Journal of the applied and decorative arts. Crafts Magazine features expert coverage of all crafts media including studio work, modern experimental work and traditional and historic designs.From pottery to carpentry, origami to glass blowing and textiles, Crafts magazine really does cover every aspect of its broad title. It contains step by step guides, profiles of the favourite current artists and their individual works. Aimed towards the complete craft art lover, readers can work their way through stunning sculptures, crockery pieces and tapestries, in fact pretty much anything man made and beautiful. A charming magazine with plenty to say about upcoming stars, pieces and even movie makers!
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At GCSE I studied 3D art because, unfortunately, I can’t draw or paint for toffee. For my final pieces I tended to focus on clay work as I loved working with the material so much. I’d spend hours in the studio making bizarre and abstract shapes; it was extremely therapeutic. My favourite of my own pieces were a vase in the shape or a lightening bolt and an enormous abstract tree which I decided to varnish turquoise. When my clay days came to a sad end, I still used the potter’s wheel for other experiments to do with colour, where by I would stick a circular piece of canvas to the potter’s wheel and flick water-based paint at it which produced some fascinating and beautiful results.
The wild colourful smatterings lead me to an artist called Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) who created vibrant pieces by essentially lobbing paint at an enormous canvas. The American artist rose to considerable fame using his paint dripping techniques and it was surprising how much emotion come be extracted from what initially just looks like colour blots and lines. My favourite work of his has to be ‘Number One’ as it displays such a variety of feelings focusing around a certain sense of loss and helplessness. It shows such talent when one can turn pure emotion into art.