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I am currently in my 3rd and final year on a fine art degree and my project I am starting on is exploring the masks we wear in everyday life. I have BPD and wish to use the blog to record my thought processes and progress in making my final film piece.

Ta Da!!!!!! film completed!

22 May 2013

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Have finally finished editing!  Any feedback welcome. This film evolved from my research for my dissertation and inspired me to take the realms of my reality to the forefront.  Using film I wanted to invoke emotion and empathy in the audience.  To show what I experience on a nightly basis and the struggles emotionally I have.  I wanted to challenge the viewer’s perception of someone who suffers with mental illness and the role they are perceived to have in society....

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Nearly the end?!!!

21 May 2013

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Watercolour of a figure pulling a train-load of people by a rope, along a yellow, brick road.

I am 2 weeks away from my end of year degree assessment and film is nearly done!  Had a busy few weeks and now the end seems really too close!  Waiting for the exhibition to start installing and then I can get painting my space.  I will post pics of final installation and film as soon as soon as I can tidy it up and upload. Its been a strange few weeks and emotionally been through alot.  Been deciding whether to stay on and do my MA and feeling lost and confused as to what...

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busy, busy, busy! lol!

21 March 2013

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A frame from the animation. image copyright

Had a busy few days!  Been trying to work out how to do stop-motion animation.  Been researching and watching loads of youtube videos to gain the knowledge!  Its strange how when trying to make a drawing 'walk' it is such a mystery to me, such an instinctive thing that I do everyday without thinking about.  Finally sorted it and took my shots of it to add into my final degree show film.   Also as an artist I am a bit impulsive which has meant I have had to...

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Update on what I'm up to!

14 March 2013

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Been a while since I posted and just wanted to give a quick run-down of where I am with regards to my projects.  I was so caught up writing my thesis and getting that right that I decided to focus all my energy on that. Thus meaning my project was neglected (poor thing) but now thesis is no more I have energy and focus solely for that! Since I started in September embarking on my final year I have had feelings of empowerment of my Mental condition. Im getting a bit annoying (to myself) as...

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Assessment next week!

3 December 2012

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I'm trying to remain productive and keep going, got my assessment for my module next wednesday so busy trying to tie all my project together.  Trying to recap to make a powerpoint to show more journey and its getting there! Having some medication issues too with side effects so its not an easy time. That and trying to fit in kids school things I got to bake for, make a costume for(15th century spanish chef??), not sure how that fits in to the christmas story, but hey?? Was hoping to...

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Mop head conversations

26 November 2012

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mop threads image copyright

I have transcribed the notes people wrote during my 2 days in the city centre.  I thought about how I was going to print these onto the mop and after experiementation, decided on printing using typed text and transferred onto material using 'magic touch' paper.   I was pleased how well the text appeared on the material.  I dismantled a purchased thread mophead and used the  material mop holder to tie in my 'new' mop thought threads to make my...

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Film of me and mop!

26 November 2012

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Had to take a couple days out of uni work last week so just finished my short (very!!) of my mop film. The commentary continues from my performance piece, about how we all need someone to open up to and how society discourages being open with your feelings and how we all keep our thoughts bottled up until things get too much. If we all had someone or something to help us work through our problems we would feel happier.  Often people just want someone to listen... I am working on the...

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Day two out and about with Mop!

8 November 2012

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Day two with Mop! (image copyright)

Day two joining the community arts stand and it was a beautiful day!  Lovely and sunny and quite warm which was good as it meant people were less in a hurry to get to shops to defrost!  We had a good mix of people and the highlight for me was a young man who came in with his support workers and really got into the drawing project. He had PTSD and aspergers and said he really enjoyed it as did we. It was great to see the enthusiasm for our project. I decided today that I would try and...

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Talk to the mop!

7 November 2012

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a photo of Sarah carrying her a mop with a board saying talk to the mop.  image copyright

I have been really busy today getting people to talk to my mop....maybe further explanation is needed! It started about 2 weeks ago when after a tutorial I was experiementing in uni with filming myself trying to explore how to show, through film, my everyday feelings and how I hide my feelings. It's only been since September that I have started to tell people that I have BPD, even my husband didn't know my true diagnosis but I feel that i wanted to share with him my condition. Someone...

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Sarah blogs about being hidden

7 November 2012

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I am currently studying Fine Art and in the final year of my degree.  Art helps me survive and without art I would cease to be. It has been a saviour to me and brought my life out of a very bad place to juggling a degree and family and everything else life throws at me! I am interested in how we keep our troubles locked away and how within society it is still a taboo to have mental health issues. I have always felt that I lead a ‘double life’ through hiding my emotions and...

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