" I’ve always been drawn to them and found them really beautiful. I made those out of foam and painted them." – Sophie Comptonby Sophie Compton
Costa Rican masks
“I split my final major project into two projects. The first are these Costa Rican masks. I’ve always been drawn to them and found them really beautiful. I made those out of foam and painted them. When we were doing research, I came across them. They’re all so different!
“The other side of my project is the adjustable furniture. There were four designs in total. Small space living is quite a big trend at the moment, so the furniture is adaptable to the space.
“AUB is a really good uni. It’s very close knit, everyone knows each other and all the courses integrate really well. Here you get one to one time with the tutors too.”
"It’s been really fun! It’s amazing how you try everything, and realise what you want." – Lucy Howeby Lucy Howe
Horatio the Orangutang
“I made a K2 telephone box. There are two K2s in London, so I went and visited them and took loads of measurements. I then made it into a puzzle, so it can be taken apart.
“I visited an enthusiast and he had an original phone and coin box, so I did the same and took measurements of that. He sells original posters on eBay, so I went to him and bought copies of the posters, then scaled them down.
“I also made a stop motion puppet and had third year animators as clients. I had to make the puppet to their drawings, he’s Horatio the Orangutang . The fur is made from lamb’s wool, which I dyed orange.
“I wanted the face to be solid and then to be able to put the plasticine on top, a bit like Shaun the Sheep.
“I also did a training course with Tracy Chapman, who was trained by the Queen’s milliner. She taught me how to work with felt, netting, straw etc. Over that week, I did three hats. So I tried to replicate them at home.
“There’s been a lot of work packed in. It’s been really fun! It’s amazing how you try everything, and realise what you want. I was focusing on the softer edges like sewing, felt, and fur, then my last final piece was this project model. Having made that, I realised that’s what I loved and I’d like to find a job in. I’m hoping to get a job in the product modelmaking industry.”
"For my Final Major Project, I made some shoes. They’re inspired by 1950s cars..." – Katie Belbin
1950s car shoes
“The first project we do before Christmas is a client brief. I had an external brief from a client who wanted to use the space on top of council flat buildings. Together we designed these space saving apartments, which have studio space at the bottom and living spaces in the top.
“I also did a model for him which was three different interior designs, which was done using a coloured 3D printer. I did all the CAD on software called Rhinoceros and then sent it off to be 3D printed.
“For my Final Major Project, I also made some shoes. They’re inspired by 1950s cars, so I did loads of research into these. I knew I really wanted to make shoes, so needed to think of a narrative that would go with it.
“I’ve learnt so much. Before I started Modelmaking I didn’t know how to use any of the machinery, so to come this far and know how to use that and the CAD software is really good. I really enjoyed it.”
"You’re surrounded by other creatives and there’s a lot of inspiration..." – Chukuma Dibigboby Chukuma Dibigbo
“The sculpture is of the model. She’s got a skin condition called vitiligo, where parts of the skin have no pigment, and can’t get exposed to the sun. She’s really famous, and her condition has sort of bought her into the modelling industry. I thought it would be interesting to portray that in a sculpture.
“I sculpted it using clay and moulded and casted it using fibreglass and silicone, and airbrushed it with silicone paints.
“I also did a commission for a church in Southampton. They had plans to extend the front and add some design elements, and wanted me to make a model to show the congregation what the new building would look like. It’s made out of acrylic, mdf, and 3d prints.
“AUB has been amazing. I did a Foundation first, and attended an internal Open Day. That’s when I found out about the Modelmaking course. It’s been really good, a lot of learning and life skills. You’re surrounded by other creatives and there’s a lot of inspiration. Because it’s quite small, you get a lot of quality interaction with the lecturers. I’ve really, really, enjoyed it!
“I haven’t really specified what I’d like to go into. I think my work shows a lot of different skills, so I want to explore the different areas and keep improving my skills.”
"I made a replica of the Planet of the Apes 1969 Ursus monster." – Dorothy Hopeby Dorothy Hope
Planet of the Apes
“I made a replica of the Planet of the Apes 1969 Ursus monster. It’s going into a Sci-Fi museum in Northumberland. It was commissioned and is a donation from me.
“It’s hand sculpted, and took about two weeks to sculpt, and it’s moulded and casted in silicone. It’s hand hair punched, which took about three days!
“It was a bit of a breakthrough for me, as it’s the first model I’ve really felt proud of at the end. After all of these years of making, it feels like I’ve just missed the bar. Because I was making this for someone else, it gave me the motivation to get it done, and to a high standard.
