Tuesday 8th May 2018
Today was quite a stressful day. We had to put Emilys A1 frames up. Before we began this I went into the stitch room to tie knots in the headers she had stitched and then cut them to secure the stitches. This didn’t take me long, and then we began figuring out how to put her frames up. We are both short so we needed a step ladder each to get up to measure accurately. We measured 17cm across. This was going to be the gap between each frame. And then it was 30.1cm across from the frame where the pins needed to go. Emily bought extra, more than she needed to ensure we had everything. As we finished we had to move two to make sure they were straight and looked professional.
We had a discussion and decided that everything was perfectly straight due to the spirit level, although the line in the middle of her board was making it look slightly off. We mentioned she should paint a strip across for her rails to come out from. This was a great idea to distract the line! She then had to leave and find out what colour paper she needed in the frame and colour paint. Emily asked where was best and I suggested paperchase and wilkos as well as pen and paper. I went home then as I didn’t have anymore jobs to do and I was pleased with how the space was looking and that my hard work was paying off.
Above is the space, and Emily had put her templates up to see what they look like. I am really liking her work and think it looks great! The green tape is also to make sure the paint is in a perfect straight line. I won’t lie, the hardest part was definitely getting things straight.
Wednesday 9th May 2018
Today was such a busy day. I came in and the line was already painted. Emily then told me to go and steam all of her samples. I had done this and then had to help her with the rails. We drilled two and they went in eventually with a lot of work and force. The third one only went in so far, this was frustrating and I asked if we should re-do it but Emily was fine with the rail. Although I mentioned what if people touch her samples the rail is going to move, however she still didn’t want to re-do it, although this may change.
We then put the shelf up on the left for her press packs and photobook. This didn’t go in as easily as we thought and there was a scratch on the shelf so I used the orange paint that was left over and painted the shelf. This took 3 coats as it was quite streaky. Eventually it was all finished and I was so glad that Emily was pleased with it.
We also stuck her coloured paper in the frames and Emily was putting her samples on the rail to see what they looked like. I was then left to carry on with getting the floor cleaning, making sure there was no rubbish or dust and certainly no paint marks. Although unfortunately someone had put tape down on the floor, and has taken the polish off with it. There is now a square mark which Emily isn’t happy with and told me to try and get rid of. This was almost impossible as it is so marked. So I tried my best but it isn’t budging. I was in uni past half 4 trying to sort the floor out and getting the paint off. I had done the best I could do and messaged Emily saying we will have to speak to the tutors about the floor as I wasn’t sure what to do.
Images on the left were of me scraping the floor and using the floor wipes to clean the dirt and paint. Also you can see where I have wet the tape marks to try and get them off. The picture on the right is the after math – it was dry and still hadn’t budged. I wasn’t exactly impressed with this, but what can you do!
Thursday 10th May 2018
At 10am we had a meeting today. We were asked to do headers on third years work as well as make a cushion. Although I do feel bad on the person who needs help, I just didn’t want to be responsible for someone elses work, incase of messing it up. So for me, I totally didn’t feel comfortable in this. Especially since we haven’t stitched anything onto headers in first or second year so I have no experience with this. I would prefer to have been comfortable with doing this just in case. Emily needed me all day anyway, and after the meeting she needed me to go into town to get some sticky labels from wilkos. She told me to get two packs as they were £3 each. I went into town and then got back about 12. I then met her in illustration and as she was making her labels, I was cutting paper to add into her small sketchbook from A3 size. After doing 12 of these I went for lunch. I came back and she wanted to get the labels printed off. We tried the printer in illustration and nothing was happening. It was printing on normal paper, numerous times. I didn’t even know you could use your own paper in the university printers. We were having no luck whatsoever so I was sent to try and find out how to print these labels as Emily didn’t have a printer at home.
I went to the library and asked the IT Help desk. They were clueless and had sent me to the print studio. I went to the print studio and asked and the guy there told me what to do. I understood what he was saying and thought perhaps it was just the printer in illustration. I then went to the printer next to the textiles office. I had put the sticky labels in, and followed the instructions on the screen. Again, it was printing on normal paper and not from the side tray. I was becoming frustrated as I was doing everything right. So I tried various trays and options hoping it would work as it was an important job and lets face it, no one wants to let someone down.
I then started to panic and asked around and no one knew what to do. I went to speak to Kerieine and Helen in the level 6 studio and Kerieine pointed me to the Admin, who was so helpful and I am so grateful for the help. The lady came with me and tried to do it herself, she saw it wasn’t working and offered to do it for me in her office. I then got Emily to send over the file and we then had 60 labels printed out just in case one went wrong! I was so chuffed with this. Although I think the stress was written all over my face.
I then put double sided tape on Emily’s drawings and that was me done for the day. She said tomorrow we will start at 10am and press her samples so they are completely ready as the iron wasn’t as satisfying.
The image below is just to show how many attempts it took to get it right!
Friday 11th May 2018
Today was the last day of helping the Level 6 Students. I came in at 10am, and my buddy didn’t need me anymore. So I helped Daisy, Alice, Sonia and Sue’s Buddy, I’m not quite sure what her name is. The jobs were only small for the girls but I had helped them as much as I could. Daisy needed me to help rearrange her wall, although she hadn’t needed me at that exact moment I helped Alice with her stickers. I cut them for her. Sonias fabrics arrived so I steamed all of her samples. Overall this day was a stressful time. I now know what to expect for my exhibition next year.
The Level 6 work is looking amazing and I took some shots: