Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali

The only thing that the world will not have enough of is exaggeration. - Dali

-Watched a fantastic Salvador Dali program on BBC iplayer last night. The program really made me appreciate Salvador's work and the amount of work he created over his lifetime- I hope to one day follow in his footsteps pushing the boundaries in art and fashion in the future, would defiantly love to visit his museum/ mausoleum in Spain.
To watch the most fantastic amazing thing I've seen in ages click here!

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

My attempt at a stop motion video...

Today feeling inspired after watching the Muto video, (post below) I decided to make a short stop motion video with my camera and the fish eye lense- which I love at the moment. Nothing compaired to Muto but I now have an idea of what is possible I can experiment on a bigger scale.

Walking down a summer tunnel from Matthew Russell on Vimeo.

Monday, 24 May 2010

Muto- a Stop motion video of paintings- amazing

MUTO a wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo.

This is a fantastic stop motion video I discovered by the amazing graffiti artist Blu Blu Called Muto. Really fantastic - one of the best videos Ive saw in along time, I found it amazing the time and effort that must have been put into this, painting then white washing and doing it over and over to create a single movement, I love how you can see the previous painting faintly on the wall as his creation moves. Stop motion is something I definatly want to attempt in the next couple of weeks.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Gilbert & George- An inspiration

Gilbert & George are two fantastic contemporary artists that I love ,Their work is recognisable mostly for their very formal appearance and manor as well as their bold colours which reminded me of stained glass windows.They are two wonderful artists- that have already began to influence my work via colours as well as the structure of their stuff and i couldnt believe it when I took an unplanned walk around Aberdeen Art Gallery to see them exhibiting a piece this month. Something else which added to my appreciation was their constant symmetry which subconsciously Ive noticed my work also follows, I also like their similarity to Stained Glass windows in their colours and Structure. To see Gilbert & Georges hysterical but strange video "Bend it" click here.

Friday, 14 May 2010

Antoni & Alison, Guest @ Grays.Best yet!!

Just before the end of term we had a fantastic "Guest @ Grays" -where we get successful artists or designers to come and talk about their successful careers. The talk was from Antoni & Alison, Antoni who specialised in textiles, and Alison specialised in painting both graduating from Central St Martins. Somewhere i hope (NO "WILL") to go to myself eventual to study. Their work is mainly fashion although they have recently began a fine art photography output on the side as well. It was inspirational to hear how they left art school with £2oo and have managed to work their way up the ladder working with hundreds of companies such as jigsaw, Marks + Spencer, Freemans Catalogue, Sony, Harrods, Selfridges, Virgin Mobile,Habitat, whilst always remaining their own brand. Their talk was completely inspirational and expressed how it is possible to work under your own label and not necessarily have to work under another label. Two extremly nice people and really enthusiastic about their work, also really supportive about art school and pushed for us to use all the facilities and make the most of everything whilst we still can which is something that I am defiantly keen to do next semester. If you want to find out more about Antoni & Alison, click here.

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Textiles Specialism- St Ignatius Church Project

For my specialism I have chosen textiles focusing on fashion as an output. The brief required for us to choose a location where we had to produce a whole series of investigative drawings and photographs, the location I chose is my family church, St Ignatius Parish Church Wishaw.

I thought it was interesting to choose a location that perhaps we visit often but take for granted, and within spending an hour walking round taking the following photographs I had discovered hundreds of things I had never noticed over the last 18 years.

An outside viewpoint of the church capturing its silhouette.

This image (above) is of a vent on the window sill, but i found it wonderful the amount of intricate detail we take for granted.

Carpet in the confession boxes.
Inside the confessional box there was this very old carpet which had been left and not updated during the refurbishment, something which I could defiantly later develop in to material of some sort.

Stained glass paintings in the Baptistery.
Stained glass painting is something I really love and these paintings all ranged in scale but included the most intricate details, the image below is a tini round window, definitely my favorite window in the Chapel and it would be covered with the palm of my hand.

Also during my time exploring the church I was able to visit the bell tower with the help of Bill Woods, a truly terrifying journey up a very wobbly and very old ladder. Although the result was this fantastic photo below, the bell being something very few members of the church ever get to see. Thanks again Bill!

During my time spent inside the church and from working from the photographs I created Ten A1 & A2 drawings, and a whole sketchbook (roughly 200 pages) of developments to textile samples and a final outcome- although I came out with four and creates these as you will see further on.

These were a couple of drawings I created whilst in the church exploring some of the shapes I found on one of the altars.

I then thought of mimicking the idea of vestments but as a fashion output rather that for a priest, a sort of shawl shown below was one of my original ideas.

During my time spent at the church I noticed the amount or older people at the morning mass and this led me to examine them as I had done with my "People of Paris" it was then I came across the idea of creating head scarfs as well as some sort of vestment or dress.

The head scarfs were made via a heat discharge paper, I firstly cut the detail designs I had drew earlier (about 60 different shapes) and then pressed these on the satin leaving the most wonderful patterns, although rather subtle at the same time. I used a whole range of colours to mirror the colours of the stained glass windows.

The Scarf could also be worn as a neck scarf (above). It was this flexibility between neck scarf and head scarf I decided to create a sort of Snood (scarf & hood ). For these I decided to use bright bold colours to continue the colours of the stained glass windows.

After some tie dying I decided to make my vestment out of stripes of tie dyed cotton and the heat pressed patterned satin I had create. The end result is shown below.

After this I felt like exploring the bold colours of the stained glass. As the stained glass in the church was surrounded with lead I decided to explore metal as an output. In my first semester I had used aluminium sheets with a rainbow flash through them for my jewelry piece, and as a common idea of mine is to burn things I decided to see what would happen to it if I blow torched it, the heat resulted in making the metal mailable and much easier to sculpt, so i decided to create a stained glass dress, inspired by the wonderful colours of the windows and lead surrounding. These images following are of the dress and collar.

Friday is my final hand in exam for first year......cant believe thats my first year over already. Ive loved every minuite of the last year and never want to leave. Already soo excited for second year and all the new techniques to be learned, will be completly lost over the summer without projects to be completed so guess I will have to set my own. So wish me luck for Friday and thanks for following my work over the past year.

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Aberdeen Torcher Parade

Tonight was Aberdeen's annual Torcher Parade which is Europe's largest Student torchlit parade with 2,000 students in fancy dress and over 50 decorated floats. It was really worthwhile to go see especially for some of the wonderful costumes.

The Parade Celebrates the end of the two week Charity events across Aberdeen, it was really good to see people of all ages celebrating and supporting all these different Charities.

Above is the R.G.U R.A.G Float- Disney theme in full flow.

Durring the parade we also managed to get ourselfs interviewed on NorthSound Radio
"Hi guys your live on Northsound Radio..."

Below is an image I took and has not been edited at all showing how sometimes fiddling with the dials on your camera can create something rather unexpected but worthwhile.

Here is an image of me and Holly attempting to heat our toes back up in Sloane's Castle after the Parade, suppose it still is Aberdeen even if it is the first day of summer.

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