“On the basis of that, I wanted to show that I can do realism as well. So I sculpted this real gorilla, made from false bronze. It’s fibreglass with bronze in the gel coat.
“Then there’s a character which ties into a story I’ve been writing, for literally five years! I wanted to try and tie in my work to my personal project. So I made a character that I call a Docklewaffler.
“The book is supposed to belong to a lady who has been travelling with a circus for many years, and over the years has collected extracts and pieces from around the world.
“I’ve loved my time at AUB. When I went into university, I felt nervous and very out of my depth, but you go to the workshop and start talking to people, and everyone is so willing to share their skills with you! No one is holding back. The tutors are lovely and they’ve been so supportive. I couldn’t have managed without their support.
“I came straight out of college, and didn’t do a Foundation year. Then I took a year out, and came back, which was the best decision ever. I took a step back, allowed myself to mature, then came back with new eyes on it all.
“I would love to find a job, ideally sculpting. Anything making, but sculpting would be great!”
"It came from an idea I had when I was walking home through town and there weren’t any kids playing. I always used to go out rollerblading when I was young..." – Helena Martinby Helena Martin
“I made a high heeled rollerblade for my Final Major Project. I was a bit stuck as to what to do, and it came from an idea I had when I was walking home through town and there weren’t any kids playing. I always used to go out rollerblading when I was young.
“My architectural one was for a client project for the Oxford Story Museum. They wanted to be able to show it to clients and take it apart, so it had to be really strong.”
"I created two supertree models as heirloom pieces for the original designer's family." Kester Freeman
“I created two supertree models for my final project. The real supertrees are in Singapore – they are these big man-made structures (about 50 metres high) and act as filtering systems. One even holds a restaurant at the top!
They’re an heirloom piece for the children and wife of the person who designed the supertrees, Andrew Grant. Andrew Grant’s wife, Caroline, got in touch with our lecturers and commissioned the two pieces.
Also on display is my butterfly life cycle model, which I made for a museum in Bristol. I was awarded an APMM award (Association of Professional Model Makers) for this project. I won First Prize in the 2016 Art Hedlund Student Modelmaking Competition.
In Second Year, I created a dinosaur as part of a communication project to demonstrate the difference between what people think dinosaurs look like (which is Jurassic Park), versus a more realistic interpretation.
My time at AUB had been really great. The course has been amazing and the tutors have been incredible. It’s really nice to have had the freedom to do what you want to do. First Year involves a bit of testing and experimenting, while in Second and Third Year, you do what you want to do and what you’re passionate about.
I’ve loved my time here and the people that I’ve met. I really like the small campus too. I’m applying for film work now as I think that’s the industry I want to go into.”
"I've created a model based on an existing sailing yacht made in Southampton, the Oyster 885." Iain Mackenzie
Luxury sailing yacht
“I’ve been working on a luxury sailing yacht for my final major project. I’ve created a model based on an existing sailing yacht made in Southampton, the Oyster 885 – one of their very popular series.
It’s been a pleasure to work on. In terms of the processes that I have used, I’m very interested in the crossover from digital into physical through rapid prototyping. I started with a high quality render of the boat – it’s all designed on a computer first – and translated that into something physical.
The hull was CNC machined and cut in three parts on two axes and then assembled together. I used 3D printing, including a resin printer and a plastic printer, as well as SLA and FDL printing. I finished the boat using traditional skills.
I contacted Oyster Yachts to let them know that I was making the model. They were very supportive and put me in touch with some useful contacts at their end. I sent them some pictures and they were really pleased I was doing it.
I’ve also made an architectural model of a whiskey distillery in Scotland. That was a great project to work on because it was a live brief and I had a lot of contact with them. I created them a nice clean model of the distillery that they could use in the visitor centre, for tourists before they do their tasting.
It’s the oldest distillery in the Highlands of Scotland and it’s still operating now. The layout of the buildings has changed a lot over the years and they wanted to get that across in a physical model.
My time at AUB has been fantastic, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it. I did my Foundation at the University too and that was good. Doing the three years of Modelmaking, there are no limitations. The facilities that AUB has are just brilliant. We have our own workshop to ourselves just downstairs in the new Make-up and Modelmaking building.
It means that if you have an idea, you can work on it – you can design and then make it. There’s really not much that’s limiting you.
I’m quite into the rapid prototyping of design work, so I’d like to work somewhere that offers that crossover between digital and physical.”
