MA Project 480/270 @ The Making Space (Huddersfield) 20-2-2018

More from the making space.

After lots of work on ideas for posters and flyers ,it seems that the team has made up its mind to go with a more formal approach and come up with the two below

TMS poster idea 2s_chris

TMS poster idea 3_chris

the frustrations of team work are as always, compromise…. I was once told that “A camel is a Horse designed by a committee”

they are nice posters,and will i’m sure after a little work and tidying up be very effective

it just seems like i am wasting my efforts, the project is doing well but i don’t feel as if it is anything to do with me … posters, logos all seem like a waste of time and effort. I’m not used to this compromise lark ūüėĬ† things also get a little confused when we are all communicating by whats app group msgs. we all have a good working relationship face to face but confusion sets in over whats app,our two hour meeting got things sorted and moving.

5-00pm¬† ¬† just back from our meeting feeling better now i’ve had my medication ūüėČ we got a lot done in two hours the poster has been tweaked a little and work for the week shared out between us.

Apart from that all is going well I have made some collages from my photographs of the Art works on show on the streets of Huddersfield,these are for a collaborative piece of work with Assunta  who wants to use my collage for her textile piece ,my work has been turned into a Sepia piece and she will print it on special paper and then transfer this to a textile base as part of  the project.

so here below are the two collages in sepia

Left side mural small

Left side mural/collage

Mural right side small

Right side mural/collage

The challenges of team work are difficult…

Will the rewards of team work be worth it ? at this stage of the project I have my doubts but I suspect that at the half way stage of any project doubts creep in,I have no doubts that we will pull off the aims of the project and that it will work ,and be a good group piece of work,my fears are it will put me off collaboration and group work forever.




MA Project The Making Space (Huddersfield) second edition

    Our rough outline of  what we are going to do



A project organised by MA Digital Media Students:

The Making Space is a collaboration of artists working from an open plan indoor space in Huddersfield.  We are a group of 6 MA Media students, with a brief to work in The Making- Space, to create an environment to host an event on March 14th. The purpose, is to engage with the public and community groups, using different creative, practical disciplines and trades, including: textiles, fine artists, visual media and lens-based practitioners.


What are we looking for?

We are looking for 2 wall areas in the venue to be creatively transformed, to convey, Huddersfield’s Past, Present & Future. The approximate sizes of the work needed in the space would be 7ft*10ft, using the walls as the canvas. It would be entirely up to you, to decide on your own approach and creative influence, but the work should in some way, tell a story of Huddersfield through its changing states or stories, using some of the following themes:


  • People
  • Engineering
  • Textiles
  • Music
  • Design
  • Media
  • Education
  • Landmarks and geography


How many could be involved:

That’s up to you, it could be done your own, in pairs or a small team.


What do you get out of it?

  • Free Materials for this project
  • A chance to apply your own creative talent, on a project that you can direct.
  • A means to promote you and your work.
  • Working with different people, on a live brief.
  • Exhibit your own work in a public place.
  • Be promoted through marketing material we develop.
  • Photographic publicity for you to use. (if you want)
  • High quality digital copies of your finished work.
  • Feedback from the MA students and the Public.



Event:  Wednesday 14.3.18 (7 weeks, work to be finished within 4 weeks).



We ask, if you want to be involved, to make sure you’re able to follow through and complete your work in the time available.


The Making Space



MA Media students involved:

Assunta, Laura, Chris, Richard, Tom and Ashleigh. (around Wednesday’s and Friday’s).



Free for this project.


Please reply by: Thursday February 7th through Gill Sampson or directly by email.


Contact email:

Any questions? just ask.

Chris: or Richard:


The Venue:

A short walk from 21 Market Place, Huddersfield. Available weekday’s 9.00am -7.00pm

pics for project brief blog


Above is our Brief

After much discussion and various ideas brought up and discarded we are now getting a little bit further along with the project

mind map below shows thoughts and ideas as we came up with them

Mind map MKSPC 01

Mind map MKSPC 02

Our rough idea for   the brief as always with these things we will add to it and discard from it as things evolve.

pitch 02

pitch 01




To help reflect on the presentation today, this summarises our rationale and proposition to engage creatively with the community.



The proposal highlighted the scale and impact of consumer-led plastic waste, that always starts locally.  Plastic we suggest, is not the problem, it’s every community’s attitude towards a throw-away culture.  In our collaborative response to the brief, the group proposes to engage the public and creative-art’s community in Huddersfield, through an issues-based awareness approach.  The event and supporting exhibition, centre on the very current, local and-global issues of plastic pollution.


The event, to be held in the Making Space, seeks raise awareness, through creativity and engaging individuals in making creative sculpture from everyday plastic bottle waste. We hope Huddersfield’s creative communities, will express their identity and creative interpretation to a wider audience through this work. We feel, combining Huddersfield’s creative manufacturing culture, with The Making Space, would encourage local people to apply themselves in changing habits, that effect places beyond the pride of their own town.


