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My Personal Project - Claudia Crimmins




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Week 9, Term Two, 2020

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My name is Claudia Crimmins and for My Personal Project I have chosen to do something that is very close to my heart. After the completion of this Project I will hopefully have created an artwork from an array of photos which I have personally photographed and edited to produce an aesthetic mosaic which is easily identifiable as a beach landscape.

My goal is to create a frame for the mosaic from driftwood which I have collected along the coast of the Stradbroke beaches.

The inspiration behind my mosaic is primarily from the amount of time I have spent enjoying the captivating beaches at North Stradbroke Island. I have always been intrigued by the history behind the Island and I wanted to broaden my insular background on the culture and history of Stradbroke. I have been visiting Stradbroke from the age of six-months and as I have practically grown up visiting, I wish to share the joy it brings me through the form of art. They say a picture tells a thousand words and I couldn’t agree more. Seeing as I have no image of my mosaic below is an image of something that will look very similar to mine. I have also found inspiration for the driftwood frame.

Unfortunately, as a result of Covid-19 the completion of my final product has been put on hold. Due to the fact that my product is based around North Stradbroke Island (which has been shut down) it has made it very difficult to complete my mosaic. However, I have not let this stop me and I have worked around what needs to be completed. Prior to the pandemic I took 500+ photos of the landscapes of North Stradbroke Island and have completed my research. I have also studied the programme (Adobe Photoshop) which I will use to correlate the mosaic. In response to the pandemic I will aim to collect my driftwood from South Stradbroke Island as it is easier to access and will allow me to complete my product. I have looked at several images as inspiration, below is what I hope to achieve.

North Stradbroke has deep meaning in the Aboriginal culture and its original name is Minjerribah which means ‘the island in the sun’. It was discovered by Captain Cook, the first European to explore the east coast of Australia. It has been a whaling port, supported sand mining and fishing industries. It is now a popular tourist destination that is unique because of its untouched beauty and remoteness. It is a physical and spiritual place that has a special place in my heart, and I look forward to sharing it with the Somerset community.

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