"I wanted to design a science fiction concept for a construction robot - the kind of thing that might exist in 20 years." Marcus Johnson
CGI Construction Robot
“My final project was primarily digital. I wanted to design a science fiction concept for a construction robot – the kind of thing that might exist in 20 years. It’s meant to be a fun, tongue-in-cheek project, imagining a world where machines might take over human jobs.
My robot was designed from scratch using computer-aided design (CAD) I wanted to explore the different potential directions that a digital model can go in. One of these is for further digital applications, like for animation, which could potentially be used in a film or as part of CGI. Then on the other end of the spectrum, you’ve got the physical outcomes, like this 3D printed model – so collectible items.
My second piece of work on display is a commemorative piece that was part of a live project that I took part in for a game developer, Reagent Games, who are based in Scotland. I created a digital model for this as well, based on a character from a video game.
The physical model was digitally created and then sculpted and printed. It will hopefully soon be displayed in their offices.
My time at AUB has been overwhelmingly positive. I’ve really enjoyed the course and what it provides both academically and in terms of the experiences it offers. It’s a really enjoyable place to be.
It’s just so fun to come in every day and work on something like a robot or a character from a game and think – this is going to be my profession. I’d love to do work for films, or for games.”
“I’ve done a set of three animation sets, which are sheds. They describe the character that would be in them." Hannah Greenhouse
Composer, Inventor, Explorer
“I’ve done a set of three animation sets, which are sheds. They describe the character that would be in them. I’ve done a Composer’s shed, which is quite neat and organised and pristine. The opposite is an inventor’s shed, which is very sporadic and messy! Then there’s an explorer who is very prepared and ready for adventures.
I’ve loved every minute of my time at AUB. You pick up things but, if the tutors don’t tell you outright what to do, they’ll always point you in the right direction of where to look and what to research.
I’d like to get into animation sets, I like making all the miniature props. I wouldn’t mind maybe going into advertising, and making props and sets for advertising.”
"My final project is an interactive architectural model of Canary Wharf as it will be in 2020." Daivd Lundby David Lund
The Lightform Model
“My final project is an interactive architectural model of Canary Wharf as it will be in 2020. The idea is that you have the ability to animate the model to show multiple messages in the same model.
It’s controlled through buttons that allow you to select different features of the model. For example, one shows you where shops are and one where offices are. The model allows you to understand how the area is going to look in the future. You would normally build four or five models to show you all that information. I’d never done any electronics before starting the course.
I worked on a live brief whilst studying on the course, to build a model of a radio telescope that is under construction at the moment. The client wanted an interactive model, so I had to learn electronics doing that. I’d never done anything like that at all before. So when it came to my final project, I had the time to do something I’m really passionate about and use the digital side of things.
This really is a physical/digital model hybrid. I thought ‘while I’m here, let’s do something really different.’ Meeting Norman Foster in my third year was amazing. He approached the university to commission a large scale replica of the Berlin Reichstag dome that he designed, but he also wanted small replicas of sketch models that he had made in the 1960s, in his early career.
So myself and two others made a replica of one of his early models and it was quite a challenge because as a modelmaker you’re used to making very precise neat finishings, whereas we were trying to copy all the mistakes in the model – because it was a sketch model. It was quite difficult working on this at the same time as working on my Lightform model.
I’m a mature student and when I left school at 18, I was originally going to study Architecture but I wasn’t well at the time. My inspiration then was Lord Foster. To be making architectural models for his foundation years later was just amazing. For him to come and view the models and to get the chance to talk to him was fantastic. It was definitely a highlight of my degree.
Looking ahead, I’m interested in a mix of things. I’ve done quite a lot of teaching with both children and degree students, which I hadn’t really expected to do while I was at AUB. I’d like to do a mix of teaching and modelmaking in the future.
My experience at AUB has been amazing. I’d done a couple of Short Courses years ago and you go around and see all the degree work and you think ‘it would be amazing to be able to do that every day and so to have done it is just fantastic. I’m ready to go, I’ve learned everything I need to know and I’m ready to go and do something new, but I wish I could do the whole thing all over again.”
"I designed and made a bespoke Tiffany lamp and hadn't made anything like it before." Sophie Perkinsby Sophie Perkins
Bespoke Tiffany Lamp
“For my final major project, I designed and made a bespoke Tiffany lamp. I’d never done any of it before – I’d never wired anything, I’d never turned wood and I’d never turned brass.
The lampshade is actually made entirely from resin, which had never been done before according to my many weeks of research. I wanted to make something that was unusual and hadn’t been seen before.
