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Experimenting to expand your practice

Industrial design
Industrial design

Experimenting is central to good studio practice in both Fine Art and Design, as both involve playing with ideas and different perceptions of aesthetics. Don't be afraid to share your thoughts with friends and colleagues, and be open to their views. Devise new and challenging ways to express and represent your ideas. Be willing to learn new techniques from other artists and designers, then question and transform these techniques to meet your own needs.

When experimenting, make sure you are aware of appropriate occupational health and safety issues at all times. Refer to your Unit Guide for advice, and take note that each studio may have warnings specific to the work conducted there. If you are unsure about appropriate practices, discuss this with your lecturer or the studio technician or co-ordinator.

In the Fine Art studios, your experiments will enable you to develop self-expression and find your creative voice. In the Design studios, not only will you work to find your voice, but your experimentation will frequently be focused on a practical purpose and have a particular audience in mind.

Always record and critically evaluate your experimental research, as it may be important for future projects. Remember to document your successes as well as any problems you may encounter.

To learn more about how experimenting can expand your studio practice, read through some staff tips. Consider the questions as well as the responses. How would you answer them? What other questions come to your mind?

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