My work is currently looking at portraiture in both drawing and painting. I’ve always been fascinated by how we categorise people because we know who they are and what jobs that do. What I’m aiming to do through my practice is to deselect these people and not stereotype them, but instead capture the true person. Photography plays a major part in the initial stages of my work where I like to capture moods and emotions of people by photographing them with a long lens, without them being aware of it. My goal is to capture uninhibited faces so I can use them as a starting point to my other work. Capturing these people’s faces with them not having any knowledge of doing them shows more of their true self rather than being a set up shot.
The next stage is to draw from these photographs paying particular attention to the lines that create the emotion and mood of the passers by I have captured. What I like is the eclectic mix of faces that I capture on the off chance in any given situation.
I have been researching and taken inspiration from the artist Gillian Wearing and in particular the ‘Signs’ series. In this she looks into the relationship between public image and private identity. In an attempt to break down social stereotypes, she frequently works with people marginalised by society. A quote by her is; ‘A great deal of my work is about questioning handed-down truths… I’m always trying to find ways of discovering new things about people, and so in the process discover more about myself.’
Taking the same initial ideas from my drawing and painting, in textiles I am planning to use faces as a means to create emotions through folding and stitching fabric. I am planning on experimenting with different techniques and materials through stitch, felt making and collaging. I like creating texture and having figurative things to look at in my work and this is what I want to develop. I would also like to see whether I could use the fabric I make and put it into a 3D form, such as a metal structure.
Sophie Elisabeth Reynolds
I am currently in my first year at Bath Spa University studying for a BA Hons in Contemporary Art Practices and am working at The Green Park Tavern, Bath, as a waitress. I have previous experience with working as part of a strong retail sales team and also in restaurant and bar work.
- Effective as both a team player and when working individually
- Experience in building customer relationships
- Confident in solving customer complaints or issues
- Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
- I am skilled in IT and with the use of tills and card machines
- I am enthusiastic, with a passion for hard work
2013Seasonal Customer Service Assistant, World Duty Free
From July - September 2013 I worked at World Duty Free at Gatwick Airport doing shifts of 7 hours. My main duties that I undertook involved work on till, selling products to customers, gift-wrapping, and stock replenishment, amongst various other responsibilities. Working at the airport was a really enjoyable place to work because you met so many different people from different cultures. You met challenges such as language barriers, but it made the job interesting overcoming things like this. I also enjoyed the fast past aspect of working at an airport.
2011 - 2012Sales Associate, Staples UK
For 8 hours a week I worked whilst attending college. My responsibilities included Technical sales on products such as PC’s, printers and software, customer service, cash/card handling, sorting out shop appearance and stock replacement.
2010 - 2011Waitress/Bar Staff, Mr Li’s
I worked or two evenings a week over the weekend and learnt many new skills regarding waitressing such as food safety, catering to customers needs and also did some bar work. I worked with a small team of people, this taught me the skill of effectively working together to fulfill the needs of the customers. This subsequently gave me the skill to work effectively within a team, giving my input and supporting others when it is needed.
2009Retail Assistant, Between the Lines
Over the Christmas period I worked in a gift/card shop serving and helping customers, using tills, and doing other general jobs around the store. This was my first paid job and taught me essential skills such as customer rapport, thinking on my feet and working and communicating in a team.
2008Work Experience Week, Millais Day Nursery
For work experience in June 2008, I worked at a local nursery, caring for children under the age of 5 as part of a small team.
I am an active individual. I go for runs on a weekly basis as part of a group called Sparinters, in this we are aiming to run a half-marathon. I also go to the gym and swim on a regular basis. I attend a weekly life drawing class that is run outside my academic studies and enjoy doing photography in my spare time.
2015 Due to graduate with a BA Contemporary Arts Degree.
2012 Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media: Merit
2011 GCE A Levels:
Art & Design A*
GCE AS Levels:
Life Drawing B
2009 11 GCSE’s grade A*-C
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