I took a profile of an original Tiffany lamp for the base and designed it with an optical theme – the bottom is a bit like an antique microscope with its three legs.
During my third year, I also created a stop-motion puppet, fully articulated with an armature, for a client as a nine-week project. The client was an alumnus from the Animation course at AUB, who graduated a few years ago. He designed the scientist figure, which I then created.
To dress the puppet, I laser-engraved fabric to make pin-stripes on a small enough scale and designed my own fabric which I had custom-printed for the shirt. It’s got DNA strands on it, because I thought that would be quite quirky.
The puppet has replacement faces which all clip on and off. They have a little channel on the back and a strip that they clip into with magnets. The client then built the set and animated the character in a film. It was really nice to see it come to life.
My third piece on display is an architectural model that I made in Second Year. I became quite interested in how landscapes and trees were represented in these kinds of models. There’s an in-joke that trees in architectural models look a bit like toilet brushes! I started playing around and looked at architects’ sketches. I tried making my trees look more abstract, inspired by those.
I actually started at AUB when I was nine years old! I did the Saturday Art School classes – and then between the ages of 12 and 16 I did Graham Wood’s Saturday modelmaking class. It’s nice that I’ve actually got to teach some of the classes that I used to attend, that was wonderful. I’ve taught workshops with Widening Participation groups and that’s been really good.
My long term plan in the future is to teach. The thing that inspired me most as a child was hearing about all the wonderful places that people had gone and all the jobs they had done though. I want a few of those under my belt before I start teaching. I love stop-motion animation, so somewhere like Aardman Animation or Mackinnon and Saunders would be wonderful.”
"My final project is a stop-motion animation puppet of a bee, based on the book The Bees by Laline Paull." Ellie Palmer
“My final project is a stop-motion animation puppet of a bee, based on the book The Bees by Laline Paull. I’ve made all the armature, I’ve done all the sculpting, moulding and casting. I have an example stand of what went into making it, such as the armature, the coring etc.
I’ve also made Felix and Geoffrey the giraffe and fox puppets. I was doing a maker fair in Bristol over the Summer and I made these to show that people can make their own puppets. I did that as an extra thing over the summer to get a bit of experience.
I also made a Victorian style dress to focus on the costume aspect of stop-motion animation. There are different areas within stop-motion. Some are more moulding and casting related and some where you create costumes, sew them etc. I liked doing the sewing, so I wanted to create a piece that showed that.
I’ve had a really good time at AUB. It’s been really fun and I’ve met some great people, I’m good friends with everyone on my course. All the tutors are really friendly as well. I’ve learnt a lot. At the beginning, if I’d have known I’d be producing this stuff now, I’d never have believed it!
I’ve got a 3-week internship at Aardman in July. They were in contact with our course and had places for two students, so we sent over our portfolios and they picked me and Sam!”
"My final major project is a cut through of an aeroplane engine. All of my projects so far have been architecture, so I wanted to show something different and be more versatile." Jack White
“I did some work experience before I came to uni, which was really useful, so in my second year I just went out and did as much as I could. I even kept doing it through third year and over the summer of my second year. It helped me up my standard of work a lot, which was what I needed.
My final major project is a cut through of an aeroplane engine. All of my projects so far have been architecture, so I wanted to show something different and be more versatile.
I’m looking forward to going to get some work now. I haven’t got anything lined up but there are quite a few people I know from when I’ve done work experience before. I want to keep my options open.”
"I’ve always had a bit of an interest in vinyl and music in general." Alex Whybrayby Alex Whybray
“I’ve always had a bit of an interest in vinyl and music in general. I thought that this turntable would be something different. I wracked my brains for a while, thinking what hasn’t already been at New Blades and what could potentially stand out. I wanted to make something really high quality.
I used marble-type materials to give it the feel of quality. In terms of turntables and records players, the majority of the time, if it’s got visual weight to it, it looks like a quality piece.
The building is a design from Fosters, they wanted me to do it for my external brief. I worked there previously, on a year out, for an eight-month period. It was amazing. I can’t even begin to explain how much I learnt. I worked on a larger scale version of one of these buildings, and it was my favourite project.”
"The bulldog in a space suit is my final major project. He came about through a love of dogs and space, so it was quite an obvious thing to put together for me." Thomas Hughesby Thomas Hughes
Bulldog in a Space Suit
“The bulldog in a space suit is my final major project. He came about through a love of dogs and space, so it was quite an obvious thing to put together for me. I was stuck for a little while on what to do. I wanted to do a character sculpt and I wanted to do something involving hair work, because I’d never done that sort of thing before. All the examples I’d looked at that I’d liked of other people’s work, for some reason, involved space suits.
