This week I have been coming to terms with my Research Report, gathering together my findings from this semester to create a concise account of my forays into art, science, PPE and digital printmaking. It is at this point in the year that I realise that I enjoy steamrollering through my research practice and struggle to whittle down my scribbles and sketches to make a clear narrative. Following the collaborative painting project last week I decided to organise my research as if it were the instructions for a scientific experiment, broken down into seven parts: observation, question, formation of hypothesis, prediction, test and iterate. These stages compliment my practice and the methodical steps I go through from drawing, maquette making to garment construction. As the Coronavirus situation involves restrictions, calculated decision making and testing of preventative vaccines it seems apt to reflect this process in the way I organise my research output. 

In terms of my practice, this week has involved a lot of drawing and I am now down to only four stubby pencils- time to restock. Though drawing has always been a significant part of my practice it has never felt so liberating I guess, enabling a way to map out imagined outcomes in whichever gallery or environment I fancy. Drawing becomes a means to create a proposal and in this way I am reminded of the works of Jean Claude and Christo. 

When considering the presentation of my work, again drawing comes into play. I see the garments I will create as existing in a functional environment like a laboratory. Slung over the back of a chair and surrounded by apparatus for experiments. I don't want them to be presented on mannequins nor in a sterile, white gallery space. These pieces are like costumes and become activated through the space in which they exist. At this point, I think I will turn my presentation methods research towards a collaborative design effort called 'Atelier E.B' whom create fashion collections, commissioned displays and interiors, as well as textiles, live events and publications. At the Serpentine, Lipscombe and McKenzie explored the relationships between art, design, commerce and display. Although my work isn't directly related to commerce, it is worth exploring Atelier E.B's output to understand how to further my methods of presentation within a digital age when shop fronts and window trimmers are fast becoming novelties from the past. 


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