Or priories are based on responding, demonstrating and qualifying an interdisciplinary to:

  1. Social impact   Community awareness       3. Execution        4. Cross disciplinary thinking.


Initial and ongoing research suggest a greater need for commercial efficiencies in mostly all communities. Part of this research discovered, that despite the symbolism, connotation and importance of the Lion Statue, in the town centre, this is also made efficiently from a form of plastic composite.   We would hope, the event using plastic bottle waste, allows individuals to re-cycle and make their own statements, rather than thrown away without a thought.




Event                             Exhibition                         Sharing the work others               Feedback mechanisms

we are getting nearer to the pitch to the making space people and have put together the basis for a power point presentation

seen here below

PP 01

PP 02

PP 03

PP 04

PP 05

PP 06

PP 07

PP 08

PP 09

so far so good but still a long way to go

helpful hints on making a presentation provided for us by Assunta

24.1.17 The Enterprise Workshop  

Presentation Skills Helen Walker, Staff development manager.

Top tips for planning a presentation.

The five cardinal sins

  • No clear point
  • No audience benefit
  • No clear flow ‚Äď audience can‚Äôt connect if there is no structure. Don‚Äôt throw balls at them, idea after idea. Do tell them a story.
  • Too detailed
  • Too long

To detailed and too long are connected. Do not data dump. Do not show graphs or write paragraphs on the slides. Eyes will glaze over. Don’t bullet point, be more creative. Put up single words.


Do not open your computer and start by creating your first slide.

Instead get a pen and paper and ask yourself:

Why am I presenting?

What am I trying to achieve?

How am I credible? (confident, knowledgeable, enthusiastic)

What is my key message? (The one thing you want them to take away.)


What is in it for the audience? (e.g. Academic tutor, are we meeting the module brief? How does it benefit The Making Space?)

What is important to them? What are they looking for?

When you have the answers to the above, think content.


Always look at content before structure.

Brainstorm with post-it notes, then find links. Link in different ways.

Presenting is about taking the content of your brain, putting on the post-it notes, linking and deciding what you are not going to talk about. Do that by asking yourself: What is my focus/purpose? What is important to the audience?


Let the audience know your structure, tell them the journey you are going to take them on.

Start with a hook, get their attention. Can be something funny.

Establish credibility by saying what you’ve done. Keep it short and snappy.

Pitch Solving a problem, how is your solution better/ different from others. (build relationships).

Practice your pitch, over and over to build confidence. Preparation is key.

End by telling them what they get out of it. Finally, Are there any questions?


More to come later this week so hold onto your hats ūüėÄ




MA Project The Making Space (Huddersfield)

The Making space is part of Our MA project Basically the Making space is in thier own words

“The Making Space is a shared workspace in Huddersfield where craft makers, technologists, artists, engineers, musicians, and anyone interested in learning, can share their skills, and by sharing begin to collaborate on new ideas, projects and products.

The most important skill is being interested in learning, and we welcome anyone who wants to get involved.”

our project is “To Animate 21 market place”by connecting with,talking to and celebrating the Independent arts and culture in central Huddersfield”

straight away we ran into a slight problem … 21 Market place which was the home of the Making Space,had been let by its owners and the making space was having to relocate to new premises,luckily they managed to get new premises not too far from 21 market place ,in the “Pack horse center” Huddersfield just round the corner from No 21.

Task one.                                                                                                                                              we had a look at our individual and group strengths

each of us filled in a  template spider chart to show what theses strengths were.


A bit rough but a good starting point to get to know each others strengths and experiences,all these charts were backed up by a getting to know each other meeting and a quick mapping of Ideas

Brief thoughts _0001

an example of such is above

having met each other and had a meeting with the members of The Making space we had a look at individual tasks which are in the chart below

Week 2 plan

I went out and took photos of what Public Art is on show for members of the public as they go about their business in the town center here they are below

including a project by Kirklees college called the spirit of Huddersfield

1 Spirit of hudds Co-op rld 02

2 Spirit of hudds Co-op rld 01

and Public (Civic ?) art built into the 1960’s Buxton House flats

3 Buxton House Art rld 02

4 Buxton House Art rld 01

Below are the Two figures sculptured especially for Huddersfield s Art Gallery and library by Mr James Woodford, ARA  they symbolise Art and Literature, both carved from local stone aprox  1939

5 Wadsworth R rld 01

6 Wadsworth L rld 01

7 Wadsworth L rld 02

8 Wadsworth R rld 02

also on the Art Gallery are two art deco panels

9 Art Deco Panal Library rld 01

10 Art Deco Panal Library rld 02

Not all Huddersfield s Public art is High art below is Jake Mangel Wurzel a local character contribution to Public art from back in 2004

