Interview preparation-Fig Taylor

1. Do your homework-make sure that the work is relevant to the client you are showing it to.

2.content must be relevant-portfolios should say two things to the client, firstly-this is how I am stylistically speaking. Secondly-this is how you can use me.

3. Have a running order, preparation is key.  Precise and to the point.

4.Be self sufficient-if doing a digital presentation bring your own computer.

5. Don’t be self indulgent-show only work that has professional content.


Joe Magee 

Joe Magee is an award winning UK illustrator,filmmaker and artist.

He became a regular contributed of images to a range of international publications such as the Guardian, time magazine and Liberation.

He has artworks in the parmanent collections of university of the arts London and university of Bath. His films have screened at London, Edinborough and Tempere film festivals and won several prizes.

Werk no.16: Joe Magee special, 2009
Is an award-winning 376-page limited edition book containing a substantial cross-section of Joe’s visual images. This collaboration between Theseus Chan’s Singapore studio and Joe Magee is experimental and individually finished, with die-cut fold-outs pasted throughout and a spine hand-finished with used newspapers. Text and interviews are contributed by Professor Alison Harley. WERK No.16 was the winner of 2 D&AD (British Design and Art Direction) Awards for Outstanding Achievement 2009 for it’s design and images. Information about previous issues of Werk.

Werk no.16: Joe Magee special INSTALLATION in collaboration with ROCKET (Tokyo), 2008
This piece inspired me most because of the fact that there’s a lot of information to take in within the installation. You have to actually approach the piece to look closely at the drawings. The drawings don’t look like they’ve been carefully placed together, they look worn and folded but that’s what was most appealing about them to me.

My photography work:interim exhibition

One of my main interests when creating photography work is working around the idea of objects and situations being obsured and slightly abnormal. The idea of using childish toys and domestic objects together brings a narrative of being in a real life situation but the absurdity is the fact that the subjects themself, have no life, but I can still put together the notion that something has happened and therefore the objects appear to have a purpose. It isn’t known what has happened within the situations, but that is for the viewer to decide. The different compositions change the perception of how we view these toys that children use on a daily basis. The idea of “play” can be used in a variety of ways, children play with them and they are not usually considered within a real life situation, whereas I now have created something which is more considered and airy-something which you may see in a horror film, the falling, the reflections, the binding of material around the focal point. They are objects that remain still while other things around them help to build the sense of something that’s happened and that something has occurred. I like the fact that within the photographs there is still an element of mystery, the play comes into it for me as a photographer by trying out various lighting techniques and compositions using different materials and objects to create something that appears to have happened. My motivations for creating this work is the fact that I enjoy experimenting with various compositions and allowing the objects and lighting to tell a story that the viewers can then work out for themselves, use their own imaginations. I found that by working in the studio it allowed me to consider particular lighting styles, depth of field and composition, this allowed me to be quite playful and to try out different techniques. When researching Laurie Simmons work, I found that the work that I create is similar to hers in terms of using objects to create real life situations. Particularly with her “walking objects” pieces; within these photographs she adds legs to household objects which in day to day life you would never usually encounter. But the idea of doing something like this intrigued me, for the complete obsurdity and humour, I plan to take my ideas further and explore different possibilities. 

Starting point and influences. 

Continuing on from the second year at uni, I decided to keep with the science and art theme; previously I had used collage techniques to re-create biology books, they left people asking questions and wondering whether certain parts of the book were true or false, there was an element of mystery within an otherwise ordinary academic book. I decided that this was a strong subject matter that I could really delve into and create more interesting pieces of work. I like how scientific diagrams can have such powerful meanings yet they look like possible works of art. Here are a few examples of previous work that I had created.

About me. 

Hello and welcome to my website! I am a fine art and photography student at the university of Chester. I am currently in my third year at the university. Throughout this website I intend to document my work in all modules as it progresses, I will also be posting things that I get up to in my spare time that influence my art practice. Feel free to leave any comments and contact and view any of my other websites and pages. 

Studio practice 3: chalkboards 

I think that these 4 pieces of work have been my strongest to date because of the fact that they make such a big impact. By carefully selecting the strongest points of my test pieces; really thinking about the work that I wanted to create to move my work on in this year and in terms of how I wanted the audience to react to my work, I had to consider two main things, mark making and scale, I wanted work that was detailed yet something which looked quite chaotic and look like it could represent something quite academic and complicated, looking back at the previous work that I had done in the sketchbooks helped me to think of compositions and image ideas, I wanted the viewers to really question what my work was about and I wanted them to believe that it is a scientist that had been working something out, yet finding within the chaos, high quality mark making skills that could be the main focal point of the board. Although I have little knowledge in science and mathematics, I still wanted it to look believable, but also to take into consideration how my work could be respresented in terms of an art subject. Once I had created this work it gave me so many ideas on how I could take this idea of fakery further, for example, using different subject matter and incorporating some of my photography skills by creating c types of installations that I could create from the imagery used on these chalkboards. 

How much are you worth?

Main points when working freelance-Look at all of the costs that you incur a year including lifestyle costs and then work out what you would need to make in order to meet those costs.




Council tax- £1,600

Buildings insurance-£300


Phone Broadband-£600

Minor repairs-£500


Transportation-Consider ways of transportation,e.g car bus train etc. If you drive a car consider depreciation, insurance, tax, servicing repairs and fuel.

Also consider Living expenses such as Food, clothes, entertainment, holidays.

Consider work equipment- Computer, camera equipment, scanner, printer, paper, stationery, computer ink, portfolios.

Add all of the costs together.

Decide how much time should be spent on a job given given the budget set by the client. Also if the job should require other expertise consider that within the budget.