I took a short course in Z Brush, the digital sculpting programme, where I did a sort of dog-man. I wanted to use that and I put it together with the space suit idea. I eventually decided to use the Apollo space suit as it’s the most classic and well-known one, and that’s where it came from really.
I love dinosaurs, and I normally do dinosaurs or pre-historic things. My original idea for the final major project was to work with another student called Simon, and we were going to do a life size dinosaur. However, then it would have been nothing but prehistoric things on my stand. This was a chance to do a bit of costume, which I’d never done before.
I had a really good time on the course. I got to try out lots of new things. I’d done a bit of sculpting before the course, I did a couple of short courses and I think that helped me know what direction I wanted to go in.
I did work experience on Guardians of the Galaxy after my first year, and then they kept me on for the whole summer there. Then the year after I got asked back to work on the second Avengers film, so hopefully if I can do some more stuff like that it would be ideal.”
"It was all done by hand, I don’t use computers at all." Matthew Kazmierczak
“It was done for my final major, so we had 16 weeks to work. I wanted to pick something that had a purpose, that wasn’t just for a shelf, so it was a real thing. I’ve done a lot of film work and they used to do furniture making in the past, so I thought let’s make a chair.
I really like the Viking art style, so I can do lots of decorative carving. All the hollows were jig sawed out, and then it was all chisels and scalpels and knives. It was all done by hand, I don’t use computers at all. All the little details were sheet wax, all cut out by hand. I’m very proud because I’d never carved before. There’s a first time for everything. Ideally I’d like to do more prop work and film stuff.
My time has been wonderful, I’ve done everything I could have wanted. I’ve had a go at every process and every type of material. I’ve had loads of opportunities for work and it’s been brilliant.”
"Two years ago I worked on the film. We made the full size carriage for the Disney Cinderella film." Mark Yeo
“Two years ago I worked on the film with BGI Supplies. We made the full size carriage for the Disney Cinderella film. At that time I had a lot of material for it, obviously when the film came out it was current, so I decided to make a smaller version.
It’s a paint chrome, so there’s various different processes to get to the chrome stage. Essentially it’s a topcoat of paint, and then the chrome goes on and you achieve the gold with a tinted lacquer. It’s not gold plated, but it is chrome. It did take a lot of time sat at the desk late at night, just sculpting.
The UVA pod is for author Piers Bezoni, for a book launch that’s coming out in the next couple of weeks. He’s using it as a prop for the book launch, so it needs to be pretty strong.
My second year project was a Renaissance piece. It’s more of a show armour than actual war armour. They didn’t have the full suit in the museum, so I wanted to make the back plate and the shoulder pieces from what I could find.
I’ve absolutely loved Modelmaking, I never actually applied for any other course. I’d spoken to a few people in the industry and they advised me to go to AUB, so I went to an open day and it was great. The level of work was exactly what I wanted to do, and hopefully now that’s where I am.”
"The animation is a story between him and a raccoon, where the racoon steals his pie and he gets revenge." Lucy Grice
15 eyebrow expressions
“This is a collaboration piece with the AUB Animation course, to make a lumberjack puppet for stop motion. I made the puppet with an armature foam body and material clothes. He’s got 15 other eyebrow expressions. The animation is a story between him and a raccoon, where the racoon steals his pie and he gets revenge. The eyebrows have little magnets underneath, so they pop on and off and you can change his expression quite easily.
I thought the collaboration was really good. It was nice having a client, someone to instruct you when they want you to do something a certain way. It was a really good experience, I’m really glad I did it.
I decided I wanted to do both the model and learn about traditional pieces. For the stained glass window I contacted a company in Ringwood and worked with them for about 6 weeks on and off making it. I went there every other day during a week and learnt how to cut the glass, solder etc. I’ve fallen in love with glass making
It’s based on the Gloucester cathedral cloister. I’ve made a 1:10 scale of the cathedral, and then that’s 1:2 of the windows.
I’ve learnt so much. When I think I knew nothing when I joined the course, I’ve learnt an awful lot. I think my preferred field is animation but, truth be told, I’ve enjoyed all the work experience I’ve done.”
