MA Project 480/270 @ The Making Space (Huddersfield) The Exhibition 29-03-2018

We call it the exhibition but really it was just an opportunity for passing shoppers to drop in and see what we made for and at our Event

We didn’t expect many people to drop in ,it being Easter and all that, but we did get quite a few popping their heads in and asking what we were doing,this I think was  because we had removed the wooden barrier splitting the making Space room into two sections,by removing that obstacle people were able to see into the entire space which I think helped,and with hindsight we should have done for the event. The people who did come in seemed impressed both by our efforts and also by the message about plastic recycling,and saving the planet (or as much of it as WE can,little steps and lots of them ).

Having opened up the room we laid out the “plastic response artworks” on the big table and kept the work that was all ready on the walls where they were.

here are a few photographs of the exhibition


Laura and chris setting out the artworks before we opened to the masses .


the artworks on the table and work by Globe arts on the wall


The table with “plastic responses ”


Roman helmet .. By ME


A table full of Art



Hummingbird made by one of the Making Space showing what can be done by a sculptor



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US from left to right

Richard (me) , Chris, Tom, Ashleigh, Assunta and Laura

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MA Project 480/270 @ The Making Space (Huddersfield) 14-03-2018 The Event

The Event

We had our event as planned on the 14-03-2018 at the making spaces new venue  in the packhorse centre Huddeersfield

As has been  reported in my last blog we had got the ceiling covered with bottles,two large bags of used bottles placed in the trailer at the back of the room, our personal responses were placed lovingly in the window

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Above the room being prepared for opening


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some of our personal responses in the window


We put up the artworks we had made ,and others which had been made for the project,such as the work made by Globe Art Studio’s junior Artists ,a local art group for young people

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Globe Art Studio’s work

And myself and Assunta’s collaborative photographic/Textile representation of Huddersfield’s world famous(ish) Plastic Lion made from a photographic collage of Huddersfield’s outdoor artworks transferred by a dye sublimation technique onto satin and the lions main represented by plastic bottles.

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Our posters which were made to put across facts and figures about the effects of Plastic pollution

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The message JUST in case you had not spotted it is …. Recyle 

we even got our response installation for the public to write what they thought of our event … made from plastic bottles of course

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message in a bottle please


some of the feedback we recieved


Nearly ready  a quick view of the outside

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and our stuff in the window on the left… in the right window a rolling power-point display of the facts and figures about plastic pollution which has been covered in a previous blog

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My own personal plastic responses ,the bird feeder and the Roman (ish) helmet

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AND were OFF

Doors open and our first person to arrive and join in making things

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others soon joined in, some from the general public and some Artists from the Making Space arrived to give support and to contribute.

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two members of the public who joined in the fun

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and music too

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Laura making a necklace from a lovely green bottle

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Other people around the table were chatting away and making lots of different artworks

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Books  and pamphlets to help those with out much experience

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Not just me taking photos Chris was active with his camera

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we even got the Academics using there hands ………. our senior Lecturer Dr Rowan Bailey

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A few artworks being produced

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Lots of people just how we wanted it 🙂

Not massive amounts but this was a Wednesday  afternoon on a cold day in Huddersfield so we are doing well

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And all too soon its all over, the music stopped

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Just the art on the wall left in the building

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and the mess on the tables

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OK there are a few body parts in the photo .. but I’m sure get the idea 😉


On the whole I think the idea went down well in almost every respect, and when you consider it was a first for most of us ,not bad at all for a first attempt,

Collaboration is both a delight and a nightmare in equal measures, you get to work with others and bounce ideas around, come up with things which I would possibly not have thought of on my own, also ideas which I was wanting to do had to be shelved as they did not quite work out and fit in with the way everyone wanted to do things,this is the ART of compromise,and nothing I wanted to do but which did not fit in was thrown away, It’s all stored up in the canyons of my mind for another project on another day.

The People from our Joint project Collaborators The Making Space seemed to be quite impressed with our project,which is good to know as they have done these things before and know what a first event by inexperienced artists / students could descend into.

A small Gallery of artwork made on the day






MA Project 480/270 @ The Making Space (Huddersfield) 06-03-2018

WE had our   meeting with the making space people to get final approval before we started to set up our project in their working space at the packhorse centre Huddersfield and got the Ok from them to start to set up our project that was way back on the 14-02-2018

here’s the group photo of most of out team and the people from the Making Space


Having got consent and collected our bottles we finally started to physically put some shape to our event,first up was the Bottles ,we agreed that we would hang plastic drinks bottles from the ceiling to emphasize the problem which we are trying to bring to the public’s attention

so here we go I took some stills of the “hanging of the Bottles” Tom set up a time lapse recording of this also.


Tom setting up the Time lapse


The offending articals plastic drinks bottles with a life of over 450 years before they degrade


Tom fastening up the first Bottles ably assisted by Assunta holding the Steps as required by common sense and health and safety.


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The team (minus me ,the photographer) hard at work getting   bottles ready to hang




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The ceiling covered in Plastic drinks bottles

Meanwhile Assunta’s Lion project for which I supplied the photographs and the collage had arrived


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Thats Stage one of our project completed .. the hard physical bit .

Next I was in charge of sorting out a Power point presentation  which with a bit of technical help from Tom and contributions from other members of the team,we intend to show in some sort of rolling presentation on the day.

Here is the power point so far more images will be /have been added to it
















MA Project 480/270 @ The Making Space (Huddersfield) continued

WE showed our pitch to the Making space people and thankfully they were very positive about what we proposed so now the hard work begins.

