Thursday, 28 October 2010

Here's a small taster of what I've been getting up to this holidays so far... enjoy!

Sunday, 24 October 2010

A little more on colaborations...

How do these two manage to keep straight faces? Although, I'm not sure that I would call it art. Maybe more drama? I guess that drama is a form of THE arts but not art in its rawest form. I'm still on the fence about it, they are fantastic to watch but I wouldn't call it art myself.


I'm pondering then, on the letter 'T'. What can I do with it? Where does it start and where does it stop?
Wikipedia - T ( /ˈt/; named tee)[1] is the twentieth letter in the basic modern Latin alphabet. It is the most commonly used consonant and the second most common letter in the English language
I can photograph the letter in and around the environment or I could photograph elements that begin with the letter 'T'. This could bring in more of an illustration thread for me. Things such as trees, tractors and telegraph poles. There are also less obvious forms of 'T', for example the skyline of a building may have a cross section that looks like a T.
To add more to my sketchbook it is possible to look at typography:

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Plain White T's - Hey There Delilah

Kind of relates to the leter T doesn't it?

I'm The Letter T (Sesame Street Plain White T's Hey There Delilah Sendup)


It has been decided that we will each take a letter from the word 'type' and photograph it out and about. Rather than trying to force an idea, we will play around with our letter and see where the adventure takes us. As we are not in the studio it would be great to really get a feel for the brief and get stuck into something completely different compared to what we are used to.

I have even found a 't' (my letter) that has fallen off a shop front, so obviously I gave it a proper home rather than leaving it on the street to freeze. What a good Samartian I am :)

My idea for now is to take my 't' on a journey and photograph it in all manner of places although I do still like the idea of forming the letter out of natural materials such as leaves and food.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Reeves & Mortimer

Reeves & Mortimer have just finished their first week of working together, and the veridct? It's really not as bad as I first thought. The people I am working with have got so much talent just in different specialisms and it's actually fascinating to look at some of the work they have produced so far.

Our idea has taken shape. We were toying with the idea of a mouse trap style installation but soon realised that was the route everyone seemed to be taking. Trying to be one step ahead of the game we came up with the idea of kinetic type only not in it's obvious form. Some of the kinetic type videos on YouTube are awesome but it's just a little bit too obvious, kinetic type belongs there, so we are going to MOVE it out. (get the kinetic theme here? :)

The idea is to capture words in the environment where they are free to move around. The great thing about it is that although we are working as a group we can still go off and do our own work. When we bring it all back together it will look fab!

I'll post some of the cool kinetic type videos we found anyway because they lok the business...

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Eminem - Love The Way You Lie ft. Rihanna

Rihanna, Eminem and Megan Fox - now that's a collaboration!!

Fits quite nicely with the way I'm feeling too ...

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Gilbert & George "Bend It"

This could light up any dark a morning :)

Cross Pathway Project

Ok, so for this, I have been you could say, more than just a little bit, apprehensive. When I am working on my own I know that I have to rely solely on me. I can work to deadlines and I can ensure that everything is completed and handed in on the due date. Can I guarantee that 100% working as part of a group? No. And this is my problem...

Having seen my group today however, I feel slightly more at ease. Our group has been labelled 'Reeves and Mortimer' - Who? This MUST be my first point of research, it has been bugging my clearly uneducated brain all day!

As so neatly put by Wikipedia, they are a 'comedy double act' - fab! Does this imply I am a joke? Of course I am merely looking too deep into things. Most probably the tutors are highlighting the collaboration of artists in years gone by.

Yet, if it's a collaboration you want to see I know just the clip ...

Sunday, 10 October 2010


Sad face :(
Blogger will (hopefully temporarily!) not allow me to upload any more of my fascinating work!
Sort it out Blogger!

Instead, I'll do my analysis for my product design and production:
Box Project – Part 1 Object

Although I have risen to and relished the challenge of the designing and producing of a product individual to me, it has not been without its learning curves. Usually, organisational and forward thinking skills are not something that I struggle with, looking back however, I could have done more to ensure the quality and finish were of the highest standard possible and increase my success rate. There are definitely areas I would improve for further development and future practice.

I chose my fabric because of the rich colour and not because of its quality. If I had taken this into consideration, my disappointment with the printing process could have been avoided. In future, it will be easier to work with lighter fabrics and a more cotton base so that the fabric does not soak the pigment in. Also, I have learned that acrylics (which I used accidentally) are purposely for papers and not fabrics and I need to be using pigments for this type of work for future reference. To make my colours more vibrant and sit on top of the fabric instead of it seeping into it, I need to use pigment instead of acrylic and use a process to thicken the pigment so it sits on top. Printing and designing my fabric before constructing my cushion would have been easier rather than trying to do this when the cushion has taken its form already. I am glad for the experience as I now know a lot more about the various processes available to me including flocking and lino cutting, printing and sewing using a machine instead of by hand. By using the sewing machine and getting to grips with that has ensured that my stitch is as neat as it can be.
Next time I will utilise a zip to make the edges neater and trim the edges too to give a more expensive quality. Because of the other processes I have used, the cushion cover could be washed and to make it more practical adding a zip would have made this possible.

I am happy with my outcome as a prototype only, there are too many things I would change going forward to continue to manufacture them in the same way. I am happy that I managed to carry my design through from the summer project into Illustrator and onto my cushion and I have a real sense of achievement being able to do that. Next time as well as a cushion, I would like to design a whole range that fits together, for example, a sheet of wallpaper, a chair and a lamp. I know that doing this will be quite time consuming and therefore would like to keep this for one of my seven week long projects for later on in the year.

It's been a while!

With a severe kidney infection and a weeks stay in hospital behind me, it's about time I started blogging again and to make a pact, that from now on I will try to post at least twice a week.

The last month has seen me plough through a heap of work and I will try avidly to share it with you.

Firstly, was a project to design a product unique and personal to me incorporating a design or pattern used in the summer project. Fortunately I had a design that I was happy with:
The horse above is a horse shaped baking tray which was cut from an Ikea catalogue. I liked the cimple shape and the way it fit with Craig-Martin's simple technique.
I scanned this into Illustrator to make a vector and from there made some lovely patterns which I was to print onto some lush fabric to make a cushion (photo's to follow!!)
I then did some more horse shaped lino cuts in flock and glitter lino which I heated onto the fabric to create more new shapes (by overlaying them)
My overall result is good but not excellent. There are many areas I would change if I were to attack this brief over. I have decided therefore to assign this brief to myself again with a seven week slot either later in the year or next year. I aim to re-do the cushion (maybe with a different design etc.) with matching lamp and chair.