"The idea was that people could create political satire in a really fun and engaging way, using the props available." James Bedwell
“Everyone loves lego and everyone loves taking the mickey out of politicians, so I thought I’d put the two together. Lego have done everything, but the one thing they haven’t done it politicians, so I’ve done the G7 summit, plus Vladimir Putin, because he wasn’t invited. I made the 7 political leaders of the G7 in lego form, and I also created a number of props that are popular in popular culture and also used in satire. The idea was that people could create political satire in a really fun and engaging way, using the props available.
In a different theme, I made a model for a museum in my hometown. This is a Roman building called a Mansio, which is basically a modern day travel lodge. There’s baths, there’s rooms where you sleep and get a bit of food. My hometown, Chelmsford, is situated in between the Celtic capital of Colchester and the Roman capital of London. When dignitaries travelled between the two, they needed a place to stay and where they stopped off was in Chelmsford. All that exists now are the foundations.
The guy I made it for excavated the site, but wanted a model of it made. So I first made this in CAD, and made an exact copy of the artist impression. It’s all trying to make it as historically accurate as possible. This is probably not completely 100% identical to what it looked like, but all I had to go on were the foundations, the artist impression and I read quite a few books on Roman architecture. This is as accurate as I could get it. I’ve tried to model it, not as if it’s been destroyed, but as if someone has grabbed a section and removed it, so you can see the roof, rafters, the wooden beams etc.
I’ve loved the course. At times it was really challenging and very stressful, but everyone is so passionate about what they do. I’ve made some great mates and love what I did, I’m sad it’s all over.”
"My final major project is a hypothetical theatre costume, for an adaptation of the Kung Fu Panda movies for stage." Alex Poulson
Kung Fu Panda
“My final major project is a hypothetical theatre costume, for an adaptation of the Kung Fu Panda movies for stage. I noticed that the animation was very elaborate and stunning and I thought it’s the perfect sort of thing to be viewed on a stage. I started by making some concept art, and developed my designs to sew this costume. As we’re model making, we dabble in costume a little bit, but we also like to do the more sculptural, hard edge stuff. This is where the headdress comes in. I’m quite happy with how the two pieces work as a combination.
The rat was a live brief, we do collaborations quite a lot, and I worked with some Film Production students. The film students decided they wanted to go for a more authentic look rather than CG for their puppets, so I made this chap for them. He’s actually part of a group of three. I picked this one to show today because he’s the biggest and has a bit more presence than the other two. The whole theme of their film was to be based around the concept of litter, and how it would affect the futuristic society. He has a jaw mechanism in there, so he can snap and bite. It’s quite a complex project, there was a lot involved and I’d not done much work with movement before, but I learnt so much through it.
I was a bit daunted at the start because I wasn’t sure how working with students would be. I felt that throughout the work our interactions were very professional. It was good to imitate those relationships so that I can go out and do the same in industry.
I’m hoping to start freelancing. I don’t want to pigeonhole myself, I like to do a lot of things, but I’m happy to work within the media industry most. If that goes well I’m hoping to save up and start up a small workshop. I’ve got an associate who’s very good at sewing and making costume related things, and I’m more into the sculptural things, so we’d make quite a good team in that respect.”
"I’ve always loved the instrument and thought it’s great. It’s loud and small but just slightly uncomfortable to play, so I made just a few tweaks." Jake Middletonby Jake Middleton
“This is like an accordion, but it’s a concertina, which is a smaller variety of accordion. It’s normally six sided, but what I’ve done is make a more ergonomic and more logical take on the design. This is an ergonomically redesigned hand rest and hand strap, which has an elastic element, which makes it hold your hand very nicely. I’ve always loved the instrument and thought it’s great. It’s loud and small but just slightly uncomfortable to play, so I made just a few tweaks. It’s actually also made of card and fibre to make it lighter, as portability is part of it’s appeal.
I also want to show people who make them and play them the other options there could be. Hopefully people would take some note of this and perhaps improve their own practice. I’m probably going to make more prototypes and perfect the design.
AUB is incredible in that you get a very good combination, a very good ratio of independence and instruction with practical hands on skills. Access to real machines and hands on skills is something that a lot of courses don’t have enough of. I’ve found it great.”
"These were commissioned by a photographer, who wanted to do a project about animals that had been treated badly in the industry." Imogen Nagle
Animals in the Industry
“This was a commission for a photography project. There were actually two heads. I made a cow as well, but that’s not here today because she was so big. These were commissioned by a photographer, who wanted to do a project about animals that had been treated badly in the industry. These were made to be worn by people and they are made from soft foam and latex. They are then flocked and hair punched and air brushed to finish. I had to sculpt it from scratch, to get it as close as I could to the real thing.