I have started to put together some ideas for posters and flyers for our event,I have kept them text free for the moment just concentrating on the Visuals the text can be added later as and when we decide on what they will be used for ,or even if they are good enough to use,we are all getting a few ideas put forward this week when we shall really start to  move the moment though every idea is just a proposal for posters ,flyers and advertisement.

so here’s my poster/flyer rough drafts

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Rene Magritte influenced idess based on the oceans having plastic bottles rained down on them polluting the seas and oceans for years to come these first draft posters are all variations of that theme.. Plastic Bottles take over FOUR HUNDRED and Fifty years to degrade……

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as above but posterised in Photoshop

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A different wave pattern and some different colours for the bottles,also some bottles floating on the waves My current favourite.



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Minor varriations

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A Darker version and not just in colour  this one is an idea for showing a Dirty Ocean/sea

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Basic versions of an Idea all can be changed and altered as the master Images are on PSD files and contain all the Photoshop layers used and a few not used.

on Friday we attended the





organised by ROTOR our local arts council funded transdiciplinary Dialogue and Debate Group

I have been fortunate to have been involved with ROTOR before at a  minor level taking photographs of one of their events and of the artists involved one of MY photographs was used on the website advertising the event too see it here

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screenshot of my photo on website and the real thing below

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a nice surprise to see it on the website but would have been nice to be credited.

two of these Events are discussed in older writings in this Blog (see if you can find them 😀 You might like what you see)

some very good and very interesting speakers ,the opening (act ? 😉 ) speaker was Marsden’s own  Internationally renowned Poet …..  Simon Armitage.

Simon did a great job of opening the Event , I’m not a great fan of poetry but he did a very good speech and showed how much depth has gone into his poetry and also into where his poetry, in this case carved into rocks in the great wild outdoors of northern England is situated.

Phil Wood followed Simon and gave a brilliant speech full of wit and wisdom and a nice (if somewhat politically biased) trip down Huddersfield’s memory lane

other speakers followed, with interesting examples of how community arts work  (and sometimes don’t work) in different areas not just of the UK but also we had two speakers all the way from Amsterdam.

all this followed by workshops and a chance to discuss our own project , somewhat timid-ally with the great and good on the panel which consisted of:

Adele Poppleton head of culture for Kirklees

Our own (Huddersfield UNI) Professor Donal Fitzpatrick

Sue Ball Director  of Creative regeneration practise Media and Arts partnership.

as well as the Conference organisers

Dr Ana powell, Sara Pennington and Lee Corner

The event had a wonderful little booklet which came with it giving us all the information about the event and had some good photographs in it. I was once again surprised to see one of my own photographs from a previous event in the booklet (see below) once again without credit.

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and a cropped version of one of my photographs (which I took for Rotor for expenses only whilst doing my degree) without credit as photographer.

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and again with rough crop lines

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A bit of a disappointment that I didn’t get credited as this would have been a good place to have had my Name mentioned.

Apart from that little niggle and moan the show was well worth going to,and I met a few interesting people and learned a little about how they do things.




MA Project 480/270 @ The Making Space (Huddersfield)

St Valentines day February 14th 2018

Yesterday (14th) we got to present our pitch for the Event/Exhibition Idea with our partners “The Making Space(Huddersfield)”

Our Final Power point is as follows with a brief description of what was pitched.

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Opening slide just to show our logo and who and what we are

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General pitch before we tell them what our story is

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The Hook …

showed the slide then had a brief pause before asking if those figures meant anything to anyone on the Making space panal.

when they said no

All was revealed.

480 is the number of plastic drinking bottles used by the average household in the UK per annum

270 is the number of those bottles that are recycled per household,per annum

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The Idea.

Aims and objectives.

our pitch was to have an event at “the Making Space” consisting of artistic reuse of    Plastic Drinking Bottles, an event whereby local people are invited to creatively make art from plastic bottles and raise awareness of the pollution problem caused by said bottles.

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More info on the pitch as to how it covers our UNI brief and also manages to raise public awareness of the problem,while bringing people together to make Art.

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Quick dip into our research of other Arts based groups and of environmental Artists enough to show that we had researched our brief but not too much to make our pitch too long and loose peoples interest, these things can and will be gone into in detail at another time.

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Other Artists work just to show what can and is being done(referenced at end of Power point).

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Mandy Barker international artist who we have been in contact with, and who is too busy to be  with us, but is willing to make comments and take an interest in our work through our social media and our website.

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The Event

“Making at The Making Space”  possibly “Making @The Making space”


An event for the creative people of Huddersfield to come together and make things, sculpture and art work made on the day using plastic bottles, also art work made for the event but not at the event can be brought in beforehand and displayed on the day.

The making of art on the day will be documented visually via photography and possibly video streams.

Using our plastic bottles to decorate the ceiling of the Making space following the theme of  480 bottles to raise awareness of the amount of plastic waste made by each household in the UK.

The Exhibition

Made at (@ ?) the Making Space

Display at the Making Space of artworks made for and at the event, photographic documentation of the event and the artwork, written descriptions and artist statements

The displays at the exhibition will also be available online at facebook, Instagram and other social media and also on our own website, creating an opportunity for people to leave comments and feedback.

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How we intend to promote our event and our Exhibition

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An open invitation for Questions by our hosts and partners from “the Making Space”

Que to open conversation about what we have presented and also how.

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references for images used in Power point presentation.

Well it was St Valentines day after all and it’s not too arrogant to say our hosts at the Making space … loved it




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

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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

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

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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

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also on the Art Gallery are two art deco panels

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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

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

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

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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.

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

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Huddersfield’s famous Mooning man

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At what point does Protest and Graffiti become art ?

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

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

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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

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week 3 planner below

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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

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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.

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