Candle Melting / Video

The video which is going to play inside the chest of the sculpture is now ready. The idea behind including a video was born after considering the safety options of having an open fire (candle) during an actual event. Thanks to the video the process of melting – which represent the process of creating – is captured and processed to show fragments to the visitors. It is short and it is going to be put on loop during the showcase.

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The Thing as a Being

Here we go! Following from the first sketches and confirming the idea so far during the tutorial few days ago I am finally starting it. Ugh, that is so exciting! And I am glad to be excited as I am aware it is going to have downward moments.

My first steps were to build an armature which I am going to use under the clay – this way I will use less material and the final piece will be lighter. Another good point of building an armature is that it will give me an idea how it is going to look like in the three dimensional space rather than just sketching it on paper.

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EWFF: Freaking Out?

‘Fear is always triggered by creativity, because creativity asks you to enter into realms of uncertain outcome. This is nothing to be ashamed of. It is, however, something to be dealt with.’

That’s it! We are counting the hours left until the start of the festival and the feeling is amazing! A few months ago everything began with modest strategy plan which had changed, and transformed, sampled in different shapes and forms to become film festival’s decoration contributing to the overall atmosphere of the event. Looking back at my participation from the beginning it become more and more personalised and personal, because I was involved with something related not only to my skills and competences but also close to my subjectivity and way of expression. With every project I am realising the impact which craftsmanship may have, designing those little details which are not seen as essential but can compliment the event in beautiful manner.

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EWFF: The Creation

‘Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will.’

So the East Winds Film Festival is in less than 10 days now… Excitement. Nerves. Excitement.

No more planning, strategies, trials, models, etc. It is time for The creation. Time, effort, attention to the details, persistence, patience, time management – you name it and you can probably find it in the videos below. When crafting comes with distribution it changes the process of creation, it takes more and it becomes meaningful.

The last few days felt like learning to swim in a sea where each wave brings either more tension or more passion and it was up to me to synchronise my body and mind if I wanted to achieve the best results. My eyes were tired and my fingers hurt but there is no such instant gratification when one sees how the effort takes bunch of raw materials to give birth to something beautiful, when one can feel what it is like to be a creator.

Excitement. Nerves. Excitement…

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Falling Short of Perfection

The better your technique, the more impossible your standards.

The craftsperson biggest enemy is perfectionism. Every creation exists in two dimensions – in the imaginary idea realm and in the material result and more often than a non-crafty person would suspect these two have mismatches. Each imperfection is experienced as failure. On the other side if one continues to alter its creation it will never be finished.

For practitioner, the ‘obsession with perfection is prescription for a failure.’

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EWFF: Transforming Dissatisfaction into Productive Impulse

‘Give full attention and devotion to each act.’

Thinking of how I approached and undertaken my tasks in the previous week I understood that my work is being compromised… mainly by myself. I become tired of participating in things I look at the result and think: ‘It can be done way better!’ What I would like is to be satisfied with the quality of the work I can provide in achieving my tasks. Clear example is my involvement in the short video we filmed for the magazine show – the one representing famous film scene intentionally looking like cheap production. However, the dissatisfaction was transform in productive impulse to design decor models. My self-assignment for this week also included ideas and experiments with the public award statuette.

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360º Book: How I Designed and Built it

If you are part of Master programme, you probably know that Study leaves are just another opportunity to catch up with some additional research. I was reading some articles and browsing videos about Virtual Reality storytelling, particularly the 360º filming when I found this original 360º book idea which inspired me to create one. Because everyone who saw it seemed to like it a lot, I decided to post short and easy tutorial of the creating process.

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