Prep for Summer Show 16

I started the prep for my exhibition by making model of the room and breakfast table for the multi-sensory installation. I could not find a perfect breakfast table model so I bought the dining set. Bellow is my model:

model for breakfast table room

After a long search at few charity shops for the right furniture and online, finally I found cheap sale from Cardiff and Neath. 

table & chairs painted ready for show

I will also need a specific shape of plinth for my textile/stitch book. 

plinth design for stitch book


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!




Alzheimer’s petients interview

My second involvement with LAUGH project by Prof Cathy Treadaway from CARIAD Cardiff is to document a conversation between her team and members of SURPS group & Alzheimer’s society based in Cardiff. The session outcome was very valuable and gave a lot of insight to daily life and how patients really feel about the disease and how they cope with it.

Here’re sketches from the session:

David Hockey’s photo collage

G. Perry’s The Annunciation of Virgin Deal. Image by me.

Inspired by Greyson perry’s The Annunciation of the Virgin Deal and David Hockney’s photo collage composition, I’ve made design as one of the final outcome of my project. The work is hand embroidery on different sizes of hoops, put together to look like a collage and texts to highlight the conversation. I chose the colour to be bright because I think it is important to lift the mood and as a reflection of the patients’ life.

Bellow is the 1st finished version illustration shown for Within/Without group exhibition at PaperArts, Bristol. I have made the text into 3D texts using thread to give more impact to the work for Summer show.

conversation with Alz patients © Ayu Baker 2016. Image by Jakeem Lee.

Further more, I have prepare stitch text which I’m going to display for the degree show.


stitch text © Ayu Baker 2016


text 1 – © Ayu Baker 2016

Visual song activity

I always remember the fun memory I had with my late father and my sisters on weekend where we would play records and sing along to it. He loved Engelbert Humperdinck’s songs. He had all of his records and used to perform his songs on stage every year at independence day celebration. Several years after he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, he began to forget the lyrics of his fav songs. We used to belt out the ref to Please release me and Quando, Quando, Quando. Although he can’t remember the lyrics no more he was still able to recognise the rhythm of those songs and then played them on repeat.

That memory inspired me to come up with an activity that aims to encourage conversation between Azlheimer’s patients with their carers through listening to music and embroidery. Research shown that music can boost our brain activity that is linked to memory, cognition and problem solving. The embroidery work will take form as an abstract art that is generated from music visualisation apps.


Quando, Quando, Quando, E. Humperdinck – song visualisation © Ayu Baker, 2016. Thread & Textile.

How it work:

  • the activity will involve stitching which kit I will provide at the exhibition. The kit includes embroidery hoop and fabric, thread and needle, and instruction sheet.
  • Before starting the embroidery work, carer would have to download music visualisation app into their smartphones, laptop or tablet from online app store. The apps that are free to download are iTunes, Audiogasm, Gravitarium or Svarm and Wizzj.
  • Once the apps is downloaded, carer can play patients’ fav song on it and then take a screenshot of the abstract art. Sample:

Quando quando quando song visualisation from iTunes app. image by me

  • Carers then can start the embroidery work while listening to the song with the patients and have conversation down the memory lane. Sample is on the 1st above image.


So for the exhibition I have prepare 20 embroidery kits that I will give out to people who are interested and is a carer to Alzheimer’s patients, and if I still have spare I would introduce and give them to nursing home or Azheimer’s Society Cardiff.

Visual song goodie bag prep. © Ayu Baker 2016.


music embroidery instruction copy

embroidery kit instruction © Ayu Baker 2016.


a few of the embroidery kits 


Greyson Perry – The Vanity of Small Differences trip

We went to Bath to see Grayson Perry’s latest tapestry work exhibited at Bath Museum. It was an inspiring exhibition and Bath city was very nice and clean. Perry had based the work from his research & documentary TV series on Channel 4 called All in the Best Possible taste with Greyson Perry in 2012. Perry’s tapestry large size works, composition that allures me to look for insight of background story and vibrant colours really help brings out the illustration and story line.


The gang!


goodies brought back from the trip. Greyson Perry’s books.

Fundraising for show’s promotional catalogue

I joined as one of illustration committee for my year catalogue and as one of our effort to fund it is by raising money through bake sale. I always enjoy the prep and logistic side of organising so this time I helped out with some table cloth, plates, and decorations. I participated twice in the bake sale and It was a lot of fun to bake this year as I’m passionate in raising the money so that we can get the catalogue that we all wanted. It was also a good decision to bake savoury food instead of the sweet because a lot of students prefer savoury and a change from the sweets. Although we didn’t raise full amount of money but we managed to raise almost half of the required full fund which is £2000.

We also had a Davie Bowie night to raise some money as well, and sadly I couldn’t participate because I have other engagement to attend, although I donated drinks and snack towards it.

Illustration Bake sale 2016


Illustration bake sale 2016. Thanks to Patrick H for manning the stall.