Bookmaking

De Ferrier, Handmade book, with kettle stitch. 2020
De Ferrier, Handmade book. 2020

This is my first attempt at handmaking a book without all the studio equipment, industrial paper cutting machines certainly make things a lot easier. It was a really fun exercise to work through the topics in my new book Bound, by Rachel Hazell, and I can do it standing up.

Further experiments

Miura Ori Tessellation.

Continuing experimentation with origami paper folds, although not sure at this stage if these will be included in any final work produced.

This came about due to being diagnosed with sciatica, which left me unable to sit down. This work can be made while standing so I took this time to try and figure out what I am able to do. The light in these images is really engaging. Going forward, I aim to find out how I can incorporate maps of migrant journeys, from either memory or mapping.

De Ferrier, Muira Tessellation. 2020

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Miura-Ori & Bibliography

Koryo Miura, an astrophysicist, developed a way to fold using one sheet of paper. This was then further expanded for use with space exploration. The reason for this was to be able to make use of only one motor to open equipment for shuttles, which brought about the need for less equipment, and therefore less chance of motor problems.

The idea that this could be used for mapping was immediately interesting to me, so I decided to make a simple Miura Ori. The way that the light falls on this very simple piece of folded origami paper is really engaging. The fact that it can fold into such a tiny shape is wonderful. This was a little experiment was undertaken during the break, definitely engaging enough to explore further.

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Trillo wins.

Ada Luisa Trillo wins the Guardian portfolio review for her documentary on migrant caravans.

In January 2020, fleeing violence and poor economic conditions, a group of Hondurans organised a huge migrant caravan that travelled through Guatemala into Mexico. After travelling for eight days, the caravan crossed the Suchiate River into Mexico and were met by the recently established Guardia Nacional composed of former federal, military and naval police.

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On Teaching.

De Ferrier, Untitled. 2020 Cyanotype and stitching on fabric.

At my exhibition for Landings I had a few inquiries on how some of my work was made, especially camera less images and cyanotypes. I suggested that I could run a workshop to share my ideas, and help people to feel confident about making their own images. This idea had to be put on hold for the time being, due to rapidly rising COVID 19 cases here in Texas.

“I really didn’t have much to teach. I didn’t even believe in it. I felt so strongly that everybody had to find their own way. And nobody can teach you your own way….In terms of art, the only real answer that I know of is to do it. If you don’t do it, you don’t know what might happen.” Harry Callahan, 1991.

Robert Adams quotes Harry Callaghan in his book Why People Photograph. While I don’t necessarily agree that I do not have anything to teach, I very much agree with his statement ‘the only real answer is to do it’. It can be difficult for some to move out of the thinking about art stage. I am definitely driven to taking action, to make work, to accept failures and to learn from them.

ADAMS, Robert. 1994. Why People Photograph: Selected Essays and Reviews. 1st ed. New York: Aperture.

Week 11 Reflection.

This week has been busy finalizing images for WIPP, work in progress portfolio. The difficulties were trying to connect my visually split folio. It was suggested that by being really selective, cutting the images back may help. It really did help, although it was quite difficult to choose what images to leave out. This has definitely given me the confidence to really be critical in selecting work. As a result I feel much happier with my  selection of artworks. They cohere, and therefore show better.

I have now completed and submitted my PK. This was a difficult excercise for me, I spent a great deal of time trying to get it right. Time well spent, I’m quite happy with the result. Hopefully this addresses any questions on what my work is actually about.

Textures and traces of migrants work, the tar, the paint, the evidence in the builders tape, half painted walls and fences, and the eventual covering up. Erasing all those beautiful marks. I’m happy to have made a record of all these things.

Covid 19 has made certain things difficult to navigate. We are still isolated  kids are still out of school. Out of these difficulties new work has been made, new discoveries in mark making made, and new and exciting  explorations. This had been a pivotal moment for me and my work.

Looking ahead at the next three modules I feel that interdisaplinary work will still be a part of my practice. I enjoy pushing boundaries, and employing new methodology. Book making, and printmaking will most certainly be a part of my work going forward. Perhaps taking printmaking further towards sculptural installation could be something to explore.

Gig Construction Workers.

You may have heard someone from the US state that they work two or three jobs. This is not uncommon, it is known as gig working or side hustling. Most reputable companies will cover their staff for vacations, healthcare and workers insurance. Gig working does not cover any of these things. Construction work and domestic work is gig work, this leaves the worker exposed in many ways, especially construction work, where accidents happen all the time. Health care costs in the US are incredibly expensive.

W Kamau Bell covers this is his series The United Shades of America. He interviews gig workers, some of whom work six jobs, not because they want to, but because they have to.

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Week 10 reflection.

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My interests in migration have been long term due to personal background. It was helpful to have a webinar with peers who do not know what my work is about, this shone a light on a problem. It was difficult to show photographs alongside mixed media in a coherent way, due to COVID 19 my work had to shift which has left me with a  visually split portfolio.

My methodology has continued to be diverse, I feel that this could be part my way forward. I recently bought a book by Rachel Hazell on various bookbinding methods. Perhaps there could be a lead from this work to the next module where I can incorporate some of these ideas to sit alongside further silo images.

We remain in lockdown in Houston, so for the foreseeable future I can only photograph around my home. I feel that to do this would only further fracture my work, so this is not an approach that I will be taking. I’m not sure how this will work out going forward, but I aim to keep my options open with regards to making books and interdisaplinary work.

This week I am spending time working on my  critical research journal, work in progress portfolio and pecha kucha presentation.