any true painter, you will notice that Mike's work has only just begun once the paper is covered with paint. Colours have to be continually adjusted and balanced across the picture surface. Sometimes elements become overworked and have to be painted over to regain a sense of vitality.
The large pieces of scrap stuck over the image towards the end of the process act as a mask allowing Mike to spatter the foreground with paint flicked from a brush.
Painting is a little like playing chess with yourself. You make a few moves but then think about what is going on in front of you - the painting is your opponent and it takes much time, effort, passion and above all, thought to beat it!
Stuck around for the much fancied Cage the Elephant. Regretted it after 3 songs - fifth rate Garage Rock coupled with a singer who obviously thought he was the young Mick Jagger was not a happy combination.
Cage the Elephant - Mick and Keef...
Headed over to the unsigned tent to see Eastbourne's Yaaks.
Beautifully turned out young men with guitars strung a little too high (very Haircut 100). They played a pleasant indie rock, strong on echo and reverb. It seems likely they have been listening to their parent's early U2 and Simple Minds albums.
One of these men wants to be noticed...
But which one?
Well hello handsome...
The extra drummer/Greek God/Bez towered above the rest of the band and made sure he stole most of the limelight. I'm imagining that ultimately he'll have to go... Next, off to the loos - only a 25 minute queue.
Cold, alcohol and the wind chill meant that plastic throne rooms supplied by Borderloos were very busy.
A Radio 1 hoodie - that'll be £30 please!!!???
A bit like Blackpool seafront
Occasional rain followed by brighter spells
Panic at the Disco
Back to the New Music Stage for Panic at the Disco. Smart, suit wearing Americans with a keyboard playing, charismatic frontman with a Morrissey fixation. Any similarities to the Killers was, I imagine, exactly what the were after. Pleasant but forgettable.
The New Music tent post-Panic at the Disco and pre-Nero
Nero started impressively enough...
... with a sample from John Adams' minimalist masterwork Harmonielehre but when gentlemen of a 'certain age' start punching the air in a 'certain way' you know it's time to go. Their hilariously lo-tech, Dr. Who inspired, stage set didn't help either.
It should be Noted that both members of Nero are giants, standing 4m tall!
Radio 1 had a signing tent. Earlier in the day there was a large queue for Fearne and Reggie. It would seem Huw is a little less popular.
Huw's immediate family and friend wait for an autograph
Back to the Unsigned Tent for some more early 80's influence with Are Friends Electric from Neath.
Are Friends Electric - perfectly pleasant, perfectly forgettable
The DJ Stage - where does Tim Westwood, sorry Westwood, get his comedy accent from?
Off to the Main Stage to await the Black Eyed Peas
I only recognized the one with the Dick Dale guitar intro. I think it's called 'Pump It'.
The tent was jam-packed, daughter had a whale of a time as did everyone else, also Fergie can sing a bit too.
From left to right: Fergie, a Black Eyed Pea, another Black Eyed Pea and a furtherBlack Eyed Pea.
Kay and Moyles in the same place at the same time, sadly no weapon to hand...
It's clear that Zane Low would rather be a musician than humble DJ. Pre the Foo Fighters, he kept the crowd 'entertained' by playing some records with added sound effects. There is a skill in shouting 'Carlisle say yeah' and 'let me see your hands in the air' that is often overlooked. This man is a god, or at least he thinks he is.
Zane Low - his talent knows no beginning
Finally The Foo Fighters.
It should be noted that in terms of crowd numbers, The Black Eyed Peas were the true headliners. Whilst not small, the crowd for 'The Foos' was about two thirds the size...
Don't get me wrong, I know Dave Grohl is the nicest/hardest working man in rock and he used to be out of that band Nirvana but dare I say it? I find their music slightly bland. After five versions of what, to all intents and purposes, was the same song (nice though it is) and with Dave promising to extend his one hour timeslot, daughter and I simultaneously agreed to make an early exit. This was a genius idea as we got away quickly and were home with our feet up, having a nice cup of tea before Dave and the boys had finished 'rockin' Carlisle.
The perpetually bloggable Dylan of 2nd year graphics, makes his 143rd appearance among these virtual pages, here featured in local magazine, Carlisle living. Dylan, whilst not designing and forming new hairstyles also plays on a skateboard and is pictured above doing some sort of jump (photoshopped?).
We thought that Dylan's skateboard looked a little small so we found him a better, man-sized version...
Time flies and there are only a couple of weeks left until the end of the teaching year.
An accurate barometer of immanent hand-ins and crits are the number of people using our own in-house reprographics facility, expertly manned by the Queen of the Canon , the Empress of the Epson, Helen Milroy (33).
"An A3 with fries to go please" - Reprographics, Tuesday 3 May 2011
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