Even though I had previously taken wood work courses and have dealt with large power tools before, I used to think that they were quite intimidating and never was really that open minded, and hesitated in using them. Though, once we began our project, I found that these power tools actually came in handy and allowed us to cut and handle wood quickly and efficiently. I became more comfortable handling things like these, and now I find using saws and tools such as drills fun. Although, at times our group would make measurement mistakes, or our cuts were never perfect so some parts were always a bit off. And though it’d be great if this didn’t happen, the mistakes we made gave us an opportunity to learn from them, and problem solve so that we could fix these issues and make them unnoticeable.
YOU as an artist and a theatre maker
I used to think that all forms of art needed to have perfect fine details and look amazing, just like the way I had imagined it in my head. However, after going through the process of constructing and painting the fireplace/boats, now I think that perfection isn’t necessary. Although it will always be an aspect that everyone strives to achieve, now I think and am aware that the audience is sat so far away from the pieces, or distracted by something else ,that they won’t be paying attention or directly focusing on the piece, so being perfect isn’t so significant. Additionally, before creating these pieces of scenery, I never really considered myself an ‘artist’ of any kind, as I didn’t typically create the usual mediums of art like canvas painting and sketching. But after we completed the two pieces, I was able to learn more artistic techniques and crafting techniques and I came to realize that art can be found anywhere, and anything can be deemed as art, it’s just different and comes in a different form!
Theatre and Theatre Production
Before we began creating our pieces, I had never realized the amount of work that went behind creating each set/background. Whilst going through the cutting of wood, the actual constructing, and finalizing the product by painting and other details, it occurred to me that there were so many components of making one piece and that the audience never gets to see this backstage process. I felt as if this was an eye opener for me, as backstage workers are never given enough credit for what they do since the scenery always plays a huge part in a production; creating the atmosphere of a show, expressing the specific setting/time period, and so much more. In the future when I watch a production, I’ll just be wondering and admiring all the effort that was put into creating all the scenery and the time dedicated towards producing it. Moreover, creating these pieces allowed me to soak in the importance of collaborating well with peers. This is because we were all working on the same thing, however at times, we would have different thoughts or strategies to get something done. Therefore, we had to communicate and come up with a combined idea of how to tackle a certain task. And 4 brains are always better than 1!