We considered for a while using real furs, but we thought that was against the point so we ended up getting faux everything, as good quality as we possibly could. Then it was a case of airbrushing it to make it look a bit more realistic, and put all the colours onto it.
For my final major, I ended up splitting it into three because I was going to make three creature sculpts and I felt like it was too much. If I made something that was more like a real creature to put next to the fake, made up creatures, it would put context into both of them. I ended up making this leaf gecko, so that it was like a display model. These geckos are only indigenous to Madagascar, so nobody really knows about them. They’re really well camouflaged and I wanted to show that in my piece.
I’ve loved it. I’m kind of glad it’s ending in a way, as I’m happy to get out into the industry now I’ve had all my training. At the same time, it’s a great course and such a family that I’m going to miss everybody.”
"I’ve taken the design language of a chainsaw and a sewing machine, and swapped them over..." Lizzie Holleyman - New Bladesby Lizzie Holleyman
“These are my product mashups. I’ve taken the design language of a chainsaw and a sewing machine, and swapped them over so it changes your perception of how well they would function. You’ve got the feminine elements of the sewing machine design contrasting with the ‘manliness’ of the chainsaw. The sewing machine looks like it could sew through bark!
In the International Journal of Design I saw a Swedish group who explored this idea of gender norms with a hand drill and a hand blender.
It’s been about having fun with swapping around how things look. It was interesting actually getting a design down for these – what elements you leave in or out. Trying to get the essence of the design language without loosing the functionality.”
“The puppet was a client led brief. The client is a performer that uses circus skills to tell the condensed history of Britain. He was starting a web series and needed some puppets and one of the things he required was a bespoke knight on a horse. He has a plastic styrene skeleton with dip dye cotton stretched over so he has a soft quality but he can stand on his own and he’s quite tough. The puppet comes apart so you can use it like a muppet puppet with the rods in the arms.”
"I wasn’t keen on the way that Marvel has made Groot, so I decided to design my own version of him..."by Graham Jones
“I saw the trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy at Christmas time. I wasn’t keen on the way that Marvel has made Groot, so I decided to do my own version of him.
It started out as a clay sculpt. I then cut him into bits and had 6 pieces in silicon block. It went through quite a lot of silicon! The limbs and the head are cast and fast cast and the torso is fibreglass because it weighed something like 5 kilos in clay. Fibreglass was a better option because it’s just as strong and its hollow. The legs and arms were then bolted on.
It wasn’t until it got the paint on that it started to come to life, because the fibreglass is black. When I got the primer on I started to really see it happen.
Guardians of the Galaxy is coming out later this year, and I’m looking forward to seeing their version of Groot. This has been my favourite project by far.“
"Mulch is a big furry mountain monster, who sleeps in caves by day and forages in the woods by night…"by Lorna Moon
Welcome to Project Mulch. Mulch is a big furry monster, designed and created by Lorna Moon, Ciara McClean and Freddy Holdsworth at AUB Modelmaking.
“Mulch started out as an idea in our second year. We went to visit John Nolan who specialsies in Animatronics. We saw his work and got really excited about it.
Ciara did all the character design and it spiralled from there. The face is all radio controlled and the suit itself is controlled by the person wearing it. He has his own beer as well – we are working on getting the beer into production. We’d like to make a promotional advert for it, featuring Mulch. Our tutors kept calling him munch and we got it wrong and called him mulch – we liked that better, it suits him. Its earthy.
We basically made him to show off and have something really cool for the show!”
"This is a recreation of a prop from American comedy Parks and Recreation, which I’m a big fan of..." Hannah Ameyby Hannah Amey
Parks and Recreation
“This is a recreation of a prop from American comedy Parks and Recreation, which I’m a big fan of. Its bronze powder, fast cast, sculpting and laser cutting.
I also made a puzzle maze on the lathe and mill. I got it sulphuric anodised to protect the surface – it gives it the blue colour.
My stained glass butterfly is based on a glasswinged butterfly. Their wings are actually see-though, so I choose to use glass. I sculpted the body and cast it in pewter. This model is ten times bigger than the real thing.
I would like to go and work in TV props or movie miniatures. I did one in my second year, and they’re really coming back.”
"I sewed individual scales onto the dragons body..." Miranda Jane Topping - New Bladesby Miranda Jane Topping
Whales and Dragons
“The whale was initially a client project, and they wanted two fins. I really enjoyed making that for them, so I made this version of which has more of a natural history feel and only has 1 fin – which they do in real life.
