it's been so long since i last updated on my course haha! really it's only been a few months but it feels like years, because this course just goes so quickly, it's crazy.
so, last week was stage 2 assessment week! so stage 2 is officially over and i passed! WOO! we're now on stage 3 a.k.a. Final Major Project (daunting or what...). my theme for the fmp is 2 space policemen in the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy! it's a bit out there but i think i can work with it.
stage 2 was both lovely and horrible. some weeks, such as a week of pure life drawing, were hell on earth; on the last day i had to run to town to get some free newspapers to collage with and i seriously considered curling up in a corner and sleeping for the rest of the day. it was completely ridiculous. but other projects, such as the colour project (the top image is one of my samples from that project) were really fun. we had a 'body extension' group project which i LOVED (our body part was the hips so our piece revolved around being 'joined at the hip', maybe i'll show the final product in another post), a styling photography project, the dreaded life drawing, 2 weeks of colour (this involved a lot of hardcore colour theory), and a 5-week independent project, which, for costume students, was based on a character from The Knight's Tale by Chaucer.
stage 2 wasn't as 'fun' as stage 1 simply because all my lovely friends chose to specialise in magpi (moving image / advertising / graphics / photography / illustration) whereas i'm in tfp (textiles / fashion / design for performance), so i didn't get to hang out with them as much as possible. in tfp our studios are blocked off into individual desks so i'm essentially staring at a wall all day every day, which gets kind of lonely. it's good though because i get lots of work done!
stage 2 also involves applying to uni and putting together a portfolio. i've applied to bournemouth, nottingham trent, edinburgh, huddersfield, and bath spa, and i already have an interview at huddersfield! go me! i've sent my efolio off to edinburgh and i really hope i get an interview there, mostly just because i've never been to scotland and would love to explore.
in terms of the school, i do absolutely love leeds college of art, i've never been so happy in a school before, BUT it is worth knowing that costume students will not got a lot out of the foundation diploma. none of the tfp tutors specialise in costume and other than the independent project, costume students were always told to just do the fashion design brief, which i hated. communication really sucks too, there's been several occasions where myself in tfp and my friends in magpi have been completely clueless to important aspects of things and have been left in the dark until the last minute (the magpi trip to berlin was the first week of january but the tutors didn't tell them anything about it until the last day before we broke up for christmas). but these things don't make it a bad course - if i was anything other than a costume student then i recommend it 100%! it is, after all, the best school for the course.
this week i'm doing lots of physical research for my fmp and having lots of breaks - stress is starting to take over a little so i'm trying super hard to look after myself and making sure i have fun. i'm going to go play with some metal now, haha, have a lovely week folks! x