We know all about the sleepless nights, stress and endless procrastination that happens when you have a major work. So we wanted to give some Art students who suffered through it all a shout out for doing some ace work. Check them out below and if you or a mate has a major work that needs some attention let us know and we might feature them on Year13.

Jess Martin

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@_jellees_tin_

Jess’s work had her spending hours free machining and embroidering on plastic bags.

How did you come up with the idea?

The bags are a largely discarded un-recyclable object which destroy the beauty and environment of the earth. In contrast to the beautiful machine embroidery that takes a lot of time and patience to create amongst the bag, it reflects how important our existence and earth should be to us.

Life after death is one that is constantly questioned and no one truly knows the answer. I’m not religious to any degree just super interested as it is such a personal and subjective question.

Do you have any advice to students starting subjects with a major work?

Don’t chop and change- just explore your strengths. Just get in the zone and be yourself. Also definitely keep a process diary, it helps to keep your ideas flowing and it also allows you to see all the progress you’ve made- I kept mine as essentially a creative brain dump.

What were the best and/or worst parts of the whole thing?

The morning it was due I was trying to simply sew some metallic threat and I broke 13 needles. All nighters, my housemates would honestly be so pissed at me from the constant humming of the sewing machine. The best? When Spotlight has their 30% off sale and I had the fattest thread haul, I was their main customer for like 5 months. And when I told this teacher his theory was made into one of my works he shed a tear cos he was so happy.

Bonnie Kym Cox

 

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@bonnie_cox_

Bonnie created a massive drawing for her major work with it sizing at 1.2 metres by 3.3 metres.

How did you come up with the idea?

I knew that I wanted to do a piece of artwork that might of brought awareness to a good cause. I’d been following Save the Brumbies for years as well as being a member and finally decided to settle on something that would raise awareness for the brumbies to ‘Stop the Cull’. Why a massive horse? I wanted to try and reflect the wildness of a brumby and a freedom kind of look that it portrayed. I’ve always drawn horses my whole life and kinda of wanted to “go out with a bang”.

What’s your advice to students picking a subject with a major work or just starting to work on their project?

My advice to students going into subjects with major works would be time management! Figuring out your ideas early and starting early is the way to go, especially if you are doing more than one major work like I did. Another thing that really helps is collaboration with your teacher and classmates, just talk to them and get their advice on things constantly. And one last thing is to document and photograph everything, you never know when it will come in handy.

What were the best and/or worst parts of the whole thing?

I’d have to say the best and worse part is toward to finishing end of your major work. This year there were about 3 girls including myself that stayed at school until 1 am finishing their works on a Sunday night. That was the worst thing about it, if you didn’t have your time managed it becomes stressful. But it’s also the best thing about the process, seeing your work finally come together and your ideas come to life is worth all the stress.

Eric Litteri

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@littric / Eric Litteri Photos

Eric’s work involved printing on A3 metallic photographic paper and then having perspex placed on top.

How did you come up with the idea?

My idea was an individual expression of the relationship between humans and the environment, and I came up with the idea out of my own interest for natural landscapes and exploring.

What’s your advice to students picking a subject with a major work or just starting to work on their project?

My advice would be to approach your major open-mindedly whilst working with an intention you are passionate about. Being open to considering other people’s suggestions and opinions in aim to improve your work is amongst the process.

What were the best and/or worst parts of the whole thing?

The best part about my major was the aspect of travel, making it an experience in itself to create my work. In combining my passion for photography in expressing my interest for the environment and natural landscapes on a level of personal connection, it made the process quite enjoyable. The worst part was probably sitting down and putting in the hard yards of hours editing, though it was definitely worth it when finished.

Finlay Gibson-Healey

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@soggy_sao / @satans_taint

Finlay’s work is mainly photography with some digital editing; each of the images is made up almost exclusively of one of the primary colours.

How did you come up with the idea?

It started from me wanting to put back together a smashed teapot and use that in my work to represent lack of care towards issues people have. As the year went on and the ideas and practice slowly changed what I ended up with didn’t even match my original concept but was far better than I could have hoped.

What’s your advice to students picking a subject with a major work or just starting to work on their project?

It’s loads of fun but very stressful, my advice is start as soon as you can and don’t put things off. It always seems like you have so much time until all of a sudden you don’t and you’re rushing to get it finished instead of polishing it off like you should be.

What were the best and/or worst parts of the whole thing?

Best part was seeing it all finished and hung up on display, the feeling of accomplishment and pride in the effort I put in and seeing it all later out was very satisfying. Worst was going through the ‘artistic differences’ with my teacher. She helped out heaps and wouldn’t have been able to do it uwithout her but sometimes the art room can get a bit heated.

Kyle Zhang

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@kyl_zhg_art

Kyle’s work involved a series of portraits, drawn with ballpoint pen.

How did you come up with the idea?

I was inspired by other biro artists who could create incredible emotionally charged portraits. I picked up a camera and took a few photos of myself expressing various emotions and chose the best one. My small portraits were initially experiments but my teacher advised me to use them in conjunction with the main drawing.

What’s your advice to students picking a subject with a major work or just starting to work on their project?

Start as early as possible. So many things will come up that will affect progress. Also, get help when you need it. My teacher managed to save my major work when I gave up. Most importantly, you will have to completely enjoy working on it and expect to put in many hours.

What were the best and/or worst parts of the whole thing?

The best part was when my teacher motivated me to continue working on my large drawing. I don’t regret listening to her. The worst part was not coming up with an idea for the first few months. I was stuck in a thought loop with so many ideas, I couldn’t decide which one to go through with. As a result, I worked really slowly in the beginning and procrastinated a lot. I gave up halfway a few months before the due date and almost started my major work again until my teacher advised against it.

Mack English

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@mackenglish

Mack used Photoshop to create his digital paintings (a series of three works, with two pictured above) titled ‘Fukushima’.

How did you come up with the idea?

My idea formed from my previous work just before starting the major. Moving forward from this I came along the question ‘what would a town look like if humans got up and left instantly, dropping everything they were doing’ and promptly became obsessed with this idea. Eventually after many hours of researching I came across the town of Fukushima in Japan. As a result of a earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown it would be the perfect town to explore this concept through.

What’s your advice to students picking a subject with a major work or just starting to work on their project?

The best advice I have to any students doing majors may seem cliche as all hell, but it’s damn good advice. Do what you love. Do not do a medium you don’t love or a concept or imagery you genuinely do not love; it will come out terrible. The next is also something you’ve heard a thousand times, but the major works are a huge task that is not to be taken lightly. Trust me you do not want to be in that situation of trying to get a third of your folio done in 3 days- it is smashing your face on a desk levels of stress.

What were the best and/or worst parts of the whole thing?

For me personally (which I know most will disagree) the best thing was having that deadline to finish it. It forced me to work so hard and much smarter.

Worst thing about my major was those last few weeks. They were stressful as all hell and trying to get most of my Multimedia Major done and another work for my Art Major was the absolute worst feeling. But, once I had handed it all in I was at a loss of words and genuinely confused as to it being all over. I thought ‘wait, what just happened? Is it really over?’. That moment was so weird and wonderful that it became the best part of the whole ordeal.

 

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