The dragon head and claws are part of a puppet.The body is articulated and can move, and then I fabricated over in it black and I sewed individual scales on.
I loved making them – I like sculpting, particularly animals.”
"Watching the show was cool - seeing your work used in a live situation makes it all worth it" Harriet Rose - New Bladesby Harriet Rose
The Mouse, the Bird and the Sausage...
“New Blades has been great. It’s one of the first time you see you work on display, not in the corner of a messy desk.
I made the bird, dog and sausage head for the Acting production of Grimm Tales. I had to make the bird pretty quickly in 2 weeks. I’d worked at a company called Rainbow which makes mascots, so I’d picked up everything I could. Watching the show was cool, seeing your work used in a live situation makes it all worth it.
I want to work in fabrication – something big and colourful. The bigger the better!”
"I wanted to showcase a reflection about contemporary reality on the complex, chaotic, cruel, beautiful and wonderful world we live in." Annabell Arch - New Bladesby Annabell Arch
Lips of Lipstick
“All my work is designed for retail. I wanted to create quirky pieces that would draw people in. The lips made of lipstick would be used to display shades of red for a brand. It has been created using Rhino to lay out the lipsticks evenly, then the base is laser cut black acrylic attached to painted black MDF for strength. The lipstick head was lathed from cemi wood, and then repeated with a silicone mold. Each lipstick head has been made from fast cast, and pigmented accordingly.
A lot of mannequins these days are very realistic, so I designed the trio of heads to take away any identity so the focus becomes the clothes not the mannequin. I wanted to showcase a reflection about contemporary reality on the “complex, chaotic, cruel, beautiful and wonderful” world we live in. I wanted to create a range which was unique, and distorted the human look to a mannequin face.”
"I made friends with a furniture-maker over the summer and she does a lot of laminating work. This inspired to me try and use as many techniques as possible in this project." Frankey Pinnock - New Bladesby Frankey Pinnock
“These are a pair of shoes inspired by Kandinsky.
I’d like to work in footwear, but come at it from an architectural angle. These aren’t wearable, I’ve put them on but wouldn’t walk in them! I am more interested in sculptural and exhibition pieces.
I made friends with a furniture maker over the summer and she does a lot of laminating work. This inspired to me try and use as many techniques as possible in this project. I’ve wanted to work with leather for a long time. This was a 5 week project – the finale!
I also created a pair of 17th century replica shoes for an exhibition in Bournemouth for the BU Archaeology department. They’ve been bringing up pieces from the Swash wreck in the Channel and they found an old shoe, so I created them a replica. They were tough to make as everything is hand sewn. It was great to collaborate on that project with a guy who makes them professionally on the Isle of Wight. He lent me the ‘Lasts’ which are the wooden blocks you make the shoes on.
I’ve loved AUB Modelmaking – it’s so flexible and there are lots of opportunities to collaborate with people on other courses. I started with an animation background, working for Aardman Animations. The people I met there said go and do this course! I’m so glad I did.”
"I wanted to show children with missing limbs that it's ok to be different, and that they can be proud of their prosthetics..." Bex Lowe - New Blades
Tattooed Silicone Prosthetic Feet
“These are cosmosis fits – which basically replace a missing artificial limb. I wanted to find a cheaper way of customising prosthetics for kids at a younger age. I wanted to show them that its ok to be different, and that they can be proud of a missing limb.
I found a way to lasercut sheeted silicone – I spent hours playing with settings. I was told it might not be possible but I wasn’t taking no for an answer! I mixed my own silicone and had It sheeted and then lasercut unique sheets and then inlaid them to the feet. They don’t have to use these all the time – you can swap them over, so you can use these if you are going on a night out or to the school disco.
At the moment, all you can have with a prosthetic is the tattoo painted onto it, and it takes a trained technician to do that. Also the ink sits on the surface, so friction can rub it off. This way the ink is totally inlaid so it wont rub out.
I’ve done one for Jackie Coventry, and she is the first person in the UK to have a laser etched tattoo. It’s her gym leg – she now she loves going to the gym and showing it off!
The puppet is Tommy – my final major project. I made everything on him, apart from his glass eyes. I learnt how to hand punch and make a wig, tailor a suit to his body size and 3d printed and modelled the teeth. They’ve been aged so that they look real. He’s a smoker! He works on simple mechanics based around the 1950’s.”