One of our modules this semester is about collections. It is the first time on our degree course than we properly write our own brief, and so a lot of research goes into making sure we're confident about what we're doing.
I started the project by looking at my collection of stones. You can click the photos above to move left and right through the gallery. I use the word 'stones' in a much vaguer sense to most people - including elaborate paperweights I own and glass samples I made last year in the HCA workshops.
This was something I had to address in my idea-generation and research. Illustration means lots of things to lots of people, but the important thing to me at the moment is that it's art with a context. Minerals/crystals belong to a separate industry to craft items like glass sculptures, and so in a commercial world it's unlikely that I would be asked to illustrate both at the same time.
I decided to focus on crystals, and by being more specific in my collection I had a wider variety of opportunities moving forward with the project. Practical work starts soon, so watch this space!