11 Jakes Folly rld 01

Wilko’s shop window .. Is it art ? or just advertising

12 Wilkos windows rld 01

Below are four of the 1960’s murals on Ramsden House showing Huddersfield’s Textile Heritage

13 Textiles Mural rld 02

14 Textiles Mural rld 03

15 Textiles Mural rld 01

16 Textiles Mural rld 04


In the early 1970’s after the wanton destruction of Huddersfield’s Victorian Gothic Market place the Council put up a modernist Market place which they chose to decorate with controversial sculptures at great expense then for some reason only known to councils they planted trees in front of them so they can only be seen in winter when the leaves have fallen.

17 Market Hall sculpture rld 03

19 Market Hall sculpture rld 02

20 Market Hall sculpture rld 04

Also hidden away in Huddersfield center are these three carvings on one of the towns Gothic buildings .. can you find them ?

21 Carving no 1 rld 01

22 Carving no 2 rld 01

Huddersfield’s famous Mooning man

23 Carving no 3 rld 01

At what point does Protest and Graffiti become art ?

24 Fund Art not War rld 02

25 Fund Art not War rld 01

26 Fund Art not War rld 03


More Graffiti art by the side of the Hart pub formerly the white hart pub

27 Street Art The Hart rld 01

Graffiti art under neath the arches some of which were sponsored by businesses such as the Mexican restaurant with the Mexican themed Graffiti

28 Graffiti Art Archways rld 01

29 Graffiti Art Archways rld 02

30 Graffiti Art Archways rld 03

35 Graffiti Art Archways rld 08

31 Graffiti Art Archways rld 04

32 Graffiti Art Archways rld 05

33 Graffiti Art Archways rld 06

34 Graffiti Art Archways rld 07


and Finally grave art vanitas skull and bones which are quite rare this far down in England, Scotland has many such gravestones especially Stirling, also a few in Northumberland  and one other this far south is at Eyam Derbyshire

36 Grave Art rld 01

37 Grave Art rld 02


week 3 planner below

week 3 plan


Quick map of new Making space venue and poss layouts

Poss display areas

I had a go at making a new Logo for our project here are some examples below my instincts were to keep them reasonably simple and include things which I consider symbolise Huddersfield  such as the Railway station,the Plastic Lion and castle hill

Logo rld 01 small

Logo rld 1 plus text 01 small

Logo rld 03 plus text 04 small

Logo rld 02small

Logo rld 02 plus text 02 outlined small

Logo rld 02 plus text pallette small

A few new abstract and surreal photo artworks

Not been blogging for a while

I have just completed my Degree in photography at Huddersfield University so been busy

so here’s a few of the Abstract and Surreal photo art I have been trying my hand at

Art for Art's sake rld 01dasm

Memories on Tv rld 01 dasm

Memories rld 01

Abstract no 11c rld 01 dasm

Abstract rld no 8 sepia dasmAbstract rld no 8 dasmAbstract rld no 7sepia dasm


Abstract rld no 7 dasm

So if you happen across this blog please let me know what you think of these art works

not sure how best to describe them artworks ? Photomanips? any suggestions


A few Infra red photos I have done over the past ten years


As i am very busy at the moment i thought id take the opportunity to show a small collection on Infrared photos i’v taken over the years.for those of you who don’t know about infra red it is the invisible light at the red end of the spectrum beyond visible light

In infrared photography, the  image sensor used is sensitive to infrared light. The part of the spectrum used is referred to as near-infrared to distinguish it from far-infrared, which is the domain of thermal imaging. Wavelengths used for photography range from about 700 nm to about 900 nm.

To take photos in infra red you need either to convert your camera to infra red or to put an infra red filter on the front of your camera and with a tripod use very long exposures,

I started off with an Olympus C4000z with the tripod and long exposures using a 720nm filter but soon moved on to a Sigma SD10 which i converted myself,before having an Olympus E-pl1 converted professionally,I convert my IR photos to Black and white as I prefer the effect

so here they are.

Undercliffe rld IR 07 DAsmstonehenge pan I-R 01Roache Abbey rld IR 11 DAsmOrford castle rld02DANew Islington IR rld 04 DAsmMidland hotel rld IR 01 DALion Chambers Huddersfield IR rld 01 dasmLamPOstbox (I-R) rld 10 dasmJulians Bower rld I R 04Da smIKBTamar bridge rld02 DAsmcastlerigg I-R pan 2008 DAsmCastle Rising rld IR02 DAsmBrogar I-R 03(titled)Canal side infra red rld01 DAbridestones rldIR 09Dasmann_dixon_s_tomb__ir_rld_10_dasm_by_richardldixon-d8what7