Threads: Memory in focus group exhibition

So excited for this! group xhibition invites is here! Opening night on 19th May! 


Subject – PDP

It certainly has been a crazy year. It was challenging, and 100 times harder than second year. I enjoyed second year so much because there were more projects to be explored. I was quite relax entering the first term of my final year. The subject matter I chose was something that I care and passionate about – Alzheimer’s disease/dementia issue. I find myself interested in social and cultural issues that inspire me in giving response that balances content and creativity. At first I was not sure about choosing dementia/Alzheimer’s as my subject matter because I have a personal experience where my late father passed away because of it and it is a sensitive subject. But after few tutorials, I decided that because it has a personal connection therefore it will give more weight to the content.

I started the year through in-depth research i.e. going to dementia related seminar, consultations with a Neuroscientist from Bristol University and also by becoming a Dementia Friends, as well as experimenting with thread and textile to explore the  brain parts that could be damaged by Alzheimer’s disease. During the process I realised that thread means so much more than just something that connects objects but also a tool to mend and reconnect. The main process I applied within the whole project is by using soluble fabric that dissolve when washed in water. This process represents the loss of memory, personality, independence and life taken by the disease but also represents a moment of holding the time and memories that slowly disappearing.

I played around with several ideas for the outcome for my project and I feel that I need to express the loss endured everyday by patients of dementia through a multi-sensory installation that explore a bodily- experience (visions and sound). I also think that I need to communicate information about what is Alzheimer’s disease in a form of a book that feature colourful images so that it would attract public to read and understand. I aim to change the old-perception that Alzheimer’s is an age-related illness.

I also find the professional practice workshops (self-promotion) for preparing ourselves to face the real world once we finish the degree is very valuable to me. I need to build my confidence up and make more works so that I can build my professional portfolio. Including myself in group exhibition also helps me in building network and seeing what is the art world reality is. It is also a way of promoting my work and practice as an illustrator with principles. I understand that as an illustrator I want to put myself as a facilitator to communicate social & cultural issue that need to change, challenge the authority that put public’s needs behind them by being part of the change.

I’m definitely going to miss my final year. It has thought me so much about myself and things that I really care about. Things that I need to improve and even tho I has been a long journey, I have certainly grow a lot as an illustrator. I’m looking forward to my gap year and enjoy myself before planning for the future with master degree study.


Dementia/Memory exhibition

As a result of digital networking a.k.a. sending digital invitation to chosen organisations, I have been given an opportunity to be part of my Alzheimer’s project work in Threads: Memory in focus group exhibition at Llandough hospital gallery at University Hospital Wales in Cardiff. The show will run from 9th May to 1st June, 2016 and opening night will be on the 19th of May. I feel blessed that I’m able to participate at this exhibition as it is being held during the dementia week and I hope that my work could reach wider viewers and shine light to Alzheimer’s disease issue.

Brain part. © Ayu Baker 2016

glass box placement

exhibition/gallery space


Self promotion/Professional Practice

Professional practice workshop with Dan Peterson was absolutely helpful and insightful. It gave me an understanding of what it is like to be an artist/illustrator in the world of art and design, the need of building network and knowing how much our work is worth. Job competition is looking tough but so long as I understand what makes myself unique and stand out then hopefully the future won’t be so frightening.

Preparing the physical and digital portfolio was also a valuable workshop. Dan gave us input of what is necessary to prepare and things that need to be rid off, for example is like I have to always update the portfolio and to have a physical portfolio that is rearrangeable depends on the company/agency that I will be applying to.

In regards with creative CV, I attended few workshop with Uni’s career adviser. My CV is now based on structure that is changeable depends in what type of job I’m applying for. I also need to consider the visual impact of it so that my CV would be memorable enough for future employer to call me for an interview.

I also made a website with my domain name, and other social media accounts such as instagram & twitter to promote my work. All this is important so that I can have a place in the digital work and would be easy to search from the search engine.

woolanayucymru twitter

instagram account

business card


And part of my self promotion pack, I’ve made a set of business card, CV and portfolio postcards ready to be sent out.

self promotion pack (cv, bussines card, postcard portrolio)

Alzheimer’s: within book

After few discussion with Prof Zunner from Bristol University and attended Alzheimer’s: beyond the gene? seminar, I feel that it is important to inform the general public about Alzheimer’s disease through a form of ambook that is full with colourful images and important info about it. The intention is so that public can learn about the disease and how it affects someone’s life & community as well as enjoy reading it through the interesting images.

page two of the book. © Ayu Baker 2016


cover. © Ayu Baker 2016


Show build! so far

Wax on, Wax off and on our hands and knees. These photos are just a little snippet to our full dedication to make our exhibition FANTASTIC.

image by Georgia Luckman

Georgia. image by me

Heather, Louisa, Maele. Image by me

What health and safety?! Rhiannon. Image by me

Lou. Image by me

Wax on, Wax off. Image by me

work work work work work. image by me

Squad. Image by me

Within/Without Group Exhibition

I was part of a group exhibition of 16 – 3rd year illustration students held in PAPERArts, Bristol on April 7-13th this year.  Few of us went to Bristol for a pre research the location so that we could have the perfect space. We’re looking for a location that is easy to access by general public. After few discussion and voting, we agreed on PAPAERArts exhibition space located right in the city centre.

Trip to Bristol to check out the space for the exhibition. image by Georgia Luckman.


My initial plan for this external exhibition is to display a multi-sensory installation, but because I think the space could not accomodate it well I have to rethink and made a plan b. I decided to use an illustration I made from an interview session with Alzheimer’s society Cardiff.

a conversation with alz patients © Ayu Baker, 2016. Image by Jakeem Lee.

The initial plan for this piece was A1 size compiled from 7 embroidery hoops. During the process I decided that I need to focus on what I’m trying to communicate instead of emphasising on the size and also because I do not want to include pieces that just ‘decorate’ the main piece. One thing that need to be corrected is the spelling and text which was planned to be made by thread but because I was running out of time I had to print the texts instead and stuck on foam board. Further more, I realised that this have not give the same impact and feeling that I’m looking for. Therefore for my final work, I have made the texts with thread in larger size and weight.

This was my first group exhibition experience. I’ve learnt so much from my friends, especially about promoting, logistic and all preparation side of it. Taking time and wisely accommodate ideas to decide the right theme that suits all of our work is a great way to have good exhibition. Helping out each other with logistic matter  and putting up work was a lot of fun as well.

My first opening night went great, met people who are interested in my work and had chat with them about why and how I created the work. The feedback was great although my tutor pointed a spelling mistake on one of my text! Oh Gosh! but anyway I still can fix it for my degree show, so no panic!

2nd group opening night

